Carlo Chatrian
Gabriele Putzu

Berlin International Film Festival


Artistic Director

After making his mark running Switzerland’s Locarno Festival, Europe’s preeminent independent cinema event, for six years, Italian film critic Chatrian emerged in June as the surprise choice to become the Berlin Film Festival’s artistic director starting May 2019, running the starry event in tandem with Berlinale managing director Mariette Rissenbeek, who moves up to executive director and becomes the first woman to co-head the event. Though hiring a foreigner to run a national institution is rare, the soft-spoken Chatrian, who raised the bar at Locarno, is known as a dedicated and discerning cinephile with good networking skills, and he is expected to set the Berlinale on a new course, especially reviving its role as a German cinema driver.


  • Locarno Film Festival
  • Visions du Réel
  • Film Commission Vallee d'Aoste


  • University of Turin (Italy)

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Mariette Rissenbeek, Carlo Chatrian to Become Co-Chiefs of Berlin Film Festival

Mariette Rissenbeek, Carlo Chatrian to Become Co-Chiefs of Berlin Film Festival

The German culture minister said Friday that Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films, will become the executive director of the Berlin International Film Festival alongside newly named artistic director Carlo Chatrian, who is currently chief of the Locarno Film Festival. Chatrian and Rissenbeek will start their new posts as co-chiefs of the Berlinale in 2020.In a statement, culture minister Monika Grütters said: “With our two new directors, we will make sure that the Berlinale will continue beyond 2019 - the...


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