(By Ray D.)
Sometimes media elites and Hollywood-types tend to exaggerate a little. Other times they stuff their feet right into their big mouths.
So it was with Dieter Kosslick, the director of the International Berlin Film Festival, also known as the "Berlinale". While discussing a featured film named "The Road to Guantanamo," Kosslick expressed a very "special wish" to journalist friends covering this year's upcoming festival. Stern magazine reporter Florian Guessgen (a very dear friend of ours) recorded the statements in an article entitled "Lots of Cooking, Lots of Sex and a Little Guantanamo." Here's a translated excerpt:
"Guantanamo and George Clooney
There should be something for everyone at this Berlinale. That the festival also wants to satisfy a demand for the political was also important to Kosslick on Monday. The director, who is heading the Berlinale for the fifth time this year, said that he points especially to the film in the competition "The Road to Guantanamo" from directors Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross. For this film he actually even has a special wish. "I would really very much like to greet the 450 inmates, who are being held and tortured at Guantanamo in opposition to human rights of any kind, on the red carpet," said Kosslick and so closed the circle from sex to the wonderfully important food up to the present political reality.
Kosslick was briefly asked what made him personally especially proud about the Berlinale this year. "That we like one another," said the director in reference to his comrades. It was further asked whether there wasn't something else. Indeed, said Kosslick. He had recently met his good friend George Clooney. He greeted him with the words, "You look good." To which he (Clooney) answered: "You too." That would be spoken about further at this Berlinale assured Kosslick."
We at Medienkritik also have a very special wish: Why not send all 450+ inmates from Guantanamo to live with Mr. Kosslick in his house and in his neighbors' houses in Germany? After all, if you're willing to roll out the red carpet for hundreds of Al-Qaeda and Taliban Islamofascists, why not go the extra mile and take them into your home? Put your money where your mouth is Mr. Kosslick, not just your foot.
Endnote: Here is a list of Berlinale sponsors. We'd encourage our readers to think long and hard before purchasing (or watching) anything produced by these organizations. You can also contact "Berlinale" at: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: The Berlinale also has several German media partners including: Der Tagesspiegel, Deutsche Welle, Radioeins, RBB Television and ZDF. Clearly, Mr. Kosslick is a prominent and well-respected member fo the German media. His online biography states:
"Dieter Kosslick is vice president of the European Film Academy EFA, which awards the annual European Film Award. He is also a member of the Administrative Council of the German Federal Film Board in Berlin, an executive board member of the European Film College in Ebeltoft and a member of the ZDF Television Board. Furthermore, he is a founding managing director and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cologne International Film School (IFS). Dieter Kosslick has been awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit and belongs to the Franco-German Film Academy. He also holds the "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" as well as the “Golden Screen”, awarded by the Association of German Cinemas (HDF)."
The fact that someone as extreme as Mr. Kosslick could advance so far in German media and win so many prestigious awards really speaks volumes. On a final note, is anyone surprised that George Clooney considers this man his friend?
(Emphasis ours except in headline "Guantanamo and George Clooney")