Besides showcasing work from auteurs from across the globe, this years Berlinale is being waited for one more reason. will be the first time the event has been overseen by not one, but two leaders- Carlo Chatrian, its artistic director and Mariette Rissenbeek, its executive director. The duo has replaced festival director Dieter Kosslick, who ran the event from 2001-2019.
Chatrian, who has encountered over 800 films from the whole world for Berlinale 2020, considers the opportunity as an exciting part of his journey. The Italy born artistic director feels that cinema does not enter the fray with the assertiveness of a person who seeks to persuade, instead, it raises issues with which we should engage. While he considers his job of viewing and judging the films as an enormous responsibility, but also fells himself to be privileged to do so.
Chatrian also shares that the dual-director concept allowed him to take more hands-on curatorial approach than his predecessor, Dieter Kosslick, who oversaw the festival alone for 18 years.
Rissenbeek, who will manage logistics and business part of the event,echoes similar sentiments adding that structure allows people to cope with the amount of work with much ease.