First Trailer For Berlin Golden Bear Winner BLACK COAL, THIN ICE

Diao Yinan's Black Coal, Thin Ice, the biggest surprise of this year's Berlinale, finally gets its first Chinese-language trailer. The film basically came out of nowhere and won two major awards at the festival - Golden Bear for Best Film... More »
  

Diao Yinan's BLACK COAL, THIN ICE Leads Berlin 2014 Winners

Black Coal, Thin Ice - a mainland Chinese murder mystery from director Diao Yinan (Night Train) - has won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as the Silver Bear for Best Actor... More »
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Looks Spectacular, But Story Fails

In the 21st century, how is one to present a fairy tale? There are stories ripe with opportunity to create great visual, frequently with lots of action, but the stereotyping, themes, and gender representation can be a bit tricky in... More »
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: ALOFT Doesn't Quite Soar

The sense of touch can be tricky to convey in film. A filmmaker must rely upon visually accurate information in order for the spectator to 'feel' the sensation. Touch is very prominent in director and writer Claudia Llosa's Aloft, how... More »
  

Trailer For Sex-Fueled iPhone Movie HOOKED UP

Toronto-based outfit Raven Banner have acquired world sales rights to Hooked Up, the first feature film to be shot entirely on an iPhone. This is also the first feature film for the director, Pablo Larcuen. Prior to this feature debut, Larcuen... More »
  

Berlinale 2014: Laying Bare The NYMPHOMANIAC Director's Cut

Lars von Trier swore a vow of silence after his controversial remarks at 2011's Cannes Film Festival. You may recall him comparing himself, tongue firmly in cheek, to a Nazi during the Melancholia press conference and the whole thing... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: SPROUT's Short and Sweet Seoul Odyssey

A little girl's trip to the market becomes a charming journey through modern Korea in Yoon Ga-eun's delightful short film Sprout, which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival last October. Korean indie cinema often makes a point of demonstrating... More »
  

Drafthouse Films Acquires Nick Cave Doc 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

Drafthouse Films have purchased the North American rights for the documentary 20,000 Days On Earth, a film about a fictional day in the life of musician Nick Cave. The film was the feature debut of visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane... More »
  

Berlinale 2014: Exclusive Photo From Serial Killer Drama BLACK COAL, THIN ICE

Heading soon to its world premiere in a competition slot at the 2014 Berlinale, Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo) follows "a down-and-out detective and his successful protégée who reunite to tackle a cold case and catch a... More »
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: HISTORY OF FEAR Is Brooding, Atmospheric, And Glacially Slow

History of Fear is set in an unnamed Argentine suburb, an idyllic community where rich families' vast estates are bordered on every side by barbwire fences and imposing gates. The presumed effect is to keep the people inside safe, but... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY Proves Middlebrow Is Timeless

They've been making movies like The Two Faces of January since before they made movies. A graying man, his blonde haired bride, and the younger man who comes between them. Crime and chase amidst sun dappled vistas. Cops and con... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Jonas Arnby's WHEN ANIMALS DREAM Picked Up By Radius-TWC For U.S.

It was only the beginning of last week when we first drew your attention to Danish filmmaker Jonas Arnby's feature debut, When Animals Dream. Now, news out of Berlin via Variety is that Radius-TWC, the genre arm of The Weinstein... More »
  

Spanish Exorcism Horror ASMODEXIA Goes To Raven Banner

News out of Berlin today is that Toronto-based Raven Banner has acquired the international rights to Marc Carreté's debut feature, the exorcism horror film Asmodexia. Carreté has written and directed two short films prior to Asmodexia. He wrote this first feature... More »
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, An Ode To Joy

Regrettably, Beethoven got there first. In another world, The Grand Budapest Hotel, a celebration of wit and style and class, an example of a technical master working at the top of his craft, a work as warm and genuinely funny... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: THE MIDNIGHT AFTER, Fruit Chan's Maddening Pop-Art Apocalypse

It should have been clear as soon as the title, "Based on the novel by PIZZA", rolled onscreen. Fruit Chan's The Midnight After was sure to be loopy, irreverent and a rare kind of crazy. And it was! But... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: Subdued Yet Powerful, NIGHT FLIGHT Soars

LeeSong Hee-il returns to Berlin a year after White Night (2012) with his fourth feature Night Flight. While his last film was a subdued but powerful work about lingering memories of homophobia in modern Seoul, his new film is his... More »
  

Watch The Impressive Trailer For Berlin Selected Crime Drama THE INNOCENTS

Selected as part of the upcoming Berlinale, Oskar Sulowski's half hour crime drama The Innocents has released its first trailer and it's an impressive bit of work.While his mother is on the road as a drug courier from the Netherlands... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

JUNE, Starring THE WALKING DEAD's Kennedy Brice, Picked Up By Raven Banner

Raven Banner Entertainment has acquired worldwide sales rights for the upcoming horror flick June. They will be selling the film at the upcoming European Film Market during Berlinale. June stars The Walking Dead's Kennedy Brice. The film will be directed... More »
  

Dante Lam, Fruit Chan, Vietnamese SciFi And A Whole Lot More Added To The Berlin Lineup!

The 2014 Berlinale just got a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more interesting with the complete lineups for the Panorama section and the Berlin Specials announced today. Given that the Panorama includes That Demon Within by Dante Lam,... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Christophe Gans' BEAUTY AND THE BEAST And Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD Added To Berlin Fest Lineup

High-profile titles, including the latest from Christophe Gans (Beauty and the Beast), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Yamada Yoji (The Little House), and Hans Petter Moland (In Order of Disappearance) have been added to the lineup for the rapidly-approaching Berlin International Film... More »
  
 
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