There are few things more pleasurable than seeing a wonderful love story on the big screen. Although love may be regarded as an eternal affair and a natural human
condition, looking at films from the different parts of the world, one can see clear distinctions arising from very different cultural contexts that shape relationships from the "first sight" till "death tears them apart". Morale, ethics, family constellations, gender relations, economics, traditions and religion – all these issues result in what the Western world likes to describe as the most private sphere of an individual.
Three super stars from the genre of "love depiction" – Bollywood’s Shah Rukh Khan, Kate Henshaw-Nuttall of the Nollywood fame and German leading lady and Silver Bear winner Maria Schrader – look at today’s cinema and its purpos as a role model for "real" love stories, as well as a fulfilment of audiences’ desire for escapism and as a reflection of the world we live in – be it in India, Nigeria, Germany or elsewhere.
She is one talented actress every good director would want to work with. Pretty and unpretentiously friendly, Kate Henshaw-Nuttall is one Nollywood (as the Nigerian Home Movie Industry is liberally called) personality who has worked herself to a level where she gets the sort of adulation that stars in Hollywood get.
India’s most favoured Bollywood actor, he started his career in the TV serial FAUJI which won him instant success. His most popular films include DILWALE DULHANIYA, LE JAYENGE, KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, KABHI KHUSHI KABHI GHAM, VEER ZAARA and ASOKA. OM SHANTI OM featured at the Berlinale Special in 2008.
Well-known German actress, screenwriter and director, she has acted in the films STILLE NACHT, AIMÉE & JAGUAR, for which she won the Silver Bear at the 1999 Berlinale, ROSENSTRAßE and SCHNEELAND to mention just a few. LIEBESLEBEN, her directorial debut, was screened at the German Films section of the Berlinale in 2008.
Dorothee Wenner is a filmmaker, film programmer and writer. She serves as the Berlinale delegate for cinemas from Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a founding jury member of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.