The Berlin Film Festival has a strong political message this year and less star power, according to one film critic. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A film critic from trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter says the Berlin Film Festival has a "love hate relationship with Hollywood," as the 67th festival has less star power than last year. The 67th edition of the 'Berlinale' kicks off on Feb. 9 with Etienne Comar's "Django", a biopic which transports viewers back to Nazi-occupied France in 1943 and depicts the life of musician Django Reinhardt, who declines to go on tour for the Nazis to steer attention away from "negro music" from the United States. Many of the films in this year's line-up, including "Django", deal with issues of social or political relevance. Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, famed for films like "Basic Instinct" and "RoboCop", is the jury president in a competition that will see 18 films vie for Golden and Silver Bears in the annual festival that runs until Feb. 19. Meanwhile, the director of the European Film Market (EFM) is also seeing a sort of uncertainty among film makers as a result of the shifting political landscape, although he stresses that it is too early to say what it will lead to. As part of the Berlin Film Festival, the European Film Market hosts more than 9,000 participants from film industries in over 100 countries.