▷ Berlinale 2022: rbb with co-production “Rabiye Kurnaz against George W. Bush” by Andreas …

19.01.2022 – 11:53

rbb – Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg

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Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) is represented with eight films in the program of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival (February 10 to 20). The rbb co-production “Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush” by Andreas Dresen runs in the contest. The drama about the Turkish housewife Rabiye Kurnaz, who fights for the release of her son Murat from the Guantanamo prison camp, celebrates its world premiere at the Berlinale.

rbb director Patricia Schlesinger: “This year, rbb is represented with a variety of co-productions in very different sections of the Berlinale festival program – including two newcomer films from the LEUCHTSTOFF initiative. We are particularly pleased that with the co-production ‘Rabiye Kurnaz gegen George W. Bush’ in the competition. Director Andreas Dresen and screenwriter Laila Stieler’s film about a mother’s steadfast struggle to free her son from Guantanamo is an ode to humanity.”

In addition, there are seven other rbb co-productions in the Berlinale programme.


Annika Pinske presents her debut film “Everybody’s talking about the weather” in the section Panorama before. The film tells the story of Clara, a doctoral student in philosophy. When she visits her mother in the Mecklenburg provinces, she realizes how far she has strayed from her roots in her search for a self-determined life. Also in Panorama you can see “Bettina” by Lutz Pehnert, a documentary film about the biographical and artistic career of the extraordinary singer-songwriter Bettina Wegner.

Director Cem Kaya also presents his documentary “Ask, Mark ve Ölüm” (“Love, D-Mark and Death”) im Panorama before. It tells the story of the unique music of Turkish guest workers and their grandchildren in Germany.


The rbb co-production “Europe” runs in Forum. The documentary feature film by Philip Scheffner tells the story of Zohra Hamadi, whose summer begins with the end of her long history of illness. But instead of finally being able to lead a normal life, Zohra loses her right of residence in France.

Im Forum is too “Come with me to the cinema – The Gregors” by Alice Agneskirchner. With film excerpts, archive material, re-enacted scenes and interviews, the film portrait gives a deep insight into the life and work of the two legendary film mediators Erika and Ulrich Gregor, without whom the Berlinale Forum and the Arsenal cinema would not exist.

German cinema perspective

The rbb co-production “We might as well be dead”, the graduation film by Natalia Sinelnikova at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, opens the section German cinema perspective. In the social satire, a shielded high-rise building with a feel-good effect is supposed to be a place of safety, located beyond the border to the dangerous forest. But when the caretaker’s dog goes missing, an irrational fear spreads among the residents, which security officer Anna tries to use reason to get under control.

“Everybody’s talking about the weather” and “We might as well be dead” were created as part of the LEUCHTSTOFF initiative by rbb and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, which supports cinema films from the region.

Berlinale Special

Simon Brückner’s documentary “A German Party” celebrates its premiere at Berlinale Special. Through exclusive access to numerous politicians and committees at all levels of the AfD, the film shows inside views of the party.

Berlinale Series Market

In the style of an American police series, Georg Tschurtschenthaler tells the rbb co-production “REEPERBAHN Special Unit 65” about the fight of the first German special unit, the Fachdirektion 65, against organized crime in Germany in the 1980s. The central setting of the series is the red-light district on the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli, where a brutal struggle for money and power unfolds. The true crime series will be presented as part of the Berlinale Series Market.

Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival 2022

Also this year, rbb is donating the Berlinale Documentary Film Prize, which is endowed with prize money of 40,000 euros. This is shared by directors and producers of the award-winning film.

rbb reports live from the festival daily on rbb television, in its radio programs and on the Internet.

In the “Berlinale-Studio” Knut Elstermann welcomes the rbb viewers from the media studio in the Berlinale Palast on Potsdamer Platz (February 10, 12, 14, 16 and 19). Guests are the most interesting actors and creative people of the festival. There is also the most important information about the films and people at the Berlinale. 3sat takes over the “Berlinale Studio” produced by rbb.

In addition, rbb television broadcasts daily exclusively from 10.2. to 19.2.2022 after midnight the “Berlinale press conferences” from the day with directors and their stars. radioeins film expert Knut Elstermann will moderate.

In the first, rbb broadcasts a special edition of the ARD culture magazine “ttt”. The report “ttt extra – The Berlinale” with Max Moor shows the highlights and trends of the festival on Sunday, February 13 at 11:15 p.m.

radioeins is Berlinale Radio for the 25th time. rbb|24 reports in multimedia form on the Internet at rbb24.de/berlinale, in the rbb|24 app, on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Detailed information on the rbb co-productions can be found in the rbb press portal: https://www.rbb-online.de/unternehmen/presse/presseinformationen/programm/2022/02/20220210-berlinale-2022.html

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Press contact:

Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb)
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Ulrike Herr / Nicola zu Stolberg / Alke Lorenzen
Phone: (030) 97 99 3 – 12 115
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