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Dieter Kosslick's Selection For The
67th Berlinale Reflects The Wealth
Of An Artistic Canvas Without Frontier

Dieter Kosslick
The start of the year and attending the first Film Festival and Market to begin a new year never fails to excite and invigorate the mind, body and soul. The selection of films at the 67th Berlinale is an ongoing appreciation of the art form of film from around the world in its many manifestations, from shorts to feature, and feature documentaries.

Throughout the year the passion and love of films sees the community meeting filmmakers and sales agents at the numerous film and market event, but it's at Berlin that you feel the humanity of film, the interconnectivity between the creative artist, the business executives, and the result: the films showcased during the Berlinale and EFM.

Reading the many press releases abut the different sections of the Festival, it's inspiring and encouraging to feel the palpable enthusiasm that Dieter Kosslick and his team have for the films they curate for the Festival.

Each year the selection of films in Competion at the Berlinale personally by Festival Director Deiter Kosslick never fails to intrigue. This year's line up at the Berlinale of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival sees 18 of the 24 films selected for Competition competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears; 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.

Have a Nice Day
Always with a breadth and vision that encompasses the spectrum of filmmaking, films this year include: Final Portrait United Kingdom / France By Stanley Tucci with Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Tony Shalhoub, James Faulkner, Sylvie Testud, World premiere – Out of competition; Hao ji le (Have a Nice Day) - Animation People's Republic of China By Liu Jian, World premiere; Sage femme (The Midwife) France / Belgium By Martin Provost, with Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve, Olivier Gourmet, World premiere – Out of competition.

Reflecting the wealth of an artistic canvas that stretches across the world, Kosslick has selected films from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong – China, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Lebanon, Norway, People's Republic of China, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Slovakian Republic, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and USA.

Each year Dieter Kosslick and his team strive for innovation in every section of the Berlinale that demonstrates a passion and deep appreciation of the entire process of film, the filmmakers and the art of film. Dedicating the Berlinale Homage to costume designer Milena Canonero is a masterful stroke that embraces the vital work of an artist of the visionary aesthetics in filmmaking that visually and subtly elevates films.

The Berlinale Homage this years is dedicated to talented Italian costume designer Milena Canonero, who will also receive an Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement. Milena Canonero has worked with a long list of directors, including Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Sydney Pollack, Warren Beatty, Roman Polanski, Steven Soderbergh, Louis Malle, Tony Scott, Barbet Schroeder, Sofia Coppola, and Wes Anderson. Over the years she has won four Academy Awards for her outstanding costume designs and has been nominated five other times.

Dieter Kosslick says: "Milena Canonero is an extraordinary costume designer. With her designs she has contributed decisively to the style of many cinematic masterpieces. With this year's Homage, we would like to honour a great artist as well as direct attention to another film profession."

Rainer Rother, Head of the Retrospective and Homage
Rainer Rother, Head of the Retrospective and Homage and Artistic Director of the Deutsche Kinemathek, commented: "What is also so impressive about Milena Canonero is the versatility of her artistic interests. Her costume designs for productions at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, and the Vienna State Opera, as well as for Roman Polanski's stage adaptation of Amadeus have brought her international recognition and success too."

The curating of the films at the 67th Berlinale, at its essence, is about the art and passion of films and the filmmakers, the enthusiasm to address new frontiers, to bring to the fore films from countries such as the Arctic – is something not found at the other festivals – it isn't because other Festivals don't curate such films – but because the agenda behind the selection appears to be largely based on 'singular criteria' according to the geography and concept of the organization's role as a festival or market, rather than the individuality of each artist's interpretation across all genres.


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