Bernhard Karl

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Although I’ve left my hometown of Munich for Berlin, the Filmfest will always be my real home.

My passion for film and art in general was sparked in movie theaters and museums early in my youth. Traveling around the world in one’s thoughts, the grand philosophical notion of mankind: these things fascinate me! I was inspired to become a film curator at the very first FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 1983, when my dream of becoming a film director led me via internships at the University of Television and Film Munich to the Münchner Kammerspiele in the era of Dieter Dorn, where as a long-time assistant director I found two inspiring mentors in him and Peter Zadek.

 

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Various theater directing projects of my own followed, but they never made me as happy as my involvement with film at film festivals. So, as a casting director, I decided to find ways to have my own festival and founded “Around the World in 14 Films” in Berlin in 2006, which I have been able to cultivate in collaboration with various partners to this day.

In 2008, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN hired me as its curator for Asia, Africa, and parts of Europe. My beloved francophone world was added to this. I also take extreme pleasure in the final composition of the international competitions and the juries. Although I’ve left my hometown of Munich for Berlin, the Filmfest will always be my real home. Here you can truly enjoy films (and people’s company) without the anonymity and competitive pressure of the giant festivals. Key experiences here were meeting two of my icons of world cinema, Abbas Kiarostami and Jia Zhang-ke, and jointly presenting their new films. Both offer a view of the world that distills a philosophical perspective from everyday occurrences and a monumental view of history from the lives of individuals.