Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth defends holding the Berlinale despite the Corona wave. She also sees the festival as a sign of optimism.


From the perspective of Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth, a corona-related end of the Berlin Film Festival would have had far-reaching consequences.

“The Berlinale is an incredibly important film festival for Germany, for Europe, all over the world and of great importance for our cultural life,” said the green politician of the German Press Agency in Berlin . “If we were to cancel, we would have lost important films to Cannes and Venice, which also could not have been shown in Berlin this summer. As a result, the cultural and political significance of the Berlinale would have suffered overall. Therefore, a postponement would not be an option, according to Roth.

The Berlinale is also an important sign of optimism, hope and encouragement. “We won’t let them take them away from us. On the contrary, we set an example for culture, for cinema, for cinema and for all those who work in this field, the creatives and all those who hide behind the scenes “Roth said. (dpa)