Review: TABU is a Glorious Celebration of Cinema and Crocodiles

Tabu calls to mind the oft-repeated comparison between film directors and magicians. Indeed, how else but with magic could Portuguese director Miguel Gomes have created such a joyful, enthralling film from this wild mix of historical adventure, deadpan humor, romance,... More »
  

"I Don't Think Film Can Give Answers": Nina Hoss Talks BARBARA

In Barbara, her fifth collaboration with director Christian Petzold, Nina Hoss stars as a doctor in East Germany circa 1980, who, after several repeated attempts to escape to the west, is banished to a rural pediatric hospital. Her continued plans of... More »
  

Gus Van Sant, Ulrich Seidl Included in First Berlin Film Festival Competition Announcement

The Berlin Film Festival has just announced six of its competition films as well as a special world premiere of Christian Rost and  Claus Strigel's new documentary Redemption Impossible. The initial lineup includes heavy hitters from around the world, including... More »
  

Review: HINDSIGHT

There's a terrific story lost somewhere inside Lee Hyun-Seung's Hindsight. That's part of the problem, really - there's enough different ideas for an epic, even a miniseries. An amiable jopok enforcer trying to go straight. A hotly contested last will... More »
  

Berlin 2012 Wrap: Space Nazis, Women in Septic Tanks and More

It's tempting to begin festival wrap-ups with some sort of blanket-statement about the festival as a whole, assessing the overall quality, trends, failings and so on. But I don't feel qualified to do anything of the sort. Berlinale's program is... More »
  

EURO BEAT: The Neverending 2012 Berlinale Awards

Here's an interesting fact about the Berlin Film Festival: Almost everybody gets an award. Seriously, besides the well-known jury awards, there are approximately 1,867 other awards given about by various organizations, from the international film organizations of the Protestant... More »
  

Berlin 2012 Review: Álex de la Iglesia's AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT

In his follow up to The Last Circus, As Luck Would Have It (La Chispa de la Vida), Álex De La Iglesia moves out from under the literal big top and sets his sites on the mass media --... More »
  

Berlin 2012 Review: TABU is a Glorious Celebration of Cinema and Crocodiles

Tabu calls to mind the oft-repeated comparison between film directors and magicians. Indeed, how else but with magic could Portuguese director Miguel Gomes have created such a joyful, enthralling film from this wild mix of historical adventure, deadpan humor,... More »
  

RAVEN BANNER ACTIVATES MANBORG FOR DISTRO + NEW TRAILER!

While Twitch Film's favorite canuxsploitation-outfit Astron-6 has been enjoying a bevy of accolades from genre aficionados for their delirious splatter-fest Father's Day, currently playing a limited run in the US through Troma, the fate of their other feature and festival... More »
By Peter K.   
  

Berlin 2012 Review: JAYNE MANSFIELD'S CAR

Despite the impressive cast and generally positive word of mouth, I still sat down to Billy Bob Thornton's Jayne Mansfield's Car wondering, "Does anybody really need another nostalgic family comedy/drama? What could Thornton possibly have to add to this well-worn... More »
  

Berlin 2012 Review: LOVE

MONGA director Doze Niu's new film LOVE is like a very sweet dessert. It has been made with both natural sugars (the charming cast and stories) and artificial sweeteners (certain plots and dialogues). While it may be too sweet... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Berlin 2012 Review: CAPTIVE

Brilliante Mendoza's Captive is not quite the blunt, relentless kidnapping drama you may expect from the man who shocked audiences at Cannes 2009 with the feel-awful neo-noir Kinatay. This time, Mendoza casts the net considerably wider. Though the film rarely... More »
  

Berlin 2012 Review: BEYOND THE HILL (Tepenin Ardi)

On the surface, Beyond the Hill is a fairly straight-forward slow-burn psychological thriller about an unseen enemy. However, within this structure, Director Emin Alper weaves in pointed political and cultural allegory along with elements of (deep breath...) dark comedy, revisionist-westerns,... More »
  

Berlin 2012 Review: IRON SKY

I'm torn about how to review Iron Sky. Is it really fair to criticize a movie about Nazis from the dark side of the moon invading the earth for being too goofy? Hell, is it really fair to criticize that... More »
  

UPDATED - "We're Not Going To Fuck It Up." STAKE LAND's Jim Mickle Remaking Jorge Michel Grau's WE ARE WHAT WE ARE

*Now updated with an exclusive audio interview with director Jim Mickle.You want an intriguing collision of talent seemingly tailor made for us here at Twitch? Well, here one is for you.Jim Mickle has long been a favorite here at Twitch,... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Berlin 2012: Watch Three Clips From Brillante Mendoza's CAPTIVE

One of the leaders of the current generation of Filipino arthouse filmmakers, Brillante Mendoza debuts his latest in competition in Berlin. Here's how the festival describes it:A group of armed and masked men belonging to the Muslim Abu Sayyaf group... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

EFM 2012: Details And First Stills From Esben Toft Jacobsen's BEYOND BEYOND

On Monday Twitch brought the first news from Beyond Beyond, the upcoming animated feature from The Great Bear director Esben Toft Jacobsen.At the time all we had was the title and two pieces of concept art released as part of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Berlin 2012 Review: NUCLEAR NATION

Last year, when the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan caused several nuclear reactors to explode, the international media coverage began with articles crying "Panic!" and then seemed to abruptly shift to vaguely ominous, often convoluted reports of which it was... More »
  

Berlin 2012 Preview: Forum and Panorama

For part two of our Berlinale 2012 Preview (here's part one - the Competition Lineup), we'll be highlighting titles in the Forum and Panorama sections. What's the difference? According to the festival, the Forum section includes the most daring and... More »
  

EFM 2012: MACHETE KILLS Promo Art

It's grainy. It's tilted. It was shot on an iPhone. But it's the new promo art for Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills with Danny Trejo.Here's how Deadline described the plot:The new film finds Machete recruited by the U.S. Government for a... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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