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Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)

Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)

Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the Berlinale has the largest public attendance of any annual film festival in the world, selling hundreds of thousands of tickets. The Golden Bear is the top award at the Berlinale, and was awarded in the early years to such films as The Wages of Fear, Wild Strawberries, 12 Angry Men, and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. The festival now has seven sections including Panorama, Forum, Generation and Retrospective in addition to the main competition.

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Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • My Little Sister

    Once a brilliant playwright, Lisa (Nina Hoss) no longer writes. She lives in Switzerland with her family, but her heart remains in Berlin, where her twin brother, Sven (Lars Eidinger), is battling an aggressive type of leukemia. He is a famous theater actor, and Lisa tries moving heaven and earth...

  • All of a Sudden

    After the party in his apartment breaks up, Karsten (Sebastian Hülke) admiringly approaches Anna, the mysterious young woman who remains. How could he have known that, in this moment of weakness, his life would spiral out of control? Now Anna is dead, and his conduct is under suspicion. Inside th...

  • When the Trees Fall

    Five-year-old Vitka and her teenage cousin Larysa both yearn for a life beyond the archaic rules and restricting confines of their small, godforsaken Ukrainian village. Despite her family's staunch objections, Larysa falls wildly in love with Scar, a handsome ex-convict. Hoping to leave their tro...

  • Rara

    Since their parents split up, Sara and her younger sister live with their mother, whose new partner is a woman. Everyday life for the four of them is very similar to any other family. While the situation is perfectly fine with Sara, not everyone sees it the same way. Her father, in particular, ha...

  • The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea

    In a small eel-farming town in western Greece, the solitary lives of two women unexpectedly intersect. Ten years after a botched anti-terrorism raid resulted in her relocation from Athens, Elisabeth is now the local chief of police and a heavy alcoholic. Rita is a quiet and mysterious eel-hatcher...

  • Goldie

    Goldie (Slick Woods) is a star – well, not yet, but at least in the eyes of her little sisters Sherrie and Supreme she is. The rest of the world is bound to take note soon. She just has to pick up the golden fur coat she has her eye on. And land a role as a dancer in a hip-hop video. And keep chi...

  • Oray

    Oray (Zejhun Demirov), a reformed burglar living in Germany, strives to be a good husband and devout Muslim. His dreams, however, are shattered when during an argument with his wife, Burcu (Deniz Orta), he utters “talaq” three times. Under Islamic law this repudiation means the two can no longer ...

  • Koza

    Peter "Koza" Baláž is struggling to make ends meet. Miša learns that she is expecting a child and decides to terminate her pregnancy. She pressures Koza to get money for the procedure. Koza, who has not trained in a while, steps back into the ring, hoping to earn some much-needed cash and possibl...

  • Holy Beasts

    Aging punk diva Vera V. (Geraldine Chaplin) arrives in Santo Domingo to direct a musical as a cinematic tribute to her mentor, the late filmmaker Jean-Louis Jorge. Welcoming her are two old friends, the producer Victor (Jaime Pina) and cinematographer Martin (Luis Ospina), with whom Vera spent th...

  • Occidental

    One uneasy night, while protesters march on the streets of Paris, Giorgio arrives at the tawdry Hotel Occidental. Pretending to be Italian, he proceeds to book the honeymoon suite and checks in with his partner, Antonio. Suspicious of their behavior and convinced they are up to no good, the hotel...

  • Babai (Father)

    Ten-year-old Nori (Val Maloku) and his father Gezim (Astrit Kabashi) roam the streets of Kosovo selling cigarettes, barely earning enough for their survival. Only a few years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Gezim is lured west to Germany in search of a new life and leaves his son behind. Alone...

  • White Riot

    Britain, late-1970s. Punk is exploding. The country is deeply divided over immigration with the National Front, a far-right political party, gaining strength. Outraged by this xenophobic agenda and a racist speech from Eric Clapton, music photographer Red Saunders teams up with like-minded creati...

  • A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation

    Featuring the voices of Joseph Fiennes and Ian McKellen. When his father dies unexpectedly, a young man seeking to cope with his grief goes on a powerful emotional journey through time and space.

    DIRECTED BY MARTIN WALLNER AND STEFAN LEUCHTENBERG
    UNITED KINGDOM | 2010 | ENGLISH

  • Bror Min

    Winner for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, Bror Min is a startlingly realistic portrayal of the bonds between brothers amid a broken family.

  • Two Cars, One Night

    Three children in two cars, wait for their parents one night outside a rural pub. A little love story.

    DIRECTED BY TAIKA WAITITI
    NEW ZEALAND | 2004 | ENGLISH

  • Bye Bye Germany

    Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) is determined to make the most of the ravaged postwar era by recruiting some friends from a displaced persons camp to sell linens at inflated prices to unsuspecting Germans. Most of the group have a simple motivation – to raise enough money to lea...

  • Arcadia

    One day before dawn Tom (Academy Award® nominee John Hawkes) crams his three kids into a dented station wagon for a 3,000 mile journey from New England to California. Tom tells enchanting stories, paints pictures of a California paradise, and assures the kids that Mom will soon join them. 12-year...

  • Yashmak

    Highly acclaimed music video & commercial director James Brown shoots a stylized peek behind a yashmak veil, where a traditional Muslim custom is co-opted by a modern twist.

  • Land of the Heroes

    All ten-year-old Dileer and his sister Zienee want to do is watch cartoons, but they must contend with TV propaganda, collecting used weapons for their mother to re-sell, and their bullying cousin.

    DIRECTED BY SAHIM OMAR
    BELGIUM | 2011 | KURDISH AND ARABIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

  • Alamar

    Winner of the Tiger Award, the top prize at the prestigious Rotterdam Internationall Film Festival, and invited to over 30 film festivals, including Berlin and Toronto, ALAMAR is a heartwarming father-and-son coming of age tale that the family will love. Jorge has only a few weeks with his five-y...

  • Alexandra's Project

    Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer, who brought cult classic BAD BOY BUBBY to the world, brings his award-winning visionary twist on the psychological thriller genre. It's Steve's birthday and he's just been promoted at the office. In a good mood, he goes home to his family expecting to celebrate...

  • Amador

    Premiering at the Berlin Film Festival and "blend[ing] black comedy, lyricism & social critique," (Variety), AMADOR stars Goya Award winner Celso Bugallo (Oscar-winner THE SEA INSIDE) as a bed-ridden elderly man whose family is away. Marcela, a young immigrant with financial troubles, finds a su...

  • Ben X

    Ben’s Aspberger’s makes him an easy target for the vicious bullies in his high school. Escaping into the virtual reality of an online game Ben is befriended by the lovely Scarlite. When the bullies’ relentless torment goes way too far she helps him devise the perfect plan to exact his revenge. Di...

  • Calm at Sea

    In October of 1941, two German officers are gunned down in broad daylight in Nantes by French Resistance members, the first instance of German blood to be shed in this region. In retaliation, Hitler orders 100 Frenchmen to be shot. Instead of innocent Frenchmen, it was later arranged that 100 pol...