Berlinale 2020 is in full swing by now, and the city seems to have completely turned its attention towards the big screen. With venues spread out all over the city and a brand-new program structure, this year definitely marks a milestone for the 70-year-old festival! Being the oldest of its kind in Germany, and the biggest for that matter, it goes without saying that each year it attracts a huge audience comprised of both members of the film industry, as well as countless cinema lovers from all over the world.
And if you know us, you’ll know that no big Berlin event goes without The Circus being involved in one way or another. This time, we have the honor and privilege of hosting some of the industry’s members and the festival’s attendees. All three houses of The Circus are packed, and we could not be happier with the atmosphere the festival has brought along! Today, we are taking this unique opportunity to talk to one of our regular guests and a true Berlinale expert – Sandra Wobrazek.
With years of Berlinale attendance under her hat and a long career in journalism, we couldn’t think of a better person to provide us with a review of this year’s edition. Here’s what she told us.
1. How is Berlinale 2020 compared to last years: do you notice the change after Dieter Kosslick stepped down from the role of the festival’s artistic director?
Concerning the program and the quality of the films, the 70th edition of Berlinale 2020 didn’t change that much. But Dieter Kosslick, who has been like a constant of the festival for so many years, is missing a little.
2. Have you seen a projection that particularly caught your attention? If yes, which one and why?
So far within the competition I liked the German movie “Schwesterlein” (“My little Sister”) very much. It is a story about an actor (Lars Eidinger) who falls ill severely and his twin sister (Nina Hoss). It is a very touching movie about the power of love and hope. I also liked “Minamata” a lot, which is showed in the Berlinale Special Gala. Johnny Depp plays W. Eugen Smith, a famous American photographer who uncovered an environmental scandal in Japan back in the 70s.
3. Do you think Berlinale is different from other big film festivals like Cannes or Sundance? If yes, how so?
I think the quality of the movies is the same as in Cannes or Venice. I have been to Cannes and Venice as well but I like the Berlinale most – for various reasons. One of them: Berlinale is the world’s largest public film festival and during the 10 days of the Berlinale the whole City IS Berlinale. You can see people (young and old) everywhere discussing films, reading newspaper articles about the festival and attending screenings in big and small cinemas around the city – and that is very special.
4. What do you think of this year’s program?
I like it because it is very complex and there are a lot of good films from countries around the world – although it would be nice if there would be a little bit more well-known stars attending the festival. Cause as a journalist it is always nice if you could write about George Clooney and Co.
Tomorrow is the last day to catch a screening, and we sadly have another 365 days until the next one…but with something new happening literally every day, time flies in Berlin and the 2021 will be here sooner than you think!