Luxembourg is well represented at this edition
The international Berlin festival returns for its 67th edition form 9 to 19 February. The eclectic programme includes 3 Luxembourg co-productions from three different studios: Red Lion, Samsa Film and Melusine Productions.
- Barrage (by Red Lion) is a feature-length drama of 1h50. It is being shown in the Forum section of the 2017 Berlinale and will be screened in different cinemas throughout Berlin on 10, 11, 13 and 17 February.
Its plot: a young woman wants to reconnect with her daughter, which she left with her mother ten years earlier.
- Bye Bye Germany (by Samsa Film) is a comedy of 1h41. The movie takes part in the category Berlinale Special Gala. It is screened on 10 and 11 February 2017 in the theatre Friedrichstadt-Palast and in the Berliner Festspiele cultural centre.
Its plot: David and his Jewish friends decide in 1946 to go to the United States. There's just one problem: they need money to finance their emigration. So they start a very successful company specialising in linen. However, David's past catches up with him, and a relentless US-officer is on his tracks to find out the truth.
- Richard the Stork (by Melusine Productions) is a 1h25 animated movie. It has been selected in the category Generation Kplus. Screenings take place on 12, 13 and 19 February at different venues in Berlin.
The plot: Richard is a small sparrow who was adopted at birth by a family of storks. Once migration starts, he notices that he is not really one of them. However, this won't keep him from traveling to the south, even though the journey is full of dangers.
Moreover Luxembourg filmmaker Jeff Desom's film project Dead Noon is one of 36 projects selected for the film market which takes place in the wings of the festival on 12, 13, 14 and 15 February. It will be screened in front of a panel of major players of the film industry.
The Berlinale in a few words
This Berlin festival is one of the most important cinema festivals worldwide, together with the Cannes festival (in May) and the Venice festival (in September). It's been taking place in Berlin annually for over 60 years. For the 2017 edition, Paul Verhoeven has been named president of the international panel. The opening film, Django, is a French feature film by Etienne Comar.
Some figures around the event:
- 20,000 professionals from 120 countries.
- 4,200 journalists
- 430,000 spectators
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)