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Directors Call for Overhaul of Berlin Film Festival After Dieter Kosslick Departs

Directors Call for Overhaul of Berlin Film Festival After Dieter Kosslick Departs
A group of 79 German filmmakers including Maren Ade (“Tony Erdmann”), Fatih Akin (“In the Fade”) and Robert Schwentke (“The Captain”) has called for “a new start” for the Berlin Film Festival after longtime festival director Dieter Kosslick’s contract expires in 2019.

In an open letter published by Spiegel Online, the filmmakers recommend the formation of a gender-balanced international selection committee charged with finding Kosslick’s successor and weighing fundamental changes to the event.

“The goal must be to find an outstanding curatorial personality who is passionate about cinema, well-connected internationally and capable of leading the festival into the future on an equal footing with Cannes and Venice,” the letter read. “We want a transparent procedure and a new start.”

The letter, whose signatories also include Andreas Dresen, Sebastian Schipper, Volker Schlöndorff, Dominik Graf, Christian Petzold, Doris Dörrie, Maria Schrader, Hans-Christian Schmid and Rosa von Praunheim, is seen as a public rebuke of the Kosslick era, during which the
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Germans Skewer Trump at Berlin Film Festival Opening

Germans Skewer Trump at Berlin Film Festival Opening
The opening night of the Berlinale was all about politics, from the red carpet, where Green Party politician and Bundestag vice president Claudia Roth sported a black dress adorned with the word “Unpresidented” in large letters – an apparent dig at U.S. President Donald Trump’s spelling aptitude and/or his perceived behavior as commander-in-chief – to officials and speakers taking the stage to talk about free speech, free art and resistance to oppression.

At Thursday’s ceremony in the Berlinale Palast, the new U.S. administration even took some hits from the evening’s host, German comedian and actress Anke Engelke. She had a question for international guests: “Are you here for the festival? Or is someone keeping you from going back to your home country?” That got a big laugh.

Engelke drew loud laughs as she greeted the jury, noting that last year Meryl Streep served as jury president.
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Altered Innocence Picks Up U.S. Rights to ‘Desire Will Set You Free’ (Exclusive)

Altered Innocence Picks Up U.S. Rights to ‘Desire Will Set You Free’ (Exclusive)
Altered Innocence has picked up U.S. rights to Yony Leyser’s “Desire Will Set You Free,” which received its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival and also played at Outfest La. It will receive a release in February.

The deal was negotiated between Frank Jaffe from Altered Innocence, and Wavelength Pictures’ John Flahive. Jaffe commented: “It’s not every day that you come across a movie as honest at capturing the queer radical nature of Berlin, and I think this movie will speak to anyone who feels like an outsider or just loves the city of Berlin.”

According to a statement, the film “takes you deep into the free-spirited, drug-fueled, queer-paradise of contemporary Berlin. Ezra, a struggling American writer, meets Sasha, a Russian immigrant escort, who introduces Ezra to his world of clubs and parties, a dizzying and vibrant hedonistic underground. As they journey together through Berlin
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Berlin Festival Director Touts the ‘Great Win’ of Getting Meryl Streep

Berlin Festival Director Touts the ‘Great Win’ of Getting Meryl Streep
The causes of migration and the global refugee crisis will be among the major themes at this year’s Berlinale, according to festival director Dieter Kosslick. And with the fest celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Teddy Award for movies with Lgbt themes, the impact of queer cinema also will be in the spotlight. Plus, there’s Meryl Streep.

The refugee crisis is a major theme at this year’s Berlinale. Why?

We were founded in a time in which the biggest movement of refugees was taking place — in 1951. It’s always been part of the program. We will also have films that try to show and better understand the reasons behind migration, war and refugees, not just the consequences.

Meryl Streep is jury president this year — the first time she’s served on a film festival jury.

It’s a great win for us to have Meryl Streep, not
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Cannes: German firms line up market premieres

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Cannes: German firms line up market premieres
m-appeal has picked up Argentinian director Gabriel Lichtmann’s How To Win Enemies ahead of the Marché du Film in Cannes.

The Doménica Films production, which had its world premiere during the Bafici festival in Buenos Aires last month, centres on a young lawyer who believes he has finally found his ideal woman until she disappears without a trace – and with his life savings

The Berlin-based sales agent has also added three new Lgbt titles to its line-up.

The films are Israeli filmmaker Michal Vinik’s coming of age lesbian love story Barash, actor-director Gerald McCullouch’s Daddy, based on Dan Via’s acclaimed play of the same name, and Micaela Rueda’s Uio: Take Me For A Ride.

M-appeal will also be continuing sales in Cannes for such films as veteran German director Rosa von Praunheim’s latest feature Tough Love (Härte) which premiered at the Berlinale’s Panorama in February.

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Berlinale 2015 Prize Winners: Some Still Lacking U.S. Distribution!

Golden Bear Winner – “Taxi" by Jafar Panahi. This is funny, subtly political and a pleasure to watch. Panahi’s niece steals the show but other passengers in Panahi’s taxi are also engaging and mysterious as they reveal ever so little, which is still a lot, of their lives during their ride. The job of driving a taxi, a job he took to stay attached within society even though he is not allowed to make movies, gives Panahi a perfect setting for being filmed and for meeting people who represent Iran today. How fitting it was that on my ride home from the airport after Berlin, my Iranian cabdriver knew all the films of Panahi. We had a talk worthy of “Taxi." Isa: Celluloid Dreams. Kino Lorber has U.S. Rights, Memento who distributed the Iranian Golden Bear and Academy Award winner “A Separation” for France has picked up French rights; Filmladen picked up Austria, Imovision has Brazil, Film Europe Med has Czech Republic; Golden Scene has Hong Kong.

Jury Grand Prix (Silver Bear) – “The Club" by Pablo Larraín. Isa: Funny Balloons. U.S. still available!! Network Releasing picked up U.K. and Wild Bunch picked up France before its screening in Berlin. It has sold to Imovision for Brazil, Angel for Denmark and Alambique for Portugal.

Alfred Bauer Prize (Silver Bear) – “ Ixcanul Volcano” by Jayro Bustamante, perhaps Guatamala’s only Silver Bear winning film, this critically acclaimed coproduction with France’s Tu Va Voir showed only once before as a Work in Progress; no advance screeners were sent out by its Isa Film Factory who is now negotiating U.S. It was acquired by Arp days before Berlin. After its screening it was acquired by Andrea Occhipinti’s Lucky Red for Italy and Japan’s Gaga Communications. Cineart bought Benelux: Vision Sudest has rights to Switzerland, Vendetta acquired Australia/ New Zealand, Spentzos acquired Greece, Mediavision Turkey, Dexin former-Yugoslavia and Moving Turtle the Middle East.

Silver Bear for Best Director

Radu Jude for “Aferim!” Isa: Beta. All rights still available! Małgorzata Szumowska for “Body” A female directed story of healing in Poland today told as intertwined stories of a criminal prosecutor, his anorexic daughter and her therapist who claims she can communicate with the dead loved ones. Isa: Memento. All rights still available! Silver Bear for Best Actress - Charlotte Rampling for “45 Years”. Isa: The Match Factory. U.S. Sundance Selects, Canada--Skeye, Germany--The Match Factory, Benelux -Abc - Cinemien, U.K. -Curzon Film Wor and Artificial Eye.

Silver Bear for Best Actor – Tom Courtenay for “ 45 Years”

Silver Bear for Best Script – Patricio Guzmán for “The Pearl Button”Isa: Pyramide sold to trigon for Switzerland. U.S. still available! Continuing Patricio Guzmán’s theme of remembrance, this documentary ties together Chile’s natives population’s disappearance with the disappearance of family, friends and strangers during the Pinochet dictatorship in a surprising metaphor of water and The Button.

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Cinematography

Sturla Brandth Grøvlen for “ Victoria”. All shot in one take! Isa: The Match Factory. U.S.: Adopt Films, Germany – Senator.

Sergey Mikhalchuk and Evgeniy Privin for “ Under Electric Clouds” Isa: Films Boutique. U.S. available! Best First Feature Award – “600 Miles” by Gabriel Ripstein.Isa: Ndm. U.S. still available! Sold to Brazil--Tucumán Distrib, Serbia--Mcf Megacom Fil, Thailand-- Coral Culture C

Panorama Audience Award[20]

1st Place: “ The Second Mother ” by Anna Muylaert Isa: The Match Factory. U.S. Oscilloscope . Soda picked up U.K. and Canada. It had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where stars Regina Case and Camila Mardila won the Special Jury Award for Acting. Read our review Here

2nd Place: “Stories of Our Lives” by Jim Chuchu. A collection of five vignettes about Kenya's Lgbt community. Bannes in Kenya. All rights available! 3rd Place: “Tough Love” by Rosa von Praunheim. Isa: M-appeal. U.S. available. France: Arte, Germany: Missing films. Teddy Award : “Nasty Baby “ bySebastián Silva. Isa: Funny Balloons. North American rights acquired by The Orchard.

Fipresci Prize [22]

Competiton: “Taxi” by Jafar Panahi Panorama: A Minor Leap Down by Hamed Rajabi For other titles from the Berlinale still available, see Indiewire’s

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Berlin: Second Mother wins Panorama prize

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Berlin: Second Mother wins Panorama prize
UK documentary Tell Spring Not To Come This Year, filmed on the frontline in Afghanistan, also wins.

Brazilian drama The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) has picked up the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival’s 17th Panorama Audience Awards.

Anna Muylaert’s film explores barriers of class when the estranged daughter of a live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, throwing the home into disarray.

UK documentary Tell Spring Not To Come This Year, directed by Saeed Taji Farouky, Michael McEvoy, won the documentary audience award.

The directors accompanied an Afghan National Army company during a year of frontline duty in Helmand.

During the Berlinale, filmgoers were asked to rate the titles shown in the Panorama section. A total of 31,200 votes were cast and counted.

This year the Panorama presented 52 feature-length films from 38 countries, of which 18 screened in the Panorama Dokumente series.

Winners of the Panorama Audience Award - Fiction Film 2015

Que Horas Ela Volta? (The Second
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Tough Love’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Tough Love’
Rosa von Praunheim long ago transitioned out of the enfant terrible moniker, and yet an element of subversion remains: In our unforgiving era of cynicism and finger-pointing, perhaps his most subversive trait is a refusal to pass judgment. “Tough Love” is a semi-dramatized bio-docu about karate champ, pimp and ex-con Andreas Marquardt, a bundle of damaged goods if ever there was one, and yet von Praunheim, with his inelegant shifts, camp sensibilities, and overall good nature, extends a hand of sympathy. Most auds may question whether it’s deserved, but the helmer’s fans — for whom this is made — will be more forgiving.

Apart from the Rosettes, though, it’s hard to know how this can be marketed. Readers of “Andy” Marquardt’s 2007 autobiography will be familiar with the sordid details of incest, prostitution and violence, yet will they be the right audience for the helmer’s still-gleeful outrageousness, featuring
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Berlin: M-appeal Picks Up Rosa von Praunheim’s ‘Tough Love’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: M-appeal Picks Up Rosa von Praunheim’s ‘Tough Love’ (Exclusive)
London — M-appeal World Sales has picked up Rosa von Praunheim’s docu-drama “Tough Love,” which plays in the Panorama section at the Berlin Film Festival.

Pic centers on former world karate champion Andreas Marquardt, and recreates his turbulent past: a childhood rife with sexual abuse, a career as a pimp, and ultimately a lengthy jail sentence. Andreas recounts how his early life choices later led him to get treatment, enabling him to begin anew with the one woman who endured all and stayed with him during his darkest days.

Pic is written by Nico Woche, Von Praunheim, Jürgen Lemke and Marquardt, based on the novel “Härte: Mein Weg aus dem Teufelskreis der Gewalt” by Marquardt and Lemke.

It is produced by Markus Tiarks for Rosa von Praunheim Filmproduktion. Co-producers are Oliver Wißmann and Jörgen Radach. Wdr, Rbb and Arte backed the production.

Cast includes Marquardt, Marion Erdmann, Hanno Koffler and Luise Heyer.
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‘Blue Blood’ to Open Berlin Festival’s Panorama Section

‘Blue Blood’ to Open Berlin Festival’s Panorama Section
London — Brazilian production “Sangue azul” (Blue Blood), directed by Lirio Ferreira, will open the main program of the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 5.

The film, which won top prize at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, is the story of a circus performer’s attempted reconciliation with his family’s past.

Panorama Special will open on February 6 with two films. First up is Mexican filmmaker Gabriel Ripstein’s directorial debut, “600 Millas” (600 Miles), in which a young gunrunner, en route from Texas to Mexico, finds himself stuck with a U.S. military veteran, played by Tim Roth.

The other film is German director Rosa von Praunheim’s latest work, “Härte” (Tough Love), which tells the story of karate world champion Andreas “Andy” Marquardt, who also appears in the pic, and accompanies the audience on his journey from a childhood of abuse to an adulthood of violence. Ultimately
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Critics' Week Berlin to be launched

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Citizenfour, The Cut and Quatsch to screen at Berlinale; Critics’ Week Berlin to be launched

The German Film Critics Association (Vdfk) has joined forces with the Heinrich Böll Foundation to launch a Critics’ Week Berlin as “a hub for everyone who connects intellectual reflection with the sensual pleasure of watching films”.

Inspired by the examples of Cannes, Venice and Locarno, the first edition’s selection of 10 features is based on two concepts: “stirring, daring, surprising cinema and a potential for cultural and critical discussion.”

The initiative is not part of the Berlinale, although members of the Vdfk board had spoken with festival director Dieter Kosslick about the idea of a critics’ week in the past.

Two titles already confirmed are the world premiere of Bernard Émond’s Le Journal d’un vieil homme (The Diary of an Old Man), adapted from the Chekhov novella A Dreary Story, and Johnnie To’s romantic comedy Don’t Go Breaking
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Asian triumph at the Berlinale

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Asia was the big winner at the 64th Berlin Film Festival, taking home four Bears, including the Golden Bear for Best Film and Silver Bear for Best Actor (Liao Fan) for Diao Yinan’s Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo).Click here for full list of winners

Another of the three Chinese titles, Blind Massage, picked up the Silver Bear for Outstanding Achievement, which again went to a cinematographer, Zeng Jian. Last year had seen DoP Aziz Zhambakiyev receive the prize for his camerawork on Harmony Lessons.

At the ceremony on Saturday night, the Silver Bear for Best Actress was presented to Haru Kuroki for her performance in The Little House by veteran Japanese director Yoji Yamada.

There were a further six prizes or special mentions for films from Asia in the decisions of the Generation and independent juries (Fipresci and Netpac).

Black Coal, Thin Ice is the fourth Chinese film to win the Golden
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Berlin completes Panorama Dok line-up

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Berlin completes Panorama Dok line-up
Selection opens with a documentary about what motivates Somali pirates and includes the European premiere of 20,000 Days on Earth, starring Nick Cave, and 10 world premieres.Scroll down for full list

The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16) has unveiled the 16 films that will make up the documentary section of its Panorama strand.

This year’s Panorama Dokumente comprises 16 films, including ten world premieres, and will open on Feb 7 with the world premiere of Dutch co-production The Last Hijack by Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting. The film depicts what motivates piracy in Somalia.

The topic of Africa, which is also reflected in the Ethiopian fictional feature Difret, is also central to Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson in Concerning Violence. This commentary on Africa’s decolonisation, cites Frantz Fanon’s “The Wretched of the Earth” - and Us singer Lauryn Hill lends these texts her voice.

Olsson previously presented The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 about the Afro-American civil rights
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2013 London Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

The fourth annual London Underground Film Festival is the first edition of the fest to be run by new caretakers Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais, two accomplished filmmakers. The festival will run November 14-17 at the legendary avant-garde media center, the Horse Hospital.

Fawcett and Pais have programmed a bold fest, which begins on the 14th with the London-based documentary Grasp the Nettle by Dean Puckett. The film follows the challenges faced by a group of land rights activists fighting for a piece of disused land in West London. Also on opening night is Randy Moore’s Escape From Tomorrow, which was filmed surreptitiously at Disneyland; and Táu by Daniel Castro Zimbrón.

Other films screening at the fest include the award winning doc A Body Without Organs, directed by Steven Graves; Alex Munt’s Warhol homage Poor Little Rich Girls (After Warhol); Irene Lusztig’s history of childbirth, The Motherhood
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Taylor Mead's Ass, or Arse You Like It

It's a Monday night with occasional downpours, but the steamy weather and the chance to view Andy Warhol's rarely screened tribute to the underground legend, poet, and actor Taylor Meade's posterior has the crowd, composed mainly of artsy gayboys, both young and old, lining up en masse in the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art.

 A murmur of true excitement, amidst the chatter about organic art exhibits and mild flirtations, greets the ear as the flip-floppers are ushered into the Sculpture Garden. Instantly, stylized composure is disposed of as there's a mad rush for seats with an unobstructed view. Those who lose out on the "Musical Chairs Grab" wind up sitting on steps, which actually proffer a better sight line.

This highly social event, by the way, was organized into being by several bright-eyed cultural-mavens-in-the-making. Sophie Cavoulacos, the Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Film (Moma), has
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Line-up of Kino! 2013 at MoMA

In 1979, Adrienne Mancia together with Larry Kardish curated the first program of Kino!, new German cinema at New York's Museum of Modern Art. For 34 consecutive years, Larry Kardish, distinguished Senior Film Curator at MoMA, presented work by celebrated international filmmakers including Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta, Rosa von Praunheim, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Wolf Gremm, Wolfgang Becker, Doris Dörrie, Andreas Dresen, to Christian Petzold, and many others to enthusiastic audiences.

For 2013, Kino! continues, now organised by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, MoMA, with Nicole Kaufmann, Project Co-ordinator, German Films Service + Marketing (Munich) and its New York representative, Oliver Mahrdt (read our interviews with them, here).

Here is the 35th edition lineup of reinvention with filmmakers Stephan Lacant, Nico Sommer, Laura Mahlberg, Andreas Bolm, and Jan Ole Gerstner in attendance to present their work and participate in Q&As.

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Taylor Mead Times Six: A Warhol Knight Rises

Taylor Mead, the love child of Bette Davis and Peter Lorre, is one of the truly great comic geniuses of underground films, theater, poetry, cabaret, and cable TV of the Sixties and beyond. He was and is still quite hilarious, even if just stumbling down an East Village Street by himself, his traipse being a sort of Danse Macabre as envisioned by Pee Wee Herman.

An Andy Warhol Superstar, possibly best known for his hysterical “gunslinger” in Lonesome Cowboys, Mead’s brilliance never shined brighter than when he took on the title role in Michael McClure’s outrageous off-off-Broadway play, Spider Rabbit, in which he essayed a bunny who adored eating human brains.

But Taylor didn’t need a lead role to be unforgettable. In Rosa von Praunheim’s documentary Tally Brown New York, the constantly morphing star stole his scenes from Ms. Brown, who was no slouch herself when it came to commanding attention.
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Berlin Film Festival 2012: 'King of Comics'

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★★☆☆☆ Rosa von Praunheim's documentary King of Comics (König des Comics, 2012) explores the life and work of Ralf König, one of Germany's most celebrated comic book writers and artists - best known for his work The Most Desired Man, which was adapted into a film in 1995. Fearless of almost any subject matter, König's uncompromising work deals with urban living, gay stereotypes, the impact of religion on the gay community and Islamic extremism.

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Daily Briefing. Norman Foster + Deutsche Docs

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"How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?, an admiring documentary about the British architect Norman Foster, by Norberto López Amado and Carlos Carcas, gives the viewer quite a lot to marvel at, which is, after all, the root meaning of the word 'admire,'" begins Ao Scott in the New York Times. "Accompanied by Joan Valent's pulsing, soaring score, the camera swoops over some of Mr Foster's largest and best-known structures and floats through the bright and airy interiors of his skyscrapers. Even before you hear Paul Goldberger (a former architecture critic for The New York Times, currently at The New Yorker) describe Mr Foster as 'the Mozart of Modernism,' you can appreciate the grace and harmony of his compositions in glass, steel and light."

For Benjamin Sutton, writing in the L, "what's most remarkable about this documentary," currently at the IFC Center through Tuesday, "is how
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Berlinale 2012. Haro Senft, Panorama Dokumente, Talent Campus

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Another day, another trio of announcements from the Berlin International Film Festival (February 9 through 19). First off, this year's Berlinale Camera has been presented to Haro Senft, "one of the pioneers of New German Cinema as well as a tireless advocate of German children films... He was the initiator of Doc 59, a group based in Munich at the end of the 1950s; many of its members went on to sign the Oberhausen Manifesto in 1962." His 1961 documentary short Kahl was nominated for an Oscar and Bruno Ganz gave his first performance in a major role in Senft's first narrative feature, Der sanfte Lauf (1967).

"In 1971 he resigned from all his positions related to film policy and devoted himself unlike anyone else to developing a culture of children's films. With his films Ein Tag mit dem Wind (1978) and Jacob hinter der blauen Tür (1987) he set the standard for the genre." Because Senft can no longer travel,
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