Carlo Chatrian, artistic director of the Locarno film festival since 2012, will reportedly become the new artistic director of the Berlinale as of 2020, according to reports by newspapers B.Z. and Bild.
The news was neither confirmed nor denied by Monika Grütters, Germany’s commissioner for culture and the media, who is set to officially reveal the name of the new director at a press conference on Friday.
Along with the selected artistic director, a second person, who would take on the role of festival “manager,” is additionally expected to be named to replace Dieter Kosslick, who has headed the Berlinale since 2001.
In an interview with Germany’s Zeit Online magazine last summer, Chatrian didn’t seem to expect to be named for the role. While he said he considered the Berlinale to be one of the world’s most exciting festivals, he didn’t believe he would be chosen to direct it, as he doesn’t speak German. He does however understand the language.
The Turin-born former journalist and film programmer has worked at the Locarno film festival since 2002, taking over as artistic director in 2012. If Chatrian’s appointment is confirmed on Friday, his new position will lead the Swiss festival to launch its own search for a new director.
The perspective of finding Kosslick’s successor led to a major discussion in Germany, with prominent directors signing an open letter calling for a new start for a new start for the Berlin festival.
eg/ct (with dpa)