Magazine article Variety

Kosslick Opens More Screen Doors to Emerging Global Talent

Magazine article Variety

Kosslick Opens More Screen Doors to Emerging Global Talent

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Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick discusses this year's festival, the best emerging cinema and the impact of digital on indies with Variety's Ed Meza.

Variety: Wfiere is the most exciting modern cinema coming from at tlie moment?

Kosslick: Asia and Latin America have long been strong film regions, but smaller countries in Eastern Europe, such as Romania and Hungary, have made new inroads into world cinema in the last 10 years. This year the Berlinale competition also very clearly reflects the creative potential of the former Eastern Bloc. Poland, Romania Bosnia and Russia have great directing talents that tell powerful, cinematically impressive stories. In U.S. indie cinema, we have also discovered a new generation of interesting filmmakers. James Franco as a director, actor and producer is extremely active and creative, as is director Noah Baumbach, who is presenting "Frances Ha" in Panorama, and Joseph GordonLevitt with "Don Jon's Addiction." Korean cinema is still fertile ground for auteur filmmakers like Hong Sang-soo, who will be in competition with his new work "Nobody's Daughter Haewon."

Variety: How has the digitization of film impacted cinema?

Kosslick: Digitization has resulted in the democratization of filmmaking. This is a good thing. Shooting a movie today is easier and less expensive. This does not necessarily have to lead to a loss of artistic quality. The special quality of a movie does not always require a technical, visual perfection.

Variety: There are so many great films that screen at the Berlinale that never find theatrical distribution. …

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