Today there is more glitz and glamour at the Berlinale Palast when Cate Blanchett presents her latest film Tár. The film is one of the Oscar favourites, so it promises to be a real highlight.
Also in competition are the Australian film Limbo with Simon Baker and the Japanese anime Suzume. By the way, the German film Red Sky by Christian Petzold, which celebrated its premiere yesterday, is also highly touted as a candidate for a bear.
It's always worth taking a look beyond the competition. In the Panorama, Femme received a lot of applause, but also caused intense discussions. The Adults in Encounters is a sensitive portrait of three estranged siblings, it is one of those smaller productions that resonates for a long time.
There's always plenty to discover at the Forum anyway, such as the bittersweet comedy Arturo a los 30 about a young man still looking for his place in life.
This year's Retrospective is also about being young. Unlike usual, it is not curated by the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen alone, but features films selected by filmmakers from all over the world. They present them personally or in short clips. And so the result is a highly diverse selection with a few surprises. Of course, there are classics of the coming-of-age genre like Rebel without a Cause (chosen by Wim Wenders) and high school comedies of the 1980s like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which shaped an entire generation. Unfortunately, The Breakfast Club is missing.
But there are also films like Groundhog Day or Trois couleurs: Bleu, whose selection is not obvious at first glance. Especially there it is exciting to hear why they were chosen.
By the way, you can already watch the clips with the introductions on the Berlinale's social media channels. There, for example, Martin Scorsese presents his chosen film Prima della rivoluzione by Bernardo Bertolucci with so much passion and enthusiasm. The film will be shown again on Friday, but is already sold out.
Today on Thursday, by the way, there is another chance to see a very special film: Sedmikrásky (A Thousand Beauties). The film dates from 1966, but it has lost none of its anarchistic, effervescent charm. Wild, carefree fun - shot by director Věra Chytilová.