Berlin Film Festival Opens With ‘Django’ & Plenty Of Political Statements

Source : 112 Ukraine

Glamour and Shiny Bears: Opening Night of the 67th International Film Festival Berlin
15:24, 10 February 2017

One of the world’s main film festivals Berlinale opened on Thursday with it's 67 edition.

The distinguished International Film Festival Berlinale is underway through February 19.

This year festival’s program includes around 400 films, including 201 world premieres.

This year’s Jury President is veteran Dutch director and screenwriter, Paul Verhoeven, known for Basic Instinct, and his latest film Elle, which received an Oscar nomination for best actress Isabelle Huppert.

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The festival was opened with a film Django, by Etienne Comar; the film focuses on famous guitarist Django Reinhardt’s flight from German- occupied Paris. 18 of the 24 films selected for Competition will be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival. Anticipated  international premieres include Danny Boyle’s very anticipated “Trainspotting: T2,” sequence and the world premiere of James Mangold’s "Logan" starring Hugh Jackman.

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As usual, the festival will have the Berlinale Shorts, Forum, Generation, Retrospective, Panorama, art exhibitions, with several more programs in collaboration with the European Film Market (EFM), Co-Production market and World Fund.

This year there were additional controls at the entrance to the press centre of Berlin’s international film festival where the international jury press conference took place due to the recent attack on the Christmas market in Berlin. Apart from showing a journalist badge one now needed to let one’s bag be searched by security staff equipped with miniature flashlights, reports Film Festival.


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