According to Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth, the future management of the Berlin International Film Festival should be found by the end of the year. “We are well on our way with the process so that we can present a new personality this year“We want to achieve a good Berlinale 2024 and set ourselves firmly on the path to ensuring that the Berlinale continues to be a festival with glamor and international significance in the future,” said the Green politician in Berlin.
Roth had announced that the Berlinale would only be held in the future be led by one person as a successor to the previous management duo of Carlo Chatrian (51) and Mariette Rissenbeek (66). Chatrian then drew conclusions and announced that he would be leaving the festival after the 2024 edition. Rissenbeek had already announced her departure.
“After many discussions with representatives of the industry, there was a clear vote in the supervisory board for an artistic direction model in which responsibility for the artistic as well as the economic area in one hand lies,” said Roth. “We need a good structure for the Berlinale so that it lives up to its claim of being the largest audience festival and a political film festival, while at the same time representing art house film and making Berlin attractive for the big, well-known filmmakers.”
Roth also fears for the international importance of the film festival. “The Berlinale should not be left behind, but also play in the same league as Cannes, Venice and Toronto. Because that’s where she belongs!”
The successor question should be one Commission chaired by Roth solve. She is supported in the search by director and Oscar winner Edward Berger (“Nothing New in the West”), the managing director of the German Film Academy Anne Leppin, the actress Sara Fazilat and the producer Roman Paul.
Roth already has ideas for the management. “It would be very important team player“which can also represent international opening, the festival opens up to Asian film and thinks about the global south while also keeping an eye on German film,” she said. “This personality must be integrative, of course experienced in film, and also have managerial qualities. The profile corresponds to the current tandem in one person, but with a team of strong personalities around him.”
Numerous filmmakers had criticized Roth in connection with the planned change in leadership. Along with Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale is one of the major film festivals – this year, for example, US actress Kristen Stewart was jury president and Hollywood star Sean Penn presented his documentary about Ukraine in Berlin.