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This week at the kino

What’s on at Berlin cinemas this week?

Our guide to the best new releases, film festivals and Freiluftkino movie highlights at Berlin cinemas this week.

A Chiara 

Photo: 2021 Stayblack Productions

Carpignanos’s neorealist ‘Calabrian trilogy’ ends with A Chiara. A harsh coming-of-age story, the focus is on 15-year-old Chiara, whose Ndrangheta mafia mafioso father is suddenly forced into hiding.

Her world becomes traumatic and dislocated as she deals with the sins of her father: reconsidering not only her own place in the family, but the meaning of family itself. Uncertain and uncanny, the nail in the coffin of Goodfellas heady mobster epics is hammered home. And better for it.

Threadbare and depopulated, A tactile world-within-world: lit with the glow of phone-screens. Carpiagnanos’s layered use of ambient urgency and unsaid reflections build to a shattering climax. The film is a throwback to the peak 80s work of Paul Schrader – the writer of Taxi Driver. Lynne Ramsay meets Gomorrah. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Opens June 23

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Photo: LEONINE

Cage plays Cage: the master of the meta-cum-method acting is back on screen. And it’s a hoot, dead-pan Cage hilarious wrestling with his, well, massive talent. A must for the Cage cultists, or any cinema-goers in the mood for a disarming caper. ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Opens June 23

Top Gun: Maverick

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Top Gun: Maverick, is beautifully choreographed and aerodynamically awe-inspiring. The sheer velocity of the skydiving battles are sequences of OG cinema inflicted with the sensory macro-dose of the multiplex.

Doing what it says on the tin, playing the hits on hard rotation: an irresistible force of nostalgia, it gets the emotional beats just about right, it in no way reinvents the wheel. Maverick is home territory for Cruise, just give in and question it later. ★ ★ ★ ★

  • In cinemas now

Open-air highlights

Freiluftkino Kreuzberg. Photo: Robin Kirchner
  • Spencer Dir. Pablo Larraíns. Freiluftkino Friedrichshain. Starts 21:45 Tonight
  • Pleasure Dir. Sopia Kappela. Freiluftkino Kreuzberg, Starts 21:45 on Saturday
  • Control Dir. Pablo Larraíns. Freiluftkino Mitte. Starts 21:45 on Monday