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65th Berlin International Film Festival
4 February 2015
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Focusing at "the glamorous and suspense-packed second that precedes every cinema experience when the curtain opens to reveal the screen" quoting the festival΄s Director Dieter Kosslick, Berlinale΄s key visual is the stage curtain, featuring at the 2015 edition poster. 

The 65th edition of Berlin International Film Festival is opening its curtains tomorrow with the Isabel Coixet΄s Nobody Wants the Night, a Spanish/French/Bulgarian co-production of 2014 supported by Eurimages, screening at the International Competition ProgrammeSome highly anticipated titles will be presented at the various sections and programmes of the festival, including Werner Herzog΄s Queen of the Desert and Terence Malick΄s latest Knight of Cups, Wim Wenders΄ new 3D project, Everything Will Be Fine, Taxi by Jafar Panahi, the documentary The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer (follow up to his The Act of Killing) as well as Eisenstein in Guanajuato by Peter Greenaway, a documentary on prolific German auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder, To Love Without Demands by Christian Braad Thomsen and Hal Hartley΄s return with Ned Rifle.

Nobody Wants the Night, a Spanish/French/Bulgarian co-production

2015 International Competition Jury will be comprised of director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky serving as Jury President, rounded by Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou and Matthew Weiner.

Not few Balkan co-productions are included at this year΄s line-up. Beside Coixet΄s opening film, the International Comnpetition Programme features Laura Bispuri΄s Eurimages supported Sworn Virgin (Italy/Czech Republic/Germany/Albania/Kosovo*, 2015) and Aferim! (also financed by Eurimages) by Radu Jude (Romania/Bulgaria/Czech Republic, 2015). Tudor Giurgiu΄s Why me? (Romania/Bulgaria/Hungary, 2014, supported by Eurimages) will be presented at the Panorama Programme, along with Petting Zoo by Micah Magee, a German/Greek/US production of 2015. 

Read the related article for the comlplete list of the Berlinale 2015 projects Eurimages has supported, along with the new award the Fund is launching in collboration with the festival΄s Co-Production Market.

At the Forum Programme, audience will have the chance to watch Vladimir Tomic΄s documentary Flotel Europa (Denmark/Serbia, 2015), as well as Until I Lose My Breath by Emine Emel Balci, a Turkish/German Eurimages supported co-production of 2015. Cem Kaya΄s documentary Remake, Remix, Rip-Off, another of the many German/Turkish co-productions playing this year, will be screened at the LOLA at Berlinale Programme. 

Until I Lose My Breath by Emine Emel Balci

Berlinale΄s dynamic and always fruitfull Co-Production Market will be presenting 36 new feature film projects from 28 countries. All the projects are being developed by internationally experienced producers and have secured at least 30 percent of their budgets, which range between 1 and 6.5 million euros. Official project selection΄s line-up presents 20 projects, including 3 Balkan co-productions:

All the Pretty Little Horses by Michalis Konstantatos, Horsefly Productions (Greece) & Endorphine Production (Germany) 

NY Gypsy by Ivaylo Markov, Agitprop (Bulgaria) 

Ugur by Ozan Açiktan, Bir Film (Turkey) 

Co-Production Market΄s Rotterdam-Berlinale Express line-up features Syllas Tzoumerkas΄ The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea, produced by Greece΄s Homemade Films while, two other Balkan co-productions have been selected for the Talent Project Market:

The Secret Ingredient, producer Emilija Chochkova (FYROM)

Passed by Censor by Serhat Karaaslan (Turkey) 

Berlinale Shorts Programme includes two Balkan Golden Bear winners, Cigarettes And Coffee by Cristi Puiu (Romania, 2003, 13΄), Short Film Competition Golden Bear in 2004 and Stefan Arsenijevic΄s (A)Torsion (Slovenia, 2002, 15΄), winner of 2003 Short Film Competition Golden Bear.

Two films from Turkey, a feature and a short plus a Croatian short are included at the Generation Programme

Mother Virgin No More by Derya Durmaz, Turkey, 2015, 7΄

Picnic by Jure Pavlović, Croatia, 2015, 13΄

Cigarettes and Coffee, 2004 Short Film Competition Golden Bear

About the festival΄s side events and retrospectives, worth mentioning is the Glorious Technicolor. From George Eastman House and Beyong Retrospective, which promises a colour spectacle by celebrating the 100th anniversary of the legendary colour film process Color by Technicolor. Around 30 Technicolor films made in the early years between the dawn of Technicolor and 1953, some of which restored. 

Wim Wenders΄ 10-film Homage is expected to attract big audiences to films rarely seen nowadays in the big screen. The German filmmaker will be awarded with a lifetime achievement Honorary Golden Bear, which will be followed by a screening of what could be his finest achievement, The American Friend, back from 1977. 

Beside the main traditional venues Berlinale uses for the screenings, again this year the festival will digitally distribute films to to different Berlin cinemas with its Berlinale Goes Kiez Programme. 500 terabytes of film content will be transferred from a data centre to 16 film venues across the city. Quoting again Festival Director Dieter Kosslick , "The digitisation of the film industry is almost complete and the Berlinale festival has remained ahead of the curve [...] We have faced enormous technical and logistical challenges, in particular the acceptance and distribution of digitally produced films with ever larger amounts of data". 

The 65th Berlinale opens tomorrow, February 5, lasting til the 15th of the same month.

Source: Berlinale official site
  Cigarettes and Coffee
  Remake, Remix, RipOff
  Why Me?
  Until I Lose My Breath
  Sworn Virgin
  Flotel Europa
  Snow Pirates
  Tudor Giurgiu
  Cristi Puiu
  Syllas Tzoumerkas
  Radu Jude
  Michalis Konstantatos
  Stefan Arsenijevic
  Derya Durmaz
  Ozan Aciktan
  Cem Kaya
  Emine Emel Balci
  Laura Bispuri
  Vladimir Tomic
  Faruk Hacihafizoglu
  Berlin International Film Festival - The Berlinale
  Agitprop Ltd
  Endorphine Production
  Homemade Films
  Parade in Berlin!
  New Greek Cinema travels to Berlin
  Balkan Shine at Shooting Stars 2013
  Child`s Pose by Calin Peter Netzer at Berlin Film Festival
  Balkan Films At Berlinale 2013
  Balkan Films won the main and other prices at Berlinale!
  Berlinale Co-Production Market 2014: Call for Entries Starts Now
  The 2014 European Shooting Stars set to soar at the Berlinale!
  Balkan Films at the 64th Berlinale
  Stratos goes to Berlin
  The 64th Berlin International Film Festival Awards
  Berlinale 2015: Eurimages supports co-productions and reinforces its collaboration with the festival
  Berlinale on Twitter
  Berlinale on Facebook
  Festival Director Dieter Kosslick Introducing Berlinale 2015
  Berlinale Talents 2015
  Co-Production Market - European Film Market 2015
  Berlinale Past Berlinale Shorts Selection Stream
  Berlinale 2015 Trailer
  Berlinale 2015 Co-Production Market
  Berlinale Official Site
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