When last year the Summer Special of the Berlinale went over Berlin’s open-air stages – as the second part of the film festival presented in a special form due to the pandemic – many cinema fans said afterwards: Please again, we don’t want a Summer Berlinale just in Corona times.

Those responsible for the festival have taken this to heart and are presenting selected contributions from June 15th to 29th this year. Namely one after the other in five open-air cinemas, each providing three days of festival feeling, in a total of 15 performances.

Carla Simón’s gold bear winner “Alcarràs” will start on June 15th. The Spanish film about the family of peach farmers will be screened at the opening in the Friedrichshain open-air cinema.

There are until 17.6. Berlinale films to see, followed by the Rehberge open-air cinema (June 18-20), the Arte Sommerkino Charlottenbirg (June 21-23), the Friedrichshagen open-air cinema (June 24-26) and the Hasenheide cinema (June 27). – 29.6.)

“Berlinale Goes Open Air will not be a continuation of last year’s pandemic-related, one-off Berlinale Summer Special, but rather will continue the tradition of the Summer Berlinale, which has been presenting selected festival films open air since 2003,” says a festival statement.

The management duo Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian emphasizes that the festival wants to use the program “again to promote films and cinema as a community-building place”, and that “German film distributors and cinemas in their work for a lively film culture and in addressing a broad public”.

The films are to be presented by the respective section managers. Occasionally, according to the announcement, guests from the film teams will also be present.