This month’s Berlin Film Festival, Europe’s first major cinema showcase in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s revelations, will shine a light on sexual misconduct within the industry, its director said on the press conference. According to the organization, mutual appreciation and respect for the other have been part of Berlinale’s philosophy from the beginning.
In his last year as the festival’s director, Dieter Kosslick has said that the screenings and the guests at the 68th edition would open up a long-overdue debate on rampant discrimination and abuse problems. “The international resonance of #MeToo quickly made clear that the problem isn't limited to Hollywood”, he asserted. The Berlinale sees itself as a forum where problems can be aired and it will host a range of events that should contribute to concrete the change.
The Competition section for the Golden Bear top prize presents twenty-four films from twenty-four countries – only four of them are directed by women (like Touch Me Not, by Adina Pintilie, and Figlia Mia, by Laura Biscpuri). The event will kick off with the much-expected world premiere of Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, an animated feature film that takes place in a thirty-years-from-now Japanese island.