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Reporting from Berlin on the 68th edition February 15 -25, 2018
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.

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Festival Closes on a Resounding note with War of the Worlds

Alex Deleon-Pevney <>   "... 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

  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)   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

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

    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

    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+

    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

  Ben Becker after the screening of "Der Gleiche Himmel" (The Same Sky) Berlin Journal, Thursday Day 7  by Alex Deleon <film> 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

by Alex Deleon <>   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

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

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.

  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:   The film, produced by Iron Sky Universe, China Film Co. Ltd. and Jiabo Culture Development Co. Ltd. in association wit...

Bleecker Street announced it has partnered with Fingerprint Releasing to distribute Steven Soderbergh’s comedy LOGAN LUCKY

  The film, eyeing an August 18th US wide release, stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver,  Riley Keough, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes and Daniel Craig         Bleecker Street announced it has partnered with Fingerprint Releasing to distribute Steven Soderbergh’s comedy LOGAN LUCKY, about two brothers who attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race. The film features an...

Catherine Deneuve out of competition in Sage Femme Video Highlights | Berlinale 2017

Martin Provost (Director, Screenwriter) Catherine Deneuve (Actress) Olivier Delbosc (Producer) Catherine Frot (Actress) Moderation: Robert Fischer Full version: Claire is a single mother with a grown-up son. She’s a dedicated midwife who is completely wrapped up in her job. Although the maternity ward where she works is to be closed, she turns down a job offer from a larger clinic because she cannot reconcile their methods with her own ideas abo...

Edge brings home ‘A Fantastic Woman’ from Berlin

    As the European Film Market (EFM) winds down, Edge Entertainment proudly presents the acquisition of highly praised Berlin competition entry A Fantastic Woman by Sebastián Leilo. Edge has also secured the rights to Pablo Larrain’s Neruda and A Woman’s Life by Stéphane Brizé. A Fantastic Woman world premiered in Berlin to great acclaim and has been one of the most talked-about films during the festival. It centers on the life of Marina, ...

Berlinale and EFM get animated

Wishing you all much success on the festival circuit! Read this online     FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:                   Advertise in our Berlin Newsletters from 200€ email us for a quote > ANIMATION IN FOCUS Montreal International Animation Film Festival - ANIMAZE August 17 – 20, 2017 Regular Deadline February 24, 2017 In partnership with fil...

Video Highlights opening days at Berlinale 2017

Impressions of the opening weekend of the Berlinale 2017. ...

The Party | Press Conference Video Highlights | Berlinale 2017

Sally Potter (Director, Screenwriter) Patricia Clarkson (Actress) Cillian Murphy (Actor) Kristin Scott Thomas (Actress) Bruno Ganz (Actor) Timothy Spall (Actor) Kurban Kassam (Producer) Christopher Sheppard (Producer) Moderation: Jenni Zylka Full version: Janet has just been appointed minister in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. ...

BERLIN 67 Films seen up to Sunday, Festival Day Four One Line Summaries

by Alex Deleon <> 1. Django: Marvelous! ~~ Actor Reda Kateb got into and under the skin. 2. The Dinner: Dismal study of family strife with conscientious Gere 3. Body and Soul: Not bad Hungarian entry with dreamy deer in the woods. (Testről és Lékekről) 4. Fassbinder's "World on a Wire" Fascinating  Prequel to The Matrix. but much better without Keanu.  5. Félicité. The underbelly of Kinshasa, Congo. No ho...

Horror’s Rising Stars, Black Fawn Films Renews Commitment with Breakthrough Entertainment

Award-winning horror film producers and directors, Chad Archibald and Cody Calahan of Black Fawn Films, have renewed their commitment with one of the leading Canadian production and distribution studios; Breakthrough Entertainment. The deal comes after co-producing eight successful horror genre feature films that have garnered numerous accolades at film festivals internationally as well as theatrical releases in the U.S. The extension of the partnership will feature a commitment to increa...

Breakthrough Entertainment & Black Fawn's THE HERETIC Brought Fright to EFM

Breakthrough Entertainment screened its latest edge-of-your-seat offering by Black Fawn Films, “The Heretic" at EFM yesterday in a private screening room - fully attended of buyers and media at EFM (European Film Market - Berlinale).     The Heretics features a young girl who is abducted by a man, after he claims that a cult is hunting her. His goal is to protect her until sunrise but while restrained, the young girl falls deathly ill. While her friends and f...

Studio 100 Film Signs multi-picture deal with cinema republic

International film sales company Studio 100 Film has signed an agreement with Cinema Republic for the rights to the second and third “Maya the Bee” CGI feature films and also to “Princess Emmy – The Movie”.  Cinema Republic has acquired the theatrical, TV and home video rights to all three movies for South Korea.  “Maya the Bee 2 – The Honey Games” will be completed by end of 2017; the third Maya movie is planned for end of 2019 and &nb...

"Leading Lady" - sweet romantic comedy for Valentine's Day from Summer Hill Films!

 Leading Lady Comedy, Romance, Drama In this “Notting Hill” for a new millennium, a beautiful British actress journeys to South Africa where she meets a cynical South African farmer and his quirky family and friends.   A beautiful, idealistic British actress and drama school teacher, Jodi Rutherford, journey’s to South Africa to prepare for the film role of her career.  There she meets a cynical South African farmer, Kobus Willemse, an...



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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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