My personal Berlinale Ranking - 2004

A ranking from films I saw at the Berlinale 2004.
Average Vote for the Festival: 6,48
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1.
The Other Side of the Street (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Fernanda Montenegro plays a retired woman who keeps snooping everybody in her neighborhood, until she thinks she sees an ex Secretary of Justice (Raul Cortez) commit murder and becomes a police informant. (97 mins.)
“ Section Panorama - 9/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
2.
Insatiability (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Zypcio is an idealistic heir to a large brewery in Poland. In the face of Chinese invasion threatening Eastern Europe... (125 mins.)
Director: Wiktor Grodecki
“ Section Panorama - 9/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
3.
Cold Light (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
What could be better than knowing your future? And what could be worse? A love-filled childhood abruptly ends when catastrophe descends. One that the child had foreseen yet failed to act upon. (90 mins.)
Director: Hilmar Oddsson
“ Section Panorama - 9/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
4.
Social Genocide (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After the fall of the military dictatorship in 1983, successive democratic governments launched a series... (120 mins.)
“ Berlinale Special - 8/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
5.
Mi piace lavorare (Mobbing) (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A woman comes across the difficulties of modern work: to force her to resign from her job, her firm tries all the humiliation techniques known as "mobbing". The film is based upon real cases reported by Italian unions. (89 mins.)
“ Section Panorama - 8/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
6.
First Love (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Vittorio is looking for a woman who matches his ideal. Through a classified ad he meets Sonia, a sweet... (100 mins.)
Director: Matteo Garrone
“ Competition - 8/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
7.
Lost Embrace (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In Buenos Aires, the twenty and something year old Jewish-Argentinean Ariel Makaroff has left the University... (99 mins.)
Director: Daniel Burman
“ Competition - 7/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
8.
Roads to Koktebel (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A widowed aeronautics engineer, who has lost his job, travels with his son hopping freight trains from Moscow to Koktebel... (100 mins.)
“ Forum - 7/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
9.
Your Next Life (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A fight over the calf of a prize milk cow in the close-knit and traditional Pas Valley of Cantabria... (100 mins.)
“ Competition - 7/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
10.
Polleke (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Love story in a multicultural society (94 mins.)
Director: Ineke Houtman
“ Children Section - 7/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
11.
Just Bea (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Bea is 16 and nine months, and the only one left in her crowd who yet hasn't debuted sexually. This... (86 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
“ 14plus - 7/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
12.
Love in Thoughts (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A posthumous look at the last days of Guenther's life as he, his best friend, and his sister let loose on a four-day binge of alcohol, drugs, and sex. (89 mins.)
“ Section Panorama - 6/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
13.
Campfire (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of one woman's personal battle for acceptance, but also a portrait of a political movement that has forever affected millions of lives in the Middle East. (96 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
“ Forum - 6/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
14.
Wondrous Oblivion (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Eleven-year-old David Wiseman is mad about cricket but no good at it. He has the entire kit but none of the skill... (106 mins.)
Director: Paul Morrison
“ Children Section - 6/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
15.
Auswege (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Nina Kusturica
“ Forum - 6/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
16.
20 30 40 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Three women in different stages of their lives - 20, 30, 40 - face the hardships of the female existence. (113 mins.)
Director: Sylvia Chang
“ Competition - 6/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
17.
Kick'n Rush (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
(96 mins.)
“ Section Panorama - 6/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
18.
The Story of Ermei (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A portrait of contemporary China seen through the dreams and choices of a young peasant who has accepted her fate. (115 mins.)
Director: Quan'an Wang
“ Section Panorama - 5/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
19.
Folle embellie (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Set in the summer of 1942 during WWII, the film traces the trajectory of simple people thrown into extraordinary lives... (110 mins.)
“ Forum - 4/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
20.
Hush Hush Baby (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Abdullah 'Ap' Bentarek may be happy that, unlike his Uncle Yusuf who stayed in the ancestral Moroccan mountain village... (89 mins.)
“ Section Panorama - 4/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
21.
Touch Me (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Two unemployed film school graduates, a prostitute, a handsome policeman, a mature woman and her teenage daughter. They all lead their miserable lives on the mean streets of Lódz, and try desperately to love and be loved in return. (82 mins.)
“ Forum - 1/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat