THE BUNKER: Poster Debut And First Clip For Nikias Chryssos' Berlin Selected Dark Satire

Young German director Nikias Chryssos first appeared in these pages way back in 2009 with his acclaimed short film Tower Block and he now returns with his debut feature film - the dark satire The Bunker. A young student is... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

THE BLUE HOUR: Check A Dozen Stills From The Berlin Selected LGBT Mystery

Previously selected to screen in Berlin with his short film work, Thai director Anucha Boonyawatana returns this year with his feature The Blue Hour selected as part of the Panorama section. The gay themed mystery is already garnering advance buzz... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

THE FORBIDDEN ROOM: Guy Maddin's Latest Looks Even Stranger Than Hoped In This Quintet Of Teasers!

Strap yourself in for something strange, boys and girls, for Canada's favorite cinematic madman Guy Maddin is back with The Forbidden Room. Maddin's latest - codirected with Evan Johnson - is about to premiere at Sundance before heading on to... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

WOLF TOTEM: Watch The Trailer For Jean-Jacques Annaud's Latest

If you are a fan of wolves French director Jean-Jacques Annaud's latest film, Wolf Totem, may just be up your alley. It will screen at the EFM in Berlin before it opens in his native France on February 25th. You... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

NOBODY WANTS THE NIGHT to Open Berlinale '15

Spanish auteur Isabel Coixet's latest film, Nobody Wants the Night, will open the 65th edition of Berlinale, as well as being part of the official competition.Starring Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kukuchi, and Gabriel Byrne, little is known of the plot of... More »
  

THE TRANSPARENT WOMAN: We Have The First Look At This Giallo Thriller!

We have your first look at the Italian Giallo film, The Transparent Woman, directed by Italian filmmaker Domiziano Cristopharo. It stars the Italian erotic and pornographic actress Roberta Gemma and Arian Levanael (Hunt Angels, Poe 3 : Pieces of Eldritch)Anna... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

First Trailer For Berlin Golden Bear Winner BLACK COAL, THIN ICE

Diao Yinan's Black Coal, Thin Ice, the biggest surprise of this year's Berlinale, finally gets its first Chinese-language trailer. The film basically came out of nowhere and won two major awards at the festival - Golden Bear for Best Film... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Diao Yinan's BLACK COAL, THIN ICE Leads Berlin 2014 Winners

Black Coal, Thin Ice - a mainland Chinese murder mystery from director Diao Yinan (Night Train) - has won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as the Silver Bear for Best Actor... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Looks Spectacular, But Story Fails

In the 21st century, how is one to present a fairy tale? There are stories ripe with opportunity to create great visual, frequently with lots of action, but the stereotyping, themes, and gender representation can be a bit tricky in... More »
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: ALOFT Doesn't Quite Soar

The sense of touch can be tricky to convey in film. A filmmaker must rely upon visually accurate information in order for the spectator to 'feel' the sensation. Touch is very prominent in director and writer Claudia Llosa's Aloft, how... More »
  

Trailer For Sex-Fueled iPhone Movie HOOKED UP

Toronto-based outfit Raven Banner have acquired world sales rights to Hooked Up, the first feature film to be shot entirely on an iPhone. This is also the first feature film for the director, Pablo Larcuen. Prior to this feature debut, Larcuen... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Berlinale 2014: Laying Bare The NYMPHOMANIAC Director's Cut

Lars von Trier swore a vow of silence after his controversial remarks at 2011's Cannes Film Festival. You may recall him comparing himself, tongue firmly in cheek, to a Nazi during the Melancholia press conference and the whole thing... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: SPROUT's Short and Sweet Seoul Odyssey

A little girl's trip to the market becomes a charming journey through modern Korea in Yoon Ga-eun's delightful short film Sprout, which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival last October. Korean indie cinema often makes a point of demonstrating... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Drafthouse Films Acquires Nick Cave Doc 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

Drafthouse Films have purchased the North American rights for the documentary 20,000 Days On Earth, a film about a fictional day in the life of musician Nick Cave. The film was the feature debut of visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Berlinale 2014: Exclusive Photo From Serial Killer Drama BLACK COAL, THIN ICE

Heading soon to its world premiere in a competition slot at the 2014 Berlinale, Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo) follows "a down-and-out detective and his successful protégée who reunite to tackle a cold case and catch a... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: HISTORY OF FEAR Is Brooding, Atmospheric, And Glacially Slow

History of Fear is set in an unnamed Argentine suburb, an idyllic community where rich families' vast estates are bordered on every side by barbwire fences and imposing gates. The presumed effect is to keep the people inside safe, but... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY Proves Middlebrow Is Timeless

They've been making movies like The Two Faces of January since before they made movies. A graying man, his blonde haired bride, and the younger cad who comes between them. Crime and chase amidst sun dappled vistas. Cops and con... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Jonas Arnby's WHEN ANIMALS DREAM Picked Up By Radius-TWC For U.S.

It was only the beginning of last week when we first drew your attention to Danish filmmaker Jonas Arnby's feature debut, When Animals Dream. Now, news out of Berlin via Variety is that Radius-TWC, the genre arm of The Weinstein... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Spanish Exorcism Horror ASMODEXIA Goes To Raven Banner

News out of Berlin today is that Toronto-based Raven Banner has acquired the international rights to Marc Carreté's debut feature, the exorcism horror film Asmodexia. Carreté has written and directed two short films prior to Asmodexia. He wrote this first feature... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, An Ode To Joy

Regrettably, Beethoven got there first. In another world, The Grand Budapest Hotel, a celebration of wit and style and class, an example of a technical master working at the top of his craft, a work as warm and genuinely funny... More »
By Ben Croll   
  
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