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In the Limelight: Being John & Geraldine

Geraldine Chaplin, John Malkovich, moderated by Dana Linssen
In an edition devoted to the restorative powers of laughter, who could address the topic more eloquently than two screen titans and outrageously talented entertainers like Geraldine Chaplin and John Malkovich? The duo is in Berlin as co-stars of the Berlinale Special Gala entry “Seneca - On the Creation of Earthquakes,” and will discuss working together in this dark comedy and parable about the dangers of totalitarianism. But this captivating rendezvous will also span their most iconic and hilarious performances from movies past. Debuting as a child actor in her father's films, Chaplin went on to star in over 160 movies - and she’s not stopping anytime soon. Her fondness for acting makes her the perfect soul companion to Malkovich, who, with over four decades of acting credits to his name, claims his only talent is… curiosity.

Ernesto Giolitti

Geraldine Chaplin

Geraldine Leigh Chaplin is a British actor. Daughter of Oona and Charles Chaplin, she gained fame with her first major role as Tonya in David Lean's “Doctor Schiwago” (1966). Geraldine has appeared in more than 200 films by amongst others Robert Altman, Alan Rudolph, renowned French filmmakers such as Alain Resnais, Jacques Rivette, as well as important directors of Spanish and South American cinema, particularly Carlos Saura.

Stephan Zirwes

John Malkovich

John Malkovich is an American actor. In addition to his acting career, he is a director, writer and producer. His breakthrough as a film actor came with the novel adaptation "Death of a Salesman," directed by Volker Schlöndorff. To date, Malkovich has appeared in over 100 films. He is one of the most versatile and renowned actors of our time.

Dana Linssen

Dana Linssen is a Dutch film critic, philosopher and writer. She is the former editor-in-chief of de Filmkrant magazine, a long-standing film critic for NRC Handelsblad, the founder of the Slow Criticism Project and a curator of the Critics’ Choice at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She has received several awards for her work as a film critic and has served as a Talent Press mentor for many years.