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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

Complete Coverage of 64 th edition with 173 articles
PREVIEW BERLINALE 2015 I  PREVIEW BERLINALE N°2 I OPENING BERLINALE  2015 NEWSLETTER MID BERLINALE 2015 NEWSLETTER I PRE AWARDSWRAP BERLINALE 2015 NEWSLETTER I Berlinale 2014 I 


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Lies We Tell @ Berlinale - European Film Market

  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. ...

Django A modern musical genius finally gets his celluloid due!

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 wins two prizes in Berlin

“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 “   Juries comment “Dieudo Hamadi gives a closer look to the subject points to the dra...

334,471 tickets were sold at 2017 Berlinale

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...

Berlinale 67th edition Winners revealed

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...

Interview with Actor George Kosturos for 'American Wrestler: The Wizard' (2016)

  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...

Independent Jury | Awards Press Ceremony Video Highlights | Berlinale 2017

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 ...

67th Berlinale |Video of the Closing-Award Ceremony

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...

Return to Montauk | Press Conference Video Highlights | Berlinale 2017

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   ...

31. TEDDY AWARD – The Queer Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival THE WINNERS

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   Min...

BERLIN: Sunday, Feb. 19, Getaway Day, Catching up with the films we missed during the week

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...

Festival Closes on a Resounding note with War of the Worlds

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...

Crystal Bears and Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity Of Germany) Awards in Generation Kplus

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  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 - FIPRESCI AWARD AT 67th BERLINALE

“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)   Jury comment “Pendular” receives the “The International Critics Prize” in the Panorama section for its outstanding visual quality and its narrat...

The Panorama Audience Awards Go to Insyriated and I Am Not Your Negro

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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...

Berlinale Talents and Perspektive Deutsches Kino “Kompagnon” Fellowships Go to Nora Fingscheidt, as well as Levin Peter and Elsa

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    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...

The New Compass Perspektive Award for Best Film in the programme Goes to Adrian Goiginger for the Fiction Film Die Beste aller W

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    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...

Crystal Bears and the Awards by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) in Generation 14+

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    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 2017, Day Seven -- Two winners were enough for one day

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  Ben Becker after the screening of "Der Gleiche Himmel" (The Same Sky) Berlin Journal, Thursday Day 7  by Alex Deleon <film festivals.com> Only two films were seen today but both of were of primo excellence. After resting in bed until noon I headed out to West Berlin on the U-bahn to Catch the  much heralded TV series World Premiere of "The Same Sky" about sex espionage in divided Berlin  in 1974 at the hard to get to Haus der Deutschen Fests...

Berlinale Talents 2017: Courage in Action!

The 15th edition of Berlinale Talents was rounded off yesterday by Berlinale International Jury member and artist Olafur Eliasson as well as director Raoul Peck, who is at the festival this year with the Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro (Panorama) and Le jeune Karl Marx (Berlinale Special). During the last six days, over 100 experts, 250 Talents and well over 6,000 visitors turned HAU Hebbel am Ufer into an international hub of discussion and networking for film lovers.   “Once...

DAY 6, Valentines Day at Berlin Strong Older Women, death in the Sewers of Madrid and a Coppola masterpiece Resufaces

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by Alex Deleon <filmfestivals.com>   The ZOO Palace, Berlin --the most confortable cinema on Earth-- The day started with a trip to West Berlin to see a Polish competition film at the lavish ZOO Palace theatre. Agnieszka Holland's SPOOR, (Polish, Czech, Slovak co prod) takes place in a village in Southern Poland near the Czech border. Very good competition film, with strong role by Agnieszka Mandat (64) as Duszejko, the older woman who lives alone with her beloved two dog...

HAVE A NICE DAY by Liu Jian, the sole animated film in competition this year, but also the first Chinese animation film ever

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Nezha Bros. Pictures Company Limited and Le--‐joy Animation Studio present HAVE A NICE DAY a film by Liu Jian 2 CHINA I ANIMATION I 77 MIN I DCP I 5.1 SYNOPSIS A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China. In a desperate attempt to find money to save his fiancée's failed plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang, a mere driver, steals a bag containing 1 million from his boss. News of the robbery spreads fast within the town and, over the course of one night, everyone starts loo...

The Summer Hill Films deals @ EFM 2017

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Here's a brief recap of some of the deals we made during the last week  Our repeat client FirstBrave from China signed a deal for two features for Chinese territory. Last time FirstBrave was interested in pure love stories, but this time a drama/thriller from the Producer of Game of Thrones, "Chasing Robert Barker", and a music themed comedy "Abby Singer/Songwriter" (recently picked to stream at Sundance Now) worked the best. Happy to do bus...

BOND/360 announced today it has acquired the exclusive US and Canadian rights to Chang-Yong Moon’s BECOMING WHO I WAS.

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  BECOMING WHO I WAS   BOND/360 will premiere the documentary in New York City in the fall followed by a nationwide release on Bond’s new Karma Cinema label, followed by a digital, educational and DVD release later in the year.   The film follows Padma Angdu, who is no ordinary boy. Indeed, in a past life he was a venerated Buddhist master. His village already treats him like a saint as a result. The village doctor, who has taken the boy under his wing, ...

IRON SKY: THE ARK teaser gains tens of millions of views in 24 hours find out why?

Iron Sky: The Ark, the first in the line of Chinese Iron Sky films, has gained a formidable momentum in China, where the teaser has reached already tens of millions of views. Only in popular video site, iQiyi, the teaser has been already viewed over 25 million times.   Iron Sky: The Ark teaser in iQiyi: http://www.iqiyi.com/v_19rraqir5o.html#vfrm=2-3-0-1   The film, produced by Iron Sky Universe, China Film Co. Ltd. and Jiabo Culture Development Co. Ltd. in association wit...

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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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October 30, 2015 Deadline for film entries for the festival (feature length films)
November 17, 2015 Deadline for film entries for the festival (short films)
January 6, 2016 Application deadline for accreditations
February 2, 2016 Programme Press Conference at the "Federal Press and Information Office"; access with invitation only
February 11, 2016 Opening Ceremony of the
66th Berlin International Film Festival
February 11-19, 2016 European Film Market
February 13-18, 2016 Berlinale Talents
February 14-16, 2016 Berlinale Co-Production Market
February 20, 2016 Closing & Award Ceremony of the
66th Berlin International Film Festival
February 21, 2016 Berlinale Publikumstag

 


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