The Fifth Season
Around the World in 14 Films
Around the World in 14 Films hits Kino Babylon this month to showcase a selection of films from around the globe, plucked from the cream of this year’s festival circuit. And there are plenty of hidden gems to savour.
Directors Jessica Woodward and Peter Brosens blend sinister aesthetics and apocalyptic eco-fear to chilling effect in rural terror piece The Fifth Season, as when spring refuses to arrive, a small farming town in the Ardennes turns to chaos (Dec 4, 22:15, Dec 5, 20:00).
Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s Hail, charting an ex-con’s descent into madness and violence, is a fine slice of stylized Australian realism (Dec 7, 22:15).
Having brokered a surprisingly simple deal to become the Liberian ambassador to the Central African Republic, Danish filmmaker Mads Brügger investigates diamond smuggling faux-diplomats in undercover exposé The Ambassador (Dec 4, 20:00).
After suffering a stroke, a housemaid finds friendship and solace with her young ex-employer in Ann Hui’s A Simple Life (Dec 3, 22:00) whilst Neighbouring Sounds brings us back to the Americas with Kleber Mendonça Filho’s exploration of intertwining banality in the affluent Brazilian city of Recife (Dec 7, 20:00).
Around the World in 14 Films, Nov 30-Dec 8 | Babylon Mitte, www.berlinbabylon14.net