VPPs @berlinale

Berlinalebaer_3
Rumors have it that there are less tickets available for the public at this year’s Berlinale. I don’t know whether that’s true or not. In any case, if it is, the people waiting in line at 2am at Potsdamer Platz
apparently didn’t get the memo. I do know for sure that affiliated non-primary sponsor type deals seem to have less access to tickets this year. Maybe this is an attempt to make Berlinale actually seem like an international film festival. You know the ones were people dress up, take pictures that end up in horrible magazines and actually stay around town for more than a few hours. No one says anything political, newly polished teeth glint under flashbulb lights, and normal people get tickets from call-in radio shows.

It would probably help if it wasn’t in Berlin in February. There’s no croisette or warm weather. All of the international folks probably spend the whole time trying to find decently spicy food. While I’m sure lots of networking goes on, it seems like directors and crews are just as likely to end up at a bar on Wiener Stra├če as in an officially unofficial Berlinale event.

I’ll be attending as a VPP this year. I don’t think Very Pregnant People have any sort of special status. Maybe if you give birth during a film, you get a free mug or something. Since it’s not an "ethnic year" I’m not overwhelmed by the programme. There’s a total of one feature length film from an African country as far as I can tell. I guess after U-Carmen it’s not supposed to be mentioned for the next 20 years or so. Yay for diversity!

First up: New Perspectives – Black Filmmakers in Germany

Happy Berlinale! 

2 Comments

  1. matrokr said,

    Thursday 8 February 2007 at 8:35 pm

    ‘ethnic diversity’ at berlinale? u must be at the wrong festival­čśë as the forum section chief puts it, though he admits the program’s ‘not balanced’, there’s a logic to the madness. just trust ’em!
    … and yes, it’s true, some of the festival’s poorworld guests were indeed asking about decent tasty/spicy food – so i had to let them down gently and prepared them for disappointment ;/

  2. sattva said,

    Saturday 10 February 2007 at 9:20 am

    Is “poorworld” a section I haven’t heard of? Do they get dry rations along with their Berlinale bag and laminated tag?

    Most of the “imbalanced” comments are kind of BS–y. All that subconscious, surrealist, purposeful imbalance yet thematic connections sure… yea whatever… Maybe all of that not bowing to mainstream/external pressures would be believable if there weren’t films like Don on the schedule, which will probably be on RTL II in 2 weeks.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

VPPs @berlinale

Berlinalebaer_3
Rumors have it that there are less tickets available for the public at this year’s Berlinale. I don’t know whether that’s true or not. In any case, if it is, the people waiting in line at 2am at Potsdamer Platz
apparently didn’t get the memo. I do know for sure that affiliated non-primary sponsor type deals seem to have less access to tickets this year. Maybe this is an attempt to make Berlinale actually seem like an international film festival. You know the ones were people dress up, take pictures that end up in horrible magazines and actually stay around town for more than a few hours. No one says anything political, newly polished teeth glint under flashbulb lights, and normal people get tickets from call-in radio shows.

It would probably help if it wasn’t in Berlin in February. There’s no croisette or warm weather. All of the international folks probably spend the whole time trying to find decently spicy food. While I’m sure lots of networking goes on, it seems like directors and crews are just as likely to end up at a bar on Wiener Stra├če as in an officially unofficial Berlinale event.

I’ll be attending as a VPP this year. I don’t think Very Pregnant People have any sort of special status. Maybe if you give birth during a film, you get a free mug or something. Since it’s not an "ethnic year" I’m not overwhelmed by the programme. There’s a total of one feature length film from an African country as far as I can tell. I guess after U-Carmen it’s not supposed to be mentioned for the next 20 years or so. Yay for diversity!

First up: New Perspectives – Black Filmmakers in Germany

Happy Berlinale! 

1 Comment

  1. matrokr said,

    Thursday 8 February 2007 at 8:35 pm

    ‘ethnic diversity’ at berlinale? u must be at the wrong festival­čśë as the forum section chief puts it, though he admits the program’s ‘not balanced’, there’s a logic to the madness. just trust ’em!
    … and yes, it’s true, some of the festival’s poorworld guests were indeed asking about decent tasty/spicy food – so i had to let them down gently and prepared them for disappointment ;/


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: