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Outlander‘s Claire Beauchamp Fraser goes by many names: “Sassenach,” “Lady Broch Tuarach” and “madonna” are a few favorites. But Stanley Weber, who plays the villainous Le Comte Saint Germain in Starz’s historical drama, has another to add to the list:
“She is ‘the fuel of his rage,'” he tells TVLine in advance of this week’s episode, which finds the French aristocrat having several highly charged run-ins with the Frasers. “Claire and Jamie help to enrage him and infuriate him. They push him, definitely.”
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★★★★☆ The winner of two Silver Bears in 2013 for An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, Bosnian director Danis Tanović returns to the Berlinale competition with his spirited new film Death in Sarajevo. Adapted from the 2014 play Hotel Europa by Bernard-Henri Levy, Tanović incorporates his source material's monologue delivered by a French VIP guest (played by Jacques Weber) on the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, into an escalating drama at Hotel Europe. Hotel manager Omer (Izudin Bajrović) is in deep debt from gambling and trying to keep the hotel running. Not having paid his staff in two months, they're planning a strike timed for when the diplomats arrive for a conference.
- CineVue UK
Thugs in the basement, politicos in the penthouse and an anarchist on the roof – Tanovic fills Hotel Europa checks in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s history with death and disaster in this damning allegory
It’s the 100th anniversary of the death of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and everyone at the Hotel Europa – from the strippers in the basement to the EU emissary in the penthouse – is readying themselves for a ruckus. The flags have been unfurled, the Olympic cutlery has been set, but down in the laundry unrest is bubbling. The staff haven’t been paid for two months. Meanwhile, up on the roof, Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip (Muhamed Hadzovic) has infiltrated a live TV broadcast and is making his love of his namesake clear. There’s anarchy in the air and revolutionary foment in the foundations. What chance do hotel manager Omer (Izudin Bajrovic) and his deputy Lamija (Snezana Markovic) have »
- Henry Barnes
The benign yet caustic spirit of Robert Altman infuses Danis Tanovic’s terrifically fluid top-to-bottom precis of a century of conflict in “Death in Sarajevo.” As much a cry of frustration at the cycle of hatred in Bosnia-Herzegovina as it is an expertly modulated choral drama, set in a hotel and incorporating the totality of the country’s citizenry, the film seamlessly weaves together Tanovic’s cherished themes and is certainly one of the most clear-cut and boldly stated summations of the region’s paralyzing discord. International arthouses will be scrambling for bookings.
Some buyers may be nervous that offshore audiences won’t recognize the litany of names bandied about in one particularly heated moment: Not to worry, since a relatively educated audience is the target anyway, and that sort of in-depth background knowledge isn’t necessary when the plot and thrust are so well delineated. While liberally inspired by »
- Jay Weissberg
It’s not long into Death in Sarajevo, Bosnian writer-director Danis Tanović’s seventh feature, before it becomes clear we’re navigating allegorical territory. On the roof of the large Sarajevo hotel where the entire film takes place, a reporter and a historian discuss the legacy of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination on the occasion of its centenary. Simultaneously, the hotel’s manager is trying to prevent his workers from striking, which would hammer the final nail into the debt-ridden company’s coffin. The impending arrival of a large EU delegation, all staying at the hotel, could be its salvation, so the gangsters who run the strip club in the basement are hired to intimidate strikers. All the while, the EU’s celebrity keynote speaker, a Frenchman, is locked up in the presidential suite, rehearsing a pontificating speech about the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its essential place within Europe. »
- Giovanni Marchini Camia
As if new films from the Coens and Jeff Nichols weren’t enough, the 2016 Berlin Film Festival has further expanded their line-up, adding some of our most-anticipated films of the year. Mia Hansen-Løve, following up her incredible, sadly overlooked drama Eden, will premiere the Isabelle Huppert-led Things to Come, while Thomas Vinterberg, Lav Diaz, André Téchiné, and many more will stop by with their new features. Check out the new additions below, followed by some previously announced films, notably John Michael McDonagh‘s War on Everyone.
Cartas da guerra (Letters from War)
By Ivo M. Ferreira (Na Escama do Dragão)
Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!)
With Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol
Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) – documentary
Italy / France
- Jordan Raup
London — The Berlin Film Festival has added another nine titles to its competition lineup, including Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune,” Danis Tanovic’s “Death in Sarajevo,” Andre Techine’s “Being 17” and Mia Hansen-Love’s “Things to Come.”
Danish helmer Vinterberg is best known for “The Celebration,” which was BAFTA and Golden Globes nominated, and won Cannes’ Jury Prize, and “The Hunt,” which picked up nominations at the Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars.
“The Commune,” whose ensemble cast is lead by Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen, centers on the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a commune in the 70s. TrustNordisk is handling international sales.
Bosnian director Tanovic is best known for “No Man’s Land,” which won best screenplay at Cannes, and a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best foreign-language film. “Death in Sarajevo,” which is being sold by The Match Factory, is based on a play, “Hotel Europe, »
- Leo Barraclough
Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has added nine titles to its Competition line-up, bringing the current total to 14 (the full Competition programme will be announced soon, according to the fest).
The new additions include The Commune, marking the first time Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Far From The Madding Crowd) has been in Competition at Berlin since Submarino in 2010. The film centres on a Danish commune in the 1970s and will be released in Denmark this weekend (Jan 14).
French director Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) has been selected with her drama Things to Come, starring Isabelle Huppert as a woman embarking on a new life after her husband leaves her for another woman. The film will world premiere at Berlin.
Another world premiere will be documentary Fire at Sea, capturing life on »
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