Conference and 2nd Berlin Critics’ Week

The year 2015 saw the main competitions in the Cannes, Locarno and Venice film festivals entirely without German titles. As a prelude to the 2nd Berlin Critics‘ Week, the state of affairs in German cinema is therefore the subject of a conference aiming to explore the reasons for this situation.

“Cinema is Made by Others – Why German Films Party on Their Own”

After a successful premiere at the beginning of the year, the Berlin Critics’ Week will take place for the second time in 2016, parallel to the Berlinale. In addition to this, on the eve of the most important event for the German film industry, the German Film Critics‘ Association and the Heinrich Boell Foundation will hold a conference on the state of German film culture, titled “Cinema is Made by Others – Why German Films Party on Their Own”. International guests will debate why German films are not enjoying much success in the major film festivals, a trend that culminated in a complete absence of German films from the main competitions in Cannes, Venice and Locarno in 2015.

The conference will take place on Wednesday 10 February 2016 at Kulturquartier Silent Green (Gerichtstr. 35, 13347 Berlin, S+U-Bahn Wedding). Charles Tesson, director of the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, will shed light on this problem from the perspective of an important film festival. Symptoms, causes and possible solutions will be debated by international guests, such as Richard Brody (The New Yorker), Sergio Fant (member of the selection committee of the Locarno International Film Festival) and Lars Henrik Gass (Director of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen).

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2nd Berlin Critics‘ Week

The Hackesche Höfe Kino will again host the Berlin Critics’ Week, which will run from February 11 to 18 parallel to the International Berlin Film Festival. It will offer seven nights of film screenings coupled with extensive debates centering around pressing questions of film culture, aesthetic and narrative forms and their political conditions.

Critics‘ Weeks have long been an important element of the Cannes, Venice and Locarno film festivals. Connecting film and extensive debates is a unique feature of the Berlin project. Guests from various countries and disciplines will contribute their perspectives, turning the event into a lively space for engagement with ideas accompanying the Berlin International Film Festival. Berlin Critics‘ Week is organised by the German Film Critics’ Association in cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Foundation.

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