Berlinale Talents: February 17-22, 2018

Full Schedule of Events and Tickets Now Online

This week, 250 emerging film professionals from 81 countries and over 130 international guests will gather at HAU Hebbel am Ufer to explore this year’s theme, “Secrets.” We’re happy to disclose a few closely held secrets of our own: the full schedule of all 30 public talks and screenings is now online, and tickets go on sale today.

Everyone Welcome at Our Public Events

Advance ticket sales for public talks and screenings at Berlinale Talents start today and continue from 10am-8pm daily (CET) at Berlinale box offices and online. In addition, same-day tickets are available at the HAU box offices (HAU1 and HAU2).

If you have a festival badge, free tickets for our public events are available one day before and on the same day at Berlinale ticket counters for accredited guests. More details on tickets and venues available here.

Programme Highlights

Our exceptional guests this year include Berlinale Jury President Tom Tykwer, International Jury member, composer and musician Ryūichi Sakamoto, and American author and journalist Eric Schlosser from the Glashütte Original Documentary Award Jury. They’ll be joined by pioneering cinematographers Nancy Schreiber and Agnès Godard, indie maestro Gus Van Sant, character actor Willem Dafoe, German auteur filmmaker Christian Petzold, American directors Lauren Greenfield (Generation Wealth, Panorama) and Josephine Decker (Madeline’s Madeline, Forum), Philippine director Lav Diaz (Season of the Devil, Competition) and Israeli filmmaker Samuel Maoz (Foxtrot) in conversation with Katriel Schory. There will be case studies of brand-new Finnish series, the lighting in Blade Runner 2049, the storyboarding behind Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, and depictions of death and intimacy on screen with Kamila Andini, João Pedro Rodrigues and others. Several alumni will also return as experts: David Zellner and his brother Nathan discuss their feminist Western Damsel (in Competition) while Carla Simón presents a case study of her festival darling Summer 1993 and Baran bo Odar dissects his latest hit crime series Dark. Book your tickets now!

Back for More: Alumni Film Screenings and Alumnae Interviews

This year, 103 former Talents will return to present 67 films at the Berlinale. To showcase the breadth of their work and highlight their takes on our “Secrets” theme, all five public festival screenings at HAU1 are followed by in-depth Q&A’s with the filmmakers.

Paraguayan director Marcelo Martinessi’s feature debut The Heiresses (Feb 17, 20:00-22:00, Competition) is an intimate study of an elderly female couple’s late bloom. Argentinian alumna Alessia Chiesa presents The Endless Day (Feb 19, 14:00-16:00, Generation Kplus), a magical tale of sibling affection and rebellion set deep in the dark woods. Alina Skrzeszewska developed Game Girls (Feb 20, 14:00-16:00, Panorama), a portrait of a lesbian African-American couple living on the streets of LA, at our very own Doc Station. In High Fantasy (Feb 21, 14:00-16:00, Generation 14plus), Jenna Bass explores what happens when a group of South African teenagers swap bodies overnight. Finally, don’t miss our hand-picked selection of alumni short films from Berlinale Shorts, Generation and Forum Expanded (Feb 22, 14:00-16:00).

Want to find out more about two talented alumnae behind these films? Read our interview with Alina Skrzeszewska (Game Girls) and Jenna Bass (High Fantasy) here, in which they discuss the importance of collaboration in making cinema that is unrestricted by borders.

In addition, we spoke to 2017 Talent Nora Fingscheidt, who received the inaugural Kompagnon Fellowship last year (awarded jointly by Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale Talents) about how the support helped her develop as a filmmaker here.

Things to Come: Project Labs Presentations

In our Project Labs, 30 selected Talents work on their latest fiction, non-fiction and short films before presenting their material to producers, financiers and distributors. You can attend the Project Labs Presentations with your festival and market badge.

Feb 21, 10:30-12:00, Doc Station Presentation, Martin-Gropius-Bau Cinema
Feb 21, 11:00-13:00, Short Film Station Presentation, Academie Lounge
Feb 21, 14:30-17:00, Script Station Presentation, Martin-Gropius-Bau Cinema

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Closing Credits

Photo credits
1) Experts collage: Tom Tykwer © Joachim Gern; Nancy Schreiber; David and Nathan Zellner; Lav Diaz © Bradley Liew; Agnès Godard © Peter Himsel; Christian Petzold © Marco Krüger; Willem Dafoe © Alexander Janetzko; Lauren Greenfield © Peter Wintersteller; Gus Van Sant © Sandra Weller; Ryūichi Sakamoto © (nss) zakkubalan; Josephine Decker © 2014 Indiana University / Eric Rudd; Samuel Maoz © Peter Himsel; Carla Simón © Augusti Argelich; Eric Schlosser © Mark Mann; Baran bo Odar
2) Nancy Schreiber on set © Kevin Huggins
3) Still from Jenna Bass’ High Fantasy © Gabriella Achadinha
4) Script Station participant Jöns Jönsson at the Project Labs Presentations © Bettina Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2017

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Berlinale Talents is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, and is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Many thanks also to our Co-Partners: the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Film Fund, ARRI and Nespresso.