Dieter Kosslick, the director of the Berlin film Festival, yesterday, at the official presentation of the festival’s out at Netflix and other streamingplatforms. “Festivals are for films that will be screened in the cinema,” he says. “We would never a a film show that is already streamed.”
Kosslick, who, after eighteen years, to go and take leave as director of the Berlinale, said that he is in the emergence of the streamingsdiensten absolutely no menace for the traditional cinema. “The film will continue to exist”, what it sounds like. The director is in a conflict that last year took place between Netflix and the organizers of the Cannes film festival. The festivalorganisatoren refused when the steamingdienst in the league.
The debate has even gained in importance due to the success of the Netflix production ‘Roma’. The film of the Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron won the Golden Lion at the Venice film Festival and last week also ten Oscarnominaties in the wait dragged.
But the 69th Berlin film festival the film “Elisa y Marcela” by Spanish director Isabel Coixet in the hoofdcompetitie be shown. That picture was sold to a Spanish subsidiary of Netflix and is the first of that streamingmaatschappij who is competing for a Golden Bear. Kosslick in a hurry, however, to emphasize that “Elisa y Marcela’ first showing in cinemas, making the programming of that movie are not in contradiction with the festivalregel.
As previously announced things there this year, seventeen films to the coveted bear. Also, “God exists, her name is Petrunija’ of the living in Brussels, Macedonian Teona Strugar Mitevska, is included in the official competitieluik.
It is notable also that seven of the seventeen films practiced in competition are made by a female director. That is a record. Kosslick is beating itself on the chest that is Berlin on that plane scores better than Cannes and Venice. Also the opening film of the festival – the competition of hatching ‘The Kindness of Strangers’ by Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig – is made by a woman.
From 7 to 17 February at the Berlin film Festival a total of 400 films will be screened. It is also a Belgian contribution through ‘By the Name of Tania’ by Bénédicte Liénard and Mary Jiménez and ‘Hellhole’ by Bas Devos.
The jury is chaired by the 54-year-old French actress Juliette Binoche, known for “Trois couleurs: Bleu’, ‘The English Patient’ and ‘Chocolat’. The festival will also include stars such as Catherine Deneuve, Diane Kruger, Christian Bale and Casey Affleck on the red carpet appear.