The decision comes just under a month after organizers revealed that staging the event in cinemas and outdoors was proving to be a “bigger challenge” than anticipated given worrying Covid-19 figures out of Germany. The fest said it would make a final decision in May, and in a refreshing turn of events, it’s good news for the international film industry.
Organizers said the event will run from June 9-20, albeit without the planned indoor screenings. “The Berlinale is pleased to be able to give audiences the enjoyment of an open-air cinema experience at 16 venues in total at the Summer Special,” reads a statement.
Organizers cited Berlin’s falling 7-day incidence for Covid-19, as well as “positive signals” by government officials to support the request for a pilot project