Content Notes

The Berlinale is a film festival with a diverse, independent and risk-taking programme. At the same time, the festival wants to create a space where a collective cinema experience and respectful exchanges can take place.

Addressing societal conflicts has been a key part of the festival’s mission since its inception. The films in the programme enable us to experience the fact that our reality is formed, shaped and produced, how this is undertaken - and therefore also that and how it can be changed. The examination of contentious issues on an artistic level in the films can and is intended to inspire our audiences and explore boundaries. For this reason, some films may contain elements, motifs or depictions that can trigger strong reactions in some people.

Individual experiences and dispositions mean that audience members experience films in different ways. In order to best fulfil its curatorial responsibility, the Berlinale makes the thematic areas addressed in the works clear in the long synopses. In addition, on this page you can find supplementary information about the aspects of individual films in this year’s programme that have been considered as particularly sensitive by the curators in the run-up to the festival. These notes on sensitive content – also known as Content Notes (CN) – identify those films that may have a disturbing or distressing effect on people or groups in the audience. Screenings of films with strobe effects are marked with epilepsy warnings directly in the film search.

Some Content Notes may reveal spoilers about the plot or experience of the film. Hence, it is up to each person to decide for themselves whether or not to read the Content Notes. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a guarantee for the comprehensive marking of all sensitive content.

Content Notes in the programme of the 74th Berlinale:

Fegefeuer contains images of organs and animal dissections.

hold on to her discusses racism and racialised violence.

I Don’t Want to Be Just a Memory discusses suicide, mental illnesses and substance use disorder.

Contact information for counselling offering help with depression and suicidal thoughts can be found online at telefonseelsorge.de/international-helplines.

I Saw the TV Glow contains strobe effects.

No Other Land contains depictions of graphic violence.

Oiseau de passage discusses suicide.
Contact information for counselling offering help with depression and suicidal thoughts can be found online at telefonseelsorge.de/international-helplines.

The Outrun contains depictions of addiction and strobe effects.

Pendant ce temps sur Terre contains depictions of graphic violence.

Sayyareye dozdide shodeye man contains depictions of graphic violence.

Der unsichtbare Zoo This film contains (animal) scenes that could be disturbing.

The Visitor contains depictions of explicit sex scenes and strobe effects.

Zeit Verbrechen 2: Der Panther contains depictions of graphic violence.

Content Notes in the 2024 Generation programme:

Notes for films from the Generation programme, which are aimed at young audiences as well as adults, follow a more sensitive standard than those for films aimed exclusively at adult audiences.

Aguacuario contains the use of anti-queer slurs.

Comme le feu contains depictions of abusive behaviour.

Cura sana contains depictions of physical violence and addresses abusive behaviour.

Disco Afrika : une histoire malgache contains depictions of physical violence and drug use.

Ellbogen contains depictions of physical violence and abusive behaviour.

Huling Palabas contains depictions of abusive behaviour and the use of anti-queer slurs.

Un invincible été contains depictions of explicit sexuality and drug consumption.

It’s Okay! contains graphic depictions of physical injury.

Last Swim contains depictions of suicidal ideation and drug use.

Contact information for counselling offering help with depression and suicidal thoughts can be found online at telefonseelsorge.de/international-helplines.

Maydegol contains depictions of domestic violence.

Obraza contains depictions of antisemitism, bullying and physical violence.

Papillon contains depictions of antisemitism and political violence.

Porzellan contains depictions of abusive behaviour and alcohol abuse.

Raíz contains depictions of animal cruelty.

Reinas contains depictions of political violence.

Sieger sein contains depictions of war and racist discrimination.

Sukoun contains depictions of abusive behaviour.

Young Hearts contains depictions of alcohol abuse.

Awareness Team

During and after the Berlinale, an Awareness Team of trained anti-discrimination advisors from the Association for Anti-Discrimination and Educational Work (BDB e.V.) and the Berlin State Association for Self-Help (LV Selbsthilfe Berlin e.V.) is available to all festival participants.

The Awareness Team can be contacted by emailing or by phoning +49 30 259 202 95 daily from February 15 to 25 (from 1.00 pm to 8.00 pm) and from February 26 to March 3 (from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm).