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Did the 2005 Oscars get it right?

18 February 2015 9:35 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...

It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.

This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »

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Berlinale 2015: Oliver Hirschbiegel's New WWII Thriller '13 Minutes'

12 February 2015 10:45 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

If only he had 13 more minutes, the world would be an entirely different place. The new film from German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Das Experiment, Downfall, The Invasion), titled 13 Minutes, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this week. It's a solid thriller that tells the true story of carpenter Georg Elser, a resistance fighter who designed a bomb and attempted to kill Hitler in 1939, but was unsuccessful by only 13 minutes. It feels very much like Germany's response to The Imitation Game, highlighting an individual who tried to impact WWII for the better and wasn't recognized by his country for many years. It's also everything that Valkyrie should've been, but wasn't, and explores Georg's life leading up to and after the bombing. I'm not sure why so many critics are out to hate this film, but it's certainly not bad by any means (contrary to what some might be claiming). It's not perfect either, »

- Alex Billington

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‘13 Minutes’ Helmer Says Hitler’s Would-Be Killer Was Like Snowden – Berlin

12 February 2015 11:44 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Sony Pictures Classics acquired North and Latin American distribution rights to Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Nazi-era drama 13 Minutes early on at the Berlin Film Festival. The story of Georg Elser, who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1939, has its official screening out of competition today and was met with high praise from the press corps this morning. This is a return to familiar territory for the Oscar-nominated Downfall director after 2013’s savaged English-language biopic Diana.

A compelling portrait of the resistance fighter, 13 Minutes is not the first time Elser’s story has come to the screen, but is a rarity. Klaus Maria Brandauer starred in and directed Seven Minutes in 1989 which focused more on the building of Elser’s poorly-timed bomb. The failed deed was put in motion during a speech given by Hitler for the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. The bomb Elser had placed behind the lectern detonated »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Berlin Film Review: ’13 Minutes’

12 February 2015 10:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Before making yet another film about the Third Reich, it would be wise for filmmakers to ask why. Is it to “never forget,” or is it because there always seems to be funding available for a Nazi pic? Oliver Hirschbiegel’s cinematic return to the era, “13 Minutes,” resurrects the story of Georg Elser, Hitler’s would-be assassin in 1939, yet as with countless films set in the period, the absence of subtlety combined with predictable dollops of sentimentalism once again trivialize events in the name of making them understandable. Unsurprisingly, international sales have been brisk, and Sony Classics’ early Berlinale pickup indicates confidence in the possibilities for a full-scale U.S. rollout.

Why is it taking so long for people to question whether a constant stream of trite movies on major subjects is really the best way to commemorate a tragedy? The answer, unfortunately, is that simplistic movies make the unfathomable comprehensible, »

- Jay Weissberg

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Berlin: 'Downfall,' '13 Minutes' Part of Trilogy on Nazi Era, Says Director

12 February 2015 4:19 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After the Oscar-nominated Downfall, about Adolf Hitler's final days, and his new drama 13 Minutes, the story of would-be Hitler assassin Georg Elser, director Oliver Hirschbiegel is planning a third film on the Nazi era. “I want to complete my trilogy of the history of National Socialism,” the director told THR. “Downfall showed the end, 13 Minutes showed the beginning. The last film will look at the victims, either during Hitler or afterwards, to show the impact of the Nazis.” He didn't immediately provide further details on the third film and when he might start on

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- Scott Roxborough

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Berlin: Sony Classics Grabs Hitler Assassination Drama '13 Minutes'

9 February 2015 8:40 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sony Pictures Classics has grabbed North American and Latin American rights to "13 Minutes" from Beta Cinema and director Oliver Hirschbiegel. Starring Christian Fridel and Burghart Klaußner of "The White Ribbon," and co-starring Katharina Schüttler and Johann von Bülow, the film follows a carpenter "who could have changed world history and saved millions of human lives. If only he had had 13 more minutes. With 13 more minutes, the bomb he had personally assembled would have torn apart Adolf Hitler and his henchmen. But this was not to be, and on 8 November 1939, Hitler left the scene of the attempted assassination earlier than expected - leaving Elser to fail catastrophically," per the press release. Hirschbiegel is best known for his Academy Award-nominated "Downfall," the 2004 German-language, WWII-era drama about the last days of Hitler. "13 Minutes" is produced by Lucky Bird Pictures in »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Berlin: Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Hitler Assassination Story ’13 Minutes’

7 February 2015 10:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin rights to Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “13 Minutes,” which is playing out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival.

Based on the story of an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, the Beta Cinema film stars Christian Friedel and Katharina Schuttler

Hirschbiegel’s “Downfall” was nominated for a foreign language film Oscar in 2005.

“I am overjoyed and very, very proud that Sony Pictures Classics, for me the crown jewel of foreign language and indie film distributors, will bring ’13 Minutes’ to the American audiences who I am sure will come to love this exceptionally free spirited and brave man Georg Elser,” said Hirschbiegel in a statement.

“60 years after the end of WWII there continues to be extraordinary stories from that period and ’13 Minutes’ is one of those stories. Oliver Hirschbiegel is a gifted storyteller, whose film we are proud to bring to the public, alongside Dirk, »

- Variety Staff

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Berlin: Sony Pictures Classics Takes '13 Minutes' for North America

7 February 2015 10:10 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Hitler assassination drama 13 Minutes from Beta Cinema. Directed by Academy Award-nominated Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall), it is playing out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival. The deal with Spc was underway before Berlin got underway, according to insiders. Read more Berlin: 'The Last King' Sells to Germany, Austria, Switzerland The movie is about would-be assassin Georg Elser. "With 13 more minutes, the bomb he had personally assembled would have torn apart Adolf Hitler and his henchmen," a plot description says. "But this was not

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- Georg Szalai

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A Rundown Of Buzzy Berlin Titles As Market Begins To Roll

6 February 2015 8:34 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.

Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.

Much of the pre-buy buzz »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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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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Wim Wenders' 3D Drama 'Every Thing Will Be Fine' & New Films By Pablo Larraín & Oliver Hirschbiegel Complete Berlin Line-Up

19 January 2015 4:42 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After scoring the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” 2015’s most Oscar-nominated film bar “Birdman,” The Berlin Film Festival suddenly seems to have more clout and sway than usual. The festival already has a tremendous line-up that includes anticipated new films by Terrence Malick, Werner Herzog, Anton Corbijn, Jafar Panahi and more. Berlin announced the completion of their line-up today and there’s definitely a few more cherries to top it all off. As expected (he’s being feted by the festival), Wim Wenders’ 3D drama, “Every Thing Will Be Fine,” starring James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams, will be part of the final line-up, but will play out of competition. Other key additions include two new unexpected films by Chilean auteurs, a documentary by Patricio Guzman titled “The Pearl Button” and a new surprise drama from Pablo Larraín (director of “No” starring Gael Garcia Bernal »

- Edward Davis

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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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