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kultura / culture 30 | Berlin » Berlin Gol den b ear for a l i f e t i me of ach i evement TheBerlinalecelebrates IsabelleHuppert This year’s edition of this prestigious film festival seeks to highlight film as an art form, independent and unconditional, but also to pay tribute to actress Isabelle Huppert, one of the alltime greatest actresses The new covid wave resulted in festivals like Sundance and Rotterdam being cancelled, while the Berlinale has been shortened by four days. Initially scheduled to run from 10th to 20th February, a slightly less glamorous edition of the festival will be held instead, with fewer ancillary events, and will culminate on 16th February. TheBerlinale is thefirstmajor Europeanfilmfestival of the year, which often hosts the European premieres of films that are currently competing forOscars or hope to attract attention ahead of the festivals in Cannes and Venice.The red carpet will this year be reserved exclusively for stars and journalists, with post-screening parties and receptions having been cancelled. Presiding over this year’s jury will be Indian-American filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable), while the venue for themain events and premieres will be Friedrichstadt-Palast, which became the festival’s home in the year 2000, following a long tradition at the Zoo Palast cinema. This 72nd edition of the Berlin Film Festival opens with the filmPeter VonKant, the latest work of French director François Ozon, representing a free adaptation of the 1972 play and filmThe Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. German actress Hanna Schygulla, who starred in the 1972 version, also appears in this latest adaptation, alongside Isabelle Adjani and Denis Ménochet. This is Ozon’s sixth film to be included in the Berlinale competition programme, and it comes precisely 20 years after he won the Silver Bear for his film 8 Women. Apart from Ozon’s premiere, we are also awaited at this year’s festival by the world premieres of the films The Forger, directed by Maggie Peren, Against the Ice, directed by Peter Flinth, and About Joan, a new production by Laurent Larivière that also stars Isabelle Huppert. Tim Sutton’s Taurus will also mark Megan Fox’s return to independent film and festival audiences. Premiere screenings under the scope of the festival’s Panorama programme will include newworks Talking About theWeather, by German director Annika Pinske, Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power, by American filmmaker Nina Menkes, and Rookies, by French directing duo Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai. This year’s Berlinale will pay homage to French actress Isabelle Huppert, who will be honoured with the awarding of the Honorary Golden Bear lifetime achievement award. This famous Parisienne, who unFoto: profimedia.rs / KCS Presse / MEGA / The Mega Agency