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.

BERLIN: Three Romanian and Czech productions and two Slovak and Bosnian minority coproductions were selected for Berlinale’s Forum section, which is celebrating its 50 years in 2020. Romanian Radu Jude has two projects selected for this section this year. The 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival will be held from 20 February to 1 March 2020.

BERLIN: The international coproduction Malmkrog by Romanian Cristi Puiu will open the new competitive section of the Berlinale (20 February-1 March 2020). The 15 titles lineup includes new films by Slovak Ivan Ostrochovský (Servants) and Polish Mariusz Wilczyński (Kill It and Leave This Town).

BERLIN: Films and TV series from Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are among the new titles announced by the 70th Berlin International Film Festival (20 February-1 March 2020) on 14 January 2020.