The Berlin International Film Festival has long been regarded as one of Europe's biggest and most prestigious events for film fans, and filmmakers Hans-Christoph Blumenberg and Alfred Holighaus celebrate the festival's remarkable history in this documentary. Created to honor the Berlin Festival's 60th Anniversary, Spur Der Baren (aka Trace of the Bears) follows the growth of the annual event from 1950 onward, as well as exploring how the festival reflected not just the changing shape of global cinema but the political realities of Berlin, as it evolved from a font of Cold War tension to a divided city only to be reunified after the fall of Communism in Europe. In addition to recalling the festival's triumphs and controversies, Trace of the Bears includes both new and archival interviews with some of the stars and filmmakers who have presented their work over the decades, including Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Ang Lee, Costa Gavras, Tilda Winton, Errol Flynn and Claudia Cardinale. Appropriately enough, Trace of the Bears received its world premiere at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.
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