The Berlinale has often been accused of trying to please too many people too much of the time. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing: sometimes you need a lot of ingredients to make a proper stew.
First, a look at the recipe: as usual, the fest has 10 sections: Competition films must be premieres; Forum films tend toward the experimental; Panorama films tend to be by established filmmakers; the Specials are handpicked by festival director Dieter Kosslick.
There are also lots of stir-fries at the Berlinale, as well as offerings served to specific audiences: children and teens in the Generation Kplus and 14plus, (non-figurative) foodies in Culinary Cinema. Some sections feature a certain genre (Shorts), director or theme (Retrospective) or freshly grown home produce (Perspektive Deutsches Kino), and award winners are not all section specific.
So, bearing all this in mind, let’s just peer into the pot and see what comes up. Click below for more.