Film journalists and bloggers from seven countries have written about the Berlin Berlinale for Goethe.de. With these recommendations, the Berlin bloggers take their leave until the Berlinale in 2016.
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I liked Victoria from Sebastian Schipper the most. The film gave me the feeling of the actors living the story. It felt like a theater play put into a movie. I also admired Selma from Ava DuVernay, as the film portraits a very important moment in the progress of humanity.
This is a preview of Favourite films of the Berlinale Bloggers 2015.
Doze Niu’s in advance highly contested “Paradise in Service” is set on the Kinmen archipelago of the 1960s, when antagonism between two sides of the Taiwan Strait categorically defines life on the island.
The smoothly advancing career of Doze Niu (钮承泽), whose Monga (艋舺) was showcased in 2010’s Berlinale Panorama, hit a bump during the making of Paradise in Service (军中乐园). He stirred up media uproar for having illegally brought a mainland Chinese cameraman to a navy port of call in Zuoying (左营) in South Taiwan, which as all military areas in Taiwan are off-limits for Mainlanders, during location scouting. Because of this incident Niu lost support from the military and most funding partners; the script also needed adjustment to accommodate the lack of locations and resources. The end result of Paradise in Service thus gives the impression of disproportionally and dangerously leaning against the brothel setting (the “Paradise” part) while only sketchily touching upon life in the military (the “service” part).
This is a preview of Berlinale Blogger: World events like a TV soap.
Originally Wim Wenders wanted to become a priest, then a surgeon, and finally a painter. But ultimately his love of the cinema prevailed and he became a director. The Berlinale 2015 will be presenting the German auteur with an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement and will dedicate a Homage to him.
A young man is travelling through the USA on his own. In his car, he drives along highways, past neon adverts and petrol stations. His name is Philip Winter and he is supposed to be writing a report about American landscape, but he cannot find a single word to write. Instead, he collects photographs of places and sites, only to note resignedly that they never really show what the eye actually sees. These are scenes from Alice in the Cities (1974) by Wim Wenders, a film depicting an odyssey from the south of the USA all the way to Munich which ultimately leads the protagonist to find himself.
This is a preview of Berlinale 2015: Wim Wenders and His Films – A Thoughtful Workaholic.
Opinions and interviews relating to films, film-makers and favourites for the Golden Bear award: Bloggers and film journalists from Beijing, Cairo, Leipzig, Madrid, Munich, Nairobi, São Paulo, Tokyo and Toronto report from the International Film Festival in Berlin.
As guests of the Goethe-Institut, bloggers and film journalists from Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Egypt, Japan, Kenia and Spain are going to the Berlinale this February to share their impressions on the most important German film festival. How are Egyptian films represented at the Berlin Film Festival? Which interesting Brasilian co-productions have been invited? Will Chinese film makers be as successful as last year? What expectations do Spanish filmmakers have going into the Berlinale? And: What new productions will German film makers present in Berlin?
This is a preview of Berlinale Blog 2015: International film journalists report.
Shows, exhibitor and visitor recordsattheleading trade fairsandmorepresentedbrands as never before:That is thesuccessful resultof the firstBerlin FashionWeek thisyear.For four days,Berlin wasdominated bythe latest fashiontrends for the comingautumn and winter season.
Highlights of the Berlin Fashion Week (from January 19 to 23, 2015) are Premium Exhibitions at STATION Berlin and PANORAMA at the Berlin ExpoCenter City as well as the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. This will take place at the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin.
Berlin Fashion Week: Aleks Kurkowski (photo: Cosima Scholz)