Posts tagged "Berlinale"

Berlinale: Es war einmal in Deutschland … (Bye Bye Germany)

Es war einmal in Deutschland … (Bye Bye Germany) Directed by Sam Garbarski Starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Antje Traue, Mark Ivanir, Hans Löw, Tim Seyfi, Anatole Taubman, Pal Macsai and Vaclav Jakoubek by Laura Patricia Jones Films concerning the Second World War and the Holocaust are relatively common, as are films about the aftermath of war […]

Berlinale: Barrage

Barrage Directed by Laura Schroeder Starring Lolita Chammah, Thémis Pauwels, Isabelle Huppert, Charles Müller, Elsa Houben, Marja-Leena Juncker and Luc Schiltz by Laura Patricia Jones What happens when three generations of women reunite and fall apart in one turbulent weekend? Barrage is the story of a mother who once pushed to her limits seeks to […]

Berlinale: The Dinner

The Dinner Directed by Oren Moverman Starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall and Chloë Sevigny by Laura Patricia Jones I arrived for The Dinner not sure of what to expect. I knew it was based on a bestselling book (always a good start) and had a stellar cast – Laura Linney, Rebecca […]

Berlinale 2017: International Jury

The Berlin Film Festival’s International Jury will decide who will receive the Golden and Silver Bears at the Berlinale 2017. Eighteen films are vying for the awards in this year’s Competition strand, and the winners will be announced at the Berlinale Palast on February 18th. Director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven will serve as Jury President while the other […]

Berlinale 2016

  Berlinale February 11th – 21st, 2016 Berlin, Germany by Joanna Orland In its 66th year, the Berlin International Film Festival continued its tradition of showcasing a diverse collection of films from around the world.  This year’s film festival jury was presided over by acting legend Meryl Streep who led a panel including Clive Owen […]

Berlinale: Where to Invade Next

Where to Invade Next Directed by Michael Moore by Joanna Orland More of a political comedy than a classic documentary, Michael Moore’s latest film Where to Invade Next takes a satirizing look at America and its shortcomings.  Setting aside audience expectations, this film does not focus on American military critique, but rather it’s a travelogue […]

Berlinale: Things to Come ( L’avenir )

Things to Come (L’avenir) Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve Starring Isabelle Huppert and Roman Kolinka by Joanna Orland Mia Hansen-Løve was awarded the Berlinale 2016 Silver Bear Award for directing Things to Come (L’avenir), the story of an older woman who must start her life anew.  A philosophical approach to the plight of the modern aging […]

Berlinale: Maggie’s Plan

Maggie’s Plan Directed by Rebecca Miller Starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader, Maya Rudoloph and Julianne Moore by Joanna Orland Greta Gerwig can often be seen playing a certain type of character, fraught with self-imposed drama going through one personal crisis after another.  Maggie is a more mature version of Gerwig’s quintessential character, a […]

Berlinale: The Commune ( Kollektivet )

The Commune (Kollektivet) Directed by Thomas Vinterberg Starring Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen and Lars Ranthe by Joanna Orland At the heart of The Commune is the story of a woman who seemingly has it all yet wants more.  When that more is introduced, her life unravels as does her […]

Berlinale: Goat

Goat Directed by Andrew Neel Starring Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Danny Flaherty, Gus Halper and James Franco by Joanna Orland Ben Schnetzer is an actor that comes around only once in a generation.  A chameleon in every one of his film roles and an actor that can extract empathy from his audience with seemingly little effort.  […]