Francois Ozon’s ‘Peter von Kant’ to Open Berlin Film Festival

The Berlin Film Festival has set its opening film in François Ozon’s “Peter von Kant.”

The film, which stars Denis Menochet, Isabelle Adjani and Hanna Schygulla, is part of the international Competition and will have its world premiere on Feb. 10 at the Berlinale Palast.

Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian said: “We are beyond thrilled to welcome back François Ozon to the festival and are happy to launch our next edition with his new film. For this year’s opening, we were looking for a film that could bring lightness and verve into our somber daily lives. Peter von Kant is a theatrical tour de force around the concept of lockdown. In the hands of Ozon, the kammerspiel becomes the perfect container for love and jealousy, seduction and humour – indeed, everything that makes life and art so entangled.”

Peter von Kant is a free interpretation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s masterpiece “Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant” (“The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, 1972”).

More to come.

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