Berlin Film Festival to open with François Ozon’s Peter von Kant

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Peter von Kant, the latest film from French director François Ozon, will be the opening film for this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Variety has confirmed that Peter von Kant will open the festival and have its world premiere on 10th February. Directed by François Ozon, the French movie will be screened at the Berlinale Palast.

Starring Isabelle Adjani and Denis Ménochet, Peter von Kant is a loose adaptation of the 1972 German play The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. It has been described by the festival as taking the narcissistic female protagonist of the play and turning them into a male filmmaker. Through this Ozon brings his own personal style of filmmaking to the story while still paying tribute to the original playwright, Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Actor Denis Ménochet will be most recognised by audiences worldwide for a small role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. He played a French dairy farmer who was interrogated by the Nazis. Isabelle Adjani took on the role of Lucy in Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre, and has achieved great fame in France. She is the only actor in history to win five César awards.

The festival has also announced that it will run for a shorter duration this year, from 10th to 16th February. The organisers have said that due to the spread of the omicron covid variant cinemas will be at 50% capacity. There will be no parties or receptions, either. Berlin is not the first film festival to make alternative arrangements because of the pandemic. Earlier this month Sundance decided to go fully virtual just weeks ahead of its opening.

Ozon is no stranger to being honoured by the Berlin International Film Festival. His film 8 Femmes won a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution. It will be shown at the festival again this year as part of its homage to Isabelle Huppert.

Peter von Kant will open the festival on 10th February.


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