Ben Knight

INTERVIEW! Legalise it! Author Johann Hari's bestselling book "Chasing the Scream" outlines why prohibition of drugs creates anarchy and the only solution is to make them all legal. He'll be speaking at the NIGHTS 2016 conference Nov 24-26. more

Nov 21, 2016 3:30 PM Zeitgeist

There's nothing like a balmy eve spent drinking beer and eating snacks outdoors in the company of friends (and/or football). Even better if the food's actually good. Here are our favourites for both summer Gemütlichkeit and tasty German grub. more

Jul 1, 2016 11:00 AM , , , Food

As a shocking new campaign strategy, Exberliner has learned that the Berlin branch of Germany's far-right party is turning to some very unlikely bedfellows – and realising they have a surprising amount in common. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 PM Zeitgeist 1 Comments

Our newest issue is all about Kottbusser Tor – in which we go behind the headlines to get the real scoop. Warm up with a trip to Xara Beach, a real no-go zone, before grabbing a copy on newsstands now! more

Mar 31, 2016 1:00 PM Zeitgeist

Berlinale Blog: Tau Tau and Jürgen march on

The European Film Market has packed up, the agents and distributors have gone home, and the Berlinale has been ceded to normal punters. So what happened to Jürgen and Tau Tau, and their "über movie" Open Wound? more

Feb 21, 2016 5:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: Did you do the Depar-deux?

This is not our planet, we're just living here until Gérard Depardieu finishes consuming it. An actor as big as Depardieu needs at least two films at every festival. We watched both of them. more

Feb 21, 2016 10:00 AM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: Yarden - another soul crushed by modern life

Mans Mansson's Forum entry Yarden extends a tradition of crushed souls that reaches from Woyzeck, Josef K and Willy Loman – but it has a modest power of its own. more

Feb 19, 2016 7:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: Alex Gibney speaks to the Talents

Oscar-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney, whose new movie Zero Days will have you burying canned food and guns in the woods, offered some insights into his technique at the Berlinale Talent campus. more

Feb 18, 2016 10:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

The Berlinale Blog: The Celebrity Anteater

Culinary Kino is the wanky niche bit of the Berlinale that no one really bothers with (there are movie-and-menu nights that could scoop €95 out of your pocket if you're not careful). That doesn't mean there aren't some succulent morsels there though. more

Feb 18, 2016 11:30 AM The Berlinale Blog


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Berlinale Blog: Jürgen goes to the market

Jürgen R. Weber is still trying to sell his "Über movie" Open Wound at the European Film Market, where random encounters are often better than planned ones. But he finds it's hard to penetrate the hot cloudy air of the film business. more

Feb 16, 2016 9:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Talents Blog: Script polishing with Playmobil

The Berlinale Talents is where young film-makers – "Talents" – from around the world do workshops and masterclasses. It sounds a bit like a corporate training week, but it's also pretty good. more

Feb 15, 2016 10:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

The Berlinale Blog: "Everyone in the film business should be punished"

The European Film Market, which runs alongside the Berlinale, is where directors and producers go to try and find sales agents. This year, one of them is Jürgen R. Weber, and he believes in punishment. more

Feb 14, 2016 8:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

The Berlinale Blog: The end is nigh, no, here

Austrian director Nikolaus Geyrhalter has made an ideal film for homo sapiens who hate homo sapiens – a vision of a contemporary world where humanity appears extinct. more

Feb 13, 2016 4:30 PM The Berlinale Blog


George Clooney leaving a Berlinale press conference (2014) by Siebbi licensed under CC BY 3.0

The Berlinale Blog: The clenching embarrassment of a George Clooney press conference

Another press conference with George Clooney, and another wretched roomful of simpering hacks showed George what pointless fools we are. more

Feb 11, 2016 7:00 PM The Berlinale Blog 4 Comments

Merkel's government is finally about to grant asylum to Edward Snowden. Could the NSA whistleblower be just days away from joining his compatriots in Berlin? more

Apr 1, 2015 11:30 AM Features 2 Comments

Ever wondered exactly what goes into a Geflügelwurst? You're not alone. Here's a inside look at the complicated and secretive system of German food labelling regulations. more

Feb 27, 2015 3:45 PM Zeitgeist

Berlinale Blog: Panorama picks

Ben reviews two of the most popular documentaries in the Panorama – both of them portraying the problems of weaving the personal and the political. more

Feb 13, 2015 3:15 PM The Berlinale Blog

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Berlinale Blog: What's the point of film financing?

At the European Film Market, it's obvious that Germany's film financing isn't what it used to be. more

Feb 13, 2015 1:30 PM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: Ben tries to go Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey. Fifty? More like two – sad grey and grumpy grey. more

Feb 12, 2015 9:00 AM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: Why is German TV so crap?

Ben has been pondering the question for some time, but so have most German people. Now the Berlinale has an answer. more

Feb 10, 2015 9:45 PM The Berlinale Blog

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