Romania at 64th edition of Berlin International Film Festival


The Berlin International Film Festival, one of the world’s leading film festivals, kicks off on Feb. 6. The Berlinale brings together annually over 450,000 film lovers, over 3,000 journalists from 80 countries, over 400 movies, becoming the second most important European cinema event after the Cannes Film Festival, reads a press release of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Berlin (ICR Berlin).
Over the past few years, the Romanian movie was greatly awarded at the Berlin International Film Festival. ICR Berlin supports the participation of Romanian movie casts and takes part in the organization of the Romanian presentation stand. In addition, the annual edition of the Romanian Films Catalogue will be republished and presented at the Berlinale Film Market.
Last year, Child’s Pose directed by Calin Peter Netzer was awarded the Golden Bear prize, being the first Romanian feature movie winning the top award at the Berlin film festival.
After Ana Ularu, Dragos Bucur, Maria Popistasu and Ada Condeescu, Cosmina Stratan was invited to join Berlin Festival’s Shooting Starts constellation. At its 17th edition, Shooting Stars is one of the most spectacular sideline events of the Berlin Film Festival, being organized by European Film Promotion (EFP) in cooperation with the EFP member organizations such as the Romanian Film Promotion Association. Shooting Stars seeks to promote globally Europe’s most talented 10 young actors and put them in contact with important film industry figures (famous actors, directors, renowned producers, casting directors).
As regards the Berlinale Talents section, devoted to young talents working in this industry, the jury selected director Adina Istrate, editor Alexandru Petru, producer Gabriela Suciu and actress Elena Andreea Vasile.
The programme of Berlinale Co-production Market aiming to develop cinema projects will also include ‘6.9 on the Richter scale’ by Nae Caranfil produced by Mobra Films Romania, besides other 19 productions worldwide.
This year, the jury of the FIPRESCI International Federation of Film Critics will include film critic Mihai Fulger, an important writer of film articles and publications, programme coordinator at the Eforie and Union cinema halls and editor at the National Film Archives.
Within the same event, the Romanian National Center of Cinematography organizes the Romanian stand at the Berlinale Film Market, the main objective being to introduce Romanian movies on the international market, lay the foundations of international co-productions and present Romania as a film set for investments made by the world’s leading film-production companies.

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