Carlo Chatrian, artistic director of the Berlinale: “Films have to find other options to exist”

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In August 2018, Carlo Chatrian greeted Piazza Grande for the last time. After having piloted six editions of the Locarno Film Festival, the Italian left the sweetness of Ticino to go to rub shoulders with the Berlin winter. And to a language he does not yet master. “Let’s say that I take small steps, he laughs, because the roots are not the same as Italian, French or Spanish. I can speak German when I do my shopping, but in the office it’s easier to use English. ”

A year after leading his first edition of the Berlinale, the artistic director had to resolve to adapt the festival to the health situation. This is how it takes place in two stages. Until March 5, a virtual event allows accredited professionals to discover in streaming a hundred films, those of the international competition and several related sections, while from June 9 to 20, a Berlinale Summer Special will see the 2021 selection screened. indoors, and a jury made up of six directors who have received a Golden Bear to designate the winner of this particular edition.