Februar 2011

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Mauer_axb01-KopieThis Wednesday we will be hosting the third of our series of talks in cooperation with the ZeitZeugenBörse e.V., an institution that brings together witnesses to Contemporary History, to share their memories and experiences with…well, people like us. This week we are extremely happy to welcome Frau Ebert and Herr Eglin to the Circus Cafe, and they will be talking about the Berlin Wall and How It Fell, before being available for any questions you might have,

The first two ZeitZeugen evenings were extremely interesting and fascinating, and this week promises more of the same, as people who lived through some of the most momentous events of German, European and World history share their experiences of how it was for them. Please remember: the talks are in English and are open to anyone who is interested in joining us for the evening…everyone is welcome!

Details at a glance:

Where: The Circus Cafe @ The Circus Hostel, Weinbergsweg 1a, U-Bhf Rosenthaler Platz (U8)
When: Wednesday 9th February at 7pm
Topic: The Berlin Wall and How It Fell
Speakers: Frau Ebert and Herr Eglin from the ZeitZeugenBörse

You can find out more information about the ZZB on their website (in german, but with English information to download).

See you then!

BerlinaleIn the deepest, darkest months of winter, Berlin is illuminated by the annual Berlinale – one of the world’s leading international film festivals. Indeed, for the average fan-on-the-street, the Berlinale is regarded as perhaps the best due to the amount of tickets that are made available for the likes of ordinary Joes and Josephines like you and me…and that includes the red carpet premieres!

In 2011 the city will be welcoming the 61st edition of the Berlinale to cinemas around town, and with over 400 films in a number of different categories, you will be sure to find something you fancy. Indeed, one of the best things about the Berlinale is taking some time to browse the programme and take a chance on a film from some corner of the world and heading to the cinema to discover a masterpiece that you probably would not have seen in any other way, and that will almost certainly not be arriving at the nearest twenty-screen WorldofCineMegaPlex any time soon.

The Berlinale runs from the 10th – 20th February 2011, and the official website has a wealth of information to help you find out what’s going on and where, but here’s a brief Circus Guide to get you started.

The Films

Much of the glamour of the festival surrounds the Competition section, which is where filmmakers from around the world go head to head to convince the jury that it is their work that should be awarded the prestigious Golden Bear. Confusingly, only 16 of the 22 films in the competition section are competing for the awards (more details here), but there is a staggering 16 world premieres amongst them, which means there is plenty of opportunity for some red-carpet-stalking and star-spotting.

But the Berlinale is much more than just the competition. The section Perspektive deutsches Kino focuses on the world of German film, whilst Forum showcases the avant-garde and experimental, observations and political reportages, and new filmmakers at the forefront of new and unconventional cinema.

The Panorama offers a wide selection of art-house cinema from around the world, and includes films from places such as India, Brazil, the USA, Spain, Switzerland and many, many more. Added to this mix are many other sections of the festival including those devoted to short films, retrospectives, and children’s cinema.

The Retrospective for 2011 is the work of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergmann, which includes not only film screenings, but also exhibitions, readings and public lectures. To get a full run-down of the different sections of the Berlinale 2011, including links to each section in detail, take a look at this page on the official website.

Getting Tickets

If you will be Berlin over the 10 days of the festival, then of course the question you want answered is: how do we get in to see the films? Well, its relatively easy. Beginning on the 7th February, films go on sale at the ticket offices and a limited allocation through the Berlinale website.

You can only purchase films less than 3 days in advance (4 days for competition films), and on the day of the screening tickets are only available at the specific box office. The central ticket sales points are at the Arkaden on Potsdamer Platz, the Kino International on Karl-Marx-Allee, and the Urania near Nollendorfplatz (open times for all sales points: 10am-8pm).

There are different prices for special screenings and premieres, but most tickets are between €7-8. Detailed ticket information is available online at the Berlinale website.

Enjoy the festival, and keep your eyes pealed both on the blog and at the Circus for the chance to win some tickets to Berlinale screenings as part of the by-now-annual Circus Berlinale Ticket Giveaway!

InterRail Playmobil

interrailOn the facebook page of InterRail, they are running a competition for the best interrail clip-video-type-thingy…there are three entries, and one of them (InterRail Playmobil) is made by some former guests of ours. Although we of course wish the best in the competition to everyone taking part, I have to say that not only is Rich, Alice, Rob, Sean, Steve, Hannah, Tom and James’s playmobil-tale highly creative, it also makes me smile.

Good luck guys, and if you are on facebook, check out the page and vote for your favourite

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