Matt Johnson’s ‘BlackBerry’ to premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival

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TORONTO - A Canadian film about the immense popularity and eventual combustion of the BlackBerry smartphone will have its world premiere in Berlin next month.

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TORONTO – A Canadian film about the immense popularity and eventual combustion of the BlackBerry smartphone will have its world premiere in Berlin next month.

The latest project from Toronto-born filmmaker Matt Johnson is among the 18 films in the competition program at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Titled “BlackBerry,” the film follows the rise and fall of Research In Motion, the Waterloo, Ont.-based company behind the phone.

"BlackBerry," a movie from Toronto filmmaker Matt Johnson about the immense popularity and eventual combustion of the smartphone, will have its world premiere in Berlin next month. Johnson, left, and Jay McCarrol are pictured at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards, in Toronto on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Ottawa native Jay Baruchel stars as RIM co-founder Mike Lazaridis, while Glenn Howerton portrays Jim Balsillie, who was the company’s co-CEO.

The 73rd Berlin International Film Festival will take place Feb. 16 to 26.

Also among the Canadians screening projects at the fest is Korean-Canadian director Celine Song with “Past Lives,” about two childhood friends who become disconnected when one family emigrates from South Korea.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 23, 2023.

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