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The 70th Berlinale International Film Festival will be held from February 20 to March 1, 2020.
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VIDEO message from DIGGER director Georgis Grigorakis and lead actor Argyris Pandazaras

  (a still of Argyris Pandazaras from Digger, © Haos Film, Le Bureau) by Lindsay R. Bellinger   Nature vs. human is on display in Georgis Grigorakis's new film set in the remote woods of a lesser shown part of Greece. Not only that but son vs. father is also front and center, with legendary Greek actor Vangelis Mourikis as Nikitas who was absent from his son Jonny's (well known theater actor Argyris Pandazaras) life for the past two decades. Both fathe...

Wizart announces several deals for distribution Fantastic Return to OZ during EFM

At EFM film market in Berlin Russian Wizart announces several deals for the Fantastic Return to OZ. The feature will be shown in the UK and Northern Ireland in April 2020 according to the agreement with the Signature Entertainment.  The audience in Bulgaria will have an opportunity to watch the movie due to contract with Pro Films company. The relevant deal with South Korea was signed with BoXoo Entertainment and with Snap TV in Latin America.    Director of Acquisitions and D...

VIDEO: Berlinale Homage: In Conversation with Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren continues to personify female figures with emblematic personalities in countless performances and to unending success. The recipient of this year's Honorary Golden Bear retraces the milestones of her career with MoMA curator Rajendra Roy. ...

TIBERIUS FILM acquires the high-profile drama BLIND and other film highlights at Berlinale 2020

At the beginning of the Berlinale, Tiberius Film expands its portfolio with some excellent film purchases. In addition to the intense and star-studded drama BLIND starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore, the latest purchases by the Munich independent provider include the atmospheric horror film DEATH OF ME by director Darren Lynn Bousman and the thrilling action-horror highlight THE DRIVER.   The soulful drama BLIND features a top-class cast. The leading roles are played by Alec Baldwin (&ld...

Hillary Clinton at the Berlinale

     By Alex C. Deleon   As Berlinale  70 reaches the midpoint the biggest star so far, not likely to be eclipsed in the remaining days,  is none other than Hillary Clinton, wife of former president Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State, loser by a whisker to incumbent president Donald Trump in the last presidential election, and still a strong voice on the political scene. The Berlinale is generaly considered to be the most political of all film festivals an...

Marion Davies was the discovery of the week

By Alex Deleon The King Vidor retrospective is so rich in new discoveries that it is practically  a festival within the festival on its own. Since Vidor's career spanned the entire last decade of the silent era then continued on up to the end of the fifties this collection of vintage films  provides an Interesting overview and sampling of genres over forty years of basic Hollywood history. Vidor spent most of his career at MGM  but he was well enough respected to be able t...

Hillary in Berlin : Press conference

By Alex Deleon At press conference and on the red carpet the former First Lady seems to be enjoying her new career as a movie star!  Hillary, cool, calm, and collected, between director Burstein and producer Silverman. Nanette Burstein has made a four hour alpha to omega  documentary on Hillary Clinton She says that the subject was so rich four hours was not long enough to cover it fully! ...

Sweet Thing World Premiere: VIDEO Message from NY Indie Filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell

(Lana Rockwell, Jabari Watkins, ©  Lasse Tolbøll) by Lindsay R. Bellinger   New York indie filmmaking auteur Alexandre Rockwell returns to the 70th year of Berlinale with his new film Sweet Thing. His newest film is making its world premiere in the Generation Section of the film festival tomorrow at Urania, An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin at 17:00. Sweet Thing is a wonderfully entertaining black & white film that centers on Billie and ...

Riki leading Russian animation company has acquired Aeroplane Prods.

               In Berlin, Riki Group is selling “Finnick,” a new feature film about a mischievous furry creature who loves playing pranks on the family who lives in his house. The company’s working within the Created in Moscow brand at the European Film Market. RIKI GROUP CONSOLIDATES 100% OF THE SHARES OF AEROPLANE PRODUCTIONS (THE FIXIES BRAND) St.Petersburg-Moscow, February 21, 2020 – Riki Group announced acquisiti...

Monday, Day 5, more miserable weather. Cold and Rainy. Ferrara's Siberia.

Two more silent Vidor shorts.  A French speaking African immigrant drama in Forum And Abel Ferrara's American Siberia, starring Willem Dafoe.  Images from the Siberia Press Conference                                         Willem Dafoe and Abel Ferrara field questions at lively press conference                     &nbs...

Berlinale Special Gala World Premiere of Curved Ball : ... Dont Miss it !

      SYNOPSIS  Although he already has ...

Picturehouse Entertainment Acquires UK Distribution Rights from MetFilm Sales for Jerry Rothwell’s THE REASON I JUMP

    Picturehouse Entertainment is pleased to be releasing Jerry Rothwell’s THE REASON I JUMP into UK cinemas in 2020. A release date is to be announced. Based on the internationally best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, and translated by acclaimed British novelist David Mitchell, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of non-speaking autistic people from around the world. The film received its World Premiere at Sund...

Avant Premiere Opening with the screening of Force of Nature Natalia

An in-depth portrait of dance superstar Natalia Osipova, directed by BAFTA winning Gerry Fox, produced by Justine Waddell, Alexandrina Markvo and Gerry Fox in association with Sky Arts. Force of Nature Natalia follows a season in the life dance superstar Natalia Osipova. With unique access to Natalia's personal archive, we follow her preparations for a fifth season as a principal of the Royal Ballet as she continues to champion contemporary dance with some of the world’s greatest cho...

VIDEO: Promising Projects: Three Prizes and 1,500 Meetings at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award 2020 – from left to right: Martina Bleis (Head of Berlinale Co-Production Market), Roberto Olla (Eurimages), Onur Saylak (b.i.t arts), Nadir Öperli (Liman Film), Giorgos Karnavas (Eurimages Award Jury), Elena Kotová (Eurimages Award Jury), Hakan Günday (Writer), Marie-Pierre Vallé (Eurimages Award Jury), Alessia Sonaglioni (Eurimages) © Lydia Hesse   Berlinale Co-Production Market At the Berlinale Co-Producti...

VIDEO: Award Ceremony for the European Shooting Stars 2020

  European Shootings Stars 2020 ­ Andreas Renz / Getty Images for EFP The image shows from left to right: Carlo Chatrian (Festival Director), Ella Rumpf (Switzerland), Jonas Dassler (Germany), Victoria Carmen Sonne (Denmark), Mariette Rissenbeek (Festival Director), Levan Gelbakhiani (Georgia), Joana Ribeiro (Portugal), Bartosz Bielenia (Poland), Zita Hanrot (France), Pääru Oja (Estonia), Martina Apostolova (Bulgaria), Bilal Wahib (The Netherlands) Tonight (Feb 24th) the E...

VIDEO: a taste of Devour in Berlin 2020

The 5th annual must-attend film & food networking event at the Berlinale from the creators of Devour Fest Michael Howell, Executive Director, Lia Rinaldo, Managing Director (Bruno Chatelin in the middle). One of the best and most delicious parties during Berlinale is definitely this one and one of my favorite where great food, great wines meet film. The organisers of this annual event fly the food from Novia Scotia, fresh oyster, seafood, cider wines... adding their good humor to the s...

Comments on Vidor Films

By Alex Deleon I finally braved the weather and saw some films today. Four by King Vidor in the Vidor retrospective. (1) Our Daily Bread, 1934. New Deal era drama with comic overtones. Depression refugees dig a giant ditch during a devastating drought to irrigate their dying crops. Nice love story in there too. Pure innocence, very easy on the mind and the eye. They don't make 'em like this anymore. And the handsome hero Tom Keene wears a great floppy fedora throughout.  ...

Focus on Berlinale: Videos Newsletter 5

Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I 8 I Animation in Focus I Final  FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:             Email us to be featured in the next  newsletters "Back with the bears"   VIDEO: Fest director Mariette Rissenbeek opened the 15th annual Berlinale event &quo...

Don't Miss Death of Nintendo in Gen-KPlus at Berlinale!

(Noel Comia Jr., Kim Chloie Oquendo, screenwriter/producer Valerie Martinez, © Lindsay Bellinger)   by Lindsay R. Bellinger Filipino director Raya Martin, who participated in Berlinale Talents and screened his film La última película at Berlinale in 2014's Forum Expanded, has also taken part in Cannes Cinéfondation and screened at Cannes' Un Certain Regard in 2009. For the 70th Berlin International Film Festival Martin and screenwriter/produce...

Avant Premiere opened with special screening of "Force of Nature Natalia"

The opening film was followed by a Q&A with the producer and director of the documentary. And a drinks reception. Force of Nature Natalia follows a season in the life dance superstar Natalia Osipova. With unique access to Natalia's personal archive, we follow her preparations for a fifth season as a principal of the Royal Ballet as she continues to champion contemporary dance with some of the world’s greatest choreographers. We watch the rehearsal process of new ballet Moth...

VIDEO: Berlinale Camera to Ulrike Ottinger to a packed house Berlinale 2020

  Since 1986, the Berlinale has awarded the Berlinale Camera to honour personalities and institutions who have made a special contribution to filmmaking and with whom the festival feels closely connected. In this manner, the Berlinale expresses its appreciation towards those who have become friends and supporters of the festival.     At the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, the director and artist Ulrike Ottinger will be honoured with the Berlinale Camera. In th...

Canada Now reception at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin

Telefilm Canada presented the 2020 edition of the CANADA NOW International Film Tour presenting award-winning & critically acclaimed films in the UK, USA, MEXICO and GERMANY. For more information please visit www.CanadaNowFestival.com         ...

A Creative Explosion – 2020 Nostradamus Report presentation

Keynote on Friday, 21 February 2020, 2-3.30 pm at Berliner Freiheit with Cia Edström Head of Nordic Film Market at Gôteborg Film Festival. FIND THE REPORT HERE The presentation was followed by a panel discussion “Finding Success with Alternative Releases” featuring three of this year’s report’s expert interviewees. Speakers: Philip Knatchbull (CEO, Curzon) Alexandra Lebret (MD, European Producers’ Club) Fabio Lima (CEO an...

Live action Italian Pinocchio opens on Sunday afternoon with soggy red carpet gala

         L-R: Mariette Rissenbeek, Roberto Begnini, Carlo Chatrian, director Matteo Garrone, and child star Federico Ielapi, who portrays the wooden puppet in the picture. Sunday 23 February, Festival Day 4 In spite of horrid cold and rainy weather the Sunday afternoon opening of the Italian live action Pinocchio with Oscar winning comic  Roberto Benigni as Gepetto has been the event of the week so far.   The entire cast and director Matteo Garrone were...

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