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The 73rd Berlin International Film Festival will take place from Thu, Feb 16, 2023 - Sun, Feb 26, 2023
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BERLINALE 2023 Wrap : Awards and Video Interviews



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VIDEO Berlinale 2023 Awards : The complete list, yes a long one, with the winners video conference !

Sur l’Adamant (On the Adamant): film team with Mariëtte Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian © Sandra Weller / Berlinale 2023     PRIZES OF OFFICIAL JURIES    PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY  Members of the Jury: Kristen Stewart (Jury President), Golshifteh Farahani, Valeska Grisebach, Radu Jude, Francine Maisler, Carla Simón, Johnnie To    GOLDEN BEAR FOR BES...

Berlinale 2023: Crystal Bears and Prizes of the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany) at Generation Kplu

  Crystal Bears   The members of the Children’s Jury Generation Kplus – Luan Faik Can, Valerie Louise Da Silva Matos, Timon Mahlke, Nina Marie Stellmacher, Defne Frida Sungu, Enno Winch, Jerrit Wunder – have awarded the following prizes:   Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Sweet As by Jub Clerc, Australia   A film that touched us by virtue of the personal stories of the characters and its impressive backdrops. You’ve seen various...


The Panorama Audience Awards Go to Sira by Apolline Traoré and Kokomo City by D. Smith

The audience has voted: The 25th Panorama Audience Award for the best feature film goes to Sira by Apolline Traoré, Kokomo City by D. Smith wins in the category Panorama Dokumente. D. Smith had boarded her plane already when she learnt about the award and quickly got off to be present at the ceremony. The prizes are awarded by the Berlinale section Panorama together with radioeins and rbb television (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg). ...


Berlinale 2023 Crystal Bears and Prizes at Generation 14plus

Adolfo – Szemen sarka – Man khod, man ham miraghsam – And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine – Hummingbirds – Mutt – Infantaria – IncorciCrystal Bears The members of the Youth’s Jury Generation 14plus – Leia Haarhuis, Leo Hanstein, Anna Lena Hiemer, Anouk Segebart, Jonas Volkers – have awarded the following prizes: Crystal Bear for the Best Fi...


Berlinale 2023 The Perspektive Deutsches Kino Award Winners

The Perspektive Deutsches Kino award winners are: Compass-Perspektive-Award: Seven Winters in Tehran by Steffi Niederzoll Kompagnon Fellowships: Mareike Wegener (Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2022) and Anna Melikova (Berlinale Talents 2023) Heiner Carow Prize: Bones and Names by Fabian Stumm Jury member Anne Fabini, Steffi Niederzoll (director Sieben Winter in Teheran), jury member Dela Dabulamanzi ...

The Winner of the First Berlinale Series Award in Cooperation with Deadline is The Good Mothers

The Berlinale Series jury – Mette Heeno, André Holland and Danna Stern – has decided: The first Berlinale Series Award in cooperation with Deadline goes to The Good Mothers. TheTeam dbehind the Berlinale Series Award, The Good Mothers: Daniel Frigo (Country Manager The Walt Disney Company Italia), Elisa Amoruso (Director) Julian Jarrold (Director), Alessandro Saba (Head of Productions The Walt Disney Company Italia...

The European Solidarity Fund for Ukrainian Cinema was launched during the Berlinale

© Richard Hübner / Berlinale 2023   On February 20, during the European Film Market of the Berlin Film Festival, a round table was held dedicated to the launch of the European Solidarity Fund for Ukrainian Cinema (ESFUF), the purpose of which is to help Ukrainian filmmakers and promote co-production. ESFUF is funded by contributions from 16 partners from 13 countries and the EFAD. The Fund will support the development or completion of Ukrainian feature f...


Results of the "Third Conference on co-production in cinema Canada-Ukraine #UCANCOPRODUCE. Wartime film production and distribut

  On February 20, in Berlin, about a hundred participants from Ukraine and Canada joined a discussion on film production and distribution during the war as part of a round table organized by the #ucancoproduce initiative, which aims to put into practice the Audiovisual Co-Production Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Canada. which was ratified in 2020. During the event, Victoria Yarmoshchuk (FILM.UA Group, Ukrainian Film Association)...

Pitching of the Odesa International Film Festival took place within the Berlinale

On February 18, Pitching of the Odesa International Film Festival was held as an associated event of the European Film Market, the international marketplace of the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival. During Pitching, 12 projects were presented at the pre-production stage, including projects of feature films, feature films, short films and TV series. 12 Ukrainian film projects selected by OIFF: Feature film Golden Lion on the Eve of Ivan Kupala, LLC “Il...


The Teachers' Lounge (Das Lehrerzimmer) Wins Berlin Europa Cinemas Label at the Berlin Film Festival 2023

İlker Çatak's The Teachers' Lounge (Das Lehrerzimmer) has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Panorama section, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors from the network, the eighteenth time the Label has been awarded in Berlin.   The Teachers' Lounge (Das Lehrerzimmer) will now benefit from promotional support from Europa Cinemas and better exhibition thanks to a financial incentive for network cinemas t...


Demon Chef! a recipe for murder by Summer Hill Entertainment

A RECIPE FOR MURDER?   Check out some exciting new releases from Summer Hill!   Be sure to check out our website at to see all our available films. We look forward to working with you throughout the rest of 2023 and beyond! If you're interested in any of these titles, feel free to schedule a meeting below:   FEATURED RELEASES: A Demon Chef with the recipe for murder. As people start to d...


Michaela Johnson-Carroll Joins Film Mode Entertainment as Director of International Sales

Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment (FME) announces the addition of Michaela Johnson-Carroll to the ever-expanding Film Mode team in the role of Director, International Sales.    The company recently announced the addition of Lydia Ianni as VP, Acquisitions and Development, and Charlotte Mott’s promotion to Director, Worldwide Sales during the last edition of the American Film Market (AFM).    “We’ve welcomed Micha...




Back in Full Force: The European Film Market (EFM) Reports Positive Results for the First Post-Pandemic Edition

  The European Film Market (EFM) of the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival came to a successful close yesterday (February 22). After two online editions in 2021 and 2022 due to the pandemic, this year’s market, now once again on-site, reports record results with 230 stands and 612 companies from 78 countries and a total of over 11,500 market participants from 132 countries. These numbers are an impressive testament to the EFM’s position as one of the most ...

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VIDEO Guillaume Esmiol Cannes Marché du Film Director interviewed on cannes 2022 and 2023

Guillaume Esmiol the new Cannes Marché du Film Director sat down in Berlin during EFM with Bruno Chatelin to discuss Cannes 2022 and the coming 2023 edition Tue, May 16, 2023 - Sat, May 27, 2023. Watch his interview and what he could reveal about the new features aboutr the 2023 comimg edition:     ...


VIDEO Matthijs Wouter Knol European Film Academy Director Interviewed

Since 2021, Dutch-born Matthijs Wouter Knol is the CEO and Director of the European Film Academy, previously running the EFM he spoke to Bruno Chatelin (a former board member of the European Film Academy. ...




VIDEO Introducing the New Titles from Summer Hill Entertainment with Monique White from California Pictures

Enjoy the last days of the Berlinale and EFM! Check out some exciting films from Summerhill at the European Film Market and you can find us at Marriott, Stand #139, with Monique White. We look forward to meeting with you!   Be sure to check out our website at to see all our available films. We look forward to working with you throughout the rest of 2023 and beyond! If you're interested in any of these titles, feel free to schedule a...

VIDEO Riviera International Film Festival goes to Berlin

RIVIERA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL   SESTRI LEVANTE May 9-14,  2023 Pictured: Bruno Chatelin Massimo Santinome  Valentina Comastri We dedicated the whole festival to young directors, under 35 years of age. We could have focused on affirmed movie stars only, but we’d rather take the risk to give a good chance to those who have...



VIDEO Quarxx on his latest film Pandemonium

Quarxx talked to right after the market premiere of Pandemonium his latest film, clearly happy with the audience reaction and the full house.   The fil; was produced by Martine Melloul. ...

VIDEO PARTY Devour Festival Feast in Berlin

Bruno Chatelin with Michael Howelll and Lia Rinaldo who run the festival in Nova Scottia AND the most exquisite reception during Berlinale at the Canadian Embassy, a must attend event for all food, wine and film lovers, which includes myself, your editor! ...



VIDEO Avant Premiere opening reception

Opening speech by the IMZ team and a passionate and energetic speech from artist conductor Alondra de la Parra kickstarted the 2023 edition of IMZ Avant Premiere in person after a two year hiatus!     THE NEW SHAPE OF AVANT PREMIÈRE Taking place during the EFM European Film Market and the Berlinale, Avant Première Music + Media Market 2023 will be a fully on-site experience. In addition, the lessons learned from the last two years have led us to enhance an...


VIDEO Monique R. White EVP CALIFORNIA PICTURES  representing Summer Hill Entertainment @ EFM


monique%20w.png founder, Bruno Chatelin, met with Monique during EFM 2023 at her booth at Marriott 139 where she also represents the line up from Ted Chalmers Summer Hill Entertainment. Discussing the energy of this new edition of the market.     ...



Octavia Spencer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (INCEPTION) and Lucy Liu are attached to lead the feature film NOBODY NOTHING NOWHERE

Nat McCormick, The Exchange Worldwide Sales and Distribution President, announced today that Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer (HIDDEN FIGURES, THE SHAPE OF WATER), Emmy Award winning actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (INCEPTION) and Emmy Award Nominee Lucy Liu (SHAZAM: FURY OF THE GODS, RED ONE) are attached to lead the feature film NOBODY NOTHING NOWHERE. A 2018 Blacklist and Sundance Screenwriter Labs original screenplay written and to be directed by Rachel Wolther and Alex H. Fischer...


Tatiana Maslany and Jasmin Savoy Brown are set to lead Josh Ruben's sci-fi horror Green Bank

Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black," Stronger, "She-Hulk: Attorney at Law") and Jasmin Savoy Brown (Scream franchise, "Yellowjackets") are set to lead Josh Ruben's (Scare Me, Werewolves Within) sci-fi horror Green Bank, it was announced today by Protagonist Pictures CEO Dave Bishop. Protagonist Pictures is launching international sales on the hot market title and will introduce to buyers at the upcoming EFM.  CAA Media Finance and ...


Liam Neeson is set to star in director Neil Jordan’s upcoming thriller The Riker’s Ghost

Liam Neeson is set to star in director Neil Jordan’s (The Crying Game, Marlowe, Interview with a Vampire) upcoming thriller The Riker’s Ghost, it was announced today by Capstone’s Christian Mercuri. The leading Los Angeles based production and sales company is handling international sales and will introduce to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market. CAA Media Finance is handling US rights.   Parallel Film’s Alan Moloney and Endurance M...


music to the ears of 44 european titles at the european film market

THE KLEZMER PROJECT by Leandro Koch & Paloma Schachmann (Austria/Argentina/Films Boutique) The EFM, one of the most important events in the year for the promotion of European films to the world is a flagship market for EFP's (European Film Promotion) Film Sales Support (FSS). Altogether 44 completed feature films, documentaries and animation films including works-in-progress from Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and th...


THE ASTRONAUT: New Film starring Emma Roberts and Laurence Fishburne

Emma Roberts (Holidate, “Scream Queens”) and Laurence Fishburne (John Wick films, The Matrix trilogy) are set to star in the sci-fi thriller The Astronaut, it was announced today. Jess Varley (Phobias) makes her solo writing and directorial debut.   The Astronaut is produced by Brad Fuller (Paramount’s A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part II, Universal’s The Purge films), Eric B. Fleischman (J.D. Dillard&r...


Vera Farmiga / Tim Blake Nelson set to star in the true crime biopic feature THE LEADER

VERA FARMIGA AND TIM BLAKE NELSON STAR IN TRUE CRIME BIOPIC 'THE LEADER' FOR THE EXCHANGE Nat McCormick, The Exchange Worldwide Sales & Distribution President, announced today that Academy Award nominated actress Vera Farmiga and award-winning actor Tim Blake Nelson are starring in the true crime biopic feature THE LEADER, based on the 1997 mass suicide of the religious group known as "Heaven's Gate". Farmiga stars as cult leader Bonnie Nettles aka "Ti" with...


Feast or Famine: Chef Marco Pierre White To Lead Film On Quest For Michelin Star

Film Mode Entertainment Serves Up a Thrilling Delicacy with FEAST OR FAMINE Featuring the First-Named Celebrity Chef, Marco Pierre White   It's the real-life hunger games when celebrity chef, Marco Pierre White, who has trained the best of the best, including Mario Batali, Heston Blumenthal, Shannon Bennett, Gordon Ramsay and Curtis Stone, gives insights into Angelina and her Chef's relentless pursuit of the highest accolade in the culinary world ...


Production begins on Sleeping Dogs - New film starring Russell Crowe and Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan (upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Avengers: Endgame), Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Harry Greenwood (The Nightingale) and Thomas M. Wright (Universal Pictures’ Everest) join Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) in the crime thriller Sleeping Dogs, the Nickel City Pictures film adaptation of E.O. Chirovici’s critically acclaimed novel, The Book of Mirrors.   ...


German Film Office launches KINO! GERMANY NOW! DISCOVER NEW TALENT film series

  The German Film Office in New York is pleased to announce the second edition of its KINO! Germany NOW! film program. From April through June 2023, theaters and festivals across the United States are invited to present a curated selection of new films from Germany to in-person audiences. The program includes five striking examples of dazzling talent that continues to emerge from one of the world's great cinematic traditions. C...


First Look image from Bring Them Down, starring Christopher Abbott, Barry Keoghan...

Photography credit: Patrick Redmond Principal photography is in its final stages in Ireland on MUBI Production Bring Them Down, starring Golden Globe nominee Christopher Abbott (Catch-22, Poor Things) and BAFTA award-winning and Academy award nominee Barry Keoghan (The Banshees of Inisherin, The Killing of a Sacred Deer). The film also stars Colm Meaney (Gangs of London, Star Trek), Nora-Jane Noone (Wildfire, Brooklyn) Paul Ready&nbs...



ON A WING AND A PRAYER Starring Dennis Quaid | Check Out The First-Look Image

In this extraordinary true story of faith and survival, On a Wing and a Prayer follows passenger Doug White's (Dennis Quaid) harrowing journey to safely land a plane and save his entire family from insurmountable danger, after their pilot dies unexpectedly mid-flight. FEATURING DENNIS QUAID AND HEATHER GRAHAM  Experience the inspirational true story this Easter weekend   AVAILABLE ON PRIME VIDEO APRIL 7, 2023 Directed by Sean McNamara Written...



NEFT Vodka Announces N.E.F.T.I. Competition Award Winners At EFM Event 20 February 2023

This year’s winning filmmaker of the $5,000 prize was Nahom Abraham from Eritrea. His film is called Home    Judges Acclaimed Actress Vivica A Fox, Academy and Tony Award winning producer Bruce Cohen, and President of Post Production 21st Century Fox/Disney Ted Gagliano – as well as the previous year’s competition winner - Minenhle Luthuli Selected   Nahom Abraham From Eritrea With His Film HOME   Competition Winner Receives $5000 &nbs...



Summer Hill Entertainment with new titles for EFM: "A walk in the park"...

ATTEND THE EUROPEAN FILM MARKET WITH SUMMERHILL!   Check out some exciting films from Summerhill at the European Film Market! We will be at Marriott, Stand #139, with Monique White. We look forward to meeting with you!   Be sure to check out our website at to see all our available films. We look forward to working with you throughout the rest of 2023 and beyond! If you're interested in any of these titles, feel free t...





VIDEO Berlinale Fest Director from her red carpet - Berlinale 2023

  Mariette Rissenbeek chatting on th ered carpet with Bruno Chatelin...

Boom! Boom! The world vs Boris Becker reviewed at Berlinale specials

Boom! Boom! The world vs Boris Becker (Berlinale Special) (part 1)  a documentary by Alex Gibnay, produced by John Battseck with Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Ion Tiriac, Nova Djokovic, Barbara Becker, Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Lilian de Carvalho   By M.R. D’Amico Oscar winner Alex Gibney, “the most important documentarian of our times” (Esquire), presented at Berlinale the first pa...

The Shadowless Tower (Berlinale Competition) by Chinese film director and screenwriter Zhang Lu

The Shadowless Tower (Competition) by Chinese film director and  screenwriter Zhang Lu (Desert Driver, Dooman River and Fukoka) with Xin Baiqing (Gu Wentong), Wang Yiwen (Smiley), Li Quinquin (Ouyang Whenhui) Li Jun (Wang Hongwei). By M.R. D’Amico There is a 13th Century Tibetan Buddhist Tower in the middle of Beijing that is believed to cast a shadow only on the Tibe...

Superpower (Berlinale Special) directed by Sean Penn and Aaron Kaufman

  A film by Sean Penn, Aaron Kaufman USA 115 minutes 2022   Review by M.R. D’Amico They went there first. In 2021 director Sean Penn (The Indian Runner, The Crossing Guard, The Pledge, Into the Wild, Flag day) and screenwriter, producer and director Aaron Kaufman began a film about Ukraine: they wanted to learn more about Volodymyr Zelensky, the actor and comedian who had become the actual President of Ukraine. But on February 24, 2022 (almost a year ...

Food for thought Inspiring people Inspiring words at Berlinale 2023 with SPIELBERG

By M.R. D’Amico   Steven Spielberg, 75, at the press conference for the Honorary Golden Bear at Berlinale told everything about movies, scripts and his friends…Francois Truffaut, Stanley Kubrick   “Francois Truffaut… I worked with him on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and some of my reasons for making E.T. actually came from Truffaut…. Truffaut had just made a film called Small Change (L’argent de poche) and he had the best time workin...

Food for thought : inspiring people, inspiring words at Berlinale 2023

By M.R. D’Amico   Kristen Stewart, at 32 is the youngest Berlinale jury president in history. On Saturday she joined Iranian filmmakers and talents on the Red Carpet to chant the slogan “Women, Life, Freedom!”and demanding the release of imprisoned journalists and Iranian rapper. In the opening press conference of the Jury she said these very inspiring words.   “We a...



Actress Anaïs Demoustier at the Berlinale Photocall of The Beast in the Jungle

Photos By Brice ANXIONNAZ Afrench film by Patric Chiha with Anaïs Demoustier, Tom Mercier, Béatrice Dalle, Martin Vischer, Sophie Demeyer It begins at the end of the 1970s, amidst the glittering nights of a club as a place of endless (im)possibilities and the timeless clockwork of a city. This is where John and May are waiting for an extraordinary, all-changing moment to occur. Around them, everything is loud and in motion, while they hold out in silence. Twent...

Berlinale review. The Survival of Kindness

The Survival of Kindness (Competition) is an Australian movie, written, directed and produced by Rolf De Heer (Djingo, Bad Boy Bubby, the Tracker) with Mwajemi Hussein (BlackWoman), Deepthi Sharma(BrownGirl), Darsan Sharma (Brown Boy) By M.R. D’Amico Blackwoman is abandoned in a metal cage in the middle of the desert but she is not ready to pass. She manages to escape and starts a timeless journey walking through desert, mountains and city only to find more terror. Her persecutors are ...



The Winner of the First Berlinale Series Award in Cooperation with Deadline is The Good Mothers

The Berlinale Series jury – Mette Heeno, André Holland and Danna Stern – has decided: The first Berlinale Series Award in cooperation with Deadline goes to The Good Mothers. TheTeam dbehind the Berlinale Series Award, The Good Mothers: Daniel Frigo (Country Manager The Walt Disney Company Italia), Elisa Amoruso (Director) Julian Jarrold (Director), Alessandro Saba (Head of Productions The Walt Disney Company Italia...


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