Berlin International Film Festival

Berlin 2011: Wieland Speck on Programming Queer Films and the Berlinale

Wieland Speck who is in charge of the Berlinale’s Panorama has been heading the TEDDY program and awards for the last 25 years and transformed it into the world’s most important platform for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) cinema.  … Continue reading

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Berlinale 2011: Dieter Kosslick Interview

Claus Mueller :   You have been running the Berlinale for 10 years now. What are your most important achievements and what were the biggest challenges? Dieter Kosslick:  We have achieved what we wanted; the festival is younger through our initiatives … Continue reading

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My Berlin Top Ten Films

At a film festival that totals more than 250 feature films (not to mention an additional 250 features in the accompanying European Film Market), one can only skim the surface of an event as wide-ranging as the Berlinale. Film choices … Continue reading

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Berlinale Awards 2011

Golden Bear for Best Film Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) by Asghar Farhadi Silver Bear – The Jury Grand Prix A torinói ló(The Turin Horse) by Béla Tarr Silver Bear – Best Director Ulrich Köhler for … Continue reading

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Berlin Film In Focus: NADER AND SIMIN, A SEPARATION

The Iranian film NADER AND SIMIN, A SEPARATION (terrible title, that) was the big winner at the 61st edition of the Berlinale, winning the Golden Bear as Best Film and Best Actor and Best Actress Silver Bears for its ensemble … Continue reading

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Berlin Buzz 4

FULL IMMERSION INGMAR BERGMAN The subject of the Berlinale Retrospective this year is legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. The Festival is presenting more than 60 of his taboo-breaking films, including such classics as SUMMER WITH MONICA, THE SEVENTH SEAL, THE … Continue reading

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Berlin Film In Focus: THE FUTURE

It is rare that a rather low budget American indie title ever is included in the main Competition section here at the Berlinale (American indies are more represented in the Panorama and Forum sidebar sections). However, when a film artist … Continue reading

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Berlin Buzz 3

BERLINALE IN 3D On Sunday, the Berlinale was host to three back-to-back 3D films that demonstrated that the technology is not only good for computer animation and big budget sci-fi. In TALES OF THE NIGHT, French animator Michel Ocelot provides … Continue reading

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Meet Europe’s Newest Stars

As it has done for the past 17 years, European Film Promotion, the pan-European promotion agency made up of individual country film promotion boards, is putting the spotlight on up-and-coming acting talents, proclaiming a lucky group of young thespians as … Continue reading

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Berlin Buzz 2

International film festivals are here in force at the Berlinale to not only scout for new films but also to make announcements on upcoming special projects. Here are a few that have made the headlines here in Berlin. BEIJING INTERNATIONAL … Continue reading

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