Berlin celebrates Studio Babelsberg’s 100th anniversary
by Bénédicte Prot
08/02/2012 - With its section “Happy Birthday, Studio Babelsberg”, the Berlin Film Festival will celebrate the centenary of Studio Babelsberg, where German cinema was born and international cinema continues to thrive.
To represent a brand that has welcomed Murnau, Fritz Lang, Hitchcock, Roman Polanski or even Quentin Tarantino, Berlin has chosen ten films to represent ten decades of activity at the studios, of which The Blue Angel by Josef von Sternberg (1929/30), Münchhausen by Josef von Báky (1943), Goya by Konrad Wolf (1971), The Pianist [trailer] by Roman Polanski (2002), and The Reader [trailer] by Stephen Daldry.
On February 12, during a ceremony in the honour of Studio Babelsberg, Dieter Kosslick, the film festival’s director, will present them with the Berlinale Camera, a perfect miniature of a camera made up of 128 pieces for people and institutions that the festival wishes to honour for their contribution to cinema.
After Berlin, all films from “Happy Birthday, Studio Babelsberg” will be screened at the Potsdam Film Museum.
(Translated from French)