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Berlinale 2019 : The movies, the cinemas and the Stars of the film festival in Berlin

At the Start of the Berlinale in 2019 little good news coming from the industry. The number of cinema-goers fell by 2018 to almost 14 percent, to 105 million, which is the worst result in many decades. One reason for this is likely to be the long, hot and dry summer, the football world Cup and the success of the Streaming services.

The Berlinale seems to be not affected. Several hours before the start of the pre-sale, the first movie fans waited in front of the ticket counter in the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden. Early in the Morning, there is already a considerable queue for the Berlinale had formed Fans, the Tickets wanted to get for the International film festival.

In the heart of the festival is the competition for the Golden bear, in the final gala on may 16. February will be awarded in the Berlinale Palast. A few Numbers kindly? In the competition, 17 of the 23 selected films compete for the Golden and the Silver bear, the rest of the run out of competition. 25 different countries are involved in the productions and co-productions.

Of the 17 Competition entries created seven films among female and ten male Director to talk what is allowed in comparison to the past, the judgment of a Festival of women. 20 films will celebrate their world premieres at the Festival, including the opening film, "The Kindness of Strangers" by the Danish Director Lone Scherfig.

Berlinale-newcomers can feel at home from the festival program easily overwhelmed. Provide guidance to the various sections, including "panoramic", "perspective German cinema", "Forum", or even "Generation". The following is an Overview of the most important Berlinale series, the game sites and the celebrities to arrive.

The Berlinale competition

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The Panorama-films

A round birthday is coming up: The Panorama is 40 and celebrates with a small look back. It is "obscure and eclectic, not a Best-of, and no name-dropping," said Wieland Speck, who has led the Panorama from 1992 to 2017, and together with his long-time comrade-in-arms Andreas Struck nine feature films, three Essay documents, as well as eleven short films selected. With, among other things Hallströms Leave "My life as a dog", Pascale Ferrans "Lady Chatterley's lover" and the just restored in Aids Drama "Buddies" by Arthur J. Bressan Jr..

The Panorama are the films of the Berlinale in 2019 at a Glance

The perspective on movies

Oh, it goes on the canvas around. The Sex is back. If he was ever gone. Several films of the young film-makers devoted to the perspective of the German cinema plug in to the hedonism of the Nineties, the permissive decade after the fall of the wall, as the love parade and Techno were big, cheerful, coke, pills and Booze were consumed and the naked party seemed to have no end. So explicitly physically as in the 18. Output is not received in the now of full age section for a long time. The opening film "Easy to Love" by Tamer Jandali is not only with the relationship of the experiments, but also with the formal Venture a "documentary film", in the seven Cologne women and men yourself "play".

The perspective-films in the Berlinale 2019 at a Glance

moves The Forum-movies

The man every day 156 million tons of earth. Carries mountains, digging tunnels in and cuts out marble blocks, disrupts, agitates, shingles, coal, copper and oil Sands. Nicholas Geyrhalters documentary "earth" explores seven places where we are literally destroying the ground beneath our feet. Not a few of the 39 Forum posts (of which 31 are world premieres) focus on landscapes, and how the individual moves. In the "Sui" (Landless)" keeping rural workers in Brazil a plot of land occupied: protests from below, long before the right-wing populist Bolsonaro came to Power. "Olanda" was accompanied by a mushroom hunter in the Carpathian mountains. In "Bait" fighting fishermen and tourists to Say that in a coastal village in Cornwall: black 16 mm white, Hand-developed – the presence, in the form of a historical document. And "The Last To see Them" is accompanied by a growers family on the last day of your life: the chapped, southern rock region and the winding road to the metaphor of time and transience.

The Forum-films from the Berlinale 2019 at a Glance

gay movies

In Spain was introduced in the marriage for all of 2005. Much too late for Elisa Sanchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas, which were at the beginning of the last century, a Couple of. Hostility from their homophobic surroundings, to start, the two teachers of a Coup: Elisa disguised herself as a man and married Marcela in June, 1901, in the Galician A Coruña under the name of Mario Sánchez. The thing flew on, the women fled to Portugal to Argentina. This story serves the Spanish Director Isabel Coixet as a template for their black-and-white Netflix production "Elisa y Marcela" that runs in the competition and is sure to be a hot candidate in the race for the Teddy Award for best queer-Berlinale-Film.

The Queer films of the Berlinale, 2019 at a Glance

The Generation-movies

At the Berlinale you can find the film beads, every child knows that. A special treasure in "Cleo", with the Generation Kplus competition for the Five - to 13-Year-old opened. The adventurous search that leads the heroine through the streets of Berlin, in the history of the city. Old legends told in semi-documentary "Anbessa", in which an Ethiopian Boy is sometimes turned into a lion. Many of the 14 K-plus films deal with family, friendship, dealing with change and the question of the own I. In "My wonderfully strange week," with Tess, Sam, what really counts in life is learning. In the Danish-Swedish feature film "Sune vs Sune" try a ten year old to be cooler than its alleged competitor. The very young viewers can look forward to the animated film "Lotte", and the missing dragon and the doll animation "Solan and Ludvig – On to the moon". Out of competition, the climate-documentary "2040".

The Generation of movies of the Berlinale, 2019 at a Glance

Which celebrities are coming to the Berlinale in 2019?

For whom is rolls out the red carpet this year? A glance at the guest list of the Berlinale: Christian Bale and Geraldine Chaplin is sure to come, but a more important Name is missing.

the celebrities of The Berlinale, 2019 at a Glance

The venues of the Berlinale, 2019

How about a romantic evening for Valentine's day in the prison of Plötzensee prison? Or a movie night with friends in the canadian Embassy. The Berlinale. 35 venues this year at the world-renowned film festival – the prison in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf is probably the most unusual of them all. And even now, the most controversial.

Interactive map: All of the Berlinale cinemas and the program

All Berlinale venues, with a program on our interactive map


With the 69. The Berlinale is also the end of an Era. It is the last Festival Director Dieter Kosslick, has been with us since 2001, the Berlinale. Many movie stars are unanimous: "Berlin will miss you Dieter!"

Here you tell your best Kosslick stories.

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