Berlinale Diary Part I

Logo-Berlinale-FacebookBerlinale 2016 is well underway and Jack Toye, Marketing Manager at Arts Picturehouse, is in the German capital trailing red carpets and kino cinemas. Jack reports on the opening few days of the festival.

Hey ho, it’s off to the Berlinale we go! I’ve taken some holiday from my regular job as Marketing Manager at the Arts Picturehouse Cinema in Cambridge to attend Berlin’s annual film festival. In my next few diary entries I’ll try to offer some insight into the festival buzz around central Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz.

On my first full day here I’ve seen several movies, but the highlight was the European premiere of the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! I loved the film, by far their funniest to date: Ralph Fiennes and Alden Ehrenreich shine in a scene which had me wheezing with laughter. You’re in for a treat when it opens in the UK in early March. After the screening, I dashed across to the Grand Hyatt Hotel – the venue for lots of the bigger press conferences – and nabbed a seat front centre. Fifteen minutes later I was sitting five rows back from Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Joel and Ethan Coen, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton and Alden Ehrenreich. It doesn’t get much better than that! This press conference became quite the ‘George Clooney Appreciation Society’ gathering. They love George, and they don’t mind asking him the majority of questions. What a thoroughly nice guy.

I’m off to find some food from the street-food sellers outside the Palast now. I’ll try my best to report back every few days. Von Berlin, mit Liebe.

– Jack Toye

Hail, Caesar! is released on Friday 4 March but why not join us for a preview screening on Sunday 28 February? Tickets are on sale now.

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