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Report from the TEDDY Awards 2020 at Volksbühne

(Annie Heger, Eidin Jalali, Edson Cordeiro, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Faraz Shariat, TEDDY winners © Lindsay R. Bellinger)   by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER  German singer/actress/moderator Annie Heger as host of the TEDDY Awards was an inspired choice! On the evening of February 28, 2020 she brought the right amount of energy to the Volksbühne, maybe even more than some members of the audience. I was a little surprised that the older male German couple...

A pleasure to the eyes: Sweet Thing world premiere

(Nico Rockwell & Lana Rockwell, © Lasse Tolbøll) Antonio Castello: Sweet Thing was a pleasure to the eyes; the genius mix of black and white and color 16mm films was very well done and goes according with our times. A story is only a good story when is well told and this movie finds a visual unique way to narrate the story using basic techniques, a low budget, and the love of his family and friends.    (Director/writer Alexandre Rockwell, © Ant...

Impressions on Todos os Mortos (All The Dead Ones) at Berlinale

(Thaia Perez, Agyei Augusto, Mawusi Tulani, © Hélène Louvart/Dezenove Som e Imagens) By Lindsay R. Bellinger   Two Brazilians living in Berlin praised Competition film Todos os mortos (All The Dead Ones/All die Toten), a Brazilian-French co-production, at Berlinale 2020. Dimas Souza, living here for the past 17 years, and classically trained guitarist Victor Santana shared their impressions of Marco Dutra and Caetano Gotardo's film after its final scre...

VIDEO: Rithy Panh at the world premiere of his documentary Irradiés (Irradiated)

(© Rithy Panh) By Lindsay R. Bellinger Cambodian Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rithy Panh presented his shocking documentary to the world at the Berlinale Palast with his filmmaking team by his side. His documentary Irradiés (Irradiated), which is a Cambodian/French co-production running in Competition at Berlinale, is not an easy watch and clearly it was too heavy and vivid for some of the audience members who left during the screening. For those of us who stayed, we were treated to...

Don't Miss Death of Nintendo in Gen-KPlus at Berlinale!

(Noel Comia Jr., Kim Chloie Oquendo, screenwriter/producer Valerie Martinez, © Lindsay Bellinger)   by Lindsay R. Bellinger     Filipino director Raya Martin, who participated in Berlinale Talents and screened his film La última película at Berlinale in 2014's Forum Expanded, has also taken part in Cannes Cinéfondation and screened at Cannes' Un Certain Regard in 2009. For the 70th Berlin International Film Festival Martin and screenwriter/...

Nomera (Numbers) from Oleg Sentsov world premieres at Berlinale's 70th anniversary event

(Oleg Sentsov, Akhtem Seitablaiev before the world premiere of Nomera, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Ukrainian filmmaker, activist and writer Oleg Sentsov was unjustly imprisoned in a Russian gulag for six years after being arrested by the Russian secret service in May 2014. His alleged terrorist activities led to a 20 year prison sentence but he was released in September 2019 in a prisoner swap. Over the course of these six years many people protested worldw...

Peter Lilienthal Presents DAVID, the Berlinale 1979 winner, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

(Joachim von Vietinghoff, Gisela Kayser, and Peter Lilienthal, © Lindsay Bellinger)   by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   On the evening of the 27th of January, Peter Lilenthal presented his 1979 Berlinale Golden Bear winning film David to a full house at Willy Brandt Haus in Berlin. The line stretched around the corner, comprised mostly of an older audience, in order to secure a spot to watch Lilenthal's extraordinary film that explores the origin of prejudice and ...

Save Kino Moviemento: Germany's Oldest Cinema

by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Kino Moviemento, Germany's oldest still-running cinema, needs your help to keep their doors open. They are an independently-run cinema that first began screening films in 1907 as Topps Kino and over the course of the past 113 years has been a safe haven for Berliner film culture. The Moviemento team continues to showcase numerous film festivals and unique cinematic experiences each and every year. The 4th annual Weihnachtsfilmfestival was the latest film fe...

Weihnachtsfilmfestival Berlin: Another Fun-filled Year with Christmas Treats

(Still from We Will Survive, © Nele Dehlenkamp 2018)    This year's Weihnachtfilmfestival in Berlin was another success even if the audience turnout was not as big as the previous year. Perhaps more Berliners chose to stay at home with their family and friends this Christmas rather than venture out to the cinema. Sadly, I was one of those who was not able to make it to more screenings of this Christmas film festival's eclectic offerings.  One section that I en...

SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO RIO's URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL 2020

The 10th International Uranium Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro is now accepting submissions. Works in all genres, forms, and lengths are considered. Deadline: January 1st, 2020. The festival will take place from May 21 to May 31, 2020, in Rio de Janeiro, Modern Art Museum Cinematheque (MAM) and from October 15th to 18th in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg. The International Uranium Film Festival is dedicated to all fiction and nonfiction films about nuclear power and the ...

Save the Date: DOKUARTS-Symposium NUANCES NOW on Oct 11

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DOKUARTS-Symposium "Nuances Now" The 5th DOKUARTS-symposium takes place on October 11 and will look at the current relevance of nuance and discuss its significance in the realm of documentary filmmaking. Date/Time Friday, October 11, 2019 from 2 pm – 8.30 pm (including film programme with guests) Location Zeughauskino of the German Historical Museum, Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin, Germany Conference Language German/English Registration info@doku-arts.de Parti...

Werner Vogels Opening Keynote at AWS Summit NY 2019

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By Maria Esteves – July 12, 2019 The Amazon Web Services Summit New York 2019 (AWSSNY19) Opening Keynote Presentation with Dr. Werner Vogels, chief technology officer, Amazon, commenced Thursday, July 11, 9AM at Javits Convention Center. Amazon’s legendary keynote presentation by Vogels was par excellence. Launch announcements included Eventbridge, a serverless microservice; Cloud Development Kit (CDK), an infrastructure as code that automates the deployment for serverless applicati...

Film:Schweiz in Berlin made me laugh a lot more than I expected

(Outside the Brotfabrik Berlin, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER The Film:Schweiz 2019 (Swiss Film Festival) had a very interesting mix of films curated this year. Clearly festival director Teresa Vena carefully selected this year's program with a lot of courage, not just going after big names that will please everybody. The mix of feature films, short films, experimentals films, discussions, exhibitions and guest filmmakers were d...

Film:Schweiz 2019 - Swiss Film Festival in Berlin, April 4-10

(© Film:Schweiz 2019) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER The 2nd annual Swiss Film Festival 2019 (Film:Schweiz 2019) opens this coming Thursday in Berlin. Festival director Teresa Vena curated a wonderful selection for this year's Film:Schweiz edition. This year looks quite interesting, ranging from feature films to short films, experimentals films and even some discussions and exhibitions. Switzerland's cinema has perhaps a leg up on much other world cinema because they hav...

Berlin Feminist Film Week - closing night with Roan and Angels Wear White

(Berlin Feminist Film Week 2019 © Lindsay Bellinger)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The Berlin Feminist Film Week closed out their 6th consecutive year last night, after having an eventful seven-day run filled with screenings with q&a's, panels and workshops. This particular film festival was founded in 2014 by Karin Fornander and has steadily grown in popularity with each passing year. This year's Feminist Film Week started with a sold out screening of Desiree Akha...

Ritesh Batra on Photograph: Berlin Interview

  Ritesh Batra is an Indian filmmaker based in NYC. He rose to fame with his feature film The Lunchbox, which premiered in Cannes in 2013.  His new film, Photograph, premiered at this year’s Berlinale Special programme is a unique love story of a photographer in Mumbai and a girl he meets on the streets while looking for his next customer. From different backgrounds and each carrying their own baggage, the two strangers embark on a bittersweet journey.   ...

Leakage | Nasht by Suzan Iravanian (Forum): Berlinale Review

  Foziye’s husband, an employee in the regional oil company, has vanished into thin air. Although her questions remain unanswered about his whereabouts, her faith prevails that he is still alive. During her visit at the local pension centre, she still replies “married” when her marital status is requested. Her life has metamorphosed into an arduous journey, considering her financial hardship and lack of work. Her mother incriminates her inertia, whilst her daughter ince...

The Golden Glove by Fatih Akin: Berlinale Review

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Meager, for the most part, is the attempt by Fatih Akin to recreate the unambitious life of Fritz Honka, a schizophrenic killer who, in the seventies of Hamburg, brutally murders and dismembers four prostitutes in his hideous attic.    Unquestionably crowned the most abominable film of 2019, Akin&...

Xaver Böhm on O Beautiful Night: Interview at Berlinale 2019

Xaver Böhm is a Berlin based filmmaker. O Beautiful Night, a dark and poetic interpretation of one's fear of death, is his first feature film and it premiered at the Panorama section at the 69th Berlinale, February 7-17 2019.      How did you get the idea to do a film about being afraid of dying?    The fear of dying has always been very present in my life and I wanted to make an honest film, something very personal.  Also, growing up somehow takes ...

Marighella press conference: directorial debut from Wagner Moura

(Marighella cast and crew, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Director/co-writer Wagner Moura revealed that it wasn't really his intention to make the film feel exactly as if it takes place in the 1960s, rather he preferred that it felt like it didn't feel like a specific year since this type of story is still very relevant today.   (Wagner Moura, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   (Wagner Moura, Seu Jorge, ...

Marie Kreuzer: The Ground beneath my feet

Marie Kreuzer is an Austrian writer director and producer. Her latest film, The Ground beneath my feet (Den Boden unter den Fußen) is in official completion at the 69th Berlinale. It tells the story of Lola, a successful consultant who struggles between finding her identity, sexuality and freedom, while being divided between a comfortable lifestyle and her past and her schizophrenic sister.          What was your starting point for the script?    ...

The Writer: Interview with Sondre Fristad in Berlin

                    Sondre Fristad (28) is an award-winning short film director from Bærum, Norway, and is best known for Alex, Kepaza, and Quiet by the River. He has contributed on Swiss Army Man, The King's Choice, Haram, The Dextape and Operation Arctic. He has a bachelor's degree in Creative Arts Film & TV from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. The Writer is his first comedy feature about a young wr...

Sondre Fristad's First Feature The Writer at the Berlinale

    The Writer is a comedy feature about a young writer with nightmares and problems with his girlfriend. Who ends up playing the lead role in his own movie, things doesn't exactly turn out the way he want it too.    Written & Directed by Sondre Fristad. Produced by Sigurd Fristad.    Country of Production: Norway, 2018    The Film has so far been awarded at the following festivals:    Southern States Fanfilmfestival Biloxi, ...

Alexandr Gorchilin on his First Feature Acid

  Alexandr Gorchilin is a breakthrough talent from Russia who surfaced in the festival world from projects by his mentor Kirill Serebrennikov.  Alexandr’s first feature film Acid, part of this year’s Berlinale Panorama section, is a coming of age drama for the reality of Russian teenagers and their struggle to embrace the changes coming in their life, adulthood, family and sexuality. It is a portrayal of Russia’s youngest generations and their heightened sense of ...

Derek Jarman's THE GARDEN, starring Tilda Swinton, returns to Berlinale 28 years after its premiere

(James Mackay and Annie Symons, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The Garden, Derek Jarman's visual narrative film from 1990, starring Tilda Swinton as the Madonna, returned to the Delphi Filmpalast where it had its glorious German premiere at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival. This time it was a restored copy of Jarman's film about the biblical garden where his version of the Passion of Christ blends lighter moments, even with some...
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