79 film directors call for fresh start at the Berlin International Film Festival


Dieter Kosslick has led the Berlin International Film Festival, or the Berlinale, since 2001, but 79 film directors are calling for new leadership in 2019. In an open letter, the participants called for an international search committee to be part of the decision-making process, which is typically left to the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, in this case Monika Grütters. 

Susanne Burg, head film critic for Deutschlandfunk Kultur, says the Berlinale is important to the city of Berlin, and the general population loves it. The problem, she says, is there are directors who think the film festival is “too big” or “not enough about the art of cinema.”

Burg joins Marlene Melchior to talk about the significance of the letter, how the Berlinale is distinguished from other famous film festivals, and what might happen next.

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