An international jury of new and established stars of cinema begin judging entries for this year’s Berlin Film Festival today. The panel features Chinese actrice Bai Ling and Germany’s Franka Potente. The curtain-raiser for the 55th edition of what is one of the world’s top film festivals was “Man to Man” – a historical drama exploring the values of 19th century white colonialists in Africa.
There were plenty of smiles from the cast which includes Kristin Scott Thomas and Joseph Fiennes but the critics gave the epic a lukewarm reception. This year’s competition places more emphasis on European cinema than Hollywood. A total of 21 films will be vying for the main prizes, the Golden and Silver Bears. Hours before the opening festival director, Dieter Kosslick, announced that the renowned French producer Humber Balsann had just died. The festival runs until February 20.