Berlin goes British for 2014
Nick Cave's 20,000 Days on Earth, on screen at the Berlinale
As the 64th Berlinale opens its doors for business we look forward to seeing a full UK showcase on display for the eyes of the world.
Berlin's International Film Festival has always welcomed UK films and industry. This year it's looking better than ever as the Festival selection team, who joined us in London late last year to select from Preview Screenings of new British films, has chosen a really substantial programme of UK features and shorts for the final line-up. In addition this year, the Festival is making a special tribute to Ken Loach, presenting him with an honorary Golden Bear, and screening a significant retrospective from his brilliant back catalogue.
You can see the full line up of UK Film in Berlin here here in our special catalogue, designed for easy reference as a downloadable PDF
Alongside the main strands where Loach will be joined by names from Nick Cave (with the European premiere of his unique self-portrait, 20,000 Days on Earth) to John Michael McDonagh (with Calvary, his much-anticipated followup to The Guard), the UK will also be showing off our new and emerging talent - nowhere more obviously than in the 35 UK 'Talents' heading out to spend an intensive week as part of 'Berlinale Talents' (the renamed Berlinale Talent Campus). Supported to attend by British Council travel grants, the group includes editors, distributors, writer/directors, producers, critics and sound designers who will join 300 international peers for a seriously impressive week of training, inspirational masterclasses and to rub shoulders with film luminaries and experts from Greta Gerwig and Michel Gondry to our own Tony Grisoni, Peter Strickland and Film 4's Anna Higgs.
Watch an exclusive clip from Yann Demange’s hot-ticket Berlinale entry 71, an anti-war parable about a young British soldier who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971.
Meanwhile across town we'll be presenting our very own Shooting Star in our role as UK Member for European Film Promotion. This year's UK nomination is the extraordinarily talented - and prolific - George MacKay, who joins us in Berlin hot from his hugely acclaimed current run on stage in an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden. Read more about George who starred in three of the brightest titles of 2013, Sunshine on Leith, How I Live Now and For Those In Peril, in our latest Spotlight.
Finally members of British Council's Film team will be in Berlin under the joint banner of WEAREUKFILM, alongside UK industry colleagues including film commissions, national and regional agencies and sales companies. Together we'll be looking to provide clear information about our locations, services, films and talent, and generating partnerships, seeing films, exploring co-production possibilities - and hosting a networking reception at the impressive British Embassy.