Berlin fest taps into Teutonic pix

'Perspectives of German Cinema' to bow at 52nd Berlinale in February

BERLIN — In line with his desire that the Berlin Intl. Film Festival reflect more of the local industry, the event’s new director, Dieter Kosslick, has announced a new section devoted to German film.

“Perspectives of German Cinema” will be debuting at the 52nd Berlinale, which runs Feb. 6-17.

“We want to integrate the German film scene more strongly into the Berlinale,” Kosslick said. “This means in part creating new possibilities of presentation for the various genres and aesthetics that filmmakers in this country develop.”

The German Cannes?

Kosslick has said he would very much like to see the German film and TV scene identify with Berlin in the way that the French do with Cannes.

“Perspectives of German Cinema” looks to be a first step in that direction. Section will offer around 10 current films, with a focus on offbeat pics.

Feature, documentary and experimental films in 35mm and 16mm formats are eligible for participation.

Alfred Holighaus, a former distribution exec at Senator Film who was appointed earlier this year to help coordinate the fest, will be heading the new section.

“We’re looking for interesting themes and innovative approaches,” said Holighaus, who developed the project with Kosslick, Panorama director Wieland Speck, Forum director Christoph Terhechte and Heinz Badewitz.

The series New German Film, organized by Badewitz, will continue as German Cinema, with about 20 titles.

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