This section features around 25 premieres every year and has been setting new trends and screening new productions since 1951. Some of the notable movies in this category include David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche
as well as the German production Sleeping Sickness
The Panorama section of the Berlinale is all about getting new insights in art-house cinema. Here you'll find movies by renowned directors, as well as debut films such as the North American drama Concussion
. Traditionally showcasing auteur cinema, this section aims to catch the attention of film buyers. The groundbreaking film about the Marina Abramovic
retrospective at the MoMA, and the documentary recounting the posthumous discovery of street-photographer Vivian Maier
are just two well-regarded films to have been part of Panorama.
Forum is the section of the Berlinale for experimental, avant-garde work, as well as political reportage. The few formal restrictions here make this one of the most daring sections of the Berlin Film Festival.
- Perspektive Deutsches Kino
This section showcases around twelve films from the previous year, both in documentary and in fiction. Open to new talents and film academy students, this section can produce some exciting and unexpected new voices - as in The Samurai
, a film about small town life, featuring a wolf and a transvestite samurai warrior.
Berlinale’s section for children and young people is at the same time a place for encounters and discussions between people of all ages, and it often touches on some pressing issues, such as gender transition in 52 Tuesdays and eating disorders as in My Skinny Sister.
A joint project of the Berlin International Film Festival, the German Film Academy, and German Films, this section features the best in German film. All films are screened with the directors in attendance. Citizenfour, for example, the famous documentary about Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal, was screened at LOLA.
The Berlinale Special honors the legendary personalities of cinema. The great documentarian Errol Morris's amusing and insightful film about Donald Rumsfeld The Unknown Known
took part in this section.