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Dieter Kosslick’s Last Red Carpet Ride

Our New Podcast Collaboration with the Goethe-Institut

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Ask anyone who’s been to The Berlin Film Festival—The Berlinale they call it—what they remember most about it. Maybe it’s the scale—some 400 films across 14 theaters across 10 days. Maybe it’s the weather—the Festival unfolds across the first weeks of February and Berlin’s piercing cold is legend—but I bet money most will tell you what they remember most is Dieter Kosslick in his black fedora and red wool scarf on the red carpet at theaters around the city welcoming filmmakers and filmgoers from around the globe to their screenings—screenings that provoke, pay homage, compete, ignite.

Dieter is one of the film world’s most gregarious, hilarious and controversial film festival directors. He’s put his stamp on this legendary festival for 18 years and kicked up some dust in the process. This most recent festival, the 69th Berlinale, was Dieter’s last.

Along with Dieter, some of the voices heard in this podcast include Agnés Varda, Juliette Binoche, Rajendra Roy, Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Mick Jagger and more.

Here, for The Big Pond, Dieter Kosslick’s Last Red Carpet Ride, Produced by The Kitchen Sisters with Nathan Dalton and Brandi Howell and mixed by Jim McKee.

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Special Thanks | Danke Schoen: Dieter Kosslick, Agnès Varda, Tom Luddy, Tommy Struck, Thomas Hailer, Juliette Binoche, Rajendra Roy, Sandra Schulberg, Alice Waters, Michael Barker, Rudolf Biermann, Mick Jagger, Bee Thiam Tan, Alain Gomis, Dian Sastrowardoyo, Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Alberto Barbera, Daniela Michel, Ute Roche, Julie Huntsinger, Martin Böttcher, Kronos Quartet, DJ Spooky,Ted Saverese, yMusic & Judd Greenstein, Blue Dot Sessions. Staff at The Berlinale: Laura Brandes, Julia Boxler, Sabine Gebauer, Kerstin Bückert and the many people at The Festival who helped make this podcast possible. At the Goethe-Institut: Verena Hütter, Dario Radisic, William Gilcher & Savannah Beck.