the 61st edition of the berlin film festival begins today and ends on february the 20th.

some highlights:

– the opening screening tonight will be true grit by the coen brothers, a film that has 10 nominations for the upcoming oscars.

the future by the poly-oriented miranda july (competition)

pina – a film on dancer and choreographer pina bausch by wim wenders (competition)

– ralph fiennes directorial debut, coriolanus (competition)

– romania has two films in the shorts competition: 15 iulie (15th of july) by cristi iftimie and apele tac (silent river) by anca miruna lazarescu.

– madonna is rumored to make an appearance as her new film, W.E., is supposed to be sold for distribution at the parallel european film market.

ingmar bergman retrospective

i wish i was there running around between screenings and parties, spotting my film heroes and betting on potential winners!