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Film Review: ‘A Colony’

A young Quebecois girl slowly learns to color outside the lines in writer-director Genevieve Dulude-de Celles’ Berlinale award-winning narrative feature debut, a sensitive and tasteful coming-of-age story that would perhaps have been richer, and certainly more surprising, had it embraced that lesson too. “A Colony,” however, is a neatly rendered package that cycles through its […]
Tags: Reviews, Markets & Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, A Colony, Émilie Bierre, Genevieve Dulude-de Celles

Tribeca Film Review: ‘House of Hummingbird’

There is a certain tentativeness to the 14-year-old Eun-hee (Ji-hu Park) in writer-director Bora Kim’s sure-handed feature debut “House of Hummingbird,” a tender yet somewhat underpowered coming-of-age film set in the Seoul of 1994. Lonely, reserved, and stuck in a dysfunctional household among her frequently quarrelling parents (Seung-Yeon Lee and In-gi Jeong), her troublemaking sister […]
Tags: Reviews, Berlin Film Festival, Seoul, Jeong, Tribeca Film Review, Busan Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival 2019, Bora Kim, Eun hee Ji hu Park, Seung Yeon Lee

Berlin Film Festival’s New Co-Director on the Challenges and Priorities Ahead

Last June, the Berlin Film Festival made a double departure from tradition. With longtime chief Dieter Kosslick slated to step down this year, it decided to split the top job in two after his exit: an artistic director responsible for curation and an executive director to run the commercial side. Then it picked Mariette Rissenbeek […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Sxsw, Berlinale, Carlo Chatrian, Dieter Kosslick, Mariette Rissenbeek, Joana Vincente

Agnieszka Holland Shoots Healer Tale ‘Charlatan’

Agnieszka Holland, the director of Oscar nominated films “Europa Europa” and “In Darkness,” has begun shooting her latest pic, “Charlatan.” Films Boutique is handling foreign sales. The Polish director, whose last film “Mr. Jones” premiered in competition at Berlin Film Festival in February, started to lens the pic Monday in Mladá Boleslav prison in the […]
Tags: News, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Jones, Agnieszka Holland, Films Boutique, Charlatan

Berlin Film Festival’s Incoming Co-Directors Unveil First Staffing Changes

Even before officially taking office June 1, incoming Berlinale co-chiefs Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek have unveiled a new team that includes the core of Chatrian’s programming staff when he headed the Locarno Film Festival. Berlin’s new 7-member selection committee comprises Locarno’s former head of programming, Marc Peranson – who becomes head of programming in […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Locarno, Berlinale, Carlo Chatrian, Dieter Kosslick, Mariette Rissenbeek, Chatrian, Marc Peranson

Film Review: ‘Driveways’

In the sensitive, suburbia-set indie “Driveways,” a single mother drags her 8-year-old son cross-country to empty out the house of her packrat older sister, newly deceased. It’s a chore for her, but an opportunity for the kid to do a bit of growing up, courtesy of the Korean War veteran living next door. At first, […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Andrew Ahn, Hong Chau

Berlin Film Review: ‘Selfie’

It’s one of those coincidences with which film history is littered, that Claudio Giovannesi’s Naples-set young-Camorra saga “Piranhas” played in the Berlinale competition — going on to win the best screenplay award — while Agostino Ferrente’s documentary, “Selfie,” set in the very same milieu, debuted to much less fanfare in the Panorama sidebar. The films […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Naples, Berlinale, Claudio Giovannesi, Agostino Ferrente

Berlin Film Review: ‘Hellhole’

The kind of drama such a bombastic title suggests is scrupulously avoided in Belgian director Bas Devos’ heavy-lidded “Hellhole,” an uncannily beautiful but forbiddingly remote exercise in sculptural, sepulchral filmmaking. Even the reference, to then-candidate Donald Trump’s use of the word to describe the city of Brussels, through which the film prowls, has been superseded […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Brussels, Berlin Film Festival, Donald Trump, Alba Rohrwacher, Bas Devos

Berlin Film Review: ‘The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea’

“The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea” takes place far from the eponymous body of water, and in its actual swampy locale — a glum eel-fishing community in western Greece — miracles are in distinctly short supply. But the title’s metaphorical implications of disorientation and immurement are felt in a stylish, many-stranded mystery that often casts […]
Tags: Reviews, Greece, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Sargasso Sea, Syllas Tzoumerkas, The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea

Film Review: ‘Chained’

Judging from the first two installments of Yaron Shani’s “Love” trilogy, it’s safe to say the Israeli director has a fatalistic approach when it comes to matters of the heart. In “Stripped,” he juxtaposed a woman suffering the aftereffects of rape and a teenage boy discovering the social signifiers of masculinity. Now, with “Chained,” he […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Chained, Eran Naim, Yaron Shani

Huanxi Media Strikes Two Film Deal With Double Berlin Winner Wang Xiaoshuai

Wang Xiaoshuai, the Chinese film director whose “So Long, My Son” picked up two top prizes at this month’s Berlin Film Festival, has stuck a production deal with expanding media group Huanxi Media. Huanxi, which is backed by leading Chinese talent Ning Hao and Xu Zheng, obtains priority investment rights to two films or Internet […]
Tags: Asia, News, Berlin, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Ning Hao, Huanxi Media, Xu Zheng, Wang Xiaoshuai, Huanxi Media Huanxi

Francois Ozon’s ‘By The Grace Of God’ Delivers Strong B.O. Opening in France

Rolling off its triumph at the Berlin Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear, François Ozon’s Catholic church sexual abuse drama By “The Grace Of God” had a strong theatrical bow in France where it sold nearly 50,000 tickets on 290 screens on Feb. 20, its first day out One of the best opening […]
Tags: News, France, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Francois Ozon, Playtime

Berlin Film Review: ‘Stitches’

An elegant hybrid of true-story exposé and slow-moving arthouse thriller, Serbian director Miroslav Terzić’s sober sophomore feature “Stitches” takes a familiar idea — a lone crusader taking on a corrupt system in pursuit of the truth — but delivers an unusually thoughtful, psychologically compelling character study. Taking its cue from Snežana Bogdanović’s eerily composed but fathomless […]
Tags: Reviews, Markets & Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Stitches, Miroslav Terzić, Snežana Bogdanović

Berlin Film Review: ‘Aruna & Her Palate’

When mouthwatering Indonesian cuisine and romance are on the table, “Aruna & Her Palate” is a bouncy crowd-pleaser. Less tasty is the backdrop of a suspected bird flu outbreak that brings a food-loving epidemiologist into contact with her secret crush. Adapted from Laksmi Pamuntjak’s 2014 novel “The Bird Woman’s Palate,” “Aruna” manages to overcome its […]
Tags: Reviews, Asia, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Edwin, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Aruna & Her Palate, Dian Sastrowardoyo

Greek Director Probes Deeper Issues in Berlin Festival Film ‘Sargasso Sea’

After a sudden suicide turns a small eel-farming town upside down, an investigation unearths troubling secrets about the town’s past. Those discoveries will bring together two women trapped in solitary lives, offering each a chance to find salvation. “The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea” is the third feature by Greek director Syllas Tzoumerkas. Starring frequent […]
Tags: Berlin, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Sargasso Sea, Syllas Tzoumerkas

Australian Director Gameau Challenges Audiences to Improve the Planet

Bright-eyed Australian director Damon Gameau set out in his previous movie, “That Sugar Film” to challenge everyday thoughtlessness about the dangers of our modern lifestyle — and became profoundly sick while doing so. In his new film “2040,” which plays in Berlin’s Generation Kplus section and which he styles as a “hybrid feature documentary,” Gameau […]
Tags: Berlin, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Damon Gameau

Berlin Film Review: ‘Flesh Out’

Ignore the awful English-language title: “Flesh Out” is an emotionally rich, sensitively made film about a young woman in Mauritania forced to gain weight in order to conform to traditional concepts of well-rounded beauty before her impending marriage. Strikingly registering the sensations of a protagonist living between the dutiful traditions of her class and the […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Mauritania, Michela Occhipinti, Flesh Out, Verida Beitta Ahmed Deiche

Berlin Film Review: ‘Marighella’

Does Brazil need a film that openly advocates armed confrontation against its far-right government? That’s the first question that needs to be asked when discussing “Marighella,” actor Wagner Moura’s directorial debut focused on the final year in the life of left-wing insurrectionist Carlos Marighella during Brazil’s ruthless military dictatorship. For whatever one might think of […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Brazil, Berlin Film Festival, Seu Jorge, Wagner Moura, Marighella, Carlos Marighella

Berlinale 2019: Nadav Lapid's 'Synonyms' is Biting, Bold Filmmaking

There's something strange in the neighborhood, someone new and just a bit weird. Synonyms is the latest film from Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid (Emile's Girlfriend, Policeman, The Kindergarten Teacher), co-produced by German filmmaker Maren Ade, and it premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival (where it also won the Golden Bear top prize). I caught this film during the festival and I must say - I have never seen anything like it before, which is always impressive. Synonyms is a ver...
Tags: Movies, Review, Berlin Film Festival, Berlinale, Golden Bear, Maren Ade, Nadav Lapid, Nadav Lapid Emile

Berlin Awarded ‘Tess’ Sells to Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Berlin-based sales agent Picture Tree Intl. has sold Steven Wouterlood’s coming-of-age film “My Extraordinary Summer with Tess,” which received a Special Mention from the jury of Berlin Film Festival’s Generation KPlus section, to distributors in several territories. Among the buyers are Les Films Du Preau in France, Proview Entertainment in Taiwan, Angel Films in Denmark, […]
Tags: News, France, Berlin, Denmark, Berlin Film Festival, Tess, Picture Tree Intl, Picture Tree International, Steven Wouterlood, Les Films Du Preau, Proview Entertainment in Taiwan Angel Films

Berlin Film Festival 2019 Award Winners: Complete List (Updating Live)

The 69th Berlin Film Festival kicked off on Saturday, with 16 films vying for the Golden and Silver Bears, among them such critically acclaimed entries as Wang Xiaoshuai’s Chinese drama “So Long, My Son” and “By the Grace of God” by François Ozon. Juliette Binoche served as Jury President, with other members of the jury […]
Tags: News, Awards, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Wang Xiaoshuai, François Ozon Juliette Binoche

Berlin Film Festival 2019: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins Golden Bear

Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms,” about a young Israeli man in Paris who has turned his back on his native country, won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale on Saturday. The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to François Ozon’s French drama “By the Grace of God,” a fact-based account of the Catholic Church […]
Tags: News, Awards, Global, Paris, Catholic Church, Berlin Film Festival, Francois Ozon, Berlinale, Nadav Lapid

Berlin Film Festival 2019 Award Winners: Complete List

The 69th Berlin Film Festival kicked off on Saturday, with 16 films vying for the Golden and Silver Bears, among them such critically acclaimed entries as Wang Xiaoshuai’s Chinese drama “So Long, My Son” and “By the Grace of God” by François Ozon. Juliette Binoche served as Jury President, with other members of the jury […]
Tags: News, Awards, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Wang Xiaoshuai, François Ozon Juliette Binoche

Makers of Berlin Competition Title ‘Marighella’ Worry About Distribution at Home

Worried that growing political tension in Brazil may hamper the domestic release of “Marighella,” Wagner Moura’s directorial debut about a leftist revolutionary, the movie’s producers may seek to crowd-fund its distribution independently. “We are going to fight for it,” producer Andrea Barata Ribeiro said ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Berlinale on Friday. […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, Brazil, Berlin Film Festival, Wagner Moura, Berlinale, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Marighella

International Cinema Group Urges Festivals to Ban Non-Theatrically Released Films From Competition

With the Berlin Film Festival about to wrap and Cannes fast approaching, the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) is urging programmers at leading festivals to select for competition only films that will receive a full theatrical release. UNIC, which represents exhibitors and cinema associations in 37 countries, mostly in Europe, said in a statement Friday […]
Tags: Europe, News, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Cannes film festival, Roma, Cannes, Unic, International Union of Cinemas UNIC

Berlin Film Festival Review: A Great Filmmaker Says Goodbye, Joyfully, in Varda by Agnès

Varda, 90, was the only woman among all those men—Godard, Truffaut, Rivette and others—to carve out a legacy in the French New Wave
Tags: Movies, News, Uncategorized, Berlin Film Festival, Agnes, Agnes Varda, Varda, French New Wave, Varda by Agnes, Godard Truffaut Rivette

Berlin Film Review: ‘Tremors’

“Love knows nothing improper,” chides a zealous preacher in “Tremors.” Ostensibly, she says it to an entire rapt church; more pointedly, she’s addressing mild-mannered family man Pablo, as he’s dragged through a terrestrial hell for the cardinal sin of falling in love with another man. What’s the greater impropriety, then: same-sex love or the victimization […]
Tags: Reviews, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Tremors, Pablo, Jayro Bustamante

Berlin Film Review: ‘The Magic Life of V’

The surprise Oscar nomination of impressionistic “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” suggested a broadening of acceptance towards documentaries well beyond standard “Just the facts, ma’am” territory. Still, juggling style and substance will always be a tricky matter in that form, as evidenced by a film such as “The Magic Life of V.” This latest […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Sundance film festival, Tonislav Hristov

Berlin Film Review: ‘Monsters.’

“The trick is to keep breathing,” says Dana (Judith State) as she takes a drag off the first cigarette she’s had in years, grinding it out after a couple of puffs. It feels somewhat inevitable she’d relent and take one, as they’re constantly offered to her by the Bucharest taxi driver (Alexandru Potocean) whom she […]
Tags: Berlin Film Festival, Bucharest, Marius Olteanu, Dana Judith State, Alexandru Potocean

Berlin Film Review: ‘Flatland’

A grand, desolate expanse of hessian-rough desert, subject to unforgiving seasonal extremes of heat and ice, and whose scattered residents have mostly learned to live hard and die harder, South Africa’s Great Karoo is a region that really ought to have housed a thousand horse operas by now. It hasn’t, but an ambitious new generation […]
Tags: Reviews, Global, South Africa, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Flatland, Great Karoo, Jenna Bass