International films compete for Golden Bear in Berlin

13 February 2017
67th International Berlin Film Festival - 'Viceroy's House'

67th Berlinale takes place from 9-19 February

The 67th Berlin Film Festival got underway on 9 February. British film 'Final Portrait' will world premiere at the Berlinale whilst 'T2 Trainspotting' will have its European premiere. Further British films to be shown during the ten day festival include 'The Party' by Sally Potter and an Indian co-production entitled 'Viceroy’s House'.

From 9-19 February the 67th ‘Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlinale’ takes place in Berlin with 399 films from all around the world shown to the public.

The Berlinale is one of the most important events of the film industry alongside the Cannes Film Festival or the Venice International Film Festival.

Founded in 1951 and held annually, Berlinale brings together the global film community in the German capital. Hundreds of films, mostly premiering in Europe or worldwide, are presented within a week of public programme.

The most important part of the festival is the Competition in which the winner receives the famous “Golden Bear”, the highest prize awarded to the best full-length film. This year, the international jury, led by Dutchman Paul Verhoeven, will choose the winner among 18 films from 27 different countries.

The last time a British film was awarded the “Golden Bear” was in 2003 when director Michael Winterbottom received the prize for his work “In this World”.

Alongside the Competition there are several other categories including ‘Panorama’ featuring independent and arthouse works, the ‘Generation’ for young people or the ‘Forum’ showing  avant-garde and experimental films as well as yet unknown cinematographers.

At the ‘Berlinale Special Gala’ unusual new productions and leading greats of the film industry are honoured. This is also a glamorous event where many celebrities and stars are expected.

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