Receiving the Golden Bear Award at the 72nd Berlin Film Festival, Steven Spielberg reflected on his life of cinema with an encouraging reminder that at 76 years old, he still sees another lifetime of filmmaking ahead of him. With his most recent film The Fablemans nominated for 7 Academy Awards, Steven Spielberg delivered some sage advice for the next in line filmmakers and guests of Berlinale.
Steven Spielberg: The advice I usually give is not so much about how to make shots interesting, but how to recognize interesting stories. And how to tell stories, because I think filmmakers need there are so many opportunities to learn from so many great cineastes working today. I learn actually more from young filmmakers today than I do from some of the older filmmakers that made movies 80, 90, 60 years ago.
Steven Spielberg: Because some of the new filmmakers today are doing such audacious work The Daniel’s such amazing genius work on Everything Everywhere, All At Once. And I’m learning from young filmmakers so much. But one of the things I’m learning is you’ve got to have a good script. I’ve always said it, if it aint on the page it aint on the stage. And I really believe that. And so my advice is if you want to be a movie director, first of all, right. And if you don’t feel that’s your strong suit, meet somebody who strong suit is storytelling and writing and form a little limited partnership because it’s the stories that are going to get an audience to pay attention to you, not to shots.
Rainer Rother, artistic director of the Deutsche Kinemathek and responsible for the Homage devoted to the US-American director said “In a career spanning 50 years, Steven Spielberg has left a decisive and lasting imprint on the art of cinematic storytelling, while continuing to tackle sensitive subjects. Entire generations of enthusiastic movie-goers all over the world have grown up with his oeuvre. The Homage film selection exemplifies that multi-faceted opus.”
U2 frontman Bono presented Steven Spielberg with the Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement. Steven Spielberg is one of the most renowned filmmakers in the history of cinema, having directed and produced some of the most beloved and successful movies of all time. Spielberg has been nominated for an Academy Award a total of 19 times throughout his career – to date he has taken home an Oscar statuette on three occasions.