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Bridging the dragon EFM Producers Hub ambiance

Bridging the Dragon together with the European Film Market have hosted for the fifth consecutive year the Sino-European Production Seminar with the aim to give European producers a thorough understanding of the Chinese film industry. This intensive full-day event took place 13 February 2019 at the EFM Producers Hub of the Gropius Bau in Berlin. It consisted of a series of panel discussions in the morning and a practical roundtable workshop in the afternoon. During the w...

A little bit of history about the town of Tiburon

  The word "tiburon" comes from the Carib Indian dialect for shark and was adopted by the Spaniards since their earliest explorations of the Americas. Punta de Tiburon (or "point of sharks") as it was originally called, first appeared on maps of the San Francisco Bay in 1776. It's a well-earned name considering the number of sharks that roam the shallow waters of the peninsula that forms the town. Abundance has always been associated with th...

Looking Forward to the Next Mistakes – Summary of the 17th Edition of Berlinale Talents

In front of a full house yesterday, anti-Mafia author Roberto Saviano brought the 17th edition of Berlinale Talents to a successful close. Charlotte Rampling, Erika Lust, André Téchiné, Adina Pintilie, David Lowery, Sandra Hüller, Guy Nattiv, James Schamus, Joanna Hogg and 120 other guests discussed with 250 Talents and thousands of Berliners about making (wrong) choices and dealing with them productively. One thing was clear: Mistakes happen and quitting is seldom th...

Berlinale Talks: Charlotte Rampling's candidness is refreshing

(Charlotte Rampling, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Ms. Charlotte Rampling was beyond charming during her talk with Peter Cowie and while answering at least a dozen questions from a mixed bag of audience members. The audience was treated to a number of memorable scenes from her eclectic and impressive array of films. The first scene was the moment from Stardust Memories when Woody Allen's director character approaches Rampling's chara...

Happy Valentinale Have something sweet or bitter with a bear or two.

  Happy Valentinale Enjoy the festival and something sweet or bitter with a bear or two? Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I 8 I Animation in Focus I Final I FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:                      Email us to be featured in the next ...

VIDEO: Highlights from the Gala for the European Shooting Stars 2019

The Gala for the European Shooting Stars 2019: Blagoj Veselinov (FYR of Macedonia), Rea Lest (Estonia), Kristin Thora Haraldsdóttir (Iceland), Ine Marie Wilmann (Norway), Milan Marić (Serbia), Dawid Ogrodnik (Poland), Aisling Franciosi (Ireland), Emma Drogunova (Germany), Elliott Crosset Hove (Denmark). ...

The Souvenir press conference: Joanna Hogg, Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke and Tilda Swinton

(Tilda Swinton, Tom Burke, Honor Swinton Burke, Joanna Hogg, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The press conference for Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir, a wonderfully nostalgic look at the life of Julie (Honor Swinton Burke), a young female film student in early 80s England, was quite revealing. It seems that Hogg and Tilda Swinton have been friends since childhood, so they were very excited to work with one another on this semi-autobiographical look ...

Party like it's Portugal in Berlin

FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival is an international film festival that offers 200 films and 50 film industry ... June 24th - July 1st 2019, Espinho, Portugal it is run by Festival director : Filipe Pereira and Fernando Vasquez Head of Programming.  Both welcomed guests at their annual Berlinale event:  party like it's portugal fest@fest.pt ...

Guy Nattiv's remarkable film SKIN: press conference with Jamie Bell and Danielle Macdonald

(SKIN press conference, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The oh-so-talented cast and crew of Guy Nattiv's intense and emotional film Skin were very open to questions and comments about their remarkable film. Jamie Bell and Danielle Macdonald joined their director fielding questions about their experiences dealing with such a heavy topic, such a relevant topic not just in the United States but elsewhere in the world. Skin is one of a handful of f...

Press conference for Kız Kardeşler: A Tale of Three Sisters

(Cast and crew of A Tale of Three Sisters, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The director of A Tale of Three Sisters Emin Alper shared that the filming location was meant to give a timeless quality to the story when a member of the press asked about the location. Alper also stated that great effort was taken to coact the accents of the actors and actresses because the locations in the story called for particular accents which were quite new for most ...

Friends of Quebec met at the Sodec party february 11 at Zimt & Zucker

Friends of Quebecmet at the Sodec party february 11 at Zimt & Zucker Potsdamer Str. 103 - 10785 Berlin An invitation by Louise Lantagne, présidente et chef de la direction   SODEC and Marie-Ève Jean, Quebec General delegate for Germany, Austria and Swwitzerland.       ...

Highlights from Norway in Focus, Programme for Monday Feb 11th

          Norway, Country in Focus   During the European Film Market (EFM) from Friday February 8th until Wednesday February 13th at the International Film Festival in ...

Highlights from Norway in Focus, highlights from sunday Feb 10th

      Norway, Country in Focus – programme for Sunday Feb 10th During the European Film Market (EFM) from Friday February 8th until Wednesday February 13th at the International Film Festival in Berlin 2019, Norway House will host seminars, presentations, networking events, ...

Goldie world premiere at Haus der Kulturen

(Sam de Jong, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Sam de Jong's authentic NYC-based film Goldie made its world premiere tonight at the Haus der Kulturen to a sold out audience. This film has attitude, there's no denying that. There were even people waiting outside the theater, hoping to score some last-minute tickets. In the row behidn me I could even occasionally hear a German father translating the dialogue for his teenage daughter. That...

Mr. Jones press conference: Agnieszka Holland, James Norton, Peter Sarsgaard & Andrea Chalupa

(Mr. Jones press conference, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Agnieszka Holland's newest film Mr. Jones, written by Andrea Chalupa based off of her novel, is a wonderful piece of cinema and a history lesson all rolled up in one. Actors James Norton and Peter Sarsgaard admit that neither of them were aware of Gareth Jones and the truths that he exposed about the widespread famine in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Norton portrays the Welsh journal...

Safy Nabbou & Juliette Binoche: press conference for Who You Think I Am

(Safy Nabbou and Juliette Binoche, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The press conference for Celle que vous croyez (Who You Think I Am), the new film written and directed by filmmaker Safy Nabbou was revealing. The film stars Berlinale Jury President Juliette Binoche and throughout the conference it was quite apparent that this filmmaking team really enjoyed working with one another. The laughs were aplenty. At Ms. Binoche's prompting, Nabbou re...

Meet the Festivals at Doc Salon, one on one short meetings with doc fests

Meet the Festivals gives you direct access to top doc festival programmers and market representatives with the opportunity to book short one-on-one meetings ... ...

Saturday night fever in Berlin

Feb. 09 ...actually Sunday, Feb. 10, at the wee hour of 2:14 AM... By Alex Deleon Crashed around midnight with the beginnings of a slight sore throat. Just what I don't need in the dead of Brrlinsky winter -- not yet gone viral, but just enough to awaken me, and realize the need for some hot tea and lemon ASAP.  Take lift down to lobby and young Russian guy on desk heats me up some water for chaï and cuts me half a lemon. Already some assuagement, but thinking that if this cond...

Back with the Bears Berlinale Day 3 in focus

Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I 8 I Animation in Focus I Final I FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:                      Email us to be featured in the next  newsletters "Back with the bears" > MEET OUR PARTNER Ted Chalme...

Avant Premiere pre opening, a night at the Opera

AVANT PREMIèRE KICK-OFF DRINKS ON 9 FEBRUARY Yesterday, Feb 9th Avant Premiere kicked off in style with a drinks reception and relaxed evening at the "Casino" - the canteen of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden hosted by Unitel + Staatsoper Unter den Linden    A visit a the Opera and a guided tour of all the extraordinary developments and opportunities created by the renovation of the Opera House. Since 2009, the Berlin State Opera has been undergoing considerable re...

SBIFF at a glance February 9th schedule of events

      This was the last day of the Festival. We hope you've been having as much fun as we have. If you haven't had a chance to partake, don't miss out! Below is the scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, February 9th. Free Daily Film Screenings Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis followi...

Packed house for Fatih Akin: The Golden Glove press conference

(Jonas Dassler and Fatih Akin, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Many journalists were grumbling as they chatted with one another about their first impressions of Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin's Der Goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove), which runs in competition this year at the Berlin International Film Festival. It seems that some felt that there was unnecessary gore and violence with a plot that was not that substantial. That makes me wo...
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