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Critics Look Back on Berlin, Where Kink and Quality Collide

16 February 2015 1:36 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scott Foundas: Well, Peter, another Berlin Film Festival has come to a close, ending on a high note with the awarding of its top prize, the Golden Bear, to Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi.” Panahi’s film screened right at the start of the festival and emerged as an early consensus favorite among critics here. As it turns out, the Darren Aronofsky-led jury felt the same way, and I’d like to think their decision was based solely on the movie’s artistic merits, rather than the unfortunate position in which its director finds himself in his native Iran, where he’s been under house arrest for the last four years. It’s impossible, of course, to watch “Taxi” without thinking about the unusual circumstances under which it was made — something this highly self-reflexive film very much invites you to do. But what makes “Taxi” a great movie, I think, »

- Peter Debruge and Scott Foundas

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Aronofsky hails Berlin's "incredible selection"

16 February 2015 9:31 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

“An incredible selection” was the verdict given by jury president Darren Aronofsky about the Berlinale’s 2015 competition line-up.

Speaking at the the closing gala, Aronofsky said: “Hats off to Dieter [Kosslick], the curators have made an incredible selection. It’s been incredibly difficult to decide on the prizes (…) there were so many quality films that it was hard not to award many, many of the films.“

In fact, the International Jury, which included actors Daniel Brühl and Audrey Tautou and the former Golden Bear winner Claudia Llosa from Peru, gave awards to nine of the 19 Competition titles by splitting two of the prizes, and showed the unanimity of its decisions by all being on stage together for the presentation of the awards in the Berlinale Palast.

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi became the second Iranian film in the Berlinale’s 65-year history to win the Golden Bear - after Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation in 2011 - and is Panahi »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Berlinale 2015. Awards

14 February 2015 1:38 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »


The Notebook's Adam Cook and Daniel Kasman have been covering the Berlin International Film Festival since its opening day, and the 2015 awards have just been announced. The jury this year consisted of Darren AronofskyDaniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha de Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou, and Matthew Weiner.

Golden Bear

Taxi (Jafar Panahi)

Our takes: 1, 2 

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize

The Club (Pablo Larraín)

Our takes: 1, 2

Alfred Bauer Prize 

Ixcancul Volcano (Jayro Bustamente)

Our take: 1

Best Director

Radu Jude (Aferim)

Malgorzata Szumowska (Body) 

Best Actress

Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

Our take: 1 

Best Actor

Tom Courtenay (45 Years)

Our take: 1  

Best Script

Patricio Guzmán (The Pearl Button)

Our take: 1 

Outstanding Artistic Contribution

"Sturla Brandth Grøvlen for the camera in Victoria"

"Evgeniy Privin and Sergey Mikhalchuk for the camera in Under Electric Clouds" »

- Notebook

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Jafar Panahi's 'Taxi' wins Golden Bear at 2015 Berlin Film Festival

14 February 2015 11:31 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 65th annual Berlin International Film Festival has drawn to a close with Darren Aronofsky's jury settling on awards for films in competition. Jafar Panahi's "Taxi" walked away with top honors, while the "45 Years" duo of Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling won acting honors. Following big lifts for films like "Boyhood" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" at the 2014 edition, however, this year's fest didn't sound as loud a thunderclap. But the current Oscar season was still on the brain for reviewers who couldn't resist noting a film like "Victoria's" place in the wake of "Birdman" (the Sebastian Schipper heist thriller was filmed in one continuous take and picked up a prize Saturday for cinematography). Check out the full list of Berlinale winners below. Golden Bear (Best Film) Jafar Panahi, "Taxi" Silver Bear (Grand Jury Prize) Pablo Larrain, "El Club" Silver Bear (Best Director) Radu Jude, "Aferim!" Malgorzata Szumowska, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Taxi and 45 Years, top winners at Berlinale

14 February 2015 11:26 AM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Golden Bear: Taxi (Jafar Panahi) Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years Best Actor: Tom Courtenay, 45 Years Best Director: (tie) Radu Jude for Aferim! and Malgorzata Szumowska for Body Silver Bear Grand »

- Ryan Adams

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Jafar Panahi's Taxi drives off with Golden Bear by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-02-14 19:19:06

14 February 2015 11:19 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Jafar Pahani's Taxi wins Golden Bear Jafar Panahi's Taxi has won the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear.

The director shot the film - which sees him interview people in a cab - in secret as he is currently banned from making movies by the Iranian government. It also won the Fipresci competition jury critics prize.

It was a good night for British stars after Andrew Haigh's tale of cracks in a marriage, 45 Years, saw co-stars Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling win the best actor and actress Silver Bears.

The Silver Bear Grand Jury prize was awarded to Pablo Larraín for his Catholic church critique, The Club, while the best director Silver bear was shared by Romanian director Radu Jude for his black and white historic road trip Aferim! and Malgorzata Szumowska's father and daughter drama Body. Perhaps surprisingly, it was a documentary - Patricio Guzmán's The »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Berlin: Jafar Panahi's Taxi wins Golden Bear

14 February 2015 11:13 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other prizes saw British actors Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling wins Silver Bears for their roles in 45 Years.Scroll down for full list of winners

Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s Taxi won the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear on Saturday (Feb 14).

The film captures life in contemporary Iran through interactions with passengers in a Tehran cab. Taxi is Panahi’s third feature since the Iranian authorities banned him from making films at the end of 2010, following This is Not a Film and Closed Curtain, which was in competition in Berlin 2013.

Panahi, who was also banned from travelling and giving interviews in 2010 sentence, was not able to travel to Berlin for the premiere of his film. 

This time around, Panahi has circumvented the ban by turning a yellow cab into a mobile film studio with a camera placed on the dashboard. As the cab drives through the vibrant and colourful streets of Tehran, it picks up »

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

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Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi’ Wins Golden Bear at Berlin Film Fest

14 February 2015 10:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin — This year’s Berlinale Golden Bear was won by Jafar Panahi’s film “Taxi,” in which the Iranian director posed as a taxi driver and rode through the streets of Teheran, engaging his passengers in running dialogues, capturing the spirit of Iranian society.

It was a particularly emotional moment as jury president Darren Aronofsky and festival director Dieter Kosslick reminded the audience of the empty chair that was left onstage for Panahi when he was a jury member in 2011 and not allowed to attend. Absent yet again this year, he was represented by his family onstage.

His little daughter accepted the award for him and was so choked up with tears of happiness that she could barely speak, saying, “I can’t say anything, I’m so moved.”

At the start of the ceremony, Aronofsky remarked that the jury had a hard time choosing the award-winning films, despite the »

- Andrew Horn

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Memento racks up Body sales

13 February 2015 6:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film premiered in competition in Berlin

Memento Film International has sealed a slew of deals on Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska’s Body following its premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival (Feb 5-15).

Paris-based Mfi has sold the film to Switzerland (Trigon), Hungary (Vertigo Media), Turkey (Bir), Taiwan (Encore Film), Israel (Shani), ex-Yugoslavia (McF Megacom), Bulgaria (Bnt) while Cineplex has picked it up for Colombia and Central America.

Set in contemporary Poland, Body revolves around the intertwined stories of a tough criminal prosecutor, his anorexic daughter, who is pining for her late mother, and her therapist who claims she can communicate with dead loved ones. »

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Kosslick talks ticket dilemma, VOD

12 February 2015 3:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Berlinale director discusses ticket sales, VOD platforms and the spirit of ‘Baumi’.

The 65th Berlinale (Feb 5-15) will be remembered in many respects as a Berlinale in the spirit of ‘Baumi’“, according to festival director Dieter Kosslick with reference to the late producer-distributor Karl ‘Baumi’ Baumgartner.

Speaking to Screen as the festival enters its final days, Kosslick recalled that “many of the films shown this year reflect his philosophy: ‘Baumi’ was the pioneer of those so-called ‘little’ films which make a really big impression, and he was a great inspiration for so many film-makers through his co-productions.“

Indeed, as just one example, Malgorzata Szumowska, whose latest feature Body is showing in the Berlinale’s competition this year, said during the goEast Film Festival that Baumgartner – who died at the age of 65 in March 2014 - had been the guiding inspiration for her career as a film-maker.

It is therefore fitting that this year’s Berlinale edition provided the setting »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Body’

9 February 2015 1:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three characters with fundamentally different perspectives on loss converge in Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska’s “Body,” whose peculiar sense of humor and competing points of view make for an almost cubist fruitcake comedy. Alternating among a widowed coroner desensitized to the corpses he sees on a daily basis, his ever-dwindling anorexic daughter, and the family physical therapist, who believes she can communicate with the dead, this odd Berlin offering from the director of Teddy-winning “In the Name of” doesn’t seem to take any of its angles all that seriously, offering wry thematic observations for an extremely limited festival crowd.

Instead of constructing an elegant narrative around her three vantages, Szumowska whips up a semi-overlapping series of scenes involving this central trio. At work, the weary undertaker (Janusz Gajos) hardly pays the dead bodies any mind, to the extent that in an early crime-scene call, he doesn’t even bother »

- Peter Debruge

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Berlin: Polish Film Institute Celebrates 10th Anniversary at House of Weekend

8 February 2015 12:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin — The Polish Film Institute celebrated its 10th anniversary at its party at House of Weekend in Berlin, where guests included the director of Berlin competition film “Body,” Malgorzata Szumowska, and the film’s co-writer and d.p., Michal Englert.

Agnieszka Odorowicz, the Pfi’s general director, said: “We’re happy to celebrate our anniversary with ‘Body’ in Berlinale competition. This marks the fabulous beginning of the year, and we trust the current achievements are the announcement of the future success.”

Other attendees included Jacek Bromski, president of the Polish Filmmakers’ Association, Dirk Schuerhoff, managing director of Beta Cinema, Nikolaj Nikitin, head of the School of Film Agents, and Piotr Dzieciol, one of the producers of Oscar nominee “Ida.”

Also among the guests were actor-producer Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Katriel Schory, executive director of the Israel Film Fund, and the team of Berlinale Special movie “Breathe — Umphefumlo,” composer Mandisi Dyantyis, actor Mhlekazi “Wha Wha” Moseia, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin: Polish Pics Find Success With Wide Range of Voices

6 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The recent oscar nominations underscored the role that Polish movie talent plays on the world stage, with “Ida” nabbing nods for foreign-language film and cinematography, and Polish costume designer Anna Biedrzycka-Sheppard recognized for “Maleficent.” Two Polish shorts were also nominated: “Our Curse” and “Joanna.”

Polish films have consistently featured in the lineups of the major festivals over the past few years, and this year’s Berlinale includes two Polish films in the main sections: Malgorzata Szumowska’s “Body” plays in competition, and Marcin Malasz­czak’s “The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills” is in Forum. Szumowska’s last film, “In the Name Of,” played in Berlin competition in 2013, and won two prizes.

According to Nikolaj Nikitin, who is in charge of the selection of films from Eastern Europe for the Berlinale, the strength of Polish cinema lies in its variety.

“Whenever we talk about a country’s cinematography, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin: Polish Film Institute Enters Second Decade With More Co-Productions

6 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Not so long ago, co-production traffic in Europe was mostly one way: Eastern European producers looking to the West for financing. Now it’s starting to move in the other direction, with Western Europeans seeking partners in the East, and Polish producers are leading the way, with films like German director Fatih Akin’s “The Cut” attaching a Polish co-producer.

According to Nikolaj Nikitin, who is in charge of the selection of films from Eastern Europe for the Berlinale, this change is due to the increased confidence that international producers have in the Polish film funding system.

“In my eyes, it is one of the most stable, interesting and active countries we have right now in Europe,” Nikitin says. “Polish film professionals are seen as equal players in Europe.”

The pivot for the turnaround is the Polish Film Institute.

When the Pfi was set up 10 years ago, its strategic goals »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin: Lineup Delivers Auteurs and Alluring Assortment of World Cinema

5 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Don’t know where to start with the jumbo-sized Berlin festival lineup? Join “The Club,” as the latest film from Oscar-nominated “No’s” director Pablo Larrain is called. The good news is that this year’s program offers plenty of enticing titles, clustered around a few intriguing trends.

A Platform for Hollywood

Last year, Berlin set “The Grand Budapest Hotel” off on the right foot. The film went on to become the highest-grossing film of Wes Anderson’s career. Universal has even bigger expectations for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which plans to seduce its first crowds in Berlin. On the more demure side, Disney will unwrap its live-action, Kenneth Branagh-made “Cinderella,” while “Twilight” director Bill Condon offers a low-key, late-life look at suddenly ubiquitous Sherlock with “Mr. Holmes.”

Films We Expected to See in Park City

There are a handful of titles that skipped U.S. fests to premiere in Berlin. »

- Peter Debruge

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Berlin 2015: complete competition line-up revealed

19 January 2015 5:16 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World premieres of Wim WendersEvery Thing Will Be Fine, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes) and Pablo Larraín’s The Club added to programme.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) has unveiled its full Competition line-up.

Some 21 of the 23 titles will be world premieres, and 19 features from across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia will compete for Golden and Silver Bears.

New additions include Wim WendersEvery Thing Will Be Fine, which will play out of competition. The film, shot in 3D, stars James Franco as a writer who accidentally hits and kills a child while out driving. Co-stars include Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams.

As previously announced, Wenders will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement and will have ten of his films screened as part of the Homage strand.

Also playing out of competition will be the world premiere of Elser (13 Minutes) from Oliver Hirschbiegel, the German »

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

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Berlin Competition Final Lineup Includes Wim Wenders, Oliver Hirschbiegel

19 January 2015 3:15 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

With under three weeks to go, the Berlin Film Festival has completed its competition roster, adding new titles from Pablo Larraín, Wim Wenders and Oliver Hirschbiegel. In total, 19 of the 23 films in the program will be vying for Golden and Silver Bears. Twenty-one of the titles are world premieres including new addition El Club from Larraín whose 2012 No scored an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. World premiering out of competition is Wenders’ drama Everything Will Be Fine with James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josée Croze. The veteran helmer nabbed his third Best Documentary Feature Oscar nomination last week with The Salt Of The Earth. He’s also the subject of an homage at this year’s Berlin fest, and will be presented with an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement.

Also in an out-of-competition world premiere is Downfall and Diana director Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Berlin Film Festival Completes Competition Lineup

19 January 2015 2:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Berlin Film Festival chief Dieter Kosslick has completed his Competition section lineup, with films by Wim Wenders, Pablo Larrain and Oliver Hirschbiegel among the latest additions.

Wenders’ 3D film “Every Thing Will Be Fine” stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams. Franco plays Tomas, a writer who accidentally causes the death of a child and spends the next 12 years examining the effect of the tragedy on his life and that of Kate, the child’s mother.

As previously announced, the festival is to present Wenders with an honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement, and will screen 10 of his movies as part of an homage. Wenders directed seminal pics like “Paris, Texas” and “Wings of Desire,” and has been nominated three times for an Oscar, most recently for “The Salt of the Earth.”

Larrain’s “The Club,” which was shot off the radar, turns on four disgraced priests, who »

- Leo Barraclough

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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: Picks 100 to 6

16 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

While DC and Marvel might already have a lock on several future release dates past the 2015 campaign with the Coen Bros. circling February on their calendars, for the most part, when it comes to American independent and foreign film flavored items, 2016 is still cloudy with a chance of…. 2015 just broke (we already have plenty to look forward to (Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films / Top 25 Most Anticipated Studio Films / Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films – soon!) but we’re already excited about what is in store for several of our favorite auteurs. Here are picks 100 to 6, with our Nicholas Bell providing further analysis on current top five for 2016. Pictured above is Peter Strickland, who sits in our number six spot.

100. Untitled Edward Munch Project – Erik Poppe

99. Bastille DayJames Watkins

98. Live By NightBen Affleck

97. Imagine – Benoit Graffin

96. Pete’s DragonDavid Lowery

95. Bella LunaIvan Fila

94. Bat, Butterfly, Moth – Sergio Caballero »

- Eric Lavallee

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Berlin Adds Competition Titles From Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog, Bill Condon

14 January 2015 3:04 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

With only a few weeks to go until the Berlin Film Festival unspools, much of the competition lineup still remains a mystery. However, today has added some clarity with several titles unveiled. Among them, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s latest effort. The director, who is under house arrest and a 20-year filmmaking ban, nevertheless manages to get a movie out every couple of years. His last, Closed Curtain, stirred up controversy in Iran when it won the screenwriting prize in Berlin in 2013. This latest film, Taxi, stars the director, although other details were not immediately available.

Also in the mix is the world premiere, out of competition, of Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada and Hattie Morahan. McKellen plays the titular detective as he nears the end of his days and revisits an unsolved case which forced him into retirement.

Werner Herzog »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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