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Berlinale Far-Right Invite Crisis Deepens As Protests Planned For Red Carpet

We understand that film groups are planning to stage a protest at the Berlinale opening ceremony on February 15.

EXCLUSIVE: Multiple German film organizations are planning protests at this year’s Berlinale in response to the festival’s decision to invite members of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party to the opening ceremony, we can reveal. A number of trade and industry organizations have banded together in opposition to the AfD’s presence at the festival and, in the coming days, are set to publish another open letter voicing their anger over the decision. Discussions over demonstrations intensified soon after Deadline revealed a separate open letter signed by more than 200 industry professionals, including actors, directors, producers, writers, programmers, educators, journalists, and students, in which they expressed “outrage” over the invitations.

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