Stars come out for Berlin Film Festival’s 70th anniversary

Stars come out for Berlin Film Festival’s 70th anniversary
Stars come out for Berlin Film Festival’s 70th anniversary

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As the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the festival come to a close, Tom Brook reports for Talking Movies.

Stars of international cinema graced the red carpet in chilly Berlin last week to mark the opening night of the Berlin Film Festival, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. One of Europe’s major festivals alongside Cannes and Venice, Berlin is known for showing challenging, often ‘political’ films.

“I think that whenever a film questions your position it becomes political, because you have to react and understand better what your position is towards the other,” Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director of the Berlinale, tells Tom Brook, from BBC World News’s Talking Movies.

The opening night was a more subdued affair than usual, as it was held on the same night as the mass-shooting in Hanau. The festivities were also marred by recent revelations that the festival’s founder was a high-ranking Nazi, reports Tom Brook.

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BBC Talking Movies’ Berlin Film Festival special will be shown on BBC World News at 12.30GMT on Saturday 7 March and 00.30GMT, 07.30GMT and 19.30GMT on Sunday 8 March.

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