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The Berlin Film Festival celebrated its 59th edition in 2009 - and opened with the world premiere of banking thriller, The International. It ran from February 5 to 15.
Films in the festival's Competition section vie for the Golden and Silver Bear Awards, where elsewhere there are sections dedicated to arthouse film, movies aimed at younger viewers, experimental work, the latest in home-grown talent and short film. The Festival is rounded out by a Retrospective - for classic "rediscovery" and a Homage which "focuses on the lifework of a great cinema personality".
In 2009, the Berlinale Special focused on Culinary Cinema, which opened with Food, Inc - a documentary shining the spotlight on the food industry.
View Films by Strand:
- Berlinale Shorts
- Berlinale Special
- German Cinema
- International Forum of New Cinema
- Out Of Competition
- Perspektive Deutches Kino
- Retrospective: 70mm - Bigger Than Life
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Monsieur Hulot becomes caught up in an American tourist invasion of Paris.
Epic about the legendary queen.
Witty drama about eight years in a marriage.
A year in the life of a flock of sheep and the people who tend to them.
A teacher accidentally takes her class hostage.
Documentary tracking the rise of The Doors, featuring rare footage of the band and Jim Morrison.
A detective enjoying a quiet holiday in southern France finds himself caught up in an intriguing mystery.
Two twins face choices as they reach adulthood.
An Interpol agent and a lawyer try to uncover an international banking scandal.
Examination of Peru's dark history refracted through the story of a woman struck with an illness from her mother's breast milk.
Berlin International Film Festival Features
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Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara
Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent
Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses
A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle
Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988
The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable
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