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The Years of the Berlin Film Festival
Posted February 11, 2010 to photo album "The Years of the Berlin Film Festival"
The Berlinale turns 60 this year. What a strange journey it’s been.
Slide 11: 1982 - Germany Divided
Moritz de Hadeln, R.W.Fassbinder, actress Rosel Zech, James Stewart.
The festival made assertive steps to address the needs of German filmmakers, who for the last few years felt they had been overlooked. More German films were selected and the New German Films program got its own budget and a prominent place in the burgeoning European Film Market. In addition, one of Germany’s most vibrant filmmaker, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, was recognized when his drama Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss took the Golden Bear. But even as Germany was coming together, another film highlighted the sharp divides. After the selection committee rejected Delbert Mann’s Night Crossing, a Disney film based on a true story of two families escaping East Germany via a hot air balloon, angered right wing pundits accused the festival, and especially Berlinale director Moritz de Hadeln, of bowing to the East German pressure. In response, the Axel-Springer publishing house hosted a special public screening of Night Crossing at the same time as the festival’s opening night ceremony. As for the rest of the world, the festival was becoming a truly international, especially with the attention paid to Asian film in the Forum.