Berlinale: 2016 Berlin Film Festival
Now that Sundance Film Festival is in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to focus on the first major European film festival of the year: Berlin. As filmmakers, movie lovers, and stars flock to the cultural capital of Germany, business will surely be in the air. In addition to the excitement of the Festival, the European Film Market will set the stage for some major deals. The festival is an excellent opportunity for a project made with an independent movie budget to charm international sales companies.
Berlin is a festival known for its dedication to bringing international films to a larger audience and sets the artistic standard for the year to come. That being said, the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival should be one for the books.
When: February 11-21
Where: Berlin, Germany
An All-Star Jury Panel
“Taxi” directed by Jafar Panahi won last year’s Golden Bear, touching many with its heart and realism. This year’s winner will be chosen by a legendary jury panel. How legendary, you ask? Meryl Streep is the Jury President, and will be joined by Clive Owen, Nick James, Alba Rohrwacher, Lars Eidinger, Brigitte Lacombe, and Małgorzata Szumowska.
Meryl Streep received the Honorary Golden Bear back in 2012.
A Touching Tribute to the Late David Bowie and Alan Rickman
According to The Guardian, “The festival, which opens on 11 February, will screen Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility, in which Rickman plays the key supporting role of Colonel Brandon, while the Bowie tribute will be the 1976 Nicolas Roeg film The Man Who Fell to Earth.”
This is a fitting setting for a tribute to David Bowie, who recorded three highly-acclaimed albums in Berlin.
This year’s Opening Gala will feature the Coen Brother’s highly anticipated “Hail, Caesar!” Starring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, and Josh Brolin. The film, which is the final chapter in the Coen’s “numbskull” trilogy with George Clooney, was made with a movie budget of $22 million.
Competition for the Golden Bear
With Meryl Streep leading the jury panel, it’s a safe bet that this year’s winner will be a special one. Movies competing for the 2016 Golden Bear include: Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune”, Michael Grandage’s “Genius”, Alex Gibney’s “Zero Days” (documentary), and Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Things to Come”.
Television at a Film Festival?
Instead of competing with TV’s increasing quality, in some cases, that is, Berlin is integrating the medium into its lineup. Festival-goers will be able to catch screenings of cult-hit “Better Call Saul” and BBC’s “Love, Ninia” starring Tom Hiddleston. Tom’s last film, “Crimson Peak”, was made with a movie budget of $55 million.