BERLINALE 2021

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Here we go again this year. Today, March 1, 2021, the first part of this unusual edition of the Berlinale 2021 will kick off. A totally uncommon Berlinale due to the pandemic, for which no less than two sessions are planned: the first will take place exclusively online (and only for press and industry insiders) from March 1 to 5, while the second, finally live, is scheduled from June 9 to 20 and is dedicated to the audience.

Thinking of Berlin…

This year too, in one way or another, we are here. Today, March 1, 2021, the first part of this singular edition of the Berlinale 2021 will kick off. A Berlinale, this one, that is quite unusual, considering that it takes place in the midst of a pandemic and given, above all, its particular form. This year, in fact, there will be no less than two sessions of the famous film festival, directed for the second year by Carlo Chatrian: the first will take place exclusively online (and only for the press and insiders) from March 1 to 5, while the second, finally live, is scheduled for June (from June 9 to 20, to be precise) and is dedicated to the audience.

Currently, then, there are only five days available to watch the films, documentaries and shorts from the rich programme. Five intense days which, however, will certainly provide us with beautiful and exciting surprises. With regard to the competition, for example, particularly long-awaited are the feature films by Hong Sangsoo (Introduction), Céline Sciamma (Petite Maman), Radu Jude (Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn), Bence Fliegauf (Forest – I see you everywhere) or Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy), just to name a few.

But alongside a rich and varied competition like this one, equally noteworthy are the side sections Berlinale Specials, Perspektive Deutsches Kino, the newly created (but extremely interesting) Encounters, Panorama, Generation (dedicated to the world of the young and very young) and the experimental Forum and Forum Expanded. In short, there really will be something for everyone.

And what about Austria? Although during previous editions, great attention has always been paid to Austrian films, in this Berlinale 2021 there are not many Austrian titles in the programme. To be precise, the experimental film Night for Day, directed by British video artist Emily Wardill and produced by Portugal and Austria, will be shown in the section Forum Expanded. Secondly, within the section Berlinale Series, we find the miniseries Me and the Others (Ich und die Anderen), directed by David Schalko and shown here in its entirety.

Cinema Austriaco will, as every year, closely follow this important Berlin event, focusing on Austrian films. All we have to do, then, is to connect with the Berlinale 2021 and start experiencing many new stories every day.

Of course, things will be different this year. And what will be most missed during this Berlinale 2021 will be the possibility of being able to see the films on the big screen, will be the comfortable theatres of the cinemas on Marlene-Dietrich-Platz, will be the moments of togetherness and will be the tasty snacks between films at the Potsdamer Platz shopping centre. Yet, one way or another, the films are there. And they are just waiting to be watched. While waiting to finally return to the cinemas, all we can do is make the most of what is there. With the wish to return soon to the beautiful and impressive Berlin.

Below are the Austrian films in this Berlinale 2021.

Info: the website of the Berlinale