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Berlinale chief says U.S. attacks will affect content

Oct 23, 2001 | 10:17am EDT

The recently appointed head of the Berlin Film Festival has acknowledged that the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S. have influenced his selection of films for next year's event.

In an interview with the German film industry magazine Filmecho/Filmwoche, Dieter Kosslick said that he found it particularly difficult to watch violent films.

"At the moment, I wouldn't have the strength to say: 'That is something for the Berlinale,'" he told the magazine.

He noted that the festival plays a political role and should do what it could to foster understanding between cultures.

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