Between Burma and China Midi Z’s “City of Jade” and Wang Bing’s “Ta’ang”

„Ta'ang“ | Director: Wang Bing, © Asian Shadows Both under the context of the fight between Burmese government army and Kachin independence army, the director Midi Z. returns to his birth place to follow his long-estranged elderly brother into an illegal jade mine in Burma, whereas Wang Bing documents a group of Ta'ang people fleeing [...]

By |February 17th, 2016|Berlinale|Comments Off on Between Burma and China Midi Z’s “City of Jade” and Wang Bing’s “Ta’ang”

Hou Hsiao-hsien Frenzy in Berlin: World Premiere of the restored version of “Daughter of the Nile”

Film “Daughter of the Nile” | © Taiwan Film Institute With a Hou Hsiao-hsien retrospective and Berlinale’s world premiere of the restored version of “Daughter of the Nile”, Berlin is ready to fall in love with Hou this winter. by Yun-hua Chen The international success of The Assassin (刺客聂隐娘) in 2015 not only brought Hou Hsiao-hsien’s [...]

By |February 15th, 2016|Berlin, Berlinale|Comments Off on Hou Hsiao-hsien Frenzy in Berlin: World Premiere of the restored version of “Daughter of the Nile”

Flourishing Chinese Cinema: Diversity and New Blood

Qin Hao in „Crosscurrent“ | © Berlinale 2016 starts well for Chinese-language cinema, burgeoning with an impressive range of subject matters and visual style and full of surprises from new filmmakers. by Yun-hua Chen Moving away from the self-exoticism for which the fifth generation of Chinese filmmakers have often been criticised, Chinese-language cinema prospers with [...]

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Berlinale Blogger 2016: International film journalists report from the Berlinale

Who is in with a chance of picking up the Golden Bear, what issues are young filmmakers around the world interested in, and which films are the hot topic of discussion at parties and in cinema foyers? International bloggers and film journalists will be following the Berlinale on behalf of Goethe.de – in interviews, critiques [...]

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Berlinale Blogger: Creativity and strength – Egypt at the Berlinale

“Acapella” | © Islam Safiyyudin Mohamed by Christopher Resch, @Gigi300 Egyptian filmmakers are presenting some exciting productions this year at the Berlinale. We take a brief look at the films and some events on the sidelines. The Egyptian lineup at the Berlinale 2014 was overshadowed by the Oscar-nominated film The Square – Al [...]

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Berlinale Blogger: World events like a TV soap

„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 [...]

By |February 8th, 2015|Berlin, Berlinale|Comments Off on Berlinale Blogger: World events like a TV soap

Berlinale People: On Silence – Interview with Andreas Dresen

Andreas Dresen | © Berlinale by Jutta Brendemühl, @JuttaBrendemuhl Over the summer 2014 I had the chance to skype with Andreas Dresen – full disclosure: one of my favourite auteurs. His latest film “Als wir träumten”, again set in the GDR around the “Wende”, is in Competition at Berlinale 2015. We spoke about [...]

By |February 8th, 2015|Berlin, Berlinale|1 Comment