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Lindsay R. Bellinger


 

Lindsay is a film journalist and an aspiring playwright currently based in Berlin.

Attending film festivals, reviewing films and collecting vinyl keeps her busy. Let her know what you think of her reviews.^^


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Öndög in Competition - a special Mongolian film worthy of the coveted Golden Bear

  (Film still: © Wang Quan'an)    By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   If last year's trend for a controversial "little film" winning the Golden Bear continues this year, then I might have already found the winner. Last year's press screening of Touch Me Not was not necessarily a successful one, if one judges success according to how many of the press badge holders - a mix of journalists and also producers and distributors - stay in their seats until th...

Berlinale Street Food - Official opening with Dieter Kosslick and Thomas Struck

  (Berlinale Street Food on February 6, 2019 with Lindsay Bellinger and Dieter Kosslick, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Berlinale Festival Director Dieter Kosslick and Culinary Cinema head Thomas Struck officiated the start of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival when they welcomed the media and five enticing food trucks on Wednesday, February 6th, the day before filmmakers and celebs will hit the red carpet for the world premiere of Lo...

Helsinki Mansplaining Massacre: Audience award winner at the Berlin Christmas Film Festival

(Helsinki Mansplaining Massacre, © Jon Grönvall 2018)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Sadly, the closing day of the Weihnachtsfilmfestival 2018, came and went too quickly. The first half of the program was a tad more family friendly than a lot of the other programming this year. Muumien taikatalvi (Moomins and the Winter Wonderland) from filmmakers Ira Carpelan and Jakub Wronski featured the voices of Alicia Vikander and Stellan Skarsgård. ...

Audiences delighted and shocked: Day 3 at Weihnachtsfilmfestival Berlin

(Day 3, © Teresa Vena/Weihnachtsfilmfestival2018)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   ...

Valle de Goni and Entitas: Day 2 at the Berlin Christmas Film Festival

(Valle de Goni film team, © Teresa Vena/Weihnachtsfilmfestival2018)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Day two of the Weihnachtsfilmfestival in Berlin was filled with some surprising moments, ranging from a neo-pagan Christmas celebration to Jesus returning to Italy and even lawsuits being filed against farm animals.    Canadian filmmaker Laurie Mannessier&...

Christmas films in Berlin! Day 1 at Weihnachtsfilmfestival

(© Teresa Vena/Weihnachtsfilmfestival2018) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER Opening night of the 3rd Weihnachtfilmfestival at Kino Moviemento Berlin (Germany's oldest cinema) was quite festive. Christmas cookies and hot apple beverages spiked with vodka were in heavy rotation. Festival director André Kirchner and his festival partner Teresa Vena were quite busy keeping things running smoothly. Kirchner was proud to show off the Audience Award for Best Short Film fr...

Interview with Weihnachtsfilmfestival's André Kirchner - Berlin's eclectic Christmas Film Festival

(© Teresa Vena)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The third annual Weihnachtsfilmfestival 2018 is right around the corner, running from Friday, December 21st to Monday, the 24th at Moviemento Kino Berlin. It may be centered around Christmas but don't be fooled, it's an eclectic mix of festive and not so festive films. Festival director André Kirchner says that although his first unconventional Christmas Film Festival in 2016 started out as an ...

All These Small Moments currently at Mannheim-Heidelberg Filmfest - interview with director Melissa Miller Costanzo

(Melissa Miller Costanzo, Molly Ringwald and Oldenburg Filmfest head Torsten Neumann, Photo courtesy of Laurence Diederich / Filmfest Oldenburg)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   "All These Small Moments" is currently screening at the 68th Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival and will have its first screening at the Torino Film Festival on November 25th. It had its international premiere at the Oldenburg International Film Festival in September and M...

Interview with Rudy Riverón Sánchez - "Is That You?" currently at CPH PIX after its Oldenburg world premiere

(Rudy Riverón Sánchez and Jorge Enrique Caballero after the world premiere of "Is That You?", photo courtesy of Lawrence Diederich / Oldenburg Filmfest)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Cuban culture is often portrayed as exotic and vibrant, filled with lively music and sun-kissed faces. If you were to walk into a screening of "Is That You?" (¿Eres tú, papá?) expecting a happy-go-lucky experience you'd be so...

International premiere at Oldenburg - "Don't Tell Me You Can't Sing"

(Still from "Don't Tell Me You Can't Sing". Courtesy of Filmfest Oldenburg) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Sabine Timoteo is a well-known actress in her native Switzerland. She also co-wrote the Philip Gröning film "Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot" (My Brother's Name is Robert and He is an Idiot), which premiered in competition at Berlinale this year. This time she wears the director's hat for an avant-garde film that starts ou...

The Boat (O Barco) review - European premiere of Petrus Cariry's lyrical film

Still from "The Boat" (Photo courtesy of Filmfest Oldenburg) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   "Almost nothing comes through the sea and almost nothing leaves." These lines begin Petrus Cariry's exquisite film "The Boat" (O Barco). Set in a far-flung fishing community in Brazil, the ferocious waves speak before any images even grace the screen. So begins this curious fable. Ana (Samya De Lavor), a mysterious woman washes ashore shortly before a bo...

King of Beasts world premiere - An interview with filmmaker Tomer Almagor

(Photo courtesy of Christian Scholz / Filmfest Oldenburg)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER    ...

Interview - A chat with Oldenburg Film Festival director Torsten Neumann

By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   There was a long wait, but I finally got a chance to sit down with Oldenburg Film Festival director Torsten Neumann to discuss the 25th year of this very special film festival, what one of the director's described as "punk rock" or a "punch to the face", but in a good way. It was such a treat to sit down and discuss films with someone whose passion about films oozes from his pores.   Torsten Neumann presenting awa...

Interview - Isabella Eklöf's striking debut film Holiday knocks Oldenburg dead

(© Lindsay R. Bellinger 2018)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER     Holiday is Swedish director Isabella Eklöf's feature directorial debut but one would never know it. Her film has been catching audiences off-guard since its premiere at Sundance Film Festival at the beginning of this year. The one very graphic and unwavering depiction of rape, the kind of rape that happens more often than naught by someone the victim knows, has surely been causing...

"Unforgiven" Opening Film at Oldenburg: An Interview with the Filmmakers

  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   "Unforgiven", the new film from Armenian-Russian director Sarik Andreasyan was the the opening film of Oldenburg International Film Festival this year. We had a packed house for this affecting Russian production that surely left its mark. The story is based on the tragic and true events surrounding the life of Vitaly Kaloyev and his family before and after the disastrous Überlingen mid-air collision. It was an emotional journey,...

25th Oldenburg International Film Festival 2018: On the Red Carpet

By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER      20 countries and nearly 50 films will be shown this year at the landmark 25th anniversary of the Oldenburg International Film Festival, which began last night in the quaint and picturesque city of Oldenburg, in Northwest Germany. It runs from September 12-16 at various venues throughout the city. The festival first began as an alternative film festival with a focus on independent and out of the ordinary cinema from the United Sta...

Fantasy Filmfest 2018 Day 2: The Good, the Brilliant and the Unbearable

  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Well, the second day of the Fantasy Filmfest came and went. It had its ups and its downs. Let's start with the good even though it was at times a tad confusing. Irish director-writer Anthony Byrne co-wrote "In Darkness" with his fiancé, the formidable actress Natalie Dormer. Technically, the film is stylish and keeps one's attention, especially in the first act although some plot points become a bit perplexing later...

Fantasy Filmfest 2018 Berlin Starts Out With a Bang: "Mandy" and "Mega Time Squad"

  The Fantasy Filmfest started out with a bang this year! Panos Cosmatos' German premiere of "Mandy" was the opening film and it sold out. Many sad festival-goers were turned away left and right, me being one of them. Luckily, a lovely festival worker put me on the guest list for the next screening, the New Zealand adventure comedy "Mega Time Squad". Boy was I glad she did! Plus that gave me some time to reply to emails regarding my coverage of the Internationa...

Salazar's Spectacular "Sunday's Illness" Sadly Overlooked at Berlinale 2018

Ramón Salazar arrived at Berlinale 2018 with his spectacular fourth feature "La enfermedad del domingo" (Sunday’s Illness), starring the fierce Spanish actresses Susi Sánchez – as uptight wealthy mother Anabel who left her daughter 35 years before – and Bárbara Lennie – who vividly paints a picture of the pain the adult Chiara carries after having been abandoned at a young age. It's a bit of a surprise and a shame that "...

A Chat With Lav Diaz About "Season of the Devil" (Berlinale 2018)

Filipino auteur Lav Diaz may not be a household name, but among the film festival circuit he is held in high regard. This was clear at the first two press screenings at Berlinale 2018 that were so packed they turned away quite a few journalists. His rock opera "Ang panahon ng halimaw" (Season of the Devil) clocks in at almost four hours, but hardly feels that long, although those who left mid-screening might disagree. Taking place in The Philippines in 1979 during the brutal Marcos ...

The Rider review: moviegoers are in for a treat.

Somehow Chloé Zhao's all-too-real film The Rider has remained somewhat under the radar, when compared to the many mediocre or even god-awful films that stay in the cinemas for months on end. Although it hailed high praise at Cannes in 2017, sadly it remains under-seen. The Chinese director/writer/producer uses a feminist approach to portray the vulnerable side of a modern day cowboy, Brady Jandreau playing a fictionalized version of himself, whose fateful head injury took ...

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