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BERLIN – The Berlin International Film Festival “Berlinale” kicks off today.

Stars such as Anne Hathaway and Sean Penn, as well as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, are expected to attend the opening ceremony of the festival, which is being held for the 73rd time, via video link.

A total of 300 films will be shown, of which 18 films will compete for the Golden Bear in the competitive part of the festival, which will begin with the American film director Rebecca Miller’s “She Came to Me”.

American actress, screenwriter and director Kristen Stewart will chair an international jury that will evaluate and award films in this section.

In addition to veteran directors such as Zhong Lu, Angela Chanelek, Christian Petzold, Margaret von Trotta, Emily Atef and Lila Aviles, the Berlinale will also feature the debuts of young directors such as Celine Song and Makoto Shinkai.

The film of Turkish production is not included in the competitive section.

Along with the Berlinale, Cannes and Venice, it is one of the three most important film festivals in the world. One of the most important features that distinguishes the Berlinale from the other two giant festivals is that it is open to film lovers, that is, to the audience. This year’s festival, which will be watched by 4,000 journalists and critics, is expected to sell around 400,000 tickets.

A message of solidarity from the Berlinale to Ukraine and Iran

The festival, marking the first anniversary of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, announced that this year its colors will be blue and yellow, similar to the colors of the Ukrainian flag, in solidarity with the filmmakers in Ukraine.

In addition, the festival will show the documentary film “Superpower”, filmed by American actor and director Sean Penn in collaboration with Aaron Kaufman.

A film about Penn’s meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv during the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war. The festival organizes many events in different parts of the festival in solidarity with the opposition directors and filmmakers of Iran.

Films from Turkey are also presented at the festival.

At the festival, the latest works of directors from Turkey will meet the audience in additional programs in addition to the competition.

Burak Cevik, who was invited to Berlin with the film “Belonging” in 2019, will this time hold the world premiere of his latest film “Forgetting the Ways” in the forum section.

The film, starring Nesrin Ucarlar and Erdem Şenocak, tells the story of a couple trying to get back together after breaking up 14 years ago.

The Forum will also show a joint Turkish-German short film “I’m good in her outside” by a Turkish director from Berlin, Eren Aksu. Helin Celik’s new film “Anka” will also be shown in the “Forum” section.

In the category “Retrospective”, which included old films, Korkhan Yurtsever’s 1979 film “Kara” will be shown. In the Encounters section of the Berlinale, filmgoers will be presented with the new film Im toten Winkel (Blind Spot) by Aise Polat, who describes herself as both Turkish, Kurdish and German.

The Berlinale Film Festival will end with the Golden Bear Award Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, February 25th.

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