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Berlinale Blog 2015
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Opinions and interviews relating to films, film-makers and favourites for the Golden Bear award: Bloggers and film journalists from Beijing, Cairo, Leipzig, Madrid, Munich, Nairobi, São Paulo, Tokyo and Toronto report from the International Film Festival in Berlin.

As guests of the Goethe-Institut, bloggers and film journalists from Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Egypt, Japan, Kenia and Spain are going to the Berlinale this February to share their impressions on the most important German film festival. How are Egyptian films represented at the Berlin Film Festival? Which interesting Brasilian co-productions have been invited? Will Chinese film makers be as successful as last year? What expectations do Spanish filmmakers have going into the Berlinale? And: What new productions will German film makers present in Berlin?

We will also take a look behind the scenes with a series of short portraits of the movers and shakers that make the Berlinale the Berlinale, called Berlinale People.
The coverage is rounded off with film reviews by the Talent Press, a joint project of Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut, and FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics) that invites young international film critics to Berlin.

All artictles of the Berlinale bloggers will be published in the film magazine on

Our bloggers:

Wafaa Al Badry

Wafaa Al Badry Photo: Private is a journalist and TV news reporter from Cairo, Egypt. In 2007 she graduated from Ain Shams University with a Bachelor of Arts in media and communications science. Since then, she has worked for numerous media enterprises. In 2013 she participated in a Goethe-Institut programme on cultural journalism. She also works as a freelancer for Deutsche Welle.

Jutta Brendemühl

 Photo: Goethe-Institut is the Goethe-Institut Toronto's Program Curator and year-round blogger at GermanFilm@Canada. Jutta is lucky to love what she does: arts & cultural programming across the genres & through a global lens. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Rauschenberg, Wim Wenders, Pina Bausch, and other luminaries. She has an M.A. in English Literature.

Yun-hua Chen

Yun-hua Chen Photo: Private was born in Taichung, and studied in Taipei, France and Scotland. She obtained her PhD in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews (Scotland). Based in Berlin at the moment, she writes regularly for Film International, Exberliner and academica journals, and gives talks at international conferences and film seminars.

Camila Gonzatto

Camila Gonzatto Photo: © Private writes and directs films for cinema and television. She did her Master’s in creative writing at PUCRS University in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and is currently writing her PhD thesis in that field under an academic exchange with the Free University of Berlin.

Kiyohide Hayashi

Kiyohide Hayashi Photo: Private was born in Gifu, Japan, and  studied art history and law in Nagoya. After working several years as an art critic in Japan, he moved to Germany. Since 2008 he lives in Berlin and writes about the current trends in the German art- and culture scene. He regularely blogs on art themes.

Pablo López Barbero

Pablo López Barbero Photo: © Filiz Penzkofer is a journalist, comes from Madrid and lives in Berlin. He studied journalism at the Complutense University of Madrid. He worked there in a number of editorial teams until 2012, when he decided to move to the German capital. His passions are cinema and audio-visual media. He currently works for the Deutsche Welle news desk and produces contributions for a variety of publications.

Steve Mbugu

Steven Mbugu Photo: Private born and raised in Banana Hill in Kenya, is a writer interested in social and cultural matters. He discovered his passion in writing at an early age. Steve has also been involved in various poetry projects and is currently working with Berlin Street Music – Notes from underground, a programme  aimed at bringing together various artistes in and out of Berlin. Steve currently lives in Berlin.

Barbara Oswald

Barbara Oswald Photo: Private studied English language and literature, media science and Spanish philology at the University of Regensburg. She is currently studying at the August Everding Teatre academy and at the University of Television and Film in Munich, and is taking part in the supplemental programme there in theatre, film and television criticism.

Madeleine Prahs

Madeleine Prahs Photo: Louis Volkmann is an author and a film junkie. Her highly praised debut novel Nachbarn (i.e. neighbours) was published by dtv premium in autumn 2014. She studied art history in Munich and St. Petersburg, and was awarded an Authors' Workshop Grant by the Literary Colloquium Berlin and the Jürgen Ponto Foundation. She lives in Leipzig and works as a cultural journalist. Her favourite film: Billy Wilder's The Apartment.

Christopher Resch

Christopher Resch © is a journalist and Arabist who lived in Cairo until December 2013, serving as Press and Public Relations Officer at the Goethe-Institut there. Now back in Germany, Resch freelances as a journalist based in Leipzig, covering, among other things, the Arab film festivals in Leipzig and Berlin.