With more than 400 films, 10 sections and nearly 500,000 tickets sold the Berlinale Festival in 2014 is as impressive as ever. "Sounds good. Is good." agrees Dieter Kosslick, Festival's Director. At the press conference on February 28, he and his artistic collaborators presented a taster of the programme to the media. This year it includes George Clooney's art thieves, African hijackers and Lars von Trier's nymphomaniacs, but also Taiwanese rice bomber, Georgian brides and Yves Saint-Laurent's frolic. From Vietnamese sci-fi to a gay movement film from Italy - the variety is huge. So whoever wondered what is it that people do out of love, will surely find an answer during the Berlinale.
23 films compete for the Bears this year. Their directors and contributors will be buzzing with expectation for the award ceremony on February 15. The British filmmaker Ken Loach, however, can already calmly drop into his cinema seat. He will be awarded the Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievements.
How does the filmmaking do in Latin America? How do Berlin’s neighbourhood cinemas look like? How is it that we hardly know any film from Bhutan? How to become a European Shooting Star? And what moves young European filmmakers? Berlin’s Cafebabel team will pursue these and other questions from the start of the festival on February 6. Our team, Daniel Tkatch, Christina Heuschen, Stefano Lipiello, Lilian Pithan and the new photographer Jean-Paul Pastor Guzmán, are always on the lookout for inspiring subjects, wacky pictures and the next cinematic kick.