Berlinale starts with audiences outdoors

Photo: EPA Berlinale Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian (L) and Berlinale Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek attend the Opening Ceremony, 9 June.

After months of uncertainty whether Berlinale Film Festival could take place during the coronavirus pandemic, it finally opened to the public, dpa reported. Last night the two directors of the festival - Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek and Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian - officially opened the 71st edition with an open-air event at the Museumsinsel (Museum Island) outdoor cinema in Berlin, Germany.

“We were all looking forward to this moment. We missed it too much and we will probably enjoy it like never before. This event indicates that a new start for culture is possible even in a pandemic situation,” said Monika Gruetters, German Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media.

The opening film was The Mauritanian, with Jodie Foster in the role of a lawyer helping a long-time Guantanamo prisoner after the September 11 terror attacks.

This year Berlinale is taking place in two stages: a virtual Industry Event, which was held from 1 to 5 March, and the Summer Special for the general public, running from 9 to 20 June as an outdoors-only event.

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