The Berlin International Film Festival will take place in person next month despite the increase in the number of viruses in Germany.
The rising number of cases, especially in the capital Berlin, has raised some concerns, but organizers want the festival to “send a signal” to the creative industries.
“We are aware of the challenges posed by the unpredictable evolution of the pandemic,” the festival management said in a statement, adding that strict pandemic measures would be applied to the 72nd edition of one of the the most famous film festivals in the world.
“We want the festival to send a signal to the entire film industry, to cinemas and moviegoers, and to culture as a whole – we need cinema, we need culture,” the Minister said. of German State for Culture and Media, Claudia Roth.
“Of course, right now this can only be managed with painful cuts and with constant vigilance,” she added. “The pandemic situation is dynamic and the Berlin Film Festival is adapting to the resulting challenges.”
Maintain a secure COVID festival for moviegoers
Several measures have been implemented for what many moviegoers call ‘Berlinale‘to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID.
Only people who have already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have recently recovered from an infection will be granted access to the festival grounds. In addition, a daily rapid test and masks will be required for everyone present.
cinema attendance will be reduced to 50% of its capacity and all parties and receptions – usually a key highlight of the film festival – will be canceled.
Last year’s film festival was reorganized due to the virus and split into two parts – one for the industry and one that screened films over the summer.
What to expect at the Berlin International Film Festival
The opening is still scheduled for February 10 and the awards ceremony will be a little earlier than originally planned on February 16.
The opening film of the festival will be ‘Peter von Kant’ by French director and screenwriter François Ozon. The film is a free interpretation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 drama “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant”.
The film, which stars Denis Ménochet, Isabelle Adjani and Hanna Schygulla, is part of the festival’s international competition and will have its world premiere on the opening day of the Berlinale.
The festival jury will be chaired by American filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, and French actress Isabelle Huppert will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Golden Bear.
“Huppert is one of the most versatile actors in the world and has played an impressive number of characters in nearly 150 film and television productions,” said festival management.