Berlinale 2014 Review: THE MIDNIGHT AFTER, Fruit Chan's Maddening Pop-Art Apocalypse

It should have been clear as soon as the title, "Based on the novel by PIZZA", rolled onscreen. Fruit Chan's The Midnight After was sure to be loopy, irreverent and a rare kind of crazy. And it was! But... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: Subdued Yet Powerful, NIGHT FLIGHT Soars

LeeSong Hee-il returns to Berlin a year after White Night (2012) with his fourth feature Night Flight. While his last film was a subdued but powerful work about lingering memories of homophobia in modern Seoul, his new film is his... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Watch The Impressive Trailer For Berlin Selected Crime Drama THE INNOCENTS

Selected as part of the upcoming Berlinale, Oskar Sulowski's half hour crime drama The Innocents has released its first trailer and it's an impressive bit of work.While his mother is on the road as a drug courier from the Netherlands... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

JUNE, Starring THE WALKING DEAD's Kennedy Brice, Picked Up By Raven Banner

Raven Banner Entertainment has acquired worldwide sales rights for the upcoming horror flick June. They will be selling the film at the upcoming European Film Market during Berlinale. June stars The Walking Dead's Kennedy Brice. The film will be directed... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Dante Lam, Fruit Chan, Vietnamese SciFi And A Whole Lot More Added To The Berlin Lineup!

The 2014 Berlinale just got a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more interesting with the complete lineups for the Panorama section and the Berlin Specials announced today. Given that the Panorama includes That Demon Within by Dante Lam,... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Christophe Gans' BEAUTY AND THE BEAST And Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD Added To Berlin Fest Lineup

High-profile titles, including the latest from Christophe Gans (Beauty and the Beast), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Yamada Yoji (The Little House), and Hans Petter Moland (In Order of Disappearance) have been added to the lineup for the rapidly-approaching Berlin International Film... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Berlin Announces First Batch Of Films

Because February really isn't that far away, the 2014 edition of the Berlin International Film Festival announced 28 films, 19 of which will be playing in their Panorama section, 5 in competition, and 4 in the Berlinale Special section which... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Wes Anderson's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL To Open Berlin

The headline says it all, really ...The Berlin film festival has announced the opening night presentation for their 2014 edition and that honor goes to Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which makes the third time that Anderson has presented... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

LA Film Fest 2013 Review: NOBODY'S DAUGHTER HAEWON And The Endearing Art Of Wandering

I've got a confession to make: Until last night I'd never seen a film by Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo (In Another Country, Woman Is The Future Of Man). So Why was that? My reasons in the past were fleeting, entirely... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Berlinale 2013 Review: COMPUTER CHESS Wins, Despite Its Bold Moves

Despite the fact that Computer Chess is a movie about programmers competing to change the way humans perceive computers, it's about as far removed from the cutthroat melodrama of The Social Network or Pirates of Silicon Valley as a movie... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Berlinale 2013: Romanian Film CHILD'S POSE Takes Top Festival Prize

Berlinale 2013 Jury president Wong Kar-wai and jurors Susanne Bier, Ellen Kuras, Tim Robbins, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Shirin Neshat and Andreas Dresen have awarded the Romanian drama Child's Pose with the Golden Bear for best film. The film is an... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Berlinale 2013 Review: VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR Is Bold, Strange And Surprisingly Dull

As the title suggests, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear is a determinedly strange, offbeat film. It's like a juggler with a dozen balls who keeps going, completely indifferent to the fact that he's dropping balls left and right. Of... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Berlinale 2013 Review: LAYLA FOURIE Isn't The Paranoid Polygraph Thriller It Could Have Been

Aristotle wrote that audiences will always allow for coincidences that put the protagonist in a worse position than before, but not vice versa. However, after seeing Layla Fourie, I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with the master here. In... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Charlotte Gainsbourg + Threesome + African Men = First Still From Lars Von Trier's NYMPHOMANIAC

Here is Charlotte Gainsbourg having a threesome with two African men. It is the first still for Lars von Trier's upcoming, two-part hardcore (in certain territories) opus, Nymphomaniac. No, it's not particularly subtle, and yes, von Trier is likely laughing... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Berlinale 2013 Review: GLORIA Is A Joyful, Tragi-Comic Reminder To Keep On Truckin'

Sure, the Berlinale competition slate this year is jam-packed with self-serious films about lesbian nuns, lesbian ex-convicts, German cowboys and insane sculptors, but, the most honest, touching and even unique film thus far is actually a hilarious, honest Chilean character... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Berlinale 2013 Review: Ulrich Seidl's PARADISE: HOPE Is A Surprisingly Comic Diet Camp Love Story

Ulrich Seidl's third part of his controversial "Paradise" trilogy, as expected, breaks taboos and offers plenty of squirm-inducing depictions of raw, socially unacceptable emotions... but oddly, it's also a really silly movie. In fact, most of the film, set in... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Berlin 2013 Review: Sam Rockwell Breaks Age-Old Movie Rule in A SINGLE SHOT

Briefcases full of money are bad news. Terrible news, even. If you see a briefcase full of money, run as far away from it as you can, and maybe stay inside for a few days just to be safe. You... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Berlinale 2013 Review: The Fascinating Mysteries Of I'M NOT DEAD

The opening credits to I'm Not Dead play over an intense string number that immediately calls to mind Hitchcock thrillers of yesteryear. While in many ways Mehdi Ben Attia's film is far more intimate and ambiguous (at least on the... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Berlinale 2013: Wong Kar Wai And The Cast Share Insight Into THE GRANDMASTER

Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster, a sumptuous ode to martial arts and the people who practice them, was warmly received in China, but the critical reaction to the newly-cut version that opened Berlin has been decidedly mixed. Afterwards, Wong Kar... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

Wong Kar Wai's THE GRANDMASTER Is Coming To The U.S.A. and Canada

On the eve of its European premiere as the opening film of Berlinale, Wong Kar Wai's much-anticipated retelling of the Ip Man saga, The Grandmaster, has been picked up for distribution in the U.S. and English-Speaking Canada by The Weinstein... More »
By Brian Clark   
  
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