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Film review: Todos os mortos /All The Dead Ones

(Mawusi Tulani, Agyei Augusto, © Hélène Louvart/Dezenove Som e Imagens) Written by Victor Santana  In the act of telling a story, the process of narrative can influence and change how one relates and deals with the happenings in time. A great narrative has the power to overcome the circumstances of time and bridge the gap of space between the moment when someone is listening or telling a story and the timeless realm where a story is taking place.   ...

Extended Interview : Georgis Grigorakis & Argyris Pandazaras discuss Digger

(Argyris Pandazaras, Georgis Grigorakis © Lindsay R. Bellinger) by Lindsay R. Bellinger "I saw a poster in the train station here (Berlin) about the environmental crisis being the next Berlin Wall. And I think that this is what the film is about."  ~ Georgis Grigorakis The Greek film Digger from director Georgis Grigorakis won the Art Cinema Award on Saturday, the 29th of February, which was awarded by the International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE) j...

Sweet Thing: bittersweet childhood in gorgeous gray

(Lana Rockwell © Mélanie Akoka) Premiered in Berlin, shaped like Sundance. The first paces of ‘Sweet Thing’ feel as they are taken from Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’. By iris-in, iris-out, long shot cuts into close- ups, the director Alexander Rockwell conveys a really fresh and intimate nostalgia beyond what you’d see in the usual Black & White indie flick. Van Morrison and Billie Holiday lyrics provey emotional LP magic to this soothing...

Report from the TEDDY Awards 2020 at Volksbühne

(Annie Heger, Eidin Jalali, Edson Cordeiro, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Faraz Shariat, TEDDY winners © Lindsay R. Bellinger)   by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER  German singer/actress/moderator Annie Heger as host of the TEDDY Awards was an inspired choice! On the evening of February 28, 2020 she brought the right amount of energy to the Volksbühne, maybe even more than some members of the audience. I was a little surprised that the older male German couple...

A pleasure to the eyes: Sweet Thing world premiere

(Nico Rockwell & Lana Rockwell, © Lasse Tolbøll) Antonio Castello: Sweet Thing was a pleasure to the eyes; the genius mix of black and white and color 16mm films was very well done and goes according with our times. A story is only a good story when is well told and this movie finds a visual unique way to narrate the story using basic techniques, a low budget, and the love of his family and friends.    (Director/writer Alexandre Rockwell, © Ant...

Impressions on Todos os Mortos (All The Dead Ones) at Berlinale

(Thaia Perez, Agyei Augusto, Mawusi Tulani, © Hélène Louvart/Dezenove Som e Imagens) By Lindsay R. Bellinger   Two Brazilians living in Berlin praised Competition film Todos os mortos (All The Dead Ones/All die Toten), a Brazilian-French co-production, at Berlinale 2020. Dimas Souza, living here for the past 17 years, and classically trained guitarist Victor Santana shared their impressions of Marco Dutra and Caetano Gotardo's film after its final scre...

VIDEO: Rithy Panh at the world premiere of his documentary Irradiés (Irradiated)

(© Rithy Panh) By Lindsay R. Bellinger Cambodian Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rithy Panh presented his shocking documentary to the world at the Berlinale Palast with his filmmaking team by his side. His documentary Irradiés (Irradiated), which is a Cambodian/French co-production running in Competition at Berlinale, is not an easy watch and clearly it was too heavy and vivid for some of the audience members who left during the screening. For those of us who stayed, we were treated to...

Sweet Thing World Premiere: 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 Nico, real life sister and b...

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/...

Disney's Newest Pixar Film Onward: Press Conference

(Kori Rae, Dan Scanlon, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Director Dan Scanlon and Producer Kori Rae were in high spirits after the press screening of the newest Pixar film Onward, starring the ever-so-talented vocal skills of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Octavia Spencer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ali Wong, Tracey Ullman, Lena Waithe and John Ratzenberger (Cliff from Cheers & Hamm from the Toy Story films). The journalists were fed off of Scanlon and Rae's p...

Panorama Opens with Clarisa Navis' Las Mil y Una (One in a Thousand)

(Michael Stütz, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The new head of the Panorama Section of Berlinale Michael Stütz welcomed the packed house to the opening of the Panorama and led us with a moment of silence for the victims of the far-right extremist mass shooting that occurred in Hanau, Germany late Wednesday evening. Shortly thereafter Stütz introduced Argentinian director Clarisa Navis who presented the world premiere of her film Las Mil y U...

70th Berlinale Red Carpet Opens With My Salinger Year

(Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau's film My Salinger Year was the opening film of the 70th anniversary edition of the Berlin International Film Festival and the Red Carpet was ablaze. Margaret Qualley and Sigourney Weaver took lots of time on the Red Carpet for photographers, fans and interviews. They took some time to chat a bit with one another as photographers were biding their ti...

Nomera (Numbers) from Oleg Sentsov world premieres at Berlinale's 70th anniversary event

(Oleg Sentsov, Akhtem Seitablaiev before the world premiere of Nomera, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Ukrainian filmmaker, activist and writer Oleg Sentsov was unjustly imprisoned in a Russian gulag for six years after being arrested by the Russian secret service in May 2014. His alleged terrorist activities led to a 20 year prison sentence but he was released in September 2019 in a prisoner swap. Over the course of these six years many people protested worldw...

Peter Lilienthal Presents DAVID, the Berlinale 1979 winner, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

(Joachim von Vietinghoff, Gisela Kayser, and Peter Lilienthal, © Lindsay Bellinger)   by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   On the evening of the 27th of January, Peter Lilenthal presented his 1979 Berlinale Golden Bear winning film David to a full house at Willy Brandt Haus in Berlin. The line stretched around the corner, comprised mostly of an older audience, in order to secure a spot to watch Lilenthal's extraordinary film that explores the origin of prejudice and ...

Personal favorite from Berlinale Competition: God Exists, Her Name is Petrunija

(Zorica Nusheva, Suad Begovski © sistersandbrothermitevski)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Macedonia isn't usually a country that comes to mind when the discussion turns to cinema, at least not in modern times. The Manaki brothers shot their first film, The Weavers, in 1905, so they were clearly cinema pioneers in the region. Instead, the political landscape and international disputes with Greece over the country's name often tend to be the focus of conve...

Serendipity: Prune Nourry's revealing look at illness and art premiered at Berlinale

(© Léa Crespi/Pasco/Prune Nourry Studio)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   New York-based French artist Prune Nourry reveals a great deal in her documentary feature debut Serendipity, which made its world premiere in the Panorama Dokumente section of Berlinale 2019. She does not shy away from exposing herself to the camera, her battle with breast cancer in and out of the hospital. For those familiar with her artwork and performance art, this will not be much of a shock b...

Ritesh Batra on Photograph: Berlin Interview

  Ritesh Batra is an Indian filmmaker based in NYC. He rose to fame with his feature film The Lunchbox, which premiered in Cannes in 2013.  His new film, Photograph, premiered at this year’s Berlinale Special programme is a unique love story of a photographer in Mumbai and a girl he meets on the streets while looking for his next customer. From different backgrounds and each carrying their own baggage, the two strangers embark on a bittersweet journey.   ...

The Golden Glove (Der goldene Handschuh): one of the stronger Berlinale competition films

  (© Boris Laewen / 2018 bombero int./Warner Bros. Ent.)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER Honestly speaking, I had heard negative reviews from many journalists before heading into the extra press screening for Der goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove). The first two press screenings at Cinemaxx Potsdamer Platz were already to the max 20 minutes before the screening even started. I've never seen that happen before. There were so many of us standing there, a bit stunned and sur...

Best 25 photos from Berlinale 2019: A man and his golden camera

(Nora Fingscheidt, Helena Zengel and Albrecht Schuch with their Silver Bear for System Crasher, © Antonio Castello 2019)     By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The man with the golden camera. I first noticed photographer Antonio Castello during a press conference, due to his old-timey looking camera with a golden vintage lens. He captured over two thousand photos over the course of the massive eleven-day film festival. Looking through his snaps of festival director Di...

Leakage | Nasht by Suzan Iravanian (Forum): Berlinale Review

  Foziye’s husband, an employee in the regional oil company, has vanished into thin air. Although her questions remain unanswered about his whereabouts, her faith prevails that he is still alive. During her visit at the local pension centre, she still replies “married” when her marital status is requested. Her life has metamorphosed into an arduous journey, considering her financial hardship and lack of work. Her mother incriminates her inertia, whilst her daughter ince...

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 ...

Marie Kreuzer: The Ground beneath my feet

Marie Kreuzer is an Austrian writer director and producer. Her latest film, The Ground beneath my feet (Den Boden unter den Fußen) is in official completion at the 69th Berlinale. It tells the story of Lola, a successful consultant who struggles between finding her identity, sexuality and freedom, while being divided between a comfortable lifestyle and her past and her schizophrenic sister.          What was your starting point for the script?    ...

The Writer: Interview with Sondre Fristad in Berlin

                    Sondre Fristad (28) is an award-winning short film director from Bærum, Norway, and is best known for Alex, Kepaza, and Quiet by the River. He has contributed on Swiss Army Man, The King's Choice, Haram, The Dextape and Operation Arctic. He has a bachelor's degree in Creative Arts Film & TV from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. The Writer is his first comedy feature about a young wr...

Sondre Fristad's First Feature The Writer at the Berlinale

    The Writer is a comedy feature about a young writer with nightmares and problems with his girlfriend. Who ends up playing the lead role in his own movie, things doesn't exactly turn out the way he want it too.    Written & Directed by Sondre Fristad. Produced by Sigurd Fristad.    Country of Production: Norway, 2018    The Film has so far been awarded at the following festivals:    Southern States Fanfilmfestival Biloxi, ...
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