The Kid at Ten:
[DLX], The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge, 6-16 Feb
Ten years of cult happening, a tenth mad mix of film and related art, a tenth switched-in and turned-on audience that is more than just an audience … ten years of rules turned on their head. Though press and others have tried, it is, we are proud to say, hard to readily define The Berlin International Directors Lounge. So much the better.
Neither a short film nor feature film festival, not strictly for standard screenings nor installational set-ups, not indeed exclusively a film forum or live performance spectacle, “DL” is in fact all of these in one happening, the only event of its kind in Berlin.
There are no lines or barriers. No staff to separate movers and shakers from the moved and shaken. Nothing but films upon films, with interwoven live acts, at turns musical, visual and indescribable, gluing it together. And only one part of a year-round globe-hopping media-art platform… but what a part. 272 visionary film offerings, short, medium and longer, from 54 countries on 6 continents at the last outing, plus 15 live acts and 16 DJ sets, installations, visitors from here and around the planet, in for this lounge/club/art experience.
All in a whirlwind 11 days. All tied together by a nearly infinite exchanges of ideas. And on the upswing. Though international, this is also a real Berlin event, full of the street cred you can’t buy.
Now, the Berlin International Directors Lounge, the “Kid” who is always new in town, is back.[DLX], the tenth festival of arresting, atypical, attention-grabbing film, will be what the daring filmgoer needs, a one-of-a-kind mixture of stimuli, media art of various forms housed under one roof, each vying for its own attention, but without a hint of competition. This is also the perfect backdrop for artists’ interchange, both with one another and with those they may rarely encounter: their audience. All of this is once again only part of a greater whole: the festival is the anchor of the year-round Directors Lounge, which is not content to sit at home, but takes its treasure trove of film gems alongside invited performers to cities here and around the world.
The doors will open on a dazzling new concoction of choicest cuts at the Naherholung Sternchen, the insider in-space a stone’s throw from Kino International. Eleven days, or rather, nights of what you need to see and hear. What you’ve been missing without knowing it.
Daily from 6 pm – open end
Opening Reception: Feb. 6, 8 pm
No admission till 8 pm
See you at DLX!
Yours Team DL