INTERVIEW! This year’s winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear, Gianfranco Rosi, sat with us to talk about his emotional documentary Fuocoammare (Seefeuer) and his approach to filmmaking. more

Jul 21, 2016 11:00 AM Film

When was the last time you saw a great German indie film? The Berlinale's one German Competition entry, 24 Wochen, failed to win any awards and drew sharp criticism. And it's just the latest in a long line of failures. Is there any hope? more

Feb 24, 2016 11:00 AM , Film

The Berlinale Blog: It's a wrap!

Who won, should they have won, has it been a good Berlinale? more

Feb 21, 2016 7:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

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

The world's premiere LGBT film prize reflected two things its constituency has always been good at: making clear there are struggles to be fought, and throwing a damn good party! more

Feb 20, 2016 3:00 PM Film


Midnight Special

The Berlinale Blog: Ten takeaways from Episode 66

The end is nigh. What valuable lessons have been learned from the 66th installment? Here are the Top 10 takeaways from the festival, that every hardcore festival-goer this year should recognize, whether filmmaker or fan. more

Feb 20, 2016 12:15 PM The Berlinale Blog

The Berlinale Blog: And the winner is…

Our fearless predictions of which films will go home with bears this year. more

Feb 20, 2016 11:00 AM The Berlinale Blog 1 Comments

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

The Berlinale Blog: Endless Lav

What’s it like to watch an eight-hour movie? We tried Lav Diaz's Filipino epic "A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery" and lived to tell the tale. more

Feb 19, 2016 8:30 AM 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: Eastern closets

INTERVIEW! The director of Teddy-nominated Inside "The Chinese Closet" talked to David about her unique documentary, an eye-opening account of coming out in China. more

Feb 18, 2016 4:45 PM The Berlinale Blog

The Berlinale Blog: Ten films not to miss

The Berlinale is careening towards its climax, with the awarding of the Bears on Saturday, February 20 and its closing Kinotag on Sunday. If you haven't seen anything yet, here's a list of 10 films you can catch before the red carpet is rolled up. more

Feb 18, 2016 12:00 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


Zero Days

The Berlinale Blog: Gibney and Greene investigate

Two contemporary documentary filmmakers go face to face: the Oscar-winning Alex Gibney and director Robert Greene. One opens your eyes to cyber-espionage; the other will have you wondering what is staged and what isn’t. more

Feb 17, 2016 6:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

The Berlinale Blog: Men of letters

A biopic about famed literary editor Maxwell Perkins and a wartime romance featuring one of Portugal’s most revered writers brought a touch of bookish charm to the Berlinale. more

Feb 17, 2016 4:30 PM The Berlinale Blog

Hailed as the “the first romantic comedy” from a country where ultraconservative mores dictate strict dating rules, Barakah Meets Barakah is a refreshing look at the lives of millenials in the Middle East. more

Feb 17, 2016 12:30 PM Film


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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



The Berlinale Blog: No prose, no problem...

The Berlinale poses a dilemma about the necessity of criticism and offers the best thing Spike Lee has done in years... Welcome to day six's reviews of Starve Your Dog and Chi-Raq. more

Feb 16, 2016 5:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

INTERVIEW! What's it like to go on dates in a country where men and women can't be seen in public together? The lead actor in Berlinale film Barakah Meets Barakah, the first ever rom-com from ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, explains all. more

Feb 16, 2016 4:00 PM Film

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