Dear first #berlinale:
I wasn't very enthusiastic about you. I don't like crowds and when Melanie told me we were seeing 10 movies in 6 days, my chicken-like attention span yelled at me that I was completely insane. But you know what? We did it! We managed to see each and every movie we had tickets for - with friends, family or on our own; we ran through u-bahns and s-bahns and we managed to arrive just as doors were closing in most screenings; we got to see the world premiere of a movie with the director and some of the cast in the same room, and to watch a Q&A with them (and with so many other incredible, inspiring filmmakers). I came out of it feeling invigorated, inspired by the community that I saw, which treated its artists and creators with such fierce love and admiration. I came out of it wanting to create - and that's just priceless.
Thank you, Berlinale. And thank you, my @melberlin, for bringing me along and making me see how inspiring these festivals can be. #luminoustravels