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Berlinale 70th Edition: Berlin International Film Festival, 20th February – 01st March

Berlinale, the biggest asset of Berlin. This winter you can’t miss the 70th international film festival in Berlin, a very famous festival. It belongs to the “Big Three” alongside the Venice Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. It was officially established in 1951 in West Berlin and has since then gained more and more prominence. From the 50s, thousands of passionate people take part in this event and they can choose between more than 400 movies. Also more than 20,000 professionals from over 130 countries showcase their work to the world. 

The Berlinale, how people usually call it, is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It has developed between different historical events such as the Cold War and the period after the fall of the Wall. Thus, we can consider it the most political of all the major film festivals.


It is an important meeting point between tradition and innovation where hundreds of young talents come into play. This year for the 70th anniversary, Berlinale will honour amazing Oscar-winner Helen Mirren, with Career Golden Bear. But of course she won’t be the only notorious visage on the red carpet. In fact we can already say that there will be so many famous names. The president of the international jury of Berlinale will be Jeremy Irons, British Best Actor Oscar in 1991 for the film Reversal of Fortune. But films will not be the only competitors. In fact there are also very interesting sections for series and short films. Potsdamer Platz will be the main festival venue, and will be called Berlinale Palast for the occasion, but for sure other places will be involved.

The program is not public yet, therefore you can find the first titles for the time being. However, we we’ll have to wait a bit longer for the full schedule, namely until the 11th of February.

What we can say with certainty is that this event will not go unnoticed with all that it has to offer.

In the meantime, while waiting for the Berlinale’s programme, if you feel like going to the cinema, here is a list of the 5 best cinemas in Berlin:

  • Zoo Palast is located in Charlottenburg, in the heart of the “City West.” It hosted the Berlinale from 1957 to 1999. (Hardenbergstraße 29 A)
  • Babylon is in the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin and part of a historical building complex at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. The building is from the 20s and it’s a plan of architect Hans Poelzig. It’s regarded as typical of its construction period, Neue Sachlichkeit. (Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 4)
  • Odeon Berlin is the first cinema in Berlin to show all films in the original English version. (Hauptstraße 116)
  • Kino International is a protected historic building and one of the main venues of the annual Berlin Film Festival. (Karl-Marx-Allee 33)
  • Kino Central has a seasonal, open air program. (Rosenthaler Straße 39)


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