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From September 22 to 26, 2021, the Favourites Film
Festival will take place in Berlin for the tenth time - again at City Kino
Wedding. It brings international festival favourites to Berlin and shows films
from all over the world, which have previously won an audience award: films for
the big screen, which both emotionally pack their viewers and set their
thoughts in motion.

Midnight Family
Midnight Family © Filmstill Midnight Family (R:Luke Lorentzen)

As in previous years, this year's main program was selected from approximately 200 feature-length films and documentaries.The program criterion Audience Award Winner has always meant that the films have their finger on the pulse of the times and deal with current issues that concern not only the filmmakers but also the respective audience.

Often they provide completely different, personal insights and approaches to these topics, thus enabling valuable changes of perspective. 

This year's program includes the Ghanaian-German co-production Borga, a film that not only makes it possible to experience arriving in Germany, but also shows the consequences of leaving for those left behind back home.

The Mexican-US documentary Midnight Family also allows for such a change of perspective. In it, director Luke Lorentzen accompanies a father and his sons on their nightly ambulance missions through Mexico City. There are only 45 official ambulances in the metropolis of nine million. Most of the missions are covered by private companies, which are constantly faced with the decision of bringing injured people to hospitals who cannot pay for transport. Looking at the country's broken health care system takes on an added urgency in light of the ongoing pandemic.

"With Corona as an omnipresent issue on our doorstep, many other important issues have faded into the background, and it is our concern to also broaden our view a bit for other concerns in the world," say festival curators Anna Jurzik and Paula Syniawa.

The complete program of the 10th Favourites Film Festival Berlin can be found at
Additional information
  • The festival will be held with reduced seating to maintain the minimum distance.
  • Admission is granted to vaccinated, negatively tested and recovered persons.