Berlinale: Wieland Speck Takes on New Responsibilities and Hands Over His Position as Head of Panorama after 25 Years
Wieland Speck, until now head of the Berlinale’s Panorama section, will in the future be contributing his extensive range of expertise on film to the Berlinale as Consultant of the Official Programme. Starting in 1982, Wieland Speck joined forces with Manfred Salzgeber to build up Panorama (an autonomous section as of 1980, known as “Info-Schau” until 1985) and made its programme one of the most prestigious in arthouse film.
Wieland Speck took over as head of Panorama in 1992. Over the past 25 years he has continually enhanced and fine-tuned the section’s profile as well as brought international recognition to the Teddy Award. Launched with Manfred Salzgeber in 1987, it was the world’s first and, to this day, most important film prize for queer cinema. Speck has curated more than 1800 promising cinematic productions – fiction films, documentary works and short films – and offered them to the public, press and industry for political debate and cinematographic experience.
“I want to thank Wieland from the bottom of my heart for the fantastic job he has done with Panorama. He established a platform for ambitious independent cinema, and successfully positioned it on the international market. I’m especially pleased that he will now be assisting us with his expertise and experience, and programming the Panorama’s 40th jubilee in 2019,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.
Dieter Kosslick has appointed a new team to run Panorama – headed by Paz Lázaro. Together with Michael Stütz and Andreas Struck she will curate the Panorama programme.
All three have worked alongside Wieland Speck for years. Paz Lázaro became programme manager of Panorama in 2006. Michael Stütz, to date responsible for programme coordination, will – in addition to coordinating the Teddy Award – now contribute to shaping the section as programme manager and curator. Andreas Struck, programme advisor at Panorama as of 2006, will now be responsible – alongside his curatorial tasks – for editorial work and communicating the Panorama programme.
About a month ago another Berlinale finished after 10 days of premieres, discussions and networking. Besides moving our Queer Academy/Programmers Meeting to the Martin-Gropius-Bau, we also initiated the TEDDY Diversity Talks. After last year’s Academy Summit, we decided to continue those talks but in a different, more intimate format where filmmakers could go into depth discussing certain topics circling Queer Cinema.
We are very happy to share all four talks with you today. Please make sure to view the talks, especially if you did not get a chance to attend in person a few weeks ago. It would be great if you could share the links also within your community,our goal is to reach as many interested people as possible, to keep the discussions flowing. We will be back with more Diversity Talks and are looking forward to welcome you back in Berlin.
This years TEDDY Diversity Talks were supported by L´Oréal Paris @ the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. Thanks a lot to the wonderful team of L´Oréal Paris and the BRLO Brwhouse for hosting us.
TRAVIS MATHEWS director “DISCREET” (In Their Room, I Want Your Love, Interior: Leather Bar) and first-time filmmaker YANCE FORD, director “STRONG ISLAND” talk about their films Discreet and Strong Island, and discuss the levels of queer and racist oppression that has been going on in the USA for decades and how it has affected their works. Talking about the closeted spaces of Texas, the alt-right movement, everyda racism and the segregationist population of Long Island, both filmmakers discuss how political circumstances have impacted their feature films.
The Kids are alright: When it comes to questioning existing concepts of gender, sexuality and humanity at an early age, Berlinale Generation is always a cinematic shoulder to lean on: Filmmakers NEIL TRIFFETT, director “EMO THE MUSICAL” and LIA HIETALA, director “MY GAY SISTER” (MIN HOMOSYSTER) both presented films about queer youth this year and provided cinematic alternatives to heteronormativity. Be it the Emo, the gay Highschool boy, the bi-curious child or her lesbian sister- both films showed their young audiences that boxes and categories are something to leave behind.
Filmmakers ANDREA WEISS, director “BONES OF CONTENTION” and JOCHEN HICK, director “MY WONDERFUL WEST-BERLIN” discuss in this talk how queer historiography can influence the identification process of children and young adults; the importance of accessible queer archives as well as the difficulties filmmakers can face during the process of research.
Cult filmmaker SHU LEA CHEANG director “FLUIDØ”, (I.K.U.) and first-time director EDUARDO CASANOVA, director “SKINS” (PIELES) both premiered at Berlinale Panorama with films that question the logics and semantics of bodies as we know them. Where Cheang follows the thread of the cyborg cosmos she has invented in her cinematic and video work, Casanova takes the idea of the freak, developed on his earlier works, to a new level and composes and opera of otherness. The two filmmakers discuss their ideas and sometimes controversial concepts with great openness.
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This years Diversity talks were supported by L´Oréal Paris @ the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. Thanks a lot to the wonderful team of L´Oréal Paris and the BRLO Brwhouse for hosting us.
What a beautiful night my friends! What a spectacular Award Ceremony! Conchita Wurst was there, Udo Kier and even Andrea Nahles (even if she doesn´t really fit into this list). The TEDDY trophies were given away and we all danced till our toes were bleeding.
So maybe we should do something calm today… how about going to the movies? Maybe something to sharpen our political awareness. How about “Mein wunderbares West-Berlin” by Jochen Hick? In this documentary, Jochen Hick revives memories of the time of political struggles. His film tells us, among other things, about the movement “Homosexuelle Aktion West-Berlin”, which was founded in 1971 and stood up for the exclusion of §175. Jochen Hick takes us back to the time when Berlin was a magical and a very political place. Legends say, by the way, that the “HAW” was founded at the Berlin Film Festival right after the screening of Rosa von Praunheims film “It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives “. So maybe you are going to find out about this political movement right after this screening. Who knows…
Dear friends, today it’s the day of the spectacular TEDDY Ceremony and Party which will take place at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. The best queer films of the Berlinale will be awarded with a TEDDY AWARD in the categories: “Special TEDDY”, “Best Short”, “Best Feature Film” and “Best Documentary”. We will also have great artists who will perform during and after the Ceremony. You can find them here.