My personal Berlinale Ranking - 2006

A ranking from films I saw at the Berlinale 2006.
Average Vote for the Festival: 5,96
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1.
Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A woman and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Balkan war. (90 mins.)
Director: Jasmila Zbanic
“ Competition - 9/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
2.
Offside (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums. (93 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
“ Competition - 9/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
3.
I Am (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A self-reliable 11-year-old boy runs away from children's home to be with his dysfunctional mother. She doesn't want him back so he starts living on an old barge. (93 mins.)
“ Children Section - 9/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
4.
Little Red Flowers (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young boy starting school for the first time struggles to fit in to a strictly regimented society in in post-revolutionary China. (92 mins.)
Director: Yuan Zhang
“ Section Panorama - 9/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
5.
The Collector (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Lucjan Bohme is a ruthless debt collector working in a post-industrial Silesian town. In the land of unemployment and misery, he's got a lot of work and no mercy at all. Until something happens. (100 mins.)
Director: Feliks Falk
“ Section Panorama - 8/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
6.
Candy (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair. (116 mins.)
Director: Neil Armfield
“ Competition - 8/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
7.
37 Uses for a Dead Sheep (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
To preserve their culture, the Pamir Kirghiz people have migrated across Central Asia from the U.S.S.R to China to Afghanistan to Pakistan and finally to remote eastern Turkey, but now they face the most serious threat to their traditions, globalization. (84 mins.)
Director: Ben Hopkins
“ Forum - 8/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
8.
Naming Number Two (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A matriarch organizes a feast with her family, in which she will name her successor. (94 mins.)
Director: Toa Fraser
“ Section Panorama - 8/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
9.
Men at Work (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A political allegory on four middle-class guys who pile into their car for a ski weekend. A brief stop at a picturesque vista leads to their chance discovery of a prominent rock formation it seems would be oh so easy to tip over, but... (75 mins.)
Director: Mani Haghighi
“ Forum - 7/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
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“ Forum - 7/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
11.
Big River (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(104 mins.)
“ Forum - 7/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
12.
Quatre étoiles (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Franssou, a charming Parisian English teacher, who shares part of her life with a boring middle-aged lover... (106 mins.)
“ Section Panorama - 7/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
13.
Close to Home (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Rebellious and outgoing Smadar can't stand types like Mirit. Mirit, introverted and frightened, keeps away from the likes of Smadar... (98 mins.)
“ Forum - 6/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
14.
Barakat! (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Set amidst the civil war of Algeria in the 1990s, Enough! is the story of two women. Emel is a Westerner whose husband, a journalist, is missing - perhaps kidnapped or even killed for articles he's written. (95 mins.)
“ Forum - 6/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
15.
It's Winter (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The struggle to survive, for a generation, torn between wanting to leave its country, yet bound by blood to home. (86 mins.)
Director: Rafi Pitts
“ Competition - 6/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
16.
Happy as One (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Drama "in the improvisational style of Andreas Dresen or Mike Leigh" about three drifted apart sisters (Meret Becker, Stephanie Stappenbeck and Heidrun Bartholomäus) finding back together after the death of their mother. (97 mins.)
Director: Vanessa Jopp
“ Section Panorama - 6/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
17.
1:1 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In a Copenhagen suburb the 19-year-old Per is found unconscious after having been badly beaten up. He is taken to hospital in a coma... (92 mins.)
“ Section Panorama - 6/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
18.
Love Sick (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Love. It just happens. No rules. It may look sick, but it's deep and it hurts. For everyone, Alex and Kiki are just good friends. They happen to be two girls experiencing another kind of love. For their family, Kiki and Sandu are sister and brother who sometimes fight. They happen to be lovers. Love Sick is about their stories. (86 mins.)
Director: Tudor Giurgiu
“ Section Panorama - 4/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
19.
The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The life of Bettie Page, a 1950s pin-up model and one of the first sex icons in America, who became the target of a Senate investigation due to her risqué bondage photos. (91 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
“ Section Panorama - 4/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
20.
Babooska (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
(100 mins.)
“ Forum - 4/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
21.
House of Sand (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A woman is taken along with her mother in 1910 to a far-away desert by her husband, and after his passing, is forced to spend the next 59 years of her life hopelessly trying to escape it. (115 mins.)
“ Section Panorama - 3/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
22.
The Proposition (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother. (104 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
“ Section Panorama - 3/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
23.
The Red Cockatoo (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A coming-of-age story set in Germany in the 1960s. Siggi becomes involved in a love triangle when he falls for Luise, but the tightening political climate forces him to make a fateful decision. (128 mins.)
Director: Dominik Graf
“ Section Panorama - 3/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
24.
Absolute Wilson (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
From director, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, a provocative and moving documentary on the life and work of Robert Wilson... (105 mins.)
“ Section Panorama - 3/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
25.
Lucy (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(93 mins.)
Director: Henner Winckler
“ Forum - 3/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
26.
De particulier à particulier (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
After 10 years and two children together, Philippe and Marion, finally decide to take a honeymoon Holiday in Venice... (95 mins.)
Director: Brice Cauvin
“ Forum - 2/10 ” - dziwnytenswiat