5 Key Takeaways From the 2019 Berlin Film Festival

Netflix and China provided the controversy, while television and stronger female representation were the feel-good stories at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, the last in the 18-year-reign of outgoing director Dieter Kosslick. The 69th Berlin International Film Festival ended this weekend not with a bang, nor a whimper, but with something like an indifferent shrug. The last festival under the reign of director Dieter Kosslick — who will now step down to be replaced by the two-person team of artistic director Carlo Chatrian and managing director Mariette Rissenbeek — had the feel of a placeholder, with few shocks, surprises or scandals. The Golden Bear for Nadav Lapid's Synonyms — a tale of a former IDF soldier trying to escape his past by immersing himself in the Paris nightlife — was a consensus choice (unlike last year's winner, Adina Pintilie's radical and divisive sexual therapy drama Touch Me Not). https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/5-key-takeaways-2019-berlin-film-festival-1187497