The Exberlinale Blog: Traumatic encounters

David Mouriquand rounds up two documentaries and a stirring drama, all dealing with the multifaceted topic of trauma. Read more

Feb 12, 2019 4:41 PM The Berlinale Blog


Seamus Murphy

The Exberlinale Blog: Zombies before Polly

Several films this year deal with the topic of musical creativity and inspiration, including PJ Harvey doc A Dog Called Money, Système K, as well as the Generations section’s opening film, We Are Little Zombies. Read more

Feb 9, 2019 4:30 PM The Berlinale Blog

INTERVIEW! Ian Bonhôte on his devastating documentary about late fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen. McQueen is on in Berlin cinemas on Nov 29. Read more


INTERVIEW! Controversial pop star M.I.A. has always flipped negatives to positives. Can she do the same for the documentary she initially lambasted? Steve Loveridge's Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. hits Berlin cinemas November 22. Read more


DokuArts considers artistic creation in all its forms Oct 4-21 at Zeughauskino. Read more


Dublin Doc Fest is hitting the road and coming to Berlin for the first time on Apr 18 at Moviemento. film-fest-founder Tess Motherway to discuss curation, documentary filmmaking and gender parity in the film industry. Read more


Exberlinale Interview: Taming the megalomaniac

INTERVIEW! Our critic sits down with director Philipp Jedicke to discuss Shut Up And Play The Piano, his slick portrait of larger-than-life musician / provocateur Chilly Gonzales. Read more

Feb 24, 2018 2:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

The Exberlinale Blog: The Generation game

Today we're singing the praises of the festival's youth strand and a Guy Maddin oddity. Read more

Feb 21, 2018 2:00 PM , The Berlinale Blog

INTERVIEW! Canadian filmmaker Jo-Anne Velin on her documentary "The Picture of the Day", about the residents of town of Trögltz, site of the infamous 2015 arson attack on a refugee shelter. The film screens tonight, 8pm at the Kulturbrauerei Kino. Read more


OUT NOW! WHEN PAUL CAME OVER THE SEA offers a fresh perspective on the migrant crisis through the eyes of Paul, a Cameroonian refugee. Read more


OUT NOW! Escape your landlocked Berlin summer with Tristan Ferland Milewski's DREAM BOAT, a colourful, engaging account of a European gay cruise. Read more


OUT NOW! In a companion piece to "Out in East Berlin", director Jochen Hick skilfully documents the growth of the gay rights scene in West Berlin. "My Wonderful West Berlin" starts June 29. Read more


The Berlinale Blog: Knocking on heaven's door

INTERVIEW! Showing in the Generation section, Almost Heaven is an eye-opening and heart-warming documentary about a young Chinese morgue worker. I had a quick chat with British director Carol Salter... Read more

Feb 16, 2017 3:30 PM The Berlinale Blog

The Berlinale Blog: Packing a punch

Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro packs a punch and pyscho-thriller Berlin Syndrome fails to impress on Day 7 of the Berlinale... Read more

Feb 15, 2017 12:15 PM The Berlinale Blog

The Berlinale Blog: Ditch the sculptor and make a pact

The Competition offers up its only documentary; thank the stars the Panorama section is there to redeem Day 6. Read more

Feb 14, 2017 7:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

One of the most reliably compelling shindigs in the Berlin film calendar is back for a landmark 10th instalment, under the moniker “Essaydox” and with video essays on the mind. Opening with "Notes on Blindness", it runs Oct 6-23 at Zeughauskino. Read more


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. Read more

Feb 18, 2016 4:45 PM 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. Read more

Feb 17, 2016 6:00 PM The Berlinale Blog



The Berlinale Blog: Blowing the Competition out of the water

Day three offers two documentaries: Competition-selected Fuocoammare (Fire At Sea) and Forum’s Tempestad. One appears to be angling for an award; the other poetically and quietly mesmerizes. Proof that one shouldn’t neglect the Forum section... Read more

Feb 13, 2016 5:00 PM The Berlinale Blog

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