Tickets for Berlinale screenings start today – The Berlin Spectator
Due to the improvement in Corona’s situation in Berlin and the easing of restrictions, the Berlinale Film Festival may go on and sell more tickets than expected. Some 60,000 of them are available, but they will sell out quickly. The sales start this morning.
Berlin, June 3, 2021 (The Berlin Spectator) – Tickets to the Berlinale are the most popular items in town today. They are on sale this morning. After sixteen months of Corona, which looked like 16, and a 6-month lockdown, which looked like six centuries, many Berliners can be very keen to experience good movies in a good atmosphere. It might sound incredible, but there is a great opportunity for a crop overdose. It’s now.
Under the stars
The Berlinale spared no expense. He actually set up his own open-air cinema on Berlin’s Museum Island. A total of sixteen open-air cinemas will take part in the Corona version of Germany’s most important film festival. In 2020, the Berlinale was the last major cultural event allowed to take place, just before Corona turned Berlin, Germany and most of the world into a mess. Now this is the first big one.
This year, the festival promises to be different. If there are red carpets, it won’t be Hollywood personalities or other international movie heroes who will tread them. Matt Damon won’t give anyone a bright smile in Berlin. Neither Jeremy Irons nor Helen Mirren are here. Well, there’s a plus: instead of focusing on celebrity and fancy clothing brands, moviegoers can focus on the movies being screened and finally watch together on the big screen again. Yes, there will be masks and distancing, but there’s nothing better than watching great movies under the stars, right?
Four out of many
From Wednesday June 9, 2021, some really interesting films will be shown, in English or with English subtitles. Among them, ‘Azor’, a Franco-Swiss-Argentine co-production about a Swiss banker who travels to Argentina with his wife during the military dictatorship. They plan to find his business partner who has mysteriously disappeared. The American film ‘The Inheritance’ tells about life in a town in Philadelphia. Marxism, clean-up lists, the MOVE organization, jazz, post-colonial theory, funny anecdotes and Godard’s “La Chinoise” are what its members are all about. As the private becomes intertwined with politics, a crash course in the black experience emerges.
‘Ballad of a White Cow’ appears to be an intriguing Franco-Iranian film about a woman named Mina. After her husband’s execution, she learns that the death penalty has been unfairly imposed. She is offered compensation but wishes to meet the judges who are responsible for it. Meanwhile, a new man, Reza, comes into her life. Or how about “Le Mauritanien”, a British film? A defense lawyer, his partner and a military prosecutor uncover a conspiracy while investigating the case of a suspected 9/11 terrorist. This political thriller is based on the diary the inmate wrote at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp.
How to buy tickets
These are just four films chosen at random. Much more, many countries, will be shown. The Berlinale program also includes documentaries. Today, Wednesday June 3, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., ticket sales begin. Because distance remains an important aspect, almost all of the 60,000 tickets will be sold online. By the way: these films will be shown in open-air cinemas regardless of the weather. Rain, sun, scorching heat, snow, ice, hail, tornadoes or tropical storms will not prevent the Berlinale from happening.
Here’s how to buy tickets for the Berlinale this year, in stages:
- Watch the Berlinale program and choose a few movies to watch. It is advisable to do this before 10:00 am today.
- Prepare your credit card before 9:59 a.m. CET.
- Locate your chosen movie (s) and choose one of the open-air theaters it will be shown in.
- At 10:00 a.m., start clicking on the ticket link and purchase your tickets. Make sure you are the fastest of all. Some preliminary exercises with the fingers of the mouse can help.
- Once you notice the server has gone down because the whole town is buying tickets, grab a chocolate chip cookie and try again afterward. This is Germany, where the Internet is slower than in the small Balkan countries.
- Wait for your screening and enjoy the experience.
Negative Corona Test Results Required
Under normal circumstances, in the pre-Corona era, Berlinale tickets were sold out three days in advance, to ensure that people were not overdoing these tickets. This time, all tickets will be sold at once. The classics are between 10 and 15 euros. Some 60,000 tickets are available. Last year there were more than five times as many.
These are the times of Corona. Everyone will need either a certificate of a negative Corona test result, within 24 hours of the test, a vaccination certificate, or a document proving that the person was infected with Corona between 28 days and 6 days. months before the screening of their choice.
The Berlinale program, with links to tickets, is available here.
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