BERLIN: American director Eliza Hittman takes on the issue of teenage pregnancy and abortion in here lately film Never Rarely Sometimes Always which is screening in the main competition in Berlin this year. Hittman also wrote the script for this topical look at teenagers and the problems and choices they face.  Her previous films Beach Rats and It Felt Like Love also have tackled youth and anxiety but none so successfully as Never Rarely Sometimes Always.

BERLIN: American director Kelly Reichardt arrives in the main competition with First Cow an adaptation of Jon Raymond’s novel The Half Life sent in the Oregon wilderness during the early days of the American pioneers.  The pioneers in the Pacific Northwest is familiar territory for Reichardt as her highly regarded film Meek’s Cutoff about the fate of pioneers who died as they made their way west along the Oregon Trail was also set in this period.

TALLINN: FNE teamed up with the Baltic Event in Tallinn this year to promote innovation and let film professionals what tools are on offer on the Film New Europe web portal to help them meet the challenges of connecting with audiences in the digital age.

WARSAW: The cinema industry is an event industry and we are already feeling the impact of the Coronavirus crisis much more strongly than many other industry sectors as festivals are cancelled and cinemas are closed. Some big film productions have shut down. There is no doubt our industry is struggling across Europe as isolation and quarantine become the norm as the necessity to keep the public safe rightly takes priority.

FNE asked Elisabetta Brunella, head of Milano based Media Salles, about the latest trends in cinema admissions, especially in Central and Eastern Europe and what this can tell us about the future of the industry.

BERLIN: The 70th Berlin Film Festival (20 February - 1 March 2020) awarded its top prize the Golden Bear for Best Film in the main competition to the German/Czech/Iranian coproduction There Is No Evil / Sheytan vojud nadarad directed by Mohammad Rasoulof and produced by Cosmopol Film (Germany), Europe Media Nest (Czech Republic), Filminiran (Iran).

BERLIN: This year, the European Film Forum (EFF) season starts at the Berlinale. The forum will be held on 24 February, from 14:00-16:30 at a new venue the Landesvertretung Schleswig-Holstein, In den Ministergärten 8, 10117 Berlin.

BERLIN: The Last Stage (1948) by Polish director Wanda Jakubowska and Distant Journey by Czech Alfréd Radok are among the six classic films which will have their world premiere in digitally restored DCP 4K versions during the Berlinale Classics 2020.

BERLIN: One Czech production and two minority coproductions from Lithuania and Germany have been selected for Berlinale’s Generation section. The 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival will be held from 20 February to 1 March 2020.

BERLIN: Father, a coproduction between Serbia, France, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina directed by Srdan Golubović has been selected for the Panorama section of the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival (20 February-1 March 2020). Other minority coproductions from FNE partner countries are also in Panorama, as well as in Berlinale Special.