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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)
  • Two Irenes

    Irene is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in the Brazilian drylands region. She comes from an affluent family, but relates to her maid more than to her sisters. One day, she finds out that her father has another daughter, and that girl is also thirteen and named Irene. Without anyone knowing, s...

  • A Balance

    Investigative filmmaker Yuko (Kumi Takiuchi) is putting together a piece about the bereaved families connected with a bullied schoolgirlʼs suicide. Determined to shed light on the truth, Yukoʼs uncompromising nature brings her in conflict with the conservative-minded management at her television ...

  • While the Women Are Sleeping

    While vacationing with his wife at a seaside resort, Kenji, a struggling writer (Hidetoshi Nishijima, Drive My Car), becomes fascinated with a mysterious couple he notices by the pool. Later, from outside their hotel room window, he witnesses the older man (Takeshi Kitano) methodically filming th...

  • Oeconomia

    We live in a world where our economic system has made itself invisible and eludes understanding. In recent years, we often have had little more than a diffuse and unsatisfactory feeling that something is going wrong. But what? The episodically-structured feature-length documentary OECONOMIA expla...

  • Walchensee Forever

    Matters of identity, origin and self-fulfillment are explored in WALCHENSEE FOREVER, a cinematic voyage of discovery spanning four generations of women over a century. Uncovering hidden secrets and her role in the ancestral chain, filmmaker Janna Ji Wonders takes viewers from the family café at t...

  • Mug

    Jacek, a fun-loving metalhead, works at the construction site of what is soon to become the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. After he becomes disfigured in a severe accident, Jacek becomes the first person in Poland to receive a face transplant. This leads to his status as a media spectacle...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • White Riot

    Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Pam Grady's AWFJ review: "Punk rock met political activism when Rock Against Racism rose up in Britain, pushing back at the rise of racism, xenophobia, and the far-right National Front movement in the 1970s. It might seem like anc...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Carol's Journey

    Carol, a 12-year-old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Spanish Civil War. Her father has joined the left-wing International Brigade as a pilot, fighting Franco's fascist regime, and Carol and her mother are able to pa...

  • Come Undone

    Anna has everything she thought she could ever need: a respectable career, a caring family, and a loving partner, Alessio. But when she meets Domenico, a handsome, married waiter, her neatly ordered world begins to fall apart. They quickly fall into a heated affair, based on secret meetings, stol...

  • Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask

    Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask explores the preeminent theorist of the twentieth century anti-colonial movements, a man whom Jean-Paul Sartre recognized as the figure “through whose voice the Third World finds and speaks for itself.” Isaac Julien, the celebrated black British director of su...

  • Gigante

    Jara is a shy and lonely 35-year-old security guard at a supermarket on the outskirts of Montevideo. He works the night shift, monitoring the surveillance cameras of the entire building. One night Jara discovers Julia, a 25-year-old cleaning woman, through one of the cameras and is immediately at...

  • How I Ended This Summer

    On a desolate island in the Arctic Circle, two men work at a small meteorological station, taking readings from their radioactive surroundings. Sergei, a gruff professional in his fifties, takes his job very seriously. His new partner, bright eyed college grad Pavel, retreats to his MP3 player an...