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Berlin 2020 Empowered Women Directors and Hinted at a Better Future for Europe’s Film Festivals

Berlin 2020 Empowered Women Directors and Hinted at a Better Future for Europe’s Film Festivals

As the entire film industry reacted to images of convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein being led to jail in handcuffs, women at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival had much to celebrate. This year’s program, under the new leadership of Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, continued the trend among European festivals reaching for gender parity in its programming, with six films directed by women in the main Competition — many of them gaining upbeat reviews and global buyer interest — as well as many other strong stories by and about women throughout the sprawling Berlinale selection.

Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the progress in this year’s lineup.

1. “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” broke out at the festival.

Brooklyn filmmaker Eliza Hittman found out that her third feature had been accepted in the Berlinale competition a month before Sundance in January, where her film won a special jury prize for “neorealism.” The

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