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71st International Film Festival Berlin - Berlinale

Cinema highlights and stars

A magnet for cineastes from around the world and a highlight in the capital's event calendar - the annual Berlinale Film Festival.

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From international large-scale productions with famous world stars to arthouse cinema and independent productions, the range of around 400 films, which are shown annually at the Berlinale in the capital, ranges. Highlights include not only the stars on the red carpet but also the presentation of the Golden Bear and the retrospective. In 2021 you will experience the event from February 11th to February 21st.

The Berlinale - the world's largest public festival

Since 1951 the film festival takes place in the German capital. The then festival director opened the event in the Titania Palace with the film "Rebecca" by Alfred Hitchcock. The Golden Bear, the trophy for the best film in the competition, will initially be awarded by the public. Since 1956, a jury has selected the recipients of the award. Previously, about 20 films will be nominated by the Festival Directorate. Meanwhile, the event is one of the world's most significant events in the industry. But it's not just the nominated productions that make the Berlinale a popular big event. The tickets for the other films are also in great demand. Unlike other film festivals, there are tickets for all performances, so the Berlinale is the largest public festival in the world. For several years now, the center of the festival has been the Theater am Potsdamer Platz, which replaced the Zoo-Palast. There you can meet at premieres on your favorite star and experience a touch of Hollywood glamor. But many other cinemas in the city are also the scene of cinematic presentations during the festival - many of them are European or even world premieres. Experience your favorites for example in the Revue Theater Friedrichstadt-Palast, in the glamorous Delphi Filmpalast in Charlottenburg, in the House of World Cultures or in the Arsenal. Attractions include the Berlinale Classics section, which has been showing restored or rediscovered classics since 2013.

Highlights and special features of the film festival

Well over 300,000 tickets are sold annually at the cultural event, and around 21,000 trade visitors attend the event.At the heart of the Berlinale is the competition, in which an international jury awards a silver and a golden bear for the excellent contributions. The jury president is Juliette Binoche in 2019.The retrospective honors a great director of film history or picks up a film history topic. This year it is dedicated to the topic "Self-determined. Perspectives of filmmakers "filmmaking German filmmakers. The films are returned to the big screen in a new copy or restored version.Since 1955, the coveted film award has also been awarded to short films at the Berlinale Shorts; The Teddy Award, however, selects the queer contributions.At the premieres on Potsdamer Platz countless national and international stars run across the red carpet and spread glamor in the metropolis.Around the movie event, parties are held throughout the city.Worthwhile tips about the Berlinale

We recommend that you look through the program of the Berlinale at an early stage and choose the shows you are interested in, because the tickets are always sold out quickly. An overview of the films shown can be found on the Berlinale website or in the program booklet.During the festival days, you better bet on your car and use the public transport: The venues are all easily accessible by public transport.

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