Berlin film fest helping out with Sendai event

JIJI

The Berlin International Film Festival will support a movie festival to be held in earthquake- and tsunami-hit Sendai in March, Dieter Kosslick, director of the world-renowned Berlinale, said.

The local festival, named “Berlinale in Sendai,” is being organized by a group of the city’s residents and other volunteers.

It will be held from March 28 to 31 and is aimed at cheering up children in Tohoku who were caught up in the March 2011 disasters.

The festival will screen about 10 movies selected from titles to be shown in February under the Berlin International Film Festival’s Generation program, which is devoted to children and young people.

Officials from the Berlin festival will select the films to be featured in Sendai. They will focus on movies that are entertaining and show people who are attempting to survive in difficult situations, according to people involved in the event.

“We would like to express our support and sympathy for the people of the Tohoku region, and, in particular, for the children who have suffered so greatly from the earthquake and tsunami,” Kosslick said.