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. Anne Lakeberg, head of City Kino Wedding, will moderate these discussions on behalf of the Berlinale.
In 2018, Berlinale Goes Kiez will take place from February 17 to 23 and will be paying visits to the following cinemas:
Saturday, Feb 17 – Toni & Tonino (Weißensee)
Sunday, Feb 18 – Neue Kammerspiele (Kleinmachnow)
Monday, Feb 19 – Tilsiter Lichtspiele (Friedrichshain)
Tuesday, Feb 20 – ACUDkino (Mitte)
Wednesday, Feb 21 – filmkunst 66 (Charlottenburg)
Thursday, Feb 22 – Neues Off (Neukölln)
Friday, Feb 23 – Kino Casablanca (Adlershof)
Tickets for regular screenings are available from February 12 at all Berlinale ticket outlets, online and at the respective neighbourhood cinemas.
In 2018, the special series will be expanded for the first time to include a Berlinale film presentation for prison inmates. Das schweigende Klassenzimmer (The Silent Revolution / Berlinale Special) by Lars Kraume will be shown in the auditorium of a penal institution (JVA) in Tegel on Friday, February 23. Following the screening, the director will be there to discuss the film with the audience. This screening is not open to the public.