Organizers announced Monday that the festival will open on June 25 with the world premiere of Taiwan-made ‘Silent Forest,’ Variety wrote.
Based on real events, “Silent Forest describes a cruel game in which deaf teenagers discover the last row of the school bus, and how the joy of integrating into a new life instantly becomes fear. Festival organizers called it “one of the most stunning and shocking movies of 2020.”
Berlin, in late February, was one of the last major film festivals to take place before the COVID-19 outbreak became a pandemic that struck Asia, Europe and North America. Since then a string of high-profile festivals including those at Cannes, SXSW, Hong Kong and Shanghai, have been cancelled or postponed. Others, such as Sydney and Melbourne, initially cancelled this year’s program, but then reversed tack and will become online-only events.