Berlin’s film frenzy gets underway: 72nd Berlinale opens with ‘Peter von Kant’
19 February 2022 | 12:34 pm
It's Europe's most accessible, edgy and – often – political film festival. The Berlinale has kicked off in the German capital with François Ozon's "Peter von Kant", a gender-swapped reimagining of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1972 feature "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant".
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