Thursday, February 11, 2016


The first major celebration of cinema in Europe begins today with the 66th Berlin Film Festival. Not only will there be the first viewing of important new works of the year but the European Film Market takes place to help sell some of these independent-minded films. The Berlinale runs through until February 21st.

"Hail Caesar", the latest comedy from the Coen Brothers which was just released in the U.S. on February 5th, has been selected as the Opening Night gala. George Clooney, Josh Brolin and Scarlett Johansson headline an impressive cast in a story set in 1950's Hollywood involving scandal and Communists.

Meryl Streep heads this year's International jury which includes English actor, Clive Owen, French photographer, Brigitte Lacombe, Italian actress, Alba Rohrwacher and Polish filmmaker, MaƂgorzata Szumowska. They will select the film winners in competition including the top prize of the Golden Bear.

A tribute will be paid to two performers we lost earlier this year. Alan Rickman will be honored with a screening of "Sense and Sensibility", the 1996 Ang Lee film, which he co-starred. The musician, David Bowie, who recorded three of his most iconic albums in the city, will have his 1976 film debut, "The Man Who Fell To Earth" presented at the festival.