Berlinale Summer Special: Festival finds audience | Movies | DW

The Berlinale has always been considered a public festival. The decision to start the 71st Berlin International Film Festival in March without an audience and only digitally was all the more decisive.

The second part, the Berlinale Summer Special, will follow from June 9th to 20th. Low infection numbers and the organization as a Berlin pilot project make it possible. There are a few things to consider beforehand so that the Berlinale becomes a lavish (film) festival.

  • The 16 venues are spread over the whole city: In addition to large open-air cinemas such as the one in Hasenheide or in Volkspark Friedrichshain, small locations such as the Frischluftkino @ Studentendorf in Dahlem also show Berlinale films. This should bring the festival even closer to the audience.
  • The focus is on the open-air cinema set up specifically for the film festival on Museum Island. The Berlinale Summer Special will be officially opened here on June 9, and this is where the winners will receive their Golden and Silver Bears on June 13.
  • A total of 60,000 tickets were available – even for competition films there were still tickets to be had shortly before the start. You are exclusive available from the respective venues. All tickets are personalized, in most venues two people are allowed to sit next to each other.
  • A negative corona test must be presented for admission. A self-test is not permitted as evidence. Vaccinated or convalescent visitors must submit appropriate evidence. Wearing an FFP2 mask is compulsory in the venues and can only be removed at the seat.
  • The announcement of the winners of the bears was rather lackluster in March. The audience award for the competition films, which was awarded for the first time this year, therefore promises a bit of excitement and glamor. Does the audience have other favorites than the jury? Ballot papers and ballot boxes are provided at the venues.

  • The audience award for the competition, like the traditional audience award, will be awarded in the panorama section on June 20th.
  • The European Shooting Stars will be honored on June 14th.
  • Across all disciplines, 16 films from the sections Competition, Berlinale Special, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino have been nominated for the Documentary Award, which will be awarded on June 13th.
  • There are also a couple of real premieres: With “French Exit” with Michelle Pfeiffer, “Best Sellers” with Michael Caine and “The Mauritanier” with Jodie Foster, highly anticipated films can be seen for the first time. They were not made available for viewing in the first part of the Berlinale. “The Mauritanian” tells the true story of the Guantanamo prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi and will open the summer special.
  • In normal Berlinale years, autograph hunters run the risk of getting frostbite in February while waiting for their idols on the red carpet. Summer promises a more pleasant endurance: On June 10, the ensemble of Dominik Graf’s “Fabian or The Walk to the Dogs” will walk the red carpet on Museum Island. Daniel Brühl and the bear winners have also announced their arrival at the Berlinale.



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