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The 70th Berlinale International Film Festival will be held from February 20 to March 1, 2020.
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The Golden Glove by Fatih Akin: Berlinale Review

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Meager, for the most part, is the attempt by Fatih Akin to recreate the unambitious life of Fritz Honka, a schizophrenic killer who, in the seventies of Hamburg, brutally murders and dismembers four prostitutes in his hideous attic.    Unquestionably crowned the most abominable film of 2019, Akin&...

Xaver Böhm on O Beautiful Night: Interview at Berlinale 2019

Xaver Böhm is a Berlin based filmmaker. O Beautiful Night, a dark and poetic interpretation of one's fear of death, is his first feature film and it premiered at the Panorama section at the 69th Berlinale, February 7-17 2019.      How did you get the idea to do a film about being afraid of dying?    The fear of dying has always been very present in my life and I wanted to make an honest film, something very personal.  Also, growing up somehow takes ...

What she said: The Art of Pauline Kael review

  By Alex Deleon A portrait of the work of controversial film critic Pauline Kael and her influence on the male-dominated worlds of cinema and film criticism. You either loved her or hated her, but her influence was undeniable.  If they don't like what I write about their movies they can go fork themselves. I know the difference between Shit and Shinola,  On a sunny Sunday the 69th Berlin Film Festival has reached its last day, the day of repeat screenings when ever...

VIDEO: Dieter Kosslick recalls some nice moments on the red carpet

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Golden Bear for Best Film: Synonymes press conference

(Saïd Ben Saïd, Navid Lapid, Tom Mercier, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Director/writer Navid Lapid and the star of his film, newcomer Tom Mercier, were charming and authentic during the press conference after their exquisite film Synonymes (Synonyms) won the big prize, the Golden Bear for Best Film, at the 2019 edition of the Berlinale.     (Navid Lapid, Tom Mercier © Lindsay Bellinger 2...

AMAZING GRACE, A Long Delayed Aretha Franklin Film surfaces at Berlin '69

Alex Deleon,   <filmfestivals.com> Forced myself this morning to get to FSP  (Friedrichstadt Palast) a miserable outlying outpost of the festival, at 9:30 Am, to see the  Long delayed doc on Aretha Franklin's Gospel concert of 1971, entitled "Amazing Grace".  Afro American Gospel culture is a reflection of all that is most primitive in African culture but, if you can suspend the adoration of Jesus aspects, it is incredibly uplifting and Aretha was sur...

Berlinale Bears awarded tonight closing a wonderful last edition by Dieter Kosslick

Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I 8 I Animation in Focus I Final I FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:                      Email us to be featured in the next  newsletters "Back with the bears" PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY Members...

Awards of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival

PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY Members of the Jury: Juliette Binoche (Jury President), Justin Chang, Sandra Hüller, Sebastián Lelio, Rajendra Roy and Trudie Styler GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEST FILM (awarded to the film’s producers) Synonymes Synonyms Synonyme by Nadav Lapid  SILVER BEAR GRAND JURY PRIZE Grâce à Dieu By the Grace of God Gelobt sei Gott by François Ozon SILVER BEAR ALFRED BAUER PRIZE for a feature film that opens new perspectives ...

Berlinale 2019: Crystal Bears and Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany) Awards in Generation Kplus

  The members of the Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus – Lorenz Deutsch, Luis Leonard Hanft, Jonas Khadiri, Sarah Marie Paulick, Pepe Reisinger, Anouk Sommerfeldt, Rosalie Stauffacher, Nikita Takasaki, Johanna Wallrafen, Liv Grete Weinhold and Helene Zschaubitz – give the following awards:   Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Une colonie (A Colony) by Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, Canada In the winning film, the lives of teenagers are depicte...

Interview with Brazilian Director Marcus Ligocki at Berlinale

Director Marcus Ligocki Brazilian producer, writer and director Marcus Ligocki is known best for his films 'As Vidas de Maria' (2005), 'Felix Varela' (2006), 'Uma Loucura de Mulher' (2016) and 'Pureza – The Movie' (2019). A prolific filmmaker based our of Brasilia, he is expanding his now horizons, taking on his first international feature with Artificial Intelligence Formula One tale 'Grid' (2020), jointly written by Ligocki and re...

Marighella press conference: directorial debut from Wagner Moura

(Marighella cast and crew, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Director/co-writer Wagner Moura revealed that it wasn't really his intention to make the film feel exactly as if it takes place in the 1960s, rather he preferred that it felt like it didn't feel like a specific year since this type of story is still very relevant today.   (Wagner Moura, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   (Wagner Moura, Seu Jorge, ...

South Korean film Woo Sang (Idol): world premiere and press conference

(Sol Kyung-gu, Chun Woo-hee, Lee Su-jin, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Lee Su-jin's second directorial feature Woo Sang (Idol) made its world premiere in the Panorama section at this year's Berlinale. For those fans of more offbeat Korean cinema, not just romantic comedies or straight dramas then this film might be right up your alley. Politics, familial bonds, illegal immigrants, newlyweds, brothels and a hit-and-run are all part of...

Ulrich Seidl produced DIE KINDER DER TOTEN wins the FIPRESCI Award at Berlinale’s Forum

    On Friday 15 February 2019 “Die Kinder der Toten” took home the FIPRESCI prize in Berlinale’s Forum, exactly one week after its world premiere. “Die Kinder der Toten”, directed by the film and performance collective Nature Theater of Oklahoma (Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska), is a free-wheeling cinematic adaptation of Elfriede Jelinek’s monumen...

The Compass-Perspektive-Award for Born in Evin.

The Compass-Perspektive-Award for the Best Film in the Programme goes to Maryam Zaree for Her Film Born in Evin. Congratulations!   On the final evening of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, jury members Trini Götze, Jerry Hoffmann and Andrea Hohnen presented the Compass-Perspektive-Award 2019 for the best film. The distinction goes to the film Born in Evin by Maryam Zaree. The award is endowed with prize money in the amount of 5,000 euros and was presented this year for the third time. As ...

The Two Kompagnon-Fellowships for Berlinale Talents and Perspektive Deutsches Kino

The Two Kompagnon-Fellowships for Berlinale Talents and Perspektive Deutsches Kino Go to Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu and Julian Pörksen Respectively. Congratulations! Today, on the final evening of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, once again two Kompagnon-Fellowships were awarded. The prizes are presented for a new project to one author and/or director from Berlinale Talents 2019 as well as to a director from the 2018 edition of Perspektive Deutsches Kino. The awards are each endowed with prize mo...

Berlinale 2019: Crystal Bears and the Awards In Generation 14plus

   Berlinale 2019: Crystal Bears and the Awards by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) In Generation 14plus The members of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus - Theodor Bittner Rosser, Christian Däbritz, Johanna Deventer, Pauline Rebmann, Avesta Schiefer, Alanza Clarice Leigh Lovejoy Schmidt, and Janek Sommerfeldt - give the following awards: Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Hölmö nuori sydän (Stupid Youn...

Photograph: press conference with Ritesh Batra and stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Sanya Malhotra

(Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Ritesh Batra, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra have an understated chemistry on-screen in Ritesh Batra's Photograph, without any unnecessary sentimentality that could have made this film feel a bit kitschy. Batra's script has so much heart it's very hard not to walk out of this film without some sense of self-reflection and wonderment.    (Naw...

World Premiere: the cast and crew of Synonymes shine on the red carpet

(Jonathan Boudina, Tom Mercier, Dieter Kosslick, Navid Lapid, Quentin Domaire, Louise Chevillotte, Synonymes team, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The cast and crew of Israeli filmmaker Navid Lapid's wonderfully splendid film Synonymes (Synonyms) were all smiles as they hit the red carpet for the world premiere of their film on February 13, 2019.      (Tom Mercier, Navid Lapid, Jonathan Boudina, Quentin D...

33. TEDDY AWARDS – The Queer Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival

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  The seven members of the international jury view films of queer interest within all sections of the Berlinale. Three films are nominated and one wins in each of the categories: best feature film, best documentary/essay film and the best short film. The jury furthermore presents its Special Jury Award and the TEDDY Readers’ Award powered by queer.de. The TEDDY for the Best Feature Film goes to Breve historia del planeta verde (Brief Story from the Green Planet) Santiago Lo...

SYNONYMES by Nadav Lapid and DAFNE by Federico Bondi won the FIPRESCI Prizes at Berlin International Filmfestival 2019

The cast and crew of Israeli filmmaker Navid Lapid's wonderfully splendid film Synonymes (Synonyms) were all smiles as they hit the red carpet for the world premiere of their film on February 13, 2019. Photo by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The Jury of the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique, FIPRESCI, awarded three films this Friday evening at the Berlin International Filmfestival 2019. One each in the sections Internationa...

Looking Forward to the Next Mistakes – Summary of the 17th Edition of Berlinale Talents

In front of a full house yesterday, anti-Mafia author Roberto Saviano brought the 17th edition of Berlinale Talents to a successful close. Charlotte Rampling, Erika Lust, André Téchiné, Adina Pintilie, David Lowery, Sandra Hüller, Guy Nattiv, James Schamus, Joanna Hogg and 120 other guests discussed with 250 Talents and thousands of Berliners about making (wrong) choices and dealing with them productively. One thing was clear: Mistakes happen and quitting is seldom th...

VIDEO: Masterclass with André Téchiné

André Téchiné gave a masterclass february 11, in the frame of Berlinale Talents it was moderated by Peter Cowie   The experience of nascent and confusing feelings is vital to the cinema of André Téchiné (Farewell to the Night, Competition). The French master shares insights into the characters he chooses to create, like the rebellious youths of his 1994 success Wild Reeds and the later Being 17, which premiered at the Be...

IFP's Re:Vision Think Tank Towards Inclusion at Berlinale

  As part of the European Film Market's EFM Horizon program, aiming to support the transformation of the film and media sectors through an interdisciplinary approach, IFP co-organized Re:Vision Think Tank Towards Inclusion at Berlinale on strategies for increased inclusivity in the film business, following a previous module hosted at IFP Week 2018.  In Berlin, all participants a...

VIDEO: Anthony Bregman opening remarks on his producing experiences at Friday's EFM opening Debate

IFP Anthony Bregman With New York based indie veteran Anthony Bregman giving opening remarks on his producing experiences at Friday's opening Debate, the conversation expanded with European producers Linda Beath and Claudia Bluemhuber joining the table. All three producers agreed that more and more films are made based on algorithms in today's day global streaming platforms, and that films cannot be made based on data alone. Filmmakers must be true to their own voice a...

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