In 30 public talks, discussions and screenings, the Summit encourages exchange about films, their values for our society and how they came into being. For cineastes and professionals alike, the HAU Hebbel am Ufer theatre becomes the home for encounters with artists and experts who can only be met here.
Featuring internationally acclaimed filmmakers and artists, the talks in HAU1 offer valuable insights into every possible aspect of filmmaking. Open-mindedness and a passion for discovery are the hallmarks of this creative hotbed of the festival. Past editions have featured director Apichatpong Weerasethakul exploring the creative power of dreaming, Ava DuVernay leading a dialogue on new voices in cinema with Indigenous filmmakers, Meryl Streep discussing the role of women in Hollywood, director Raoul Peck giving a probing analysis of institutional racism, composer Hildur Guðnadóttir outlining her collaborative approach, and Ryūichi Sakamoto improvising live on the piano. As always at the Berlinale, audiences can actively participate and contribute their own questions and experiences.
In smaller interactive gatherings and live workshops, experts dissect practical case studies together with fellow guests and audiences. Quite often, these sessions in HAU2 and HAU3 focus on specific disciplines, allowing participants to deepen their knowledge of virtual shoots, the dynamics of editing, the secrets of casting, the latest in online distribution or the ins and outs of international co-productions. The discusssions reflect cutting-edge trends and equip filmmakers with the tools they need to stay on top of an ever-changing industry.
Every year, we present a hand-picked selection of titles by Berlinale Talents alumni that have been officially invited for that year's festival. Gleaned from the Competition, Encounters, Panorama, Generation, Forum and Shorts strands, these are screened in the beautiful HAU1 theatre and followed by in-depth Q&As with the teams. For over 140 alumni who return to the Berlinale with their films every year, these alumni screenings are a homecoming celebration and represent an important milestone in their careers.
Ken Adam, Maren Ade , Ana Lily Amirpour, Harry Belafonte, Gael García Bernal, Juliette Binoche, Jane Campion, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Park Chan-wook, Christo, Isabel Coixet, Willem Dafoe, Josephine Decker, Julie Delpy, Claire Denis, Alexandre Desplat, Lav Diaz, Ava DuVernay, Olafur Eliasson, Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Frears, Nikolau Geyrhalter, Greta Gerwig, Agnès Godard , Hildur Guðnadóttir, Patricio Guzmán, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Uli Hanisch, Agnieszka Holland, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Hüller, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Holly Hunter, Bong Joon-Ho, Kirsten Johnson, Gaston Kaboré, Shah Rukh Khan, Ellen Kuras, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, David Lowery, Erika Lust, Andie MacDowell, Lucrecia Martel, Ursula Meier, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brillante Mendoza, Walter Murch, Michael Nyman, Joshua Oppenheimer, Raoul Peck , Christian Petzold, Laura Poitras, Sandy Powell, Charlotte Rampling, Keanu Reeves, Carlos Reygadas, Max Richter, Isabella Rossellini, Ryūichi Sakamoto, Walter Salles, Roberto Saviono, James Schamus, Céline Sciamma, Howard Shore, Volker Schlöndorff, Paul Schrader, Ridley Scott, Ulrich Seidl, Abderrahmane Sissako, Tilda Swinton, István Szabó, André Téchiné, Tom Tykwer, Christine Vachon, Paul Verhoeven, Andrzej Wajda, John Waters, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wim Wenders, Matthew Weiner, Wong Kar-wai, Jia Zhang-ke and many more.