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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 17: 2006 - An International Duty
The European film market.
At the onset of the 2006 Berlinale, director Dieter Kosslick suggested this festival would be “as political, cruel and uncomfortable as the situation in the world right now.” And while some would have preferred not to notice the war in Iraq, many of the films focused on international political events–– Michael Winterbottom’s docudrama The Road to Guantanamo Bay, Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana, and the Balkan after-war drama Jasmila Zbanic’s Grbavica (which went on to win the Golden Bear). The year also marked the move of the European Film Market to the grand Martin-Gropius-Bau, not far from Potsdamer Platz. The move, among other things, signaled the emergence of Berlin as an international force, but this time on the economic front. Berlin’s role internationally was signaled in another way in 2006. The Teddy Award, Berlin’s prize for Gay and Lesbian work, turned 20 with a retrospective of twenty winners through the years.