The 65th Berlinale has kicked off in style.
With the race for the prestigious Golden Bear award underway, the director of the Berlin International Film Festival has promised female filmmakers will be well-represented.
Dieter Kosslik highlighted the lack of women in this area of the industry, saying:
“Of the 400 films we’re screening at this festival, what’s interesting is around 114 have females at the helm.”
Darren Aronofsky is the president of the international jury. The American director outlined why he is happy to be on the panel.
“It’s endurance. Nineteen films in ten days is a lot. But we will get through it and the films are great – it’s very exciting and a great honour,” he said.
Spanish director Isabel Coixet’s film ‘Nobody Wants The Night’ was selected to open the festival.
It tells the story of Josephine, who goes to the North Pole with her explorer husband Robert Peary. When she’s forced to spend time alone in an igloo with a young Inuit woman, she realises the two of them have more in common than she ever could have realised.
Our correspondent, Wolfgang Spindler thinks the best may be yet to come.
“This year’s Berlinale has a promising programme,” he said. “But everyone is waiting in suspense for the films featuring stars such as Nicole Kidman, Nathalie Portman and James Franco.”