L.A, 2022-01-12 11:54:51. The Berlin Film Festival is being held in person despite the pandemic
The organizers of the Berlin International Film Festival said, on Wednesday, that the Berlin International Film Festival will be held in person next month despite the high numbers of the virus in Germany, especially in the capital.
“We are aware of the challenges posed by the unexpected course of the epidemic,” the festival management said in a statement, adding that strict measures against the epidemic will be implemented at the 72nd session of one of the most famous film festivals in the world.
“We want the festival to send a signal to the entire film industry, to cinemas and their patrons, and to culture as a whole – we need cinema, we need culture,” said Germany’s Minister of State for Culture and Information, Claudia Roth.
“Of course, nowadays, this can only be dealt with with some agonizing wounds and constant vigilance,” she added. “The pandemic situation is dynamic, and the Berlin Film Festival is adapting to the resulting challenges.”
Only people who have already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recently recovered from the infection will be able to access the festival grounds. In addition, a rapid test and daily masks for all attendees will be necessary. Cinema attendance will be reduced to 50%, and all parties and receptions – which are usually the highlights of a film festival – will be cancelled.
The film festival was renewed last year due to the virus and was divided into two sections – one for industry and one for showing films during the summer.
The German news agency (dpa) reported that the opening is still scheduled for February 10, and the awards will be handed out a little earlier than initially planned, on February 16.
The opening film of the festival will be “Peter von Kant” by French director and screenwriter Francois Ozon. The film is a free translation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant”.
Organizers said the film, which stars Denis Menochet, Isabelle Adjani and Hana Shigulla, is part of the festival’s international competition and will celebrate its world premiere on February 10.
The jury will be chaired by the American director M. Night Shyamalan, and French actress Isabelle Huppert will receive an honorary Golden Bear award for her lifetime achievement.
“Huppert is one of the most versatile actors in the world and has played an impressive cast of characters in nearly 150 film and television productions,” the festival management said.
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