Cinema (2018 | Issue 4)

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The Berlin International Film Festival—or the Berlinale as it is popularly called—is the largest film festival in the world after Cannes. Over 400 diverse and carefully selected films are screened at this carnival of world cinema over ten days. It’s a heady mix of binge-watching, business, glamour and parties. You can be sure it’s an experience you’ll never forget! What’s Up, Germany? takes a look at this fascinating event.

Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the Berlinale was the brainchild of Oscar Martay, a film officer with the US Army. It was through his initiative that a committee met in October 1950 to set up the international film festival. Recognising Martay’s contribution, the Golden Bear was awarded to him at the 1st Berlinale in 1951. Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca was the first film to be shown.