Berlin Festival Rejects #MeToo Black Carpet Proposal

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 15, 2018

Around 400 films will be screened at the 68th Berlinale which opens with US director Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs", an animated tale of a boy searching for his pet at a garbage dump where a fictional city has exiled all of its dogs.

Anderson's movie features the voices of Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton, among others.

BERLIN | Organizers of the Berlin International Film Festival on Wednesday declined a call to have movie stars walk a black, rather than red, carpet as a symbol of support for the campaign against sexual harassment in the industry.

But he told AFP he did not bar Kim because sexual harassment allegations by the same actress against him had been dismissed for lack of evidence, adding that he was seeking more information about an appeal in the case.

"Obviously the Berlinale condemns and opposes any form of violence or sexual misconduct", Kosslick said.

It will be Anderson's fourth turn in competition for the Berlinale's Golden and Silver Bear top prizes following "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou".

On the cinematic level, German director Tom Tykwer will head the jury at the event's 68th edition, which will run through February 25.

The competition features 19 films, four of them by female directors.

"Isle of Dogs", made in the stop-motion style of Anderson's much-loved "Fantastic Mr Fox" from 2009, is set in a fictional Japanese city in which the autocratic mayor banishes all the hounds to an island garbage dump after an outbreak of canine flu.

The first of the major European film festivals this year is overshadowed by the sexual abuse scandal that has hit the film industry in the United States and spread to other countries across the globe.

British actors Idris Elba and Rupert Everett will each make their directorial debuts with, respectively, the West Indian drug gang drama Yardie and the Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince.

And Norwegian director Erik Poppe will present U - July 22 based on the 2011 massacre by neo-Nazi Anders Behring Breivik and told from the perspective of his 77 victims. But an actress previous year accused him of sexual and physical abuse, saying he forced her into unwanted, unscripted sex and nude scenes and slapped her repeatedly while shooting his 2013 award-winning film "Moebius" before replacing her with another actress.

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