PRINT May 2013


the 2013 Berlinale

Thomas Arslan, Gold, 2013, 35 mm, color, sound, 113 minutes. Emily Meyer (Nina Hoss).

A FILM FESTIVAL is a unique kind of heterotopia, a marketplace that challenges its denizens to transform profusion and plenty into constellations that provide a coherent experience. Faced with four hundred films screened over ten days in February, accredited visitors at this year’s Berlinale had as ever to decide which sectors of the spectacle they would inhabit—in essence, to decide which of many possible festivals they would attend and, in the process, create. One chose from among features, documentaries, and short films in the main sections, Competition, Forum, Panorama, and Perspektive Deutsches Kino, as well as from among sundry special screenings. For those with more historical agendas, there was also a retrospective, “The Weimar Touch,” dedicated to the legacy of classical German cinema. (Organized by Deutsche Kinemathek artistic director Rainer Rother, the survey

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