Travel to the Berlinale

From today 7 and until February 17, Berlin It will give us one more reason to visit it since it will become the undisputed European capital of cinema.

The city - already young and dynamic - will be full of life during the 10 days that will last 58 edition of the Berlinale. The glamor will arrive in the city with directors such as Martin Scorsese, actor Daniel Day Lewis and actresses such as Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman. Films from all corners of the world will be screened in rooms distributed throughout the city. There will be debates about cinema, conferences and big parties - although I imagine something exclusive - until the wee hours of the morning.

In the official section, Spain has the director Isabel Coixet and his Elogy, American production film in which Penelope Cruz participates. As representatives of Latin cinema will also be the Brazilian-Argentine Elite Troops - I have seen it and it seemed quite advisable but without becoming as good as City of God by Fernando Meirelles - and Lake tahoe, from Mexican Fernando Eimbcke.

In addition, this edition will open with the arrival of the Rolling Stone to present and promote the documentary Shine a Light, focused on the veteran rock band and directed by the great Martin Scorsese.

As usual, a multitude of political films will meet and the issue of the fruitless war in Iraq will be discussed again, as it does S.O.P. Standard Operating Procedure which deals with torture in Abu Ghraib prison.

It is because of this mixture of cinema, politics, music, debates and glamor that many travelers of restless thinking and movie lovers decide to drop by the German capital at this time. However, the airlines have also noticed and take advantage of this excuse - along with Valentine's Day - to make their tickets more expensive.

I imagine that searching well in advance will yield better results, but I have done a quick search now and, from Barcelona, ​​Air Berlin does not fly for less than 220 Euros i / v (from Wednesday to Monday), while Easy Jet and Clickair offer better prices from the range of 130 Euros. German Wings - also low cost - is not recommended, being the most expensive and also with a stopover in Stuttgart. The prices are very similar with Air Berlin and Easyjet departing from Madrid for the same period.

I certainly have a Berlinale pending on the travel agenda. Of course, I can't help associating it with the imitation that Florentino Fernández made of the great Antonio Gasset from Cinema Days and I get an uncontrollable laugh every time I think about it.