Cinema has always been entertainment, even in challenging times. So, what about humour in films today, and what are we allowed to laugh about, despite or precisely because of serious issues? There is great skill in a joke that connects people, ingeniously condenses truth and delivers the punchline message to another person, sometimes below the belt. Comedies, rom-coms and satires are incredibly popular with spectators across the world. “Berlinale Talents” invites the Berlin audience to discover the subversive potential of humour in serious times, and to connect with renowned filmmakers and 200 Talents via talks and workshops. For the perfect joke, sound designers strike the right note while cinematographers create the image, and editors focus on the essential. Guests and talents from more than 70 countries bring Berlinale’s vision of a diverse and accessible cultural sector to life – on the stages of HAU.