A First Look at Berlinale 2019

Just a few days after the wrap of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in February, many of the filmmakers and celebrities will be departing to another very popular winter film festival in Berlin, Germany, the annual Berlin International Film Festival.

Lone Scherfig’s “The Kindness of Strangers” has been selected to open this year’s Festival. The New York-based drama stars Zoe Kazan and Tahar Rahim. Zoe Kazan recently starred in Cohen Brothers’ “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and also cowrote the 2018 Sundance darling “Wildlife” with husband Paul Dano. Zoe is no stranger to the festival circuit. This will be a return to Berlinale for Lone Scherfig. Her honest and all-around astounding film “An Education” screened at the 2009 Berlinale and was honored with 3 Oscar nominations later that year. I’m excited to witness the romantic world Scherfig takes us to as well as the chemistry produced between the main characters played by Kazan and Rahim.

Charles Ferguson’s ‘Watergate’ will have it’s European premiere at Berlinale. The documentary film from the award-winning director is said to shed new light on the historic case of Watergate as the filmmaker’s style creates a real-life political suspense story. The World Premiere of the PJ Harvey documentary ‘A Dog Called Money’ is another highlight I am personally looking forward to. Created by Irish director and photographer Seamus Murphy, the documentary tells the story of the journey of Harvey’s 2016 album The Hope Six Demolition Project. 

The festival will be saying thank you and good bye to long-time festival director Dieter Kosslick. This will be his final Berlin Film Festival as the current director. It was announced that British actress and a fellow Berlinale veteran Charlotte Rampling, will be honored with a lifetime achievement Golden Bear. 

Regarding Rampling’s award, Dieter Kosslick stated “I’m very happy that this year’s homage is dedicated to the sublime actress Charlotte Rampling,” he continued “She is an icon of unconventional and exciting cinema.”

This is just the very tip of the iceberg of what is scheduled for Berlinale 2019. Berlin International Film Festival will begin on Thursday, February 7th, 2019 and ends on Sunday, February 17th, 2019. Learn More at the Berlin Film Festival website.

Ava Brennan hails from beautiful Lake Tahoe, California and graduated from Cal-State Chico in 2016. She writes about film, fashion, design and trends in beauty and women's health. Ava also has a great love for all things music related and strives to bring new music to listeners world wide through dynamic, exciting content.

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