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Berlin Film Festival Review: ‘Gueros’

8 February 2014 8:27 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“To be young and not a revolutionary is a contradiction,” reads a protest banner in “Gueros,” a feisty Mexican indie in which two brothers — one dark-skinned, the other pale — idly fritter away a few days while those around them stage a massive student demonstration. Such politics exist on the periphery of Alonso Ruizpalacios’ playful yet realistically grounded debut, which poses as a road trip (or, for the more generously inclined, a lackadaisical “chase movie”) in which the siblings conceivably discover their place in society while searching for an elusive folk singer. Pic faces modest returns, but foretells a promising career.

By contrast with a more arthouse-friendly strain of Mexican cinema — whose helmers “grab a bunch of beggars and shoot in black-and-white,” as one character here self-reflexively notes — this microbudget offering focuses on relatively privileged middle-class types (which it also shoots in black-and-white, and in the Academy ratio). The slang title »

- Peter Debruge

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Eighteen Pix Vie for Debut Helmer Prize at Berlin Film Festival

23 January 2014 11:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Eighteen films will compete for the best first feature award at the Berlin Film Festival, which comes with a Euros 50,000 ($68,500) prize, shared by the director and the producer.

Entries of note include hotly tipped competish title “’71,” helmed by Yann Demange, Wes Bentley-starrer “Things People Do,” whose helmer Saar Klein earned Oscar noms as one of the editors on “Almost Famous” and “The Thin Red Line,” and Germany-based American helmer Damian John Harper’s “Los Angeles,” which is about a Mexican villager fighting the local gangsters.

The jury members are Italian actress and director Valeria Golino, U.S. director Nancy Buirski and Argentine producer Hernan Musaluppi.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 15.

Competition

“’71” (U.K.) Dir: Yann Demange. With Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer.

“Historia del miedo” (History of Fear) (Argentina/Uruguay/Germany/France) Dir: Benjamin Naishtat. With Jonathan Da Rosa, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlinale name First Feature jury

23 January 2014 7:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Nancy Buirski [pictured], Valeria Golino and Hernán Musaluppi to decide on the Best First Feature Award; 18 films are in contention.

Berlinale has unveiled the three-person jury for its Best First Feature Award.

Us director and producer Nancy Buirski, Italian actress and director Valeria Golino and Argentinian producer Hernán Musaluppi will decide the award, with the winner announced at the official award ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on Feb 15.

The award comes with a €50,000 prize, donated by the Gwff, and will be split between the producer and director of the winning film, while the director will also be awarded with a high-quality viewfinder.

A total of 18 directorial debuts have been nominated by the heads of the Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino section.

They are:

Competition

´71 - United Kingdom 

By Yann Demange

With Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer

Historia del miedo (History of Fear) – Argentina / Uruguay / Germany / France

By Benjamin Naishtat

With Jonathan Da Rosa, [link »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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