72nd Berlinale film festival officially kicked off

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Berlinale, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, officially opened yesterday. Mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey attended the opening gala which was held at the Berlinale Palast.

Mayor Giffey stated on social media: ”The Berlinale is open. Now, until February 20, 2022, outstanding festival days lie ahead for cinema and film fans.’’

This year’s edition of the festival will be held as an in-person event, though some restrictions will remain in force as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Last year’s Berlinale was largely organized online, due to surging coronavirus numbers in Germany at the time.

The capacity for the festival viewings this year has been reduced to 50%. Furthermore, the so-called 2G+ plus rule is being used for the duration of the festival. In order to be able to attend the event, visitors must be able to prove that they have been vaccinated against coronavirus or recovered from it, as well as to present a negative Covid-19 test. Wearing face masks will also be mandatory at all film projections.

Francois Ozon’s Peter von Kant, which is part of the Competition program, was the opening film of the 72nd edition of the renowned event.  18 movies in total have been selected for the main competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival, usually referred to as simply Berlinale.

Minister of State for Culture and the Media Claudia Roth and the festival’s managing and artistic directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, also attended the opening gala. The glamorous event also welcomed the members of the International Jury, headed by M. Night Shyamalan. The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, February 16.

Mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey is also set to welcome the members of the international jury at the Red City Hall (Rotes Rathaus) on February 14th. (photo credit: Screenshot/Berlinale.de)