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About Alexander Fallier

I am the project manager of the Young Germany website

Favourite films of the Berlinale Bloggers 2015

The Berlinale 2015 is over, the seats of the Zoo Palast are empty. | © ZOO Palast / Jan Bittner

The Berlinale 2015 is over, the seats of the Zoo Palast are empty. | © ZOO Palast / Jan Bittner

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.

Wafaa al Badry

Wafaa Al Badry
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.

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Berlinale Blogger: World events like a TV soap

„Paradise in Service“ | © Honto Production

„Paradise in Service“ | © Honto Production

by Yun-hua Chen

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).

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Berlinale 2015: Wim Wenders and His Films – A Thoughtful Workaholic

Wim Wenders in action | © Donata Wenders

Wim Wenders in action | © Donata Wenders

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.

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Berlinale Blog 2015: International film journalists report

Berlinale Blogger 2015 (Design: Lea Delazer)

Berlinale Blogger 2015 (Design: Lea Delazer)

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?

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Berlin Fashion Week January 2015 – Day 4

Successful outcome of the Berlin Fashion Week

Shows, exhibitor and visitor records at the leading trade fairs and more presented brands as never before: That is the successful result of the first Berlin Fashion Week this year. For four days, Berlin was dominated by the latest fashion trends for the coming autumn and winter season.

Ewa Herzog (photo: Cosima Scholz)

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Ewa Herzog (photo: Cosima Scholz)

Photos are courtesy of www.styleranking.de – your fashion crew

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Berlin Fashion Week January 2015 – Day 3

The bi-annual German style extravaganza Berlin Fashion Week kicked off with arrays of men’s and women’s fall-2015 collections created by an interesting line-up of both local and international talents.

Esther Perbandt (photo: Cosima Scholz)

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Esther Perbandt (photo: Cosima Scholz)

Photos are courtesy of www.styleranking.de – your fashion crew

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Berlin Fashion Week January 2015 – Day 2

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)

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Berlin Fashion Week: Aleks Kurkowski (photo: Cosima Scholz)

Photos are courtesy of www.styleranking.de – your fashion crew

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