Berlinale-Blogger 2017 Berlinale 2017

Berlinale 2017
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From 9 to 19 February 2017, Germany's biggest film festival once again welcomes filmmakers from all over the world to the nation's capital. Our bloggers will be reporting live.

In the Competition, 18 of the 24 selected films will be vying for the accolade of best film. Many of them "are seeking answers in the past, trying to understand the present against the backdrop of history," explains festival director Dieter Kosslick in the preface to the programme. Twenty-two of the films will be celebrating their world premiere at the festival.

This year, Germany is represented in the Competition by three films: Volker Schlöndorff (Return To Montauk), Andreas Veiel (Beuys) and Thomas Arslan (Bright Nights). The multinational co-production (Japan, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Germany) MR. LONG by the Japanese director Sabu is also vying for the top prize: a Golden Bear. Our 12 bloggers from all over the world will be reporting live from the festival.     

The Berlinale will open on 9 February 2017 with the French film debut by Etienne Comar Django (2017). The film tells the story of the French jazz musician Django Reinhardt and his escape from occupied Paris in 1943. As Sinti, his family were persecuted and victimised by the Nazis.

New this year

Paul Verhoeven, who rose to fame with Basic Instinct (1992) and enjoyed renewed success in 2016 with the masterful psychological thriller Elle erneut einen psychologischen Thriller is the new Jury President of the Berlinale. And in 2017, there will for the first time be a prize of EUR 50,000 for the best documentary.

This year the Berlinale Talents initiative is celebrating its 15th anniversary and takes as its theme "Courage: Against All Odds" in order to focus on the courage of young filmmakers. "While segregation is on the rise elsewhere, we stand in solidarity with those who believe in respect and the diversity of culture. Our audiences, guests and Talents prove with their courage and love of cinema that together we’re stronger and more creative," says programme manager Florian Weghorn.