It’s your second chance to see this year’s award-winning films but in the comfort of fresh air. Unlike last year’s summer program, which was basically a pandemic version of Berlinale festival itself, this year’s participating open-air cinemas will only screen the winners and the highlights from various festival segments. Over the course of 15 evenings, with one film per night, each showcase will be introduced by festival directors or Berlinale section heads. Film teams will also attend some screenings.
Berlinale Goes Open Air kicks off on June 15th at the Freiluftkino Friedrichshain with the winner of the Golden Bear, Alcarrás by Carla Simón. The movie unveils a story about a Spanish family, which owns a peach orchard for many generations and is faced with a conflicting choice of whether to embrace progress (they might have to cut trees for the solar farm) or stick to the tradition. It’s a beautiful story of how one relates to and treats time.
Aşk, Mark ve Ölüm by Tod Cem Kaya is a winner of the Panorama Audience Award. It’s a must see for all the city “historians” and music fans, as it documents 60 years of Turkish music in Germany.
François Ozon’s Peter von Kant is also on the program and is shown at the Freiluftkino RehbergeIt. This movie is an aesthetic delight with great humor, a love story that touches your heart and makes you laugh.
At Sommerkino Schloss Charlottenburg you have an opportunity to watch a documentary Nelly & Nadine by Magnus Gertten about two women who met in Ravensbrück concentration camp and spent the rest of their lives together. Nelly’s granddaughter is part of the story, searching for historical clues of this relationship. It’s a touching love story reminding us of how individual and collective remembrance are critical to a healthy contemporary society.
At Freiluftkino Friedrichshagen a magical documentary Le Chêne about the 210 year old tree and its inhabitants will awe the viewers of all ages. The co-directors filmed a prestigious cast consisting of squirrels, woodpeckers, barnacle lichen, jays, ants and field mice.