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Berlinale 2012: Berlin International Film festival

Since 1950, Berlin is home to one of the leading Film festivals worldwide, Berlinale. For two weeks, the city will be fully involved in this event attracting some 20 000 professionals of the film industry and more than 4 000 critics and journalists. For this year’s edition, more than 200 000 tickets will be available for the vision of hundreds of films in competition. Berlinale will run from February 9 to 19: one of the highlights of the event is on Feb14th, with a screening of the film ‘The Iron Lady’, in which Meryl Streep plays Margaret Thatcher. The great actress, born in Summit, New Jersey (USA), will be awarded the Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement.

Berlinale 2012 is scheduling about 400 films to compete for the awards called the Golden and Silver Bears. The movies being presented are almost all new releases, and are divided into sections: the most popular are generally the Panorama section, which includes independent productions, Forum, with works touching political and social issues, Generation devoted to children and young people. For true fans of the genre, Retrospective rediscovers some of the masterpieces of the past.

Berlinale is mostly entertainment, fashion and red carpet, but to the thousands of professionals involved it is also business. Much revolves around the European Film Market, that bring together the major production and distribution companies, and the Talent Campus, a special initiative of the Berlin Film Festival dedicated to supporting emerging filmmakers and directors.

Excellent films in competition, such as the Italian docu-fiction “Caesar must die” directed by the Taviani brothers, “Aujourd’hui” by French director Alain Gomis, “Barbara” by German Christian Petzold, “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” by American Billy Bob Thornton “Meteora” by Greek director Stathoulopoulos Spiros, “Just the Wind” by Hungarian Benedek Fliegauf and many others.

Not to be missed, moreover, is also Angelina Jolie’s first outing as a director in the film “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” a love story between a Bosnian woman and a Serbian soldier during the war in the former Yugoslavia. The opening film, on February 9th, is “Les adieux à la reine” directed by Benoît Jacquot, on the French Revolution as seen through the eyes of the servants who worked at Versailles.

To attend the screenings you must purchase tickets in advance at the central ticket counter housed in the shopping mall “Arkaden”, in the center of Potsdamer Platz, or online.

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