Opulent, dangerous, contradictory – the Berlinale resists easy definition. Once a year, the festival captivates audiences and takes them on a cinematic journey into and around the world. The Berlinale is an invitation to encounter the most diverse milieus, lifestyles, opinions and attitudes and to put one’s own judgements and prejudices to the test; to relearn seeing and perceiving via traditional narrative forms and aesthetics never experienced before.
The Berlinale offers sudden, unexpected connections between films from all epochs and in all formats. The works create doubt, investigate the past and cast glimpses into possible futures. The Berlinale is a maze in which startling and fresh views of the world, society and one’s own individual life await. It is a journey that can be risky because it calls into question many things we take for granted. The Berlinale means getting involved - with the beautiful and admirable, but also the cruel and ugly. The Berlinale can be easy-going and playful, but also discomforting and challenging.