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Gleaming as ever like some kind of well armed brushed-metal action figure, Paul Verhoeven's 1987 RoboCop continues to reflect striking truths amid daft action. Although now considered a sci-fi classic, one can be forgiven for initially assuming a certain b-movie disposability about it. The premise sounds as hokey as it's title: Straight arrow police officer Murphy (a note-perfect Peter Weller), after transferring in to crime-ridden near-future Detroit, is promptly killed, then resurrected as RoboCop. "Part man, part machine, all cop!," as the famous tag line goes. There is, of course, far more to it than that. Ideas of changing corporate culture, corporate takeover, media consumption, and humanity’s continuing intermingling with technology are thematically forefront. These notions are played with a dark humor and a smart...
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The first time I went to the Berlin Film Festival, the city was existentially cold, cottoned in fog, and grayer than “Wings of Desire.” And I loved it. I had just been laid off and my personal life was mired in one of those brutally unsolicited periods of self-reflection, so a jet-lagged week in the grim heart of Europe was just what the doctor ordered.
That was the year of titles like “Boyhood,” the frigid Chinese neo-noir “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” and an Estonian drama about a film critic who loses his newspaper job — and then his mind — after filing a two-word review of “The Tree of Life.” (“Fuck you.”) I bundled up and walked by the Reichstag, spent a few nights on the east side of town, and tried most of the brews at the House of 100 Beers, a flavorless, three-tiered tourist trap near the center of the festival »
- David Ehrlich
From an editing perspective, there couldn’t be two films more different than Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and his “La La Land.” While both feature musical performances, “La La Land” is anchored by gliding, well-choreographed musical numbers, while “Whiplash” is driven by hard-pounding percussive cutting, for which editor Tom Cross won the Oscar for Best Editing.
“The thing with ‘Whiplash’ is we could always point to needing to keep up a certain amount of brutality and tension and suspense and velocity,” said editor Tom Cross who, along with Damien Chazelle, was recently a guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast. “We didn’t really have that to fall back on with ‘La La Land.'”
Although “Whiplash” features more cutting, according to Chazelle editing the film was a fairly straightforward process. »
- Chris O'Falt
Isabelle Huppert and the feline star of Elle: 'The cat was right there in the opening scene and those eyes in close-up might even have been a symbol of Verhoeven watching the scene. He was so well-trained and he did 12 takes perfectly' Photo: Unifrance
Elle star Isabelle Huppert reigns as the art house queen - doyenne of glacial heroines who nurse dark deeds in the deepest recesses of their hearts and minds. She also relishes the chance to do comedy and if there was a suitable action part lurking somewhere she might well be interested. She’s won awards by the mile - none more so that in the last few months when her profile has never been higher.
When we meet in Paris at the Unifrance Rendez-vous in January she has just returned from the Golden Globes, where she scored best actress for Paul Verhoeven’s film, described intriguingly as a rape-revenge comedy. »
- Richard Mowe
Isabelle Huppert in Werner Schroeter's MalinaFresh off the triumph of her Golden Globe win and Oscar nomination for her performance in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (2016), the French actress Isabelle Huppert is, at 63 and four decades into her career, starting to reap major American award season appreciation. The Golden Globe was a surprise win, but to those who are familiar with her work, it’s well-deserved. Her accumulation of critical acclaim and European awards has garnered her the title of the “French Meryl Streep,” but her career’s variety, international scope and pure nerve outstrip even Streep’s. “Fearless” could be the most commonly used descriptor applied to Huppert, who is known to take on roles that other major actresses won’t go near: insanity, depravity, crime, and other controversial subject matter are Huppert hallmarks. However, it’s not merely the nature of her characters that sets her apart, it »
A successful Oscar season is wrapping up, as multiple contenders from the specialty world continuing their long runs. Last out of the gate is Documentary Feature contender “I Am Not Your Negro” (Magnolia) which is rapidly expanding far beyond most similar nominees in an era when most documentaries do not play outside their Oscar-qualifying theatrical runs.
Among limited films, the new releases are mainly niche items without high expectations, and will add little in upcoming weeks. However, strong new Los Angeles dates on the second week of cat documentary “Kedi” (Oscilloscope) showed that its big New York opening was no fluke.
Everybody Loves Somebody (Lionsgate) – Metacritic: 74; Festivals include: Palm Springs 2017
$1,000,000 in 333 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $3,003,000
The second 2017 release from Lionsgate’s Mexico producing partner Pantelion is a rom-com with a rare female director for this commercial general (mostly Latino) audience. Bilingual, it centers on an Los Angeles-based »
- Tom Brueggemann
The Berlinale has always had a reputation as a festival that takes its politics seriously, but this year the politics were bound to be a little more urgent than usual. This was, after all, the first A-list European festival to happen since the Trump inauguration. As competition jury member Diego Luna, the Mexican star of Rogue One, pointed out: “There’s no better place to send a message than Berlin” – a city that knows its fair share about the futility of walls.
The jury – headed by director Paul Verhoeven and including Maggie Gyllenhaal and artist Olafur Eliasson – may or may not choose the most political films in contention, but they will have noticed how many films seemed »
- Jonathan Romney
A certain mutant send-off may have gotten the most global attention out of the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, but if one retracts their claws, some of the finest in major international cinema comes into focus. Ahead of our picks of the best of the festival, the jury has delivered their awards.
Led by Paul Verhoeven, the jury made up of Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, Olafur Eliasson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Jentsch, Diego Luna, and Wang Quan’an gave the Hungarian drama On Body and Soul the top prize of Golden Bear, while Aki Kaurismäki picked up Best Director for The Other Side of Hope and Kim Min-hee earned Best Actress for her latest Hong Sang-soo collaboration On The Beach At Night Alone.
Check out the winners below (with a hat tip to Deadline) along with links to reviews where available. One can also see our full coverage here.
Golden Bear for Best »
- Jordan Raup
The 67th Berlin International Film Festival has come to a close, and winners have been selected for top prizes. The international jury this year included president Paul Verhoeven, Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, Olafur Eliasson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Jentsch, Diego Luna, and Wang Quan’an.
Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Berlinale Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
Check out the full list below:
*Golden Bear for Best Film:
“Testről és lélekről” (“On Body and Soul”)
Producers: Monika Mécs, András Muhi, Ernő Mesterházy
*Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
by Alain Gomis
*Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize
*Silver Bear for Best Director
for “Toivon tuolla puolen” (“The Other Side of Hope”)
*Silver Bear for Best Actress
in “Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja” (“On the Beach at Night Alone”)
by Hong Sang-soo
*Silver Bear for Best Actor
- William Earl
On Body And Soul took home the Golden Bear Photo: Courtesy Of the Berlin Film Festival
Hungarian drama On Body And Soul (Testrol es lelkrol), directed by Ildiko Enyedi's, won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin Film Festival tonight.
The offbeat love story, set in a slaughterhouse, had earlier taken a Fipresci critics prize and two other accolades from the independent juries.
The Silver Bear grand jury prize went to Alain Gomis's Kinshasa-set drama Félicité and the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives went to Agnieszka Holland's Spoor.
- Amber Wilkinson
Update 11.58Am Pt: Hungarian drama On Body and Soul has picked up the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 67th Berlin Film Festival. The love story, which is set in a slaughterhouse in Budapest, is written and directed by Ildiko Enyedi. It follows two damaged souls who develop a spiritual kinship with one another. Berlin Jury President Paul Verhoeven said that the entire jury “fell in love with this movie,” which is largely about fears, inhibitions and opening up to… »
On Body and SoulThe Notebook's Giovanni Marchini Camia has been covering the Berlin International Film Festival since its opening day, with additional help from Neil Bahadur and Christopher Small and more coverage to come. The 2017 awards have just been announced from a jury consisting of Paul Verhoeven (Jury President), Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, Olafur Eliasson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Jentsch, Diego Luna and Wang Quan'an.Golden BEAROn Body and Soul (Ildikó Enyedi)Silver Bear Grand Jury PRIZEFélicité (Alain Gomes)Alfred Bauer PRIZESpoor (Agnieszka Holland)Best DIRECTORAki Kaurismäki (The Other Side of Hope)reviewBEST ACTRESSKim Min-hee (On the Beach at Night Alone)review | director interviewBEST ACTORGeorg Friedrich (Bright Nights)Best SCRIPTSebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza (A Fantastic Woman)Outstanding Artistic CONTRIBUTIONEditor Dana Bunescu, Ana, mon amour (Cãlin Peter Netzer) »
Set in a Budapest slaughterhouse, the tender love story follows the burgeoning romance between a shy young women and her similarly quiet older boss as the two discover that they have the same dreams at night.
The international jury, headed by Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, handed out prizes far and wide, awarding a broad range of international works.
Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis’ Kinshasa-based drama “Félicité,” about a strongly independent and passionate singer in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa who is forced to raise money for her son’s operation, won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.
Berlin Film Review: ‘On Body and Soul’
- Ed Meza
With final Academy Award voting coming to an end on Tuesday February 21st, it seems like a good time to champion what has been the most honored performance of the year, and which, if voters are looking in the right place, should be crowned on Oscar Sunday. The race for the Best Actress statuette has been fierce this awards season, but the one actress that has come out on top in more occasions than any other is Isabelle Huppert. For her role in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” the revered French icon has earned her first-ever Oscar nomination, and there is no one that deserves to win more than she does. In case there is any doubt that Huppert is at the top of her craft and should be recognized, here are five reasons why “the greatest actress working today” should take home the coveted statuette.
She Gave the Best Performance »
- Carlos Aguilar
Update With Key Speeches: Hungarian title On Body And Soul takes best film; Aki Kaurismaki, Sebastian Lelio among winners; Insyriated and I Am Not Your Negro scoop Panorama audience awards; 2018 festival dates revealed.
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Ildikò Enyedi’s Hungarian feature On Body and Soul - the unusual love story of two damaged souls trying to make contact in a harsh world - was the big winner on the night taking home the Golden Bear for best film in the Competition as well as the Ecumenical and Fipresci juries’ prizes for best film in the Official Competition and the Berliner Morgenpost Readers’ Award.
Enyedi’s film - which is handled internationally by Berlin-based sales agent Films Boutique and had been hotly tipped for the Golden Bear - is »
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The golden and silver bears are being handed out for the 67th Berlin Film Festival; Insyriated and I Am Not Your Negro scoop Panorama audience awards; 2018 festival dates revealed.
The awards ceremony for the 67th Berlin Film Festival is taking place tonight (18 Feb). Follow the event’s live stream here from 6pm GMT (7pm Cet) and below for live updates.
The international jury comprised Paul Verhoeven (director), Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (producer), Olafur Eliasson (artist), Maggie Gyllenhaal (actress), Julia Jentsch (actress), Diego Luna (actor) and Wang Quan’an (director).
The Panorama and Generation sections have already revealed winners including Insyriated and I Am Not Your Negro. Scroll down for winners in additional sections.
The Berlinale also announced its 2018 dates: February 15 - 25, which is one week later than this year’s edition.
The full list of Berlin 2017 winnersGolden Bear for Best Film
Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
Silver Bear for Best Director
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- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
It’s a weird time to be at a film festival. If sitting in the dark to watch a movie for two hours can feel a lot like burying your head in the sand, then devoting 10 days to doing nothing else can feel a lot like blinding yourself just so you don’t have to see what’s going on outside.
But Diego Luna doesn’t see it that way. The “Rogue One” star is deeply concerned about the state of things, but he insists that going to a festival — particularly one that gathers together artists from dozens upon dozens of countries around the world — can be an even more invaluable experience during times of crisis. So when the Berlin International Film Festival — aka the Berlinale — invited him to serve on the Competition jury at this year’s fest, Luna couldn’t have been happier to accept.
IndieWire caught up with the actor between screenings, »
- David Ehrlich
Starting today at 11:30Am Et/8:30Am Pt, you can watch a live stream of the Berlinale press conference featuring the cast and crew of “Logan.” Filmmaker James Mangold is expected to attend the conference, as well as various cast members, including Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart.
The latest film in the ever-spinning X-Men franchise is debuting out of competition at the festival. It will hit theaters on March 2.
Read More: Paul Verhoeven to Serve as Berlin Film Festival Jury President
Per the film’s official synopsis, “In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.”
You can find the full list of live stream options for the run of the festival right here, »
- Kate Erbland
Isabelle Huppert (Courtesy: Getty Images)
By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“On the one hand they are extremely close to me, and on the other hand they have nothing to do with me,” the actress Isabelle Huppert says of the many characters that she’s played, as we sit down at the San Ysidro Ranch near Santa Barbara to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. The Frenchwoman — an Oscar nominee for the first time, at the age of 63, for her portrayal of a rape survivor in Paul Verhoeven‘s 2016 French-language drama Elle — continues, “I have nothing to do with this woman from Elle who runs a video game company — I don’t even know myself how to work my computer — so I’m completely far from the character. I’m not a philosophy teacher [as in Things to Come, her other 2016 film], I never killed my father or my mother [as in 1978’s Violette], so I have »
- Carson Blackwelder
Acting in films since her teens, Isabelle Huppert is one of France's most established talents, and shows no signs of slowing down. Almost unbelievably, for the muse of Michael Haneke and the late Claude Chabrol, this is the first time she has been nominated for an Oscar. From the moment it premiered in Cannes in May, Paul Verhoeven's provocative Elle seemed destined to set Huppert on the awards circuit—she now sports a Golden Globe and myriad Best Actress prizes from… »
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