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19 items from 2016


Film Review: ‘The Have-Nots’

3 July 2016 1:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Perhaps it’s inevitable that the reach of Florian Hoffmeister’s feature debut “The Have-Nots” somewhat exceeds its grasp. This is a film that attempts little less than to make a grand statement on the disaffection of an entire young, upwardly mobile, international generation in the wake of the seismic existential shock that was 9/11, even working in allusions to World War II. It’s actually more remarkable that Hoffmeister comes fairly close at times to fulfilling such gargantuan ambitions, in the form of a modest, black-and-white relationship drama. Based on Katharina Hacker’s award-winning novel of the same title (“Die Habenichtse”), and distinguished by two quietly credible performances in challenging central roles, “The Have-Nots” deserves praise for revealing an often transparent truth: that the ties that bind us to each other are irrevocably  influenced by events over which we have no control. In short, this world can drive you mad, »

- Jessica Kiang

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Cannes: Medienboard Reception at the Grand Hotel (Photo Gallery)

17 May 2016 2:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin funding agency Medienboard hosted a cocktail reception on May 14 to celebrate the films it funded that feature in the festival program. These include competition films Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” and Bruno Dumont’s “Ma Loute.” Ade is the first female German director to have a film vying for the Palme d’Or since Margarethe von Trotta with “Paura e amore” in 1988.

Medienboard also backed Mehmet Can Mertoglu’s Critics’ Week film “Album” and Jonathan Littell’s documentary “Wrong Elements,” which is a Special Screenings.

Constantin’s Thorsten Koch and Martin Moszkowicz, Daniel Brühl, Oliver Berben of Moovie, and Katrin Berben (Photo: Courtesy of Medienboard)

Medienboard chief Kirsten Niehuus and Berlinale festival head Dieter Kosslick

Actors Julia Jentsch (“24 Weeks”) and Daniel Brühl (“Captain America: Civil War”) meet again in Cannes for the first time since Hans Weingartner’s “The Edukators” played in Cannes Competition in 2004

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- Leo Barraclough

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The Conversation: Das ist Berlin

22 February 2016 10:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Berlin International Film Festival continued to challenge expectations in its 66th edition, landing another auteur heavy competition line-up, albeit a slightly less sensational one than the landmark 2015 program. Although an attempt continues to be made to establish grand motifs between films in competition and the more experimental sidebars, topical issues seemed to be the name of the game across the board, particularly immigration. This culminated with this year’s Golden Bear winner, Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea, a documentary which was the clear early favorite and remained so up until the awards ceremony. Rosi has now won two major film festivals with his documentary work (previously taking home the top prize at Venice 2013 for Sacro Gra), and further solidifies an argument for the Cannes Film Festival to follow suit and allow documentary titles to play in the main competition. Berlin notably had two documentaries in the main competition this year, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Berlinale ’16: Paul’s Top Ten From This Year’s Festival

20 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I’ve been in Berlin for nearly ten days now and this year’s festival is coming to a close. We’ve covered tons of movies, attended a bunch of press conferences, mingled with Meryl (well, nearly), and met a whole bunch of cool people from around the world.

Ahead of tonight’s main awards, which will see Meryl Streep and her jury hand out awards to the best film, the best actress, best actor etc, via Silver/ Golden Bears, I thought I’d recount my top ten movies from Berlinale. They are, of course, not definitive in any way; its just my opinion.

We’ll bring you news of the main awards as they are announced later this evening.

10. Goat – Dir. Andrew Neel

I saw this late one night, actually at its Panorama premiere. An intense drama from the Us, fresh from Sundance, that features a breakthrough performance from Nick Jonas. »

- Paul Heath

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Variety Presents ‘Ten Europeans to Watch’ at Medienboard Reception in Berlin

17 February 2016 12:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety presented the participants of its “10 Europeans to Watch” program at a reception held by Berlin funding agency Medienboard, which is headed by Kirsten Niehuus and Helge Jürgens. Brad Furman, director of “The Infiltrator,” introduced the up-and-coming directors, actors and actresses at the event, which took place on Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Berlin.

During the event a ceremony was held to mark the box office success of comedy “Suck Me Shakespeer 2,” due to which the production company Constantin repaid the 760,000 Euros ($849,000) of funding that it had received from Medienboard. The cast, including star Elyas M’Barek and Karoline Herfurth, producer Lena Schömann, and Constantin film chief Martin Moszkowicz presented the check to Niehuus.

Among the guests at the party were “Berlin Station” actors Richard Armitage and Richard Jenkins, “Babylon Berlin” showrunner Tom Tykwer, his writer-director team of Achim von Borries and Hendrik Handloegten, “Bridge of Spies” actor Sebastian Koch, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin: Golden Bear contender '24 Weeks' scores deals

17 February 2016 12:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Beta Cinema inks deals, including Germany, on competition drama.

Beta Cinema has closed a string of deals on hard-hitting Berlin competition drama 24 Weeks.

Following a competitive situation in Germany, writer-director Anne Zohra Berrached’s second feature was snapped up by Neue Visionen in an all rights deal.

Deals have also closed in Benelux (September Films), Poland (Aurora Films), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), Turkey (Filmarti), Ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery Films), Hungary (Cirko), Columbia (Cineplex), Taiwan (Swallow Wings), China (Lemon Tree Entertainment) and Korea (JinJin Pictures).

Deals are pending in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and France.

24 Weeks stars celebrated German actress Julia Jentsch, who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress in the Oscar-nominated Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, and was produced by zero one, the outfit behind Toronto drama The People Vs. Fritz Bauer.

The story follows cabaret performer Astrid (Jentsch), who when six months pregnant learns that her unborn child will be severely disabled. She and her »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Buyers flock to Berlinale drama '24 Weeks'

17 February 2016 12:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Beta Cinema inks deals, including Germany, on competition drama.

Beta Cinema has closed a string of deals on had-hitting Berlin competition drama 24 Weeks.

Following a competitive situation in Germany, writer-director Anne Zohra Berrached’s second feature was snapped up by Neue Visionen in an all rights deal.

Deals have also closed in Benelux (September Films), Poland (Aurora Films), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), Turkey (Filmarti), Ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery Films), Hungary (Cirko), Columbia (Cineplex), Taiwan (Swallow Wings), China (Lemon Tree Entertainment) and Korea (JinJin Pictures).

Deals are pending in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and France.

24 Weeks stars celebrated German actress Julia Jentsch, who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress in the Oscar-nominated Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, and was produced by zero one, the outfit behind Toronto drama The People Vs. Fritz Bauer.

The story follows cabaret performer Astrid (Jentsch), who when six months pregnant learns that her unborn child will be severely disabled. She and her »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Daily | Berlinale 2016 Diary #4

15 February 2016 2:39 PM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Reviewed in today's Berlinale Diary: Heiner Carow's The Journey to Sundevit; Ted Fendt's Short Stay with Meaghan Lydon, Marta Sicinksa and Mike Maccherone; André Téchiné's Being 17, co-written with Céline Sciamma and starring Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila and Alexis Loret; Ivo M. Ferreira's Letters from War with Miguel Nunes, Margarida Vila-Nova, Ricardo Pereira, João Pedro Vaz and João Pedro Mamede; Philip Scheffner's Havarie; Anne Zohra Berrached's 24 Weeks with Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske and Maria Dragus; and Rachid Bouchareb's Road to Istanbul with Astrid Whettnall, Pauline Burlet, Patricia Ide and Abel Jafri. » - David Hudson »

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Berlinale ’16: 24 Weeks review

14 February 2016 9:54 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

24 Weeks review: A brave, important, emotionally charged drama from Germany. A Berlinale highlight featuring a stand-out performance by home-grown actress Julia Jentsch.

24 Weeks review by Paul Heath at the Berlin Film Festival, 2016. Nothing can quite prepare you for what you witness in 24 Weeks, the new film from Germany and in-competition film at this year’s Berlinale; it is truly one of the most emotional experiences I’ve every had in a movie theatre.

Anne Zohra Berrached‘s film, from a screenplay she co-wrote with Carl Gerber, revolves around two central characters; stand-up comedienne Astrid (Julia Jentsch), and her manager/ boyfriend Markus (Bjarne Mädel). The couple are living together, have a healthy nine-year old daughter, and both of their careers are looking up. Astrid is also pregnant with their second child and, when they learn that the child will almost certainly be born with a disability, must make choices. Optimism initially »

- Paul Heath

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Berlinale ’16: Press Conference Galleries: ‘The Patriarch’, ’24 Weeks’, ‘A Quiet Passion’

14 February 2016 11:06 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve been out in force at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival (aka Berlinale) since last Thursday, and we have already filed a ton of reviews over here. As well as the 400 or so films screening at the festival this year, there is also the glitz and glamour of Hollywood as major A-listers from around the world turn up to promote their films. We’ve already posted  our gallery from the Midnight Special press conference from Friday, but here are the images from the other events we’ve attended over the weekend.

More as the exciting 2016 Berlinale rolls on.

The Patriarch – Dir. Lee Tamahori. Stars. Temuera Morrison, Akuhata Keefe, Nancy Brunning. Producer Robin Scholes. Screenwriter John Collee.

24 Weeks (24 Wochen) – Dir. Anne Zohra Berrached. Stars Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel.

A Quiet Passion – Dir. Terence Davies. Stars Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle.

The post Berlinale ’16: Press Conference Galleries: ‘The Patriarch’, ’24 Weeks’, ‘A Quiet Passion »

- Paul Heath

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Berlin Film Review: ’24 Weeks’

14 February 2016 10:42 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After hearing a basic plot description, there will be no surprises in Anne Zohra Berrached’s ultra-earnest “24 Weeks,” a very standard-issue drama about a woman flip-flopping on whether to have a late-term abortion when her fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome and heart problems. It’s all here: the moral dilemma, the argument with the b.f., the sober conversations with doctors, even an alone-in-church scene. What’s missing is anything that gets under the skin, or a discussion that goes deeper than daytime talk shows. Apart from German showcases, international play will be tiny.

Berrached (“Two Mothers,” a 2013 issue film about a lesbian couple) tries exceptionally hard to stay neutral on the abortion topic. While making every effort to appear pro-choice, the director also pushes the idea that a woman needs to know exactly what it means to end a pregnancy once the fetus is viable; while that’s unquestionably the case, »

- Jay Weissberg

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Beta Picks Up Berlin Film Festival Competition Film ’24 Weeks’

25 January 2016 8:17 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Sales company Beta Cinema has picked up worldwide rights to Berlin Film Festival competition entry “24 Weeks.” The film stars Julia Jentsch, who won a Berlin Silver Bear for Oscar-nominated drama “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.”

“24 Weeks” is the second feature from director/writer Anne Zohra Berrached, and was produced by Zero One Film (“The People vs. Fritz Bauer”). Berrached, whose first feature “Two Mothers” won the Dialogue in Perspective Award at the Berlinale in 2013, and the First Steps Award, co-wrote the script with Carl Gerber.

The film tells the story of cabaret performer Astrid (Jentsch), who six months pregnant learns that her unborn child will be severely disabled. She and her husband Marcus (Bjarne Maedel) have a choice, but little time… With a strong nature and a witty answer to everything, Astrid now feels lost, on her own, impossible to continue her comedy routine. Only she can take this momentous decision. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Beta Cinema takes Berlinale Competition entry '24 Weeks'

25 January 2016 2:03 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Beta acquires the second feature of Two Mothers director Anne Zohra Berrached.

Ahead of this year’s Berlinale (Feb 11-21), Beta Cinema has taken worldwide rights for German competition entry 24 Weeks, the second feature of director-writer Anne Zohra Berrached.

The film stars Julia Jentsch, who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress in the Oscar-nominated Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, and was produced by zero one, which made Toronto title The People Vs. Fritz Bauer.

Berrached, whose first feature Two Mothers won the Dialogue in Perspective Award at Berlinale 2013 and the First Steps Award, wrote the script with Carl Gerber.

The story centres on cabaret performer Astrid (Jentsch), who six months pregnant learns that her unborn child will be severely disabled. She and her husband Marcus (Bjarne Maedel) have a choice, but little time.

Astrid feels lost, impossible to continue her comedy routine and, ultimately, only she can take this weighty decision of what to do.

The »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Steve Coogan’s ‘Shepherds and Butchers’ to Play at Berlin Film Festival

21 January 2016 9:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has completed its lineup, which includes the world premiere of Oliver Schmitz’s “Shepherds and Butchers,” starring Steve Coogan and Andrea Riseborough.

Coogan, who starred in, co-wrote and produced the Oscar-nominated “Philomena,” plays hot-shot lawyer John Weber in “Shepherds and Butchers.” Weber faces his biggest test when he agrees to defend a prison guard who has killed seven men. What ensues is a compelling charge against the death penalty itself.

The film is produced by Anant Singh and Brian Cox for Distant Horizon and Videovision Entertainment; WestEnd Films is handling international sales.

Two other Panorama films look at the issue of the death penalty: the Brazilian documentary “Curumim” and the previously announced “I, Olga Hepnarova,” which opens the main section of Panorama.

Fiction titles added to Panorama:

Antes o tempo não acabava (Time Was Endless) – Brazil/Germany

By Sérgio Andrade, Fábio Baldo

With Anderson Tikuna, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin completes Panorama programme

21 January 2016 9:02 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Films include Shepherds and Butchers with Steve Coogan; Don’t Call Me Son from Anna Muylaert; and a documentary about a director and actress who were kidnapped by Kim Jong-il.

The Berlinale (Feb 11-21) has completed the selection for this year’s Panorama strand, comprising 51 films from 33 countries. A total of 34 fiction features comprise the main programme and Panorama Special while a further 17 titles will screen in Panorama Dokumente.

A total of 33 films are world premieres, nine are international premieres and nine European premieres. The 30th Teddy Award is also being celebrated with an anniversary series of 17 films.

Notable titles include Shepherds and Butchers from South Africa, which is set toward the end of Apartheid and stars Steve Coogan as a hotshot lawyer who faces his biggest test when he agrees to defend a white prison guard who has killed seven black men. What ensues is a charge against the death penalty itself, in a case »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin completes Panorama programme; Steve Coogan's 'Shepherds and Butchers' among line-up

21 January 2016 9:02 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Films include Shepherds and Butchers, starring Steve Coogan; Don’t Call Me Son from Anna Muylaert; and a documentary about a director and actress who were kidnapped by Kim Jong-il and forced to make films.

The Berlinale (Feb 11-21) has completed the selection for this year’s Panorama strand, comprising 51 films from 33 countries. A total of 34 fiction features comprise the main programme and Panorama Special while a further 17 titles will screen in Panorama Dokumente.

A total of 33 films are world premieres, nine are international premieres and nine European premieres. The 30th Teddy Award is also being celebrated with an anniversary series of 17 films.

Notable titles include Shepherds and Butchers from South Africa, which is set toward the end of Apartheid and stars Steve Coogan as a hotshot lawyer faces his biggest test when he agrees to defend a white prison guard who has killed seven black men. What ensues is a charge against the death penalty itself »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Full competition line-up for the 66th Berlin Film Festival revealed

20 January 2016 8:02 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The full competition line-up for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been revealed. The 66th annual Berlin Film Festival festival officially kicks off in Germany on 11th February. This year will mark the first time The Hollywood News will have covered the prestigious event, and our coverage kicks off in the city on the 11th.

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq is amongst the new announcements, and will screen out of competition with its international premiere,.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Berlinale Palast on February 20 with Meryl Streep presiding over the jury. Here are the films playing.

24 Wochen (24 Weeks)

Germany

By Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)

With Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske

World premiere

Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent)

People’s Republic of China

By Yang Chao (Passages)

With Qin Hao, Xin Zhi Lei

World premiere

Chi-Raq

USA

By Spike Lee (Malcom X, Do the Right Thing)

With Nick Cannon, »

- Paul Heath

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2016 Berlinale Completes Competition Program With Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq' and More

20 January 2016 6:31 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Jeff Nichols' 'Midnight Special' Leads 2016 Berlin International Film Festival Competition Lineup The 2016 Berlin Film Festival is putting the final touches on its slate by announcing the remaining titles that will play in this year's Competition section. 18 of the 23 films playing the Competition program will be vying for the Golden and Silver Bears at the festival's Awards Ceremony on Saturday, February 19, while 19 of the films will be having their world premieres.  The most high profile last entry to join Competition films like the Coen Brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and Jeff Nichols' "Midnight Special" is Spike Lee's blazing political satire "Chi-Raq." The film opened in the U.S. in December but will be having its official international premiere in Berlin. Below are the eight films now added to this year's Competition lineup. "24 Wochen (24 Weeks)"GermanyBy Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)With Julia Jentsch, Bjarne »

- Zack Sharf

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Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ to Play at Berlin Film Festival, Competition Lineup Complete

20 January 2016 5:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The 66th Berlin Film Festival has completed its Competition program, and has added Spike Lee’s satire “Chi-Raq” as an out-of-competition title. Among the world premieres added Wednesday are Lee Tamahori’s “The Patriarch” and Dominik Moll’s “News from Planet Mars.”

Eighteen of the 23 films in the Competition program will be vying for the Golden and Silver Bears; 19 films are world premieres. The awards ceremony will take place at the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 20.

The following films have been added to the Competition program lineup:

24 Wochen (24 Weeks)

Germany

By Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)

With Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske

World premiere

Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent)

China

By Yang Chao (Passages)

With Qin Hao, Xin Zhi Lei

World premiere

Chi-Raq

U.S.

By Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing)

With Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson »

- Leo Barraclough

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