Magazine article Screen International

Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek Confirmed to Lead the Berlinale from Next Year

Magazine article Screen International

Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek Confirmed to Lead the Berlinale from Next Year

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Carlo Chatrian, Mariette Rissenbeek

Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films, have been officially confirmed as the new dual heads of the Berlinale to take over from the present festival director Dieter Kosslick when his contract expires in May 2019.

The appointment of both an artistic director and festival manager - an innovation for the 68-year-old festival, but general practice at many other international film festivals - was announced in Berlin today (Friday) by Monika Grütters, the state minister for culture and media who lead the hiring committee. Rissenbeek was a member of the three-strong committee, along with Björn Böhning, the former head of the Berlin senate chancellery.

Chatrian, presently artistic director of the Locarno Festival, will be the second Berlinale director to have come from Locarno following Kosslick’s predecessor, Moritz de Hadeln, who was the artistic director at the Swiss festival from 1972 to 1977.

Locarno speculation kicks off

Speculation is now ramping up on over who will succeed Chatrian as artistic director at Locarno once the 71st edition is over there this August.

Locarno-born Nadia Dresti is an obvious frontrunner. Dresti was appointed deputy artistic director of the Locarno Festival last year in addition to her duties as head of Locarno Pro.

Dresti’s connections with her hometown’s film festival stretch back to 1984. …

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