Guided by the theme “Ready to Play? Breaking the rules”, Berlinale Talents took place for the twelfth time from February 8 to 13, with 300 selected Talents and 150 experts, at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin.

Berlinale Talents 2014 focused on the art of storytelling and finding innovative, playful approaches to content. Prominent screenwriters and directors like Michel Gondry (The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), James Schamus (Lust and Caution), Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha), Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Claudia Llosa (Aloft), Răzvan Rădulescu (Child´s Pose), Diego Luna (César Chávez), Maren Ade (Everyone Else), Christian Petzold (Barbara) and Benjamin Heisenberg (Superegos) shared their experiences with the Talents. Production designer Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel), sound designer Eugene Gearty (Hugo) and actress Nina Hoss (Barbara) spoke about their close collaborations with others and the contributions they made toward creating multifaceted stories and character intensity. Even serial formats were discussed: showrunner Neil Jordan (The Borgias) and producer Martha De Laurentiis (Hannibal) emphasised the importance of challenging oneself and bringing new ideas to the table: “What you want to is to come up with a new dialogue or a new language whether it’s your writing or filmmaking or editing, you want to bring something fresh. And that’s why it’s important to foster youth into our industry. They are the ones with a lot of out of the box ideas,” says De Laurentiis.

Berlinale Talents once again offered a top-notch range of cinematography workshops with the support of Canon. Alongside Franz Lustig (How I Live Now), Stefan Ciupek (Blue Desert) and Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love), Agnès Godard (Beau travail) also gave insight into her work. In a masterclass she spoke about her close collaboration with Claire Denis and Ursula Meier, and about the power of images as well as their role in the storytelling process. “There’s no such thing as images that speak on their own. They’re a central part of storytelling,” says Godard.