Checkpoint Berlin

  • 64'
  • Italy
  • 2020

An elderly film director visits Berlin for a screening of his latest film, starting a physical and mental journey along the remnants of the wall that split the city for almost 30 years.

As he did in Les Unwanted de Europa (2018), filmmaker Fabrizzio Ferraro gathers tales from Europe's recent history of people who risked their lives to escape repression, those that helped them and those that did everything to stop them.

Accompanied by a classical cello score, multiple personal histories fill this serene, contemplative walk through the past. The idea that the past, present and future are inseparable is visually expressed in a montage of archival footage, shots of contemporary Berlin and dramatised scenes linking the escape of an East German couple to a legend about the director's uncle.

Director
Fabrizio Ferraro
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Italy
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
64'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Italian, English, German
Producer
Fabio Parente
Production Company
Passepartout Cooperativa Sociale
Sales
Eddie Saeta
Cinematography
Fabrizio Ferraro
Editor
Fabrizio Ferraro