Review Berlinale Summer Special
The 71st Berlin International Film Festival was brought to a successful close on June 20. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Berlinale was split up into two events: The first stage of the festival took place online from March 1-5, and was aimed primarily at film industry professionals and press. The Berlinale Summer Special, which received support from the Berlin Senate as a pilot project with mandatory testing, gave Berlin audiences the chance to finally see the Berlinale films on the big screen.
126 films were shown in 193 screenings at 16 venues all over Berlin during this year’s programme. 60,410 tickets were sold, bringing the total usage to 92.16 percent. For Berlin audiences, being able to enjoy the Berlinale films outdoors in warm weather was a very special experience. An outdoor cinema was constructed just for the Berlinale Summer Special at Museum Island, framed by the Television Tower and the Berlin Cathedral. In addition to the film premieres, the venue also hosted the opening ceremony, the awards ceremony, the event honouring the European Shooting Stars and the presentation of the 2021 Berlinale Competition Audience Award.
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