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Berlin Film Festival: a movie fans' guide

8 February 2012 2:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The 62nd Berlinale opens on Thursday. A mecca for film-lovers, the festival's screenings, talks, masterclasses and exhibitions are open to everyone. Here's how to make the most of them, and Berlin itself

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With more than 20 participating cinemas and venues screening 395 films and 200,000 tickets on sale, the Berlinale (which runs from 9-19 February) is Europe's most public and user-friendly film festival. Everyone is welcome to screenings, events, talks, lectures, masterclasses and exhibitions – and they are held mostly in English. Eighteen world premieres compete for the top Golden Bear prize, but the range of films and genres, from documentaries to experimental shorts, caters for every taste.

Festival venues

For essential Berlinale orientation, head to Potsdamer Platz, the festival's main hub. The main screening venues here are the CinemaxX (Potsdamer Strasse 5/entrance from Voxstrasse) and the Cinestar (Cinestar Event Cinema Berlin, »

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