Juliette Binoche at the Berlinale in 2019, Jury President

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In a week, the 69. Berlin international film festival officially opened. Of 7. to 17. February can look forward to this year’s Jury President, Juliette Binoche (54, “Chocolat-A small bite is enough”), and their counterparts on Hollywood Stars such as Christian Bale (45, “The Dark Knight”) and a lot of German celebrities. The program has to offer some Highlights to make one thing clear: girl power is on the rise.

look out, Cannes and Venice!

women are 2019 quite in the focus of the Berlinale. Among this year’s 17 competition films, seven productions of a Director are: “The ground under the feet” by Marie Kreutzer, “Elisa and Marcela” by Isabel Coixet, “God Exists, and Her Name is Petrunya” by Teona Strugar Mitevska, “I was at home, but” of Angela Schanelec, “The Kindness of Strangers” by Lone Scherfig, “Mr. Jones” by Agnieszka Holland and “systems busters” by Nora scheidt Started. This corresponds to 41.2 percent, which is significantly more than, for example, recently at the Film festivals of Cannes and Venice.

A promise

Cannes, Venice and Berlin serve as a role model. During the festival, the outgoing Berlinale-boss Dieter Kosslick (70) to the promise of equality sign. It was for the first Time last year at the film festival on the Côte d’azur. The French organization “5050 en 2020” has been initiated. The Berlinale is committed in order to achieve a balanced gender ratio in the organization. In addition, transparency about the number of submitted films as well as the members should be in the selection and program committees is ensured.

A farewell and a new beginning

For Dieter Kosslick it is the last film festival as head of the Berlinale. In may, he gives the scepter to the age of 18 years. His successors are already in place: The Netherlander Mariette Rissenbeek and the Italian Carlo Chatrian together form a double top. Crack Beck is managing Director, Chatrian artistic Director. A woman at the head of a major film festival, even the is something Special.