64th Berlinale: Lessons in German History

by Leda Galanou and Manolis Kranakis Photo courtesy Goethe-Institut Blog The 64th International Film Festival in Berlin has turned the spotlight onto unfamiliar aspects of German history on more than one occasion. Films that tell us about German history in one way or another are traditionally included in the programme of Berlin’s International [...]

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Berlinale Blog: The Art of Networking in a Cathedral Under a Finnish Disco Ball

by Morten Vejlgaard Just Disco ball | photo: Morten Vejlgaard Just “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is getting mixed reviews at the Berlinale: is it captivating and whimsical or a heartless rehash? Opinions are divided at the Berlinale on Wes Anderson’s opening film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Some say he’s done it again: made [...]

By | 2017-03-21T23:17:04+00:00 February 11th, 2014|Berlinale, General|Comments Off on Berlinale Blog: The Art of Networking in a Cathedral Under a Finnish Disco Ball

Berlinale People: Andréa Picard

by Jutta Brendemühl Andréa Picard, curator of TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival Andréa Picard is a curator of TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival. She talks to Berlinale blogger Jutta Brendemühl about her favourite section of the festival, namely the Young Cinema Forum, about passionate filmmakers and her soft spot for newcomers. [...]

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Berlinale Blog: My Brother’s Keeper

by Jutta Brendemühl Photo courtesy Goethe-Institut When I asked Linda Söffker, who runs the central Berlinale section “Perspektive Deutsches Kino” (Perspective German Cinema), what made My Brother’s Keeper her opening film, she answered: “It’s experimental without being an experimental film. It’s a good open-ended story that deals with shifting identities between two brothers [...]

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Berlinale Blog: Breakfast with Audi and Marlene Dietrich

by Morten Vejlgaard Marlene-Dietrich-Platz Berlin | photo: Morten Vejlgaard Just Danes tend to associate German cinema with films about Nazis. But this year’s batch of German pictures at the Berlinale are anything but that. Today’s picture from Berlin shows two of Germany’s biggest icons: Marlene Dietrich and Audi. Unlike the “Blue Angel”, however, [...]

By | 2017-03-21T23:17:04+00:00 February 10th, 2014|Berlinale, General|Comments Off on Berlinale Blog: Breakfast with Audi and Marlene Dietrich

The Berlinale: Still Trending at 64

by Jutta Brendemühl Christoph Waltz is having a busy year with several films in the making, and he will be even busier over the next two weeks watching 20 Berlinale Competition films from 20 countries (out of a total 400). Among them an astounding 18 world premieres, three debuts, six German co-pros and four German [...]

By | 2017-03-21T23:17:05+00:00 February 6th, 2014|Berlinale, General|Comments Off on The Berlinale: Still Trending at 64

Berlinale People: Sonja Heinen

Part of a series of mini profiles on the movers and shakers that make the Berlinale one of the most important events in the international film calendar: the filmmakers, programmers, curators, industry promoters and visitors. Photo courtesy Goethe-Institut This is my 11th Berlinale … I started at the festival in 2003 with the [...]

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