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According to the official site of the Berlin Film Festival, 2014 saw a total of 325,262 tickets sold and 491,316 theater visits. That should help explain why Berlin is considered one of the most important film festivals of the year.
Is Berlin international? You bet. Last year, 80 different countries were represented at the film festival. For this reason, Berlin leads the charge when if comes to deal making; a fact highlighted by the European Film Market (EFM).
When: Februrary 5-15, 2015
Where: Berlin, Germany
Tickets: According to the site, the festival programme will be published the 27th of January, just days before advance ticket sales start (Feb. 2nd). Festival goers will be able to purchase tickets directly at the box offices or booked online (the number that can be allocated is limited). Ticket prices range from € 4.00 to € 85.00 (this is for the Culinary Cinema package, which includes dinner and a talk).
Venues: 30 different venues will be participating in the festival, including Arsenal Cinema and Berlinale Palast (pictured below).Image via http://b2b.berlinale.de
Competition Section Lineup
Queen of the Desert | Directed by Werner HerzogImage: Nick Raslan / Twitter
Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert” is a biographical drama on the life of traveler Gertrude Bell. The film, made with a movie budget of $36M, stars Nicole Kidman, James Franco, and Robert Pattinson.
Taxi | Directed by Jafar Panahi
According to variety.com, “Panahi was arrested in his native Iran in 2009, and subsequently banned from making films for 20 years.” That being said, “Taxi” is a highly anticipated film from the director who caught the attention of the international market with 1995’s “The White Balloon”.
Mr. Holmes | Directed by Bill Condon
Ian Mckellen plays the iconic Sherlock Holmes in director Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes”. The American born director, known for “The Twilight Saga” and “Dreamgirls”, knows how to turn a big budget into even larger profits. For instance, “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” was made with a movie budget of $120M and went on to gross over $292M in the US.
Watch: “Sir Ian McKellen on Sherlock Holmes” from the Museum of London.
Berlinale Special Program
Woman in Gold | Directed by Simon Curtis
“Woman in Gold”, set to release in April, 2015, tells the story of a Jewish refugee fighting for artwork “she believes rightfully belongs to her family.” It stars Ryan Reynolds and Katie Holmes.
Life | Directed by Anton Corbijn
This drama starring Robert Pattinson is simply described as, “a photographer for Life Magazine is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean.” The movie was written by Luke Davies.
European Film Market (EFM)
The EFM has some high expectations this year. In an article on Cineruopa, the new director of the market, Matthijs Wouter Knol, is quoted as saying,
“With our programme, we want to expand the EFM into new business fields, develop the synergies between the festival and the EFM, and sustain the EFM’s position as one of the most important film markets worldwide”
In hopes of bringing entrepreneurs from other industries in contact with the film and entertainment world, the EFM will host ten creative startups at the event in order to spark networking and collaboration.