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Reporting from Berlin on the 67th edition February 9 -19, 2017
Our team of festival ambassadors and reporters bring you the dailies from the Berlin Film Festival and European Film Market and keep an eye on past editions archives.
The 66th Berlin International Film Festival was held February 11 - 20, 2016 #berlinale Preview Newsletters 1 & 2 I Line Up issue I
Avant Première is the largest international trade fair for cultural TV and presents latest film productions for worldwide transmission.
Avant Première: before the TV premiere.
2017 included a Virtual Reality Focus for the arts, NHK's presentation of 8K Technology, Pitching Sessions to international broadcasters, Special Screenings, business networking formats and over 500 delegates from all over the world made this year's Avant Première another highlig...
Cinema attendance in the European Union 2007-2016 provisional
In millions; estimated; calculated on a pro-forma basis for the 28 EU member states
On the occasion of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival the European Audiovisual Observatory releases its first estimates for European cinema attendance in 2016. Building on a strong 2015, the Observatory estimates that total admissions in the European Union continued to grow, increasing by 1.6% to 994 million tickets sold in 2016....
Filmmaker Philippe Mora recreates his family history through painting images of his family's survival during WWII
Berlin Film Review: 'Monsieur Mayonnaise'
Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Culinary Cinema), Feb. 16, 2017 Running time: 97 MIN.
(Documentary – Australia-Germany) An Antidote Films release (in Australia-New Zealand) of a Screen Australia presentation of a Yarra Bank Films, Black Sheep...
A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s, The Lost City of Z has great cinematography and a wonderfully crafted script. A classic timeless film hands down. Producers Brad Pitt production company Plan B co-founded with Brad Grey and Jennifer Aniston in 2001 has become influential in supporting auteur-driven works.
The Lost City of Z is a film based on a tr...
Film director Volker Schlöndorff receives an honorary membership from the International Art Cinemas Association at Berlinale 2017
Berlin-based German filmmaker who has worked in Germany, France and the United States. He was a prominent member of the New German Cinema of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which also included Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Margarethe von Trotta and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
by Alex Deleon, <filmfestivals.com>
Looking back over the recently completed 69th installment of the Berlin Film Festival I must say it was one of the best in recent memory. The weather, as to be expected in February in Berlin, was bad -- freezing, then rainy -- but this is good for staying inside to watch films. The social scene was as lively as ever, especially with the Golden Bear Lounge next to the press conference room to hop in and out of between screenin...
BERLIN 2017, Getaway Day
by Alex Deleon <filmfestivals.com>
Aki Kaurismäki center, flanked on either side by the two main actors of "The Other Side of Hope", Sherwan Haji and Sakari Kuosmanen, at the Berlin press conference for his latest film
Kaurismäki is not the kind of director's name that is likely to attract many customers to American cinemas but here in Germany his is a name to be reckoned with and any n...
Bradford International Film Associates recently attended the European Film Market, part of Berlinale 2017, with feature thriller, LIES WE TELL. Starring Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, Louder Than Bombs), Harvey Keitel (Taxi Driver, Reservoir Dogs) and Sibylla Deen (Tyrant), the film tells the story of a trusted driver who must deal with his dead boss's Muslim mistress, her dark past pulling him into a life-and-death showdown with her notorious gangster cousin/ex-husband.
Geda Ketab uncanny as Django Reinhardt
By Alex Deleon <filmfestivals.com>
In the thirties forties and early fifties American jazz took Europe, especially France, by storm, and one of its foremost exponents was the legendary Belgian born Gypsy three fingered Hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.
A definitive film portrait of this remarkable modern day musical genius has been a long time coming but finally here it is in a remarkable film production with a remarkable...
“Mama Colonel/Maman Colonelle” by Dieudo Hamadi has received the “TAGESSPIEGEL READERS PRIZE FOR THE BEST FILM IN THE FORUM SECTION” & “ECUMENICAL JURY PRIZE FOR SUCCEEDING IN PORTRAYING ACTIONS OR HUMAN EXPERIENCES THAT ARE IN KEEPING WITH THE GOSPELS, OR IN SENSITISING VIEWERS TO SPIRITUAL, HUMAN OR SOCIAL VALUES “
“Dieudo Hamadi gives a closer look to the subject points to the dra...
Berlinale 2017 Comes to a Splendid Close
The 67th Berlin International Film Festival culminated with the presentation of the awards on Saturday, February 18 (see list of prize-winners).
Over eleven days, the Berlinale drew movie fans and the international film industry to cinemas and a large variety of events. Its reputation as the world’s biggest public festival was reconfirmed: a total of 334,471 tickets were sold. And with more than 7,000 visitors, the programme of t...
The Berlinale 67th edition has come to an end and announced it's winners on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
Hungarian film drama "On Body and Soul" by Ildikó Enyedi, received the Golden Bear for best film. The film is set in a slaughterhouse in Budapest, where two people Mária and slightly older boss Endre, discover the realm of emotions and physical desire, at first individually and then together.
The members of the 2017 International Jury, led by Dutch director Pau...
Palm Springs native George Kosturos is a talented acting force in the indie film world making a splash success as 'Ali' in the award-winning film 'American Wrestler: The Wizard' (2016) where he co-stars with legendary actors Jon Voight and William Fichtner. The film recounts the true story of wrestler Ali Afshar who escaped from Iran in the 1980's and moved to the US for a better life, only to be met with hostility by Americans due to the concurrent Iran ho...
Berlin Short Film Nominee for the EFA
Prizes of the Ecumenical Jury
Prizes of the FIPRESCI Jury
Amnesty International Film Prize
Guild Film Prize
CICAE Art Cinema Award
Label Europa Cinemas
Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Jury Award
Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury Award
Full version: http://bit.ly/2lwyfSG
All winners of the Golden and Silver Bears of the Competition and Berlinale Shorts programme as well as the winners of the GWFF First Best Feature Award, Glashütte Original Documentary Award and Audi Short Film Award.
Hungarian author and director Ildik’ Enyedi, ‘On Body and Soul’ poses for photographers after winning the Golden Bear for Best Film at the awards ceremony of the 67th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday Feb. 18 2017. (Britta Pedersen/Poo...
Volker Schlöndorff (Director, Screenwriter, Producer)
Stellan Skarsgård (Actor)
Nina Hoss (Actress)
Susanne Wolff (Actress)
Regina Ziegler (Producer)
Francis Boespflug (Co-Producer)
Moderation: Robert Fischer
Full version: http://bit.ly/2laXvLG
The seven members of the international jury view films of queer interest within the framework of all sections of the Berlinale. Three films are nominated for each of the categories: best feature film, best documentary/essay film and the best short film. The jury presents furthermore its Special Jury Award, the Special TEDDY AWARD and the Harvey-Männer LeserInnen Award.
Members of the Jury:
The TEDDY for the Best Short Film goes to:
Sponsored by TEDDY Foundation
by Alex Deleon
The Gala Berlinale Palace theater which is the main festival venue, on Getaway Day, the fay after the closing festival awards
The day starred out with Volker Schloendorf's comperition entry "Return to Montauk" set primarily in New York City, starring Stellan Skarsgård as Max Zorn, a renowned Swedish novelist and Nina Hoss as his dried up ex-love from many years before. Got very tired of looking at Stellan's puffy face an...
Alex Deleon-Pevney <filmfestivals.com>
"... the invincible Martians against whom all of mans weapons were as useless as toys were finally stopped (on the verge of destroying Mankind) by bacteria, the littlest things that God in his wisdom had put on the Earth".
With these exalted words ending Paramount's magnificent 1953 adaptation of the famous H. G. Wells sci-fi opus I decided to call it a night and pass up.still another film for which I had a ticket and g...
The members of the Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus - Kay Arend, Antonie Beckmann, Laurentius Fritz, Ilja Gavrylov, Ida Kirschning, Louis Lemperle-McGrath, Emilia Schmidt, Lea Schönfeldt, Ben Trabhardt, Till Trabhardt, Pina Zehnpfennig - give the following awards:
Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Piata loď (Little Harbour)
By Iveta Grófová, Slovak Republic / Czech Republic 2017
We selected a film that is creative and authentic. It's about two children w...
“PENDULAR” by Julia Murat has received the “FIPRESCI AWARD FOR THE BEST FILM IN THE PANORAMA SECTION”
the jury for the Panorama section : Kerem Akca (Habertürk, Turkey), Alejandra Treiles (Brecha, Uruguay) and Jennifer Borrmann (HighNoon film-e-zine, Germany)
“Pendular” receives the “The International Critics Prize” in the Panorama section for its outstanding visual quality and its narrat...
The public has cast its votes: the 19th Panorama Audience Awards – presented by the Berlinale Panorama section in collaboration with radioeins and for the first time in co-operation with rbb television (Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting) - go to Insyriated by Philipp Van Leeuw for best fiction film and I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck for best documentary.
Insyriated is a tautly-constructed chamber drama about trying to live a normal life in a war zone. It is the second film star...
This evening at the final festive event of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, the “Kompagnon” fellowships were awarded for the first time to a screenwriter and/or director from Berlinale Talents 2017 and a Perspektive Deutsches Kino alumnus from 2016. The fellowships include stipends of EUR 5,000 and the Berlinale warmly congratulates the winners.
With the “Kompagnon” fellowships, Berlinale Talents and Perspektive Deutsches Kino have joined forces to sup...
On Friday, February 17, the jury members - filmmakers Feo Aladag, Sigrid Hoerner, and Johannes Naber – presented the 2017 Compass Perspektive Award for Best Film. Awarded for the first time this year and endowed with EUR 5,000, the prize goes to the fiction film Die Beste aller Welten by Adrian Goiginger. The trophy is a small compass conceived to provide orientation and direction to a new generation of Perspektive filmmakers.
The jury members watched the 14 film...
The members of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus - Rosa Ehrlich, Oscar R. Franck, Hannah Kähler, Luka Kowalewsky, Marie Kühn, Quinten Samrotzki, Rosa Schaefer Bastian - give the following awards:
Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Butterfly Kisses
By Rafael Kapelinski, 2017, United Kingdom
Propelled by the rhythm of its powerful soundtrack and imagery, this film awakens a terrifying suspicion in the viewer. Without resorting to simple accusations of guilt,...
Berlin 2016: The dailies from the Berlin Film Festival brought to you by our team of festival ambassadors. Vanessa McMahon, Alex Deleon, Laurie Gordon, Ole Schulz Lia Fietz, Aida Amasuno Martin, Martin Petrov and Bruno Chatelin...
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February 11, 2016
Opening Ceremony of the
66th Berlin International Film Festival
February 11-19, 2016
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February 13-18, 2016
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February 20, 2016
Closing & Award Ceremony of the
66th Berlin International Film Festival
February 21, 2016
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