Germans don’t like it when you are late.
Thursday night’s Berlinale opening ceremony was held at the grand Palast, but I had to watch it on another latecomer’s iPhone. Because the ceremony was live, the ushers wouldn’t let anyone in the theatre until after the lengthy introductory remarks. I eventually recovered my seat, after a stern lecture from a young usher. Later, I found out that Rissenbeek and Chatrian — newcomers to the spotlight — were overshadowed by Prof. Monika Grutters Mdb, the Minister of State for Culture, who is in charge of this festival. She used her time to make a political statement, saying