The President of the International Jury who will decide the recipient of Golden Bear award is American producer of Brokeback Mountain, James Schamus. The festival will be attended by famous actors and directors, including George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper and Tilda Swinton.
More than 400 new films, tributes and exhibitions will have been presented to the jury and the audience by February 16. The 64th Berlinale will open with Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The film is about Hungary and its transition from Belle Époque to fascism and communism. The Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick said that it was the ideal film for the opening, as this year is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first World War and the 25th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Among other films, George Clooney’s film The Monuments Men will also be presented in the official program of the festival. The film is about a selected platoon sent by the Allies to retrieve valuable artworks stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The film is expected with great anticipation as it was based on a true story.
Greece will be represented by seven films. The film Stratos-Mikro Psari (Stratos-Little Fish) by Yannis Economides in the International Competition section, the short film Washingtonia by Konstantina Kotzamani in the Berlinale Shorts section and in the Generation 14plus section, the film Proavlio (Schoolyard) by Rinio Dragasaki. Furthermore, the film To Dentro ke I Kounia (A Place Called Home) by Maria Douza will participate in the Berlinale Co-Production Market section as well as the 10th DAY by Vassilis Mazomenos. In the Forum section, the movie Sto Spiti (At Home) by Athanasios Karanikolas will be presented and last but not least, the film Na kathese ke na kitas (Standing Aside, Watching) by Yorgos Servetas in the Panorama section