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20. February 2017

What is Love?

What is being loved? And where is the line between that and sex? These are the questions been asked of the three characters in “Close

18. February 2017

A Journey between Heaven and Earth: “Almost Heaven”

A tender coming-of-age documentary about young undertakers at a funeral home in Hunan Province. Like many teenagers who have to move to urban areas for

17. February 2017

“A Feeling Greater Than Love”.. Between Lebanon’s past and present

One of the generally permanent roles of Cinema and Documentary Film, in particular, is connecting the past to the present. Searching through the past generations’ log books …

16. February 2017

Berlinale tidbits: Day 7

Cinema for kids, a series from Berlin, a platform for African filmmakers. Impressions from the seventh day of the Festival.

16. February 2017

What do the pictures tell us?

There have always been “hybrid” documentaries, but at this year’s Berlinale they are especially prominent. Of course, it is difficult to clearly define the concept: not only …

16. February 2017

Yesterday’s Spain stands before the mirror

In „La Reina de España“ („The Queen of Spain“), veteran director Fernando Trueba portrays a country on the cusp of opening itself up to the world following …

15. February 2017

#Berlinale17: Wolves & Revolutionaries

2016 was a great Berlinale year. Meryl Streep as opinionated jury president, a George Clooney-starring new Coen brothers film as opener, and Fassbinder-cum-Hollywood cinematographer Michael Ballhaus as …

15. February 2017

A “Boys’ Club” where gender equality simply isn’t an issue

Once again, the international film world will be all about bears for the next ten days, as the Berlinale 2017 has begun. Films from around the world …

14. February 2017

Hot Jazz and Scalding History

The first sounds in Django arise, unsurprisingly, from a guitar; however the sight accompanying the jaunty strummed refrains proves far from harmonious. As gypsies gather in a …

13. February 2017

Berlinale-Blogger 2017

About the Project Berlin will be playing host to the world of film when the 67th Berlinale comes to town from 9 to 19 February 2017. On …

17. February 2016

Between Burma and China Midi Z’s “City of Jade” and Wang Bing’s “Ta’ang”

„Ta’ang“ | Director: Wang Bing, © Asian Shadows Both under the context of the fight between Burmese government army and Kachin independence army, the director Midi …

15. February 2016

Hou Hsiao-hsien Frenzy in Berlin: World Premiere of the restored version of “Daughter of the Nile”

Film “Daughter of the Nile” | © Taiwan Film Institute With a Hou Hsiao-hsien retrospective and Berlinale’s world premiere of the restored version of “Daughter of the …