Berlin Film Festival takes place in person despite pandemic


BERLIN (AP) – The Berlin International Film Festival will take place in person next month despite the increase in the number of viruses in Germany, especially in the capital, organizers said on Wednesday.

“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 most popular film festivals. famous 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. “

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 quick test and masks will be required for everyone present. Cinema attendance will be reduced to 50% of 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.

The opening is still scheduled for February 10 and the prizes will be awarded a little earlier than originally planned on February 16, German news agency dpa reported.

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 film “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant”.

The film which stars Denis Ménochet, Isabelle Adjani and Hanna Schygulla is part of the international competition of the festival and will celebrate its world premiere on February 10, the organizers said in a statement.

The festival jury will be chaired by American filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.

French actress Isabelle Huppert will receive 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,” wrote the festival management when announcing the nomination.


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