Berlin International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Berlinale | Berlin International Film Festival
SINCE: 1951
WHERE: Berlin, Germany, Europe
WEBSITE: www.berlinale.de
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Berlin: an exciting, cosmopolitan cultural hub that never ceases to attract artists from around the world. A diverse cultural scene, a critical public and an audience of film-lovers characterise the city. In the middle of it all, the Berlinale: a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry. Around 300,000 sold tickets, almost 20,000 professional visitors from 130 countries, including about 4,000 journalists: art, glamour, parties and business are all inseparably linked at the Berlinale.

New Films by Terrence Malick, Andreas Dresen Among First Films Announced for 65th Berlin International Film Festival Competition

New Films by Terrence Malick, Andreas Dresen Among First Films Announced for 65th Berlin International Film Festival Competition

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The first seven films for the 65th Berlin International Film Festival Competition program have been selected, and include former Berlinale bear winners Andreas Dresen (Nightshapes 1999,Grill Point 2002) and Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line 1999) with their newest films. Frequent Berlinale Forum guest Peter Greenaway will participate in this year’s Competition. The directorial debut by Jayro Bustamante, simultaneously Guatemala’s debut in Competition, a feature film by former Generation participant Andrew Haigh, and the newest work by Russian director Alexey German are also among the first selected Competition films.  The live action film adaptation Cinderella by Kenneth Branagh will screen out of competition. 

First Films Revealed for Generations Program at 2015 Berlin Film Festival

First Films Revealed for Generations Program at 2015 Berlin Film Festival

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Thirteen feature films produced and co-produced in twelve countries (Great Britain, Canada, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Denmark, India, USA, Turkey, Australia and Ireland) have already been invited to the two Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competitions of the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. Many of the so far selected works are set in what the festival describes as hermetic environments where young people who are coming of age experience diverse situations that threaten their very existence. 

Complete List of Award Winners of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival; BLACK COAL, THIN ICE by Diao Yinan Wins Golden Bear for Best Film

Complete List of Award Winners of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival; BLACK COAL, THIN ICE by Diao Yinan Wins Golden Bear for Best Film

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The winners of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival were announced on Saturday and the Chinese thriller (BAI RI YAN HUO) BLACK COAL, THIN ICE by Diao Yinan is the big winner, taking home the Golden Bear for Best Film. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL by Wes Anderson took second place, winning the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. The public cast its votes and DIFRET won the Audience Award for Best Fiction Film, and DER KREIS (THE CIRCLE) for Audience Award for Best Documentary.

ALOFT from 2014 Berlin International Film Festival to be Released in U.S.

ALOFT from 2014 Berlin International Film Festival to be Released in U.S.

ALOFT, written and directed by Claudia Llosa

ALOFT, written and directed by Claudia Llosa (MILK OF SORROW), and playing In Competition at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for release in the U.S. This is Llosa’s first English Language film. Her last film, MILK OF SORROW won the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.

Final Documentary Films Selected for 2014 Berlin International Film Festival

Final Documentary Films Selected for 2014 Berlin International Film Festival

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The Panorama Dokumente section of the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival will present 16 films, including ten world premieres. Panorama Dokumente will open on February 7 with the world premiere of the Dutch co-production LAST HIJACK by Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting. The film depicts what motivates piracy in Somalia. 

Other films on the lineup with an African focus include the Ethiopian fictional feature DIFRET, and Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson CONCERNING VIOLENCE which World Premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. CONCERNING VIOLENCE is described by the festival as a strong commentary on Africa’s decolonization, cites Frantz Fanon’s “The Wretched of the Earth” – and with narration by singer Lauryn Hill. Olsson presented THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 about the Afro-American civil rights movement in Panorama in 2011. In Thomas Allen Harris’ THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE, the history of photography is shown from an Afro-American perspective.

FINAL RECIPE Starring Michelle Yeoh Among 15 Films in Culinary Cinema Program of the 64th Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival

FINAL RECIPE Starring Michelle Yeoh Among 15 Films in Culinary Cinema Program of the 64th Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival

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The Korean film FINAL RECIPE by Gina Kim will open the Culinary Cinema program of the 64th Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival, which will be held from February 9 to 14, 2014. “We like it hot… but don’t let it burn” is the motto of the 2014 Culinary Cinema program. In FINAL RECIPE, Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) plays the producer of an extremely glamorous cooking contest who becomes entangled in a family drama. 

British Musical Feature GOD HELP THE GIRL to Open Generation 14plus Program of 2014 Berlin International Film Festival

British Musical Feature GOD HELP THE GIRL to Open Generation 14plus Program of 2014 Berlin International Film Festival

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The Generation 14plus program of the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival will open with the British musical feature GOD HELP THE GIRL by Stuart Murdoch. In his directorial debut, founder and lead singer of the band Belle and Sebastian gives what the festival describes as a profound and charming account of a summer love in the beat clubs of Glasgow. Stuart Murdoch and his leading actors, Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray, are expected to attend the premiere on February 7, 2014.

25 Films to Compete for Golden Bear for Best Short Film at 2014 Berlin International Film Festval

25 Films to Compete for Golden Bear for Best Short Film at 2014 Berlin International Film Festval

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25 films from 21 countries will compete for the Golden Bear for Best Short Film and the Silver Bear Jury Prize at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festval.  The films on the lineup range in subjects from groups of men clenching pump guns against their chests AS LONG AS SHOTGUNS REMAIN (Tant qu’il nous reste des fusils à pompe), and naked women running with broad smiles through Macao’s pristine nature TAPROBANA, to parents from the Cuban countryside trying to comprehend their twelve-year-old son’s suicide  A PARADISE (Un Paraíso).

Berlin International Film Festival Announces First Films for Panorama 2014; Jalil Lespert’s YVES SAINT LAURENT to Open Program

Berlin International Film Festival Announces First Films for Panorama 2014; Jalil Lespert’s YVES SAINT LAURENT to Open Program

Daniel Ribeiro’s Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (The Way He Looks)Daniel Ribeiro’s Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (The Way He Looks)

19 films have been invited to join the lineup for Panorama 2014 at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival taking place February 6 to 16, 2014.  Jalil Lespert’s latest film YVES SAINT LAURENT has been selected to open the Panorama Special program. Other films confirmed to date are new works by Michel Gondry, Kutluğ Ataman, Robert Lepage, Sophie Fillières, Benjamin Heisenberg, Maximilian Erlenwein, John Michael McDonagh, and Tsai Ming-liang. Directorial debuts from the USA includes THINGS PEOPLE DO by Saar Klein and THE BETTER ANGELS by A. J. Edwards. Films from Latin America include two Brazilian productions – Daniel Ribeiro’s Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (THE WAY HE LOOKS), and Marcelo Gomes’ and Cao Guimarães’ O Homem das Multidões (THE MAN OF THE CROWD).

First Films Announced for 2014 Berlin International Film Festival Competition and Berlinale Special Programs

First Films Announced for 2014 Berlin International Film Festival Competition and Berlinale Special Programs

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The first seven films have been selected for the Competition program of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival taking place February 6 to 16, 2014. Joining opening film GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL directed by Wes Anderson, and George Clooney’s MONUMENTS MEN screening in out-of-competition, are ‘71 by Yann Demange, LIFE OF RILEY by Alain Resnais, ALOFT by Claudia Llosa and starring Jennifer Connelly, DIE GELIEBTEN SCHWESTERN by Dominik Graf, and STRATOS by Yannis Economides. As part of the official program, an additional four films have been invited to screen in the Berlinale Special program

2013 Berlin International Film Festival Anounces Winners, Romanian Film Child’s Pose Wins Golden Bear

2013 Berlin International Film Festival Anounces Winners, Romanian Film Child’s Pose Wins Golden Bear

Poziţia Copilului Child’s Pose by Călin Peter Netzer

The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival came to a close with the presentation of the awards.  The Romanian film Poziţia Copilului, (Child’s Pose) by Călin Peter Netzer took the top prize, GOLDEN BEAR for the Best Film. The Bosnian film Epizoda u životu berača željeza, (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker) by Danis Tanović was awarded the JURY GRAND PRIX (Silver Bear).

In Poziţia Copilului, (Child’s Pose), Călin Peter Netzer portrays a mother consumed by self-love in her struggle to save her lost son and her own, long since riven family, after he son is arrested. One cold evening in March, Barbu is tearing down the streets 50 kilometres per hour over the speed limit when he knocks down a child. The boy dies shortly after the accident. A prison sentence of between three and fifteen years awaits. High time for his mother, Cornelia, to intervene. A trained architect and member of Romania’s upper class, who graces her bookshelves with unread Herta Müller novels and is fond of flashing her purse full of credit cards, she commences her campaign to save her lethargic, languishing son. Bribes, she hopes, will persuade the witnesses to give false statements. Even the parents of the dead child might be appeased by some cash. In quasi-documentary style, the film meticulously reconstructs the events of one night and the days that follow, providing insights into the moral malaise of Romania’s bourgeoisie and throwing into sharp relief the state of societal institutions such as the police and the judiciary.

Danis Tanović weaves dramatic events, including economic hardship and fear of death into a wintery tale in Epizoda u životu berača željeza, (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker). Featuring a non-professional cast re-enacting an episode from their own lives contributes greatly to the film’s sense of authenticity and social realism. 

THE AWARDS OF THE 63rd BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Baby Blues and Shopping Win Crystal Bear in Generation 14plus Sections at 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Baby Blues and Shopping Win Crystal Bear in Generation 14plus Sections at 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Baby Blues by Kasia Rosłaniec

Baby Blues by Kasia Rosłaniec, Poland 2012, was awarded the Crystal Bear for the Best Film by the the members of the Youth Jury in Generation 14plus at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.  The jury commented, “In this film we were completely unprepared for the extreme way the story unfolds. Its bold editing style, colorful cinematography and innovative direction gave the film great dynamism. The film showed us strong and complex characters who often behaved in contradictory ways. These teenagers seem to be unable to acknowledge their mistakes and take responsibility for them. They are caught between the desire for freedom and the duties of being a young parent.”

The members of the new International Jury Generation 14plus awarded The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the best feature film, to Shopping by Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland, New Zealand 2013. The Jury described the film as ” An extremely compelling first film with a fantastic lead actor. We loved watching him on screen and felt a deep empathy with him. Sharp editing, strong visual choices and a complex, painful and loving portrayal of family. We appreciated the specificity of the world you brought us into. Your dedication to your vision is palpable.”

Other winners (with Jury comments) include:

2013 Berlin International Film Festival Announces Opening Films for Generation Programs

2013 Berlin International Film Festival Announces Opening Films for Generation Programs

The Generation 14plus competition at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, will open with the world premiere of the Turkish entry Jîn by Reha Erdem (Kosmos, Berlinale 2010).   The director and his leading actress, Deniz Hasgüler, who plays a young fighter caught between the fronts in Turkey’s Kurdish regions, will be in attendance. The Dutch-Belgian co-production Nono, Het Zigzag Kind (The Zigzag Kid) by Vincent Bal will kick off the competition of Generation Kplus. Isabella Rossellini and Burghart Klaussner (Das weisse Band) are […]