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Highlights - 09/02/2012


„Berlinale goes Kiez“ 2012


In 2012, the Berlinale’s Flying Red Carpet will again travel from arthouse cinema to arthouse cinema to visit Berlin’s movie lovers in “their” neighbourhoods. On each of seven evenings, from Saturday 11 February to Friday 17 February, one neighbourhood cinema will become a Festival venue – and on one of these occasions, the journey will even go beyond the city’s limits to Potsdam.

This year, “Berlinale goes Kiez” will screen at the following cinemas: the Babylon (Kreuzberg), Bundesplatz-Kino (Wilmersdorf), Filmkunst 66 (Charlottenburg), Hackesche Höfe Kino (Mitte), Passage (Neukölln), Toni & Tonino (Weißensee), as well as the Thalia Programm Kino (Potsdam). As in the previous years, one prominent film personality will act as the patron of each cinema and be on hand to welcome guests to the Flying Red Carpet. This year’s cinema patrons will include Hanns Zischler (Filmkunst 66), Michael Verhoeven (Toni&Tonino), Matthias Glasner and Jürgen Vogel (Passage), Meret Becker (Babylon Kreuzberg) and Milan Peschel (Hackesche Höfe Kino).

“Berlinale goes Kiez” was launched for the Festival’s 60th anniversary in 2010 and has proven to be a big hit with audiences. “Berlinale goes Kiez” is supported by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Mathias Elwardt is the organiser of “Berlinale goes Kiez”, as well as director of the Abaton cinema in Hamburg (which won the Europa Cinemas Award for Best Programming in 2011). We spoke with him about this event.


Where did the idea for this event come from? How did you get involved?


The event was launched for the 60th anniversary of the festival in 2010. Dieter Kosslick, the festival’s director wanted to create something special for the occasion. Since 2000 I have been a member of the selection committee for the Berlinale Competition. Dieter Kosslick contacted me because he wanted to do something special for the art house cinemas and its public. The idea was to show films from different sections of the festival in more or less popular art house cinemas in different areas (called ‘Kiez’ ) of Berlin. Dieter asked me to present and to ‘curate’ the event. The first version in 2010 was such a big success for the public and the festival that we decided to do it again in 2011 and now in 2012.

How did you select the films and the cinemas?

We consider films from every section for the selection. As I am in the selection committee of the competition I am in close contact with the people in charge of the other sections. As for the cinemas there are different selection criteria. Geographically speaking, the cinemas should be in different areas of Berlin. We are considering decent art house cinemas that have a certain capacity to welcome an international public. This means they should have enough space and seats and should be ‘presentable’. We also did some special incognito visits to choose them.


 What makes the “Berlinale goes Kiez” so special and why is it such a big success among the public?



The Berlinale is the biggest public film festival because Cannes and Venice are –at least to certain degree - reserved for professionals. In Berlin there is a tradition of public debates after the screenings, at least for the non-Competition sections. The competition screenings usually only have press conferences afterwards but at the ‘Berlinale goes Kiez’-screenings we also have public debates after the Competition film screenings.  Plus we have a patron for each of the cinemas involved, a public figure that has a special connection to the cinema in question. Mostly these people are actors or film directors. This year we have among others Milan Peschel (actor from “Stopped on track”, awarded in ‘Un certain regard’ in Cannes 2011) who will present the screenings in the cinema Hackesche Höfe Kinos (Network member). The concept is 1 day - 1 cinema - 1 patron - 2 films. And we always try to get the film crews of the two films to the cinema.

More info: Programme


Passage Kino, Neukölln

Thalia Programma Kino, Potsdam