We are extremely excited that MALMKROG, by the Romanian auteur Cristi Puiu, will open Encounters – the new competition program of this year’s Berlinale.

This will be the World premiere of the film based on Vladimir Solovyov’s Three Conversations, co-produced by Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Northern Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.



MALMKROG was produced by Anca Puiu (Mandragora, Romania), executive produced by Anamaria Antoci and co-produced by Milan Stojanovic (Sense Production, Serbia), Ivica Vidanovic (Cinnamon Film, Serbia), Jorgen Andersen (Doppleganger, Sweden), Dan Vechsler (Bord Cadre Films, Switzerland), Mirsad Purivatra (Production 2006, BIH) and Labina Mitevska (Brothers and Sisters Mitevski, Northern Macedonia).


MALMKROG was supported by Film Center Serbia in the 2018 call for applications.



The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 20-Mar 1) has unveiled the 15 features that will comprise its first ever Encounters competitive strand.


In addition to Competition and Berlinale Shorts, the new competitive section Encounters will be introduced in 2020. 

Its goal is to support new voices in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms in the official programme. A three-member jury will choose the winners for Best Film, Best Director and a Special Jury Award.

“As a result of passionate research, the 15 titles chosen for Encounters present the vitality of cinema in all of its forms. Each film presents a different way of interpreting the cinematic story: autobiographical, intimate, political, social, philosophical, epic, surreal. The films take the challenge of shaping a world rather than reproducing it,” comments Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director of the Berlinale. 

Cristi Puiu’s new work will open this kaleidoscopic gallery. A journey through time and thought, Malmkrog is a major work, a tour de force of words and mise en scène, a fresco that fascinates with precision and inventiveness. The following films are made by already admired directors (Decker, Emigholz, Kossakovsky, Kluge/ Khavn, Piñeiro, Ostrochovský, Restrepo, Sutton, Winter/Edström) and others which the festival has discovered along the way (Singh, Vasconcelos, Waelde, Wollner, Wilczyński).


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