After several weeks of juggling term papers, rugby practices, and even a bit of traveling, I’ve finally seemed to settle back into a somewhat normal rhythm here in Berlin. One major advantage of studying in Europe for a full year (as opposed to one semester) is the enormous amount of free time I have in between terms. For about two months my only academic obligation is to choose my courses for the summer. Otherwise, I can more or less do anything I want until mid-April.
This is a preview of One Year in Berlin: An Internship.
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
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.
Iranian director and regime critic Jafar Panahi takes the Golden Bear for “Taxi”, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay Silver Bears for best acting in Andrew Haigh’s splendid chamber drama “45 Years”.
Hanna Saeidi stretches her arm, holding the Golden Bear high and smiling from ear to ear. She’s Jafar Panahi’s niece. His wonderful film Taxi has just won the Bear, but Panahi is not attending. The regime critic is under house arrest at home in Iran, where he shot the film although banned from filmmaking. Taxi is “a love letter to cinema”, said jury president Darren Aronofsky upon announcing the winner. The jury’s decision is a clear-cut signal, a plea for artistic liberty and freedom of speech.
This is a preview of Berlinale Blogger: “A love letter to cinema” – The winners at the Berlinale.
When I met Mohamed Siam at the Leipzig Documentary Film Festival in November 2014, it took him all of five minutes to get me excited about his “Amal” project. And I was not the only one: the Robert-Bosch-Stiftung has now paid tribute to the film at the Berlinale.
This is a preview of Berlinale Blogger: “Amal” Wins Best Documentary Award.
“Stories of our Lives” from director Jim Chuchu features five individual true stories, which are entangled around the common struggle of living queer in Kenya – a marginalized community in Kenya.
The 62 minutes black and white film is directed by Jim Chuchu and co-written by Njoki Ngumi from the NEST collective in Nairobi. It is a great combination of an exceptional cast, world class cinematography and great editing.
“Ongea na Mimi Poa”
The film opens with a story called Ongea na mimi poa (Talk to me nicely). It is the story of Kate, who is a highschool student. Kate is in dilemma over her sexual orientation and desires versus what the authorities and the world around her expect. Struggling between the two divergent forces, the movie seeks to show Kate’s journey to self-determination.
This is a preview of Berlinale Blogger: Living queer in Kenya.
10 days, 400 films – the Berlinale 2015. I’m here in Berlin covering the films for Goethe.de. What an average day here looks like?
Friday, 6am. I wake up because my short-term flatmates – fellow students from Munich here for the Berlinale too – have to get up and out early. They’ve got student accreditation, which has the decisive drawback of having to queue up from 7am if they want a shot at the most popular screenings. It’s a little more relaxed with my press accreditation, 8.30am will do. I nod to them with a look of commiseration (for which I receive black looks in return) and go back to sleep.
This is a preview of Berlinale Blog A day in the life of a Berlinale blogger.
The enormous potential of Chilean cinema is again conspicuously clear at this year’s Berlinale. “El Club” is a powerful picture about the dark side of the Catholic Church and the moral abyss.
The film is about a group of retired priests living cut off from the rest of the world in a little village on the Chilean coast. They lead a placid, laid-back life there, taking long walks, training a greyhound for the races, gardening.
This is a preview of Berlinale Blogger: Sinners in limbo.