Berlinale Goes Kiez has been bringing the festival to independent cinemas across the city and the surrounding area since its inception in 2010. This special series honours the work of those arthouse theatres whose committed owners and operators devote their lives to keeping a vital cinema culture going and whose patrons appreciate their wide programmatic range the entire year round. As the Red Carpet makes its way from neighbourhood to neighbourhood over the course of seven evenings, it is the audiences and cinemas that become the festival’s true stars.
The special series is featuring a selection of films and events taken from diverse areas of the Berlinale programme at decentralised cinema locations and thus enables local audiences to experience a broad sample of what the festival has to offer. For attendees, Berlinale Goes Kiez is an opportunity to see Berlinale screenings in their “own” neighbourhood theatre and to get a taste of the festival atmosphere right around the corner from home. In addition, the series enables international film guests to gain insight into the local cinema scene and enter into direct dialogue with the audience.
The Berlinale Goes Kiez project was launched in 2010 on the occasion of the festival’s 60th anniversary and has proven to be hugely popular with audiences. In past years, Berlinale Goes Kiez has visited the following cinemas: ACUDkino (Mitte), Adria (Steglitz), Babylon (Kreuzberg), Bundesplatz-Kino (Wilmersdorf), Capitol Dahlem (Zehlendorf), Kino Casablanca (Adlershof), City Kino (Wedding), Die Kurbel (Charlottenburg), EISZEIT Kino (Kreuzberg), Eva Lichtspiele (Wilmersdorf), filmkunst 66 (Charlottenburg), fsk (Kreuzberg), Hackesche Höfe Kino (Mitte), IL KINO (Neukölln), Kant Kino (Charlottenburg), Moviemento (Kreuzberg), Neue Kammerspiele (Kleinmachnow), Neues Off (Neukölln), Odeon (Schöneberg), Passage (Neukölln), Sputnik Kino (Kreuzberg), Thalia Kino Berlin (Lankwitz), Thalia Programm Kino (Potsdam-Babelsberg), Tilsiter Lichtspiele (Friedrichshain), Kino Toni & Tonino (Weißensee), Union Filmtheater (Friedrichshagen), w o l f (Neukölln) as well as Yorck (Kreuzberg).