Berlin Film Festival Chiefs Talk First Lineup, Diversity, Netflix, Jeremy Irons, & Coronavirus Impact

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Berlin Film Festival Chiefs Talk First Lineup, Diversity, Netflix, Jeremy Irons, & Coronavirus Impact
The new co-heads of the Berlin Film Festival have had an eventful build up to their first edition, which gets underway in two weeks. The festival program has been greeted with cautious optimism but there have also been bumps in the road, including last week’s suspension of the Alfred Bauer Silver Bear Prize and some questions over the choice of Jeremy Irons as jury head in light of comments the actor once made about women and same sex marriage.

We spoke to artistic director Carlo Chatrian (formerly of Locarno) and executive director Mariette Rissenbeek (formerly of German Films) about this year’s lineup, the festival’s direction and some of the noise being made away from the films. The duo declined to answer additional questions about the Alfred Bauer situation but we have covered that here.

Deadline: How are you feeling about this year’s festival?

Carlo Chatrian: We both feel very excited.
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