The 69th Berlinale opens today with the world premiere of “The Kindness of Strangers.” Before stars like Juliette Binoche, this year’s Jury President, walk down the red carpet, there’s already excitement in the air surrounding this year’s program.
This year sees the 40th anniversary of the Panorama section of the festival, which showcases new independent and arthouse films. We spoke to the man who took part in building 39 of those programs, Wieland Speck, about what to look out for this year.
In addition, we spoke to Thomas Struck, who, together with Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick, brought the Culinary Cinema program to life. Struck emphasizes the importance of the intersection of food and culture in difficult times: “We have to come back to the table together, and eat and drink…making peace.”
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