Ben Knight

Who are those people preparing for the worst? Far-right conspirationists? Crackpots? Or just pragmatic realists? Ben Knight investigates. Read more

Interviews & Portraits

OUT NOW! Michael Haneke's film HAPPY END doesn't necessarily have one itself for the affluent family who lurch from strife to misery on the outskirts of a Calais refugee camp. Read more


While the charismatic likes of Jeremy and Bernie have led left-wing surges in Britain and the US, the German left still hasn’t been able to come up with an alternative to Merkel. Ben Knight talked to members of Die Linke and the SPD to find out why. Read more


Ben went to the Cannes film festival this year, exposing himself to dangerous levels of middle class ennui. Read more


Two years after the height of the Pegida movement, who’s still demonstrating against the “Islamisation of Europe”? Ben Knight sets off to find out. Read more

Long rumoured to be starting an office in Berlin, the American alt-right news site Breitbart is finally making its move – and they're doing it start-up-style. We've got the exclusive scoop. Read more



Investigating Paradise

Berlinale Blog: Best and worst and most medium

Ben rounds up his Berlinale – a rollercoaster from great to shit to very good but slightly annoying. Read more

Feb 19, 2017 11:45 AM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: Raoul Peck makes time

Veteran Haitian director Raoul Peck, who has two movies at this year's festival, took some time to talk to the Berlinale Talents. And got all nostalgic about street communism in 1980s West Berlin. Read more

Feb 17, 2017 2:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: Caught on Strong Island

Yance Ford's scalding memoir-documentary Strong Island is one of the highlights of the Panorama Dokumente section. Read more

Feb 17, 2017 10:20 AM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: Charlotte takes the market

Remember Charlotte Roustang and her film My Lonely Christmas in Berlin? She's come out of the other side of the European Film Market with some success. Read more

Feb 15, 2017 4:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: An Inuk gets angry

The movie Angry Inuk shows that the EU's seal-hunting ban, the result of decades of effective lobbying by the likes of Greenpeace and Brigitte Bardot, has not only left the Inuit in poverty, it's forced them to help mine fossil fuels. Ironic, oder? Read more

Feb 14, 2017 10:20 AM The Berlinale Blog 2 Comments

Berlinale Blog: Lonely Christmas in February

The European Film Market is where desperate artists come to have their dreams destroyed. Read more

Feb 11, 2017 9:00 PM The Berlinale Blog 1 Comments

Berlinale Blog: Putting the fear back in you

The live-soundtrack movie montage The Bomb reminds you that the human race still has a nuclear gun to its head. Read more

Feb 11, 2017 11:00 AM The Berlinale Blog

Berlinale Blog: The media and movie stars

Thanks to Herr Drumpf, there's a new solidarity between reporters and movie stars. He can't decide whom he hates more. Read more

Feb 10, 2017 11:30 AM The Berlinale Blog

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. Read more

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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. Read more

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"Schild der Al-Nur-Moschee" by Martin Lindner (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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. Read more

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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! Read more


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? Read 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. Read more

Feb 21, 2016 10:00 AM The Berlinale Blog

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