Festival hits blockbuster numbers

Achieving a new all-time record in its 59-year history, the Berlinale sold 270,000 tickets by the fest’s halftime, well over the total 240,000 sold over the entirety of last year’s fest.

“The audience loves the Berlinale — even its more difficult, unconventional films,” said fest topper Dieter Kosslick.

Much of the growth in ticket sales can be traced to the fest’s new Friedrichstadtpalast venue, which has been screening four to six pics daily. The theater, added to the fest for the first time this year, boasts more than 1,800 seats.

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