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BODDINALE / film festival


The 67th edition of Berlinale once again wakes film-lovers from their winter sleep. More than 335,000 sold tickets, more than 20,000 professional visitors from 122 countries, including more than 3,800 journalists: art, glamour, parties and business are all inseparably linked at the Berlinale. But if you cannot afford the pricey tickets, don’t want to wait for long queues or you are simply overwhelmed by the lights, elegance and extravagance of the movie industry you need not worry; Berlin as usual offers very interesting alternatives. One of these alternatives is the parallel independent film festival Boddinale. It may not have a red carpet but it often presents you with stimulating new cinema and a very amusing experience. While all the films in this festival are not up to the same standards you are sure to enjoy rare gems that might inspire you more than conventional cinema. The ambience and the attitude of the organisers and most of those attending is usually extremely friendly and close. The director and crew are usually there to answer questions, ask for help and even offer a place for their next film. Smoking is allowed, beer is cheap, it is noisy, chaotic and laid-back. If these things irritate you then you will probably be more comfortable at Berlinale. If you don’t mind this and you are looking for a different cinematic experience then Boddinale is definitely the place to go. Check out their program at

Paul, Department Dokumentarfilm, filmArche

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