Berlinale has always held a special place in my life as an actor and filmmaker.
When I first moved to Germany in 2012, this was the first big film festival I ever attended. Since then, I've been a regular, despite the freezing February weather and the imperative to always pack a pair of warm, comfy boots together with your stiletto heels. That's Berlinale fashion to you, and I think it works superbly well for this city of unassuming, odd glamour. This being said, once you dive in, it really is a full, intense 10-day programme, butI love the challenge of navigating the exciting, if exhausting, mix of inspiring, thought-provoking films, fancy red-carpet evening receptions and industry talks while trying not to catch the typical Berlinale flu.
But Berlinale is serious for me, too. As a member of German Actors Union BFFS as well as in my capacity as one of its Berlin branch representatives, the film festival is an important opportunity for me to raise awareness for issues pertaining to our industry; to talk to my fellow creatives about our work, both aesthetically, but also pragmatically; the kinds of stories we want to tell and see on screen, as well as the question of how to finance these stories and provide fair pay, regardless of gender, race and age, to the many important people who help bring these stories to life. Filmmaking is always a team effort, made by highly qualified, motivated and passionate creatives who deserve appropriate respect and financial compensation. Berlinale always makes me incredibly proud to call myself an actress, and to identify as a member of the creative family.
Stay creative - and keep making those time machines out of DeLoreans. :)