Last Update 12:37
Monday, 14 October 2019

Germany braces for star-studded gala to open 66th Berlin Intl Film Festival

The 2016 Berlinale will open with a grand gala at the Berlinale Palast, at 7.30pm on 11 February

Ahram Online , Wednesday 10 Feb 2016
Bird view of the Berlinale Palast during the 65th Berlin International Film Festival's opening gala, 2015 (Photo: courtesy of Berlinale 2016 press office)
Views: 1444
Views: 1444

In the official press release, the organisers of the 2016 Berlinale announced that the event will open with a grand gala attended by stars and officials on 11 February.

An official ceremony will begin at 7:30pm (Germany local time) at the Berlinale Palast with the attendance of Minister of State and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters, Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller, jury president Meryl Streep and festival director Dieter Kosslick.

The organisers added that "during the opening gala, the international jury will be introduced. In addition to Meryl Streep (actress, USA), its members are Lars Eidinger (actor, Germany), Nick James (film critic, author, programmer, United Kingdom), Brigitte Lacombe (photographer, France), Clive Owen (actor, United Kingdom), Alba Rohrwacher (actress, Italy) and Małgorzata Szumowska (director, Poland). Anke Engelke will host the evening."

Following the opening gala, Hail, Caesar! by Joel and Ethan Coen will have its international premiere.

Many international guests, actors and filmmakers, as well as prominent German politicians and ambassadors, confirmed their attendance at the festival's opening. 

Among the expected attendees are: directors Maren Ade, Edward Berger, Jürgen Böttcher, Rosa von Praunheim, Wim Wenders (Germany), Feo Aladag (Austria) and Karim Aïnouz (Brazil), cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (Germany), producers Ben Barenholtz (Ukraine) and Tim Bevan (New Zealand), German actors and actresses Marie Bäumer, Meret Becker, Iris Berben, Katja Riemann, Christian Berkel, Sebastian Blomberg, Matthias Brandt, Dietrich Brüggemann, alongside international counterparts, Chinese artist and activits Ai Weiwei, among other notable figures from the arts field.

The 66th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival will begin 11 February and will close 21 February.

For more arts and culture news and updates, follow Ahram Online Arts and Culture on Twitter at @AhramOnlineArts and on Facebook at Ahram Online: Arts & Culture

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.