Taking place at Potsdamer Platz and many cinemas across Berlin, Berlin's 68th International Film Festival brings a cinematic buzz to town. With about 450 films and 300,000 tickets sold to tens of thousands of local and international visitors, the Berlinale is one of the most popular and certainly the best-attended film festival in the world. Apart from the main competition section, where films vie for the coveted Golden Bear award, there are many other competition categories such as Panorama, children's movies, youth films and German cinema - as well as themed film series just for the fun of it.
Tickets are released and sold following complicated rules that are only logical to the Germans who stand around in the long queues; or you can buy limited tickets via www.berlinale.de. It's best to have a few preferred options in mind when you queue, and get whatever's available, or just show up at the venue and gamble there are still a few seats. It's best to skip any movie that will be in regular cinemas soon, and focus on the unusual films.
Films not in English sometimes have English subtitles. Pick up the Berlinale programme booklet and newspaper for all film screening details.