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Berlinale Bloggers 2019
#BerlinalePeople: Joana Vicente, film producer

Joana Vicente
Photo (Detail): © TIFF

Film producer Joana Vicente from Toronto on her favourite German films – and why the Berlinale is a special film festival.

By Jutta Brendemühl

Name and role: Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head of TIFF as of late 2018. Producer of Oscar-nomitated Capernaum. Formerly Executive Director of New York’s IFP - Independent Filmmaker Project.

How often have you visited the Berlinale?
This is my 6th Berlinale.

“I’ve always looked to TIFF as a prominent international platform for world cinema, with an impact that is both local and global,” you recently said about your new home. Where do you position the Berlinale on the international festival and industry circuit?
I’ve been a long-time fan. I’ve always had a lot of respect for the Berlinale within the international festival landscape and I’ve been fortunate enough to have several films I produced showcased at the Festival over the years: Black kites, Chocolate babies, Three Seasons, Little Senegal, The guys, Love the hard way, Fay grim. It holds an important place in bringing the international film community together to connect and share ideas. I’m glad I’ll be there for Dieter Kosslick’s final year at the helm.

It will have been a good Berlinale 2019 if you leave with ...:
It will be a good year if I leave having seen a film that completely catches me by surprise, taken a moment to catch up with old friends and eaten the Nem (Spring Rolls) at Monsieur Vuong in Mitte.

Your favourite German film ever (or two or three):
1. Wings of Desire
2. Metropolis
3. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Next big thing people can expect at TIFF:
Of course, I’m really looking forward to my first Festival co-leading the organization alongside Cameron Bailey. It will be an exciting year with new ideas and fresh perspectives. I’m eager to unveil our lineup this summer and get the first Festival under my belt. Stay tuned…

Part of an ongoing series of mini profiles on the blog German Film @ Canada on the movers and shakers that make the Berlinale one of the most important events in the international film calendar: the filmmakers, programmers, curators, industry promoters and visitors, from rookies to veterans.