Berlinale 2023, everything you need to know about the Berlin Film Festival

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All ready for the 73rd edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. On Wednesday 16 February the curtain will rise on the event which over the years has established itself as one of the most important events for the world of cinema.


The history of the Berlinale began in 1951 when the first edition of the Festival was held. Over the course of more than seventy years, the event has gained increasing popularity until it has become an event followed internationally.


As has been the case since 2000, the 2023 edition, the fourth under the direction of Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek, will also be held at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz which for the occasion will take the name of Berlinale Palast.


The Berlin International Film Festival will begin Thursday 16 February and then conclude Sunday 26 February.


Like every year, the Berlinale will guarantee the screening of numerous films, some in competition, others out of competition. As for the main category, we will find nineteen films, six directed by female directors. Italy will be represented by Disk Boy by Giacomo Abbruzzese.

The categories will be:

  • Competition
  • Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series
  • Encounters
  • Berlinale Shorts
  • Panorama
  • Forums & Forums Expanded
  • generation
  • Perspective Deutsches Kino
  • Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage
  • Berlinale Goes Kiez

BERLINALE 2023, The Last Night of Love

It will also be presented during the event The Last Night of Love by Andrea di Stefano starring Pierfrancesco Field bean, in the cast Linda Caridi, Antonio Gerardi and Francesco Di Leva. The film will arrive in Italian cinemas on March 9, this is the official synopsis: “It is said that Franco Amore is Love in name and in fact. Of himself he says that throughout his life he has always tried to be an honest person, a policeman who in 35 years of honorable career has never shot a man. These are in fact the words that Franco wrote in the speech that he will give the day after his last night on duty. But that night will be longer and more difficult than he ever could have imagined. And he will endanger everything that matters to him: his job as a state servant, his great love for his wife Viviana, his friendship with his colleague Dino, his own life. On that night, everything is frantically knotted in the streets of a Milan where the light never seems to arrive”.

berlinale 2023, Someone loves me over there

Space then a Someone down there loves methe documentary film by Mario Marton which pays homage to Maximum Troisi, presented in the Berlinale Special section. Distribution in Italian cinemas will take place on 23 Februarythis is the plot: Someone down there loves me is the personal journey of Mario Martone in the cinema of Massimo Troisi. By assembling the scenes of his films, Martone wants to highlight Troisi as a great director of our cinema even before being a great comic actor, and to do so he outlines his artistic parable from beginning to end, framing him in the climate of the years in which he trained and in the city common to the two directors, Naples. Some conversations intersect with the editing of the films, not with people who frequented Troisi, but with artists who loved him and were influenced by him, such as Francesco Piccolo, Paolo Sorrentino, Ficarra and Picone, critics who studied him, such as Goffredo Fofi and the magazine Sentieri Selvaggi, and two of the creators of his posthumous work, The postman, Michael Radford and Roberto Perpignani. The exception is Anna Pavignano who wrote his films with Troisi and whom Martone wants to meet to investigate the creative processes from which they sprang, and who collaborates on the film by making precious unpublished materials available ”.


The most famous and beloved awards of the event are the Golden Bear for best film and the various Silver Bears, including that for best director, best performance in a leading role and best performance in a supporting role.

To preside over the jury this year will be Kristen Stewart, one of the most loved and popular actresses in Hollywood. They will complete the jury Golshifteh Farahani, Valeska Grisebach, Radu Jude, Francine Maisler, Carla Simon And Johnny To.