Berlin Film Festival Attracts Young, Old and the Unconventional

As one of the most influential and highly prestigious film festivals globally, the Berlin film festival has attracted the best films in the business and the most talented directors. This year’s Berlin film festival has been equally competitive and includes the most talented of the director from across the world. The line-up this year is said to be more edgy and than normal. While being one of the most talked about and reported film festivals in the world, Berlin film festival is more often than not slammed by critics for its conservative in its programming when compared to other film festivals like the ones in New York and Cannes. However, with the jury comprising of mainstream names like Jake Gyllenhaal, Barbara Sukowa balanced off with unconventional inclusions like Boualem Sansal and Iranian director and writer Asghar Farhadi .

This year’s Berlin film festival also saw the rise in number of young entrants who are just presenting their second critically acclaimed projects in Berlin. Inclusion of well known guests like Shah Rukh Khan from Asia and Angelina Jolie will make appearances representing their film brands. Angelina Jolie’ will also be making a presentation of her Bosnian war drama “In the Land of Blood and Honey” which marks her directorial debut in which she tells a love story set against the background of the Bosnian War. From the Asian continent “The Flowers of War” and “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” both screen out for competition against many others. But overshadowing all other entries was the critically acclaimed Iranian drama ‘A Separation’ that has already been awarded the coveted Golden Bear for Best Picture in 2011. In addition, the film has earned two nominations for the Oscars due to be held on 26th of this year. The drama is being considered as the hidden ‘gem’ discovered by the Berlin film festival and reaching higher echelons of fame with its recent Oscar nominations. This year’s Berlin film festival was largely an influential potpourri of war drama, politics and nuclear disaster also including a section devoted to celebrate the filmmakers that captured the Arab Spring uprisings.

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