For months there has been a fight over the Berlinale, now it has to be opened. The new film by French director François Ozon will be shown at the start – and he took a well-known model.

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With the Berlinale, today opens one of the biggest film festivals in the world. The Berlin film festival is expected to take place with a cinema audience despite the increase in the number of corona infections.

The new film by French director François Ozon will be screened at the start: Isabelle Adjani and Denis Ménochet as well as German actress Hanna Schygulla play in “Peter von Kant”.

According to the festival management, the film is a free interpretation of a work by German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945-1982). In “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant” (1972), he tells the story of a fashion designer who treats her secretary with contempt and falls in love with a model.

2G rule no longer in force

Given the infection situation in Germany, there was a long fight over whether the Berlinale could take place. Conditions should now apply to go to the cinema. About 800 guests are expected for the opening ceremony (7:30 p.m.). The guest list includes actresses such as Iris Berben, Maria Furtwängler and Heike Makatsch, actor Burghart Klaußner and Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser.

In cinemas, only one in two seats should be occupied during the festival. The 2G plus rule also applies: only people who have already been vaccinated against the corona virus or recovered from an infection have access. Anyone who has not yet received a booster shot also needs a test. Masks are compulsory in the cinema. Tickets are only available online this time to avoid queues.

The prizes will be awarded earlier this year than usual – the judging panel is expected to announce its decisions on Wednesday February 16. After that, several public days are planned. In the years before the pandemic, more than 300,000 Berlinale tickets were regularly sold, this time around it is likely to be less given the reduced seating capacity. The 72nd International Film Festival will end on February 20. (dpa)