Berlinale 2018

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1. Isle of Dogs (2018)

PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

82 Metascore

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Votes: 109,195 | Gross: $32.02M

2. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)

R | 114 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

Votes: 14,441 | Gross: $1.44M

3. Dovlatov (2018)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama

68 Metascore

DOVLATOV charts six days in the life of brilliant, ironic writer who saw far beyond the rigid limits of 70s Soviet Russia. Sergei Dovlatov fought preserve his own talent and decency with ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksey German Jr. | Stars: Milan Maric, Danila Kozlovsky, Helena Sujecka, Artur Beschastny

Votes: 1,279

4. Eva (II) (2018)

100 min | Drama, Romance

38 Metascore

A playwright encounters a mysterious woman when he takes shelter in a chalet during a violent snowstorm.

Director: Benoît Jacquot | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Gaspard Ulliel, Julia Roy, Marc Barbé

Votes: 649

5. Daughter of Mine (2018)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A daughter torn between two mothers, one who raised her with love and her biological mother, who instinctively claims her back.

Director: Laura Bispuri | Stars: Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher, Sara Casu, Udo Kier

Votes: 651 | Gross: $0.01M

6. In the Aisles (2018)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

66 Metascore

Christian begins to work as a shelf stacker at a supermarket and finds himself in a new, unknown world: the long aisles, the bustle at the checkouts, the forklifts.

Director: Thomas Stuber | Stars: Sandra Hüller, Franz Rogowski, Peter Kurth, Henning Peker

Votes: 2,653 | Gross: $0.01M

7. My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot (2018)

174 min | Drama

Robert and Elena are twins entangled in a tale of puberty, philosophy and sexuality.

Director: Philip Gröning | Stars: Josef Mattes, Julia Zange, Urs Jucker, Stefan Konarske

Votes: 162

8. Mug (2018)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A man undergoes a face transplant and experiences ensuing identity issues.

Director: Malgorzata Szumowska | Stars: Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Malgorzata Gorol, Roman Gancarczyk

Votes: 1,471

9. The Bookshop (2017)

PG | 113 min | Drama

62 Metascore

England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne, Honor Kneafsey

Votes: 8,123 | Gross: $1.59M

10. The Silent Revolution (2018)

111 min | Drama, History

A group of twelfth-grade pupils decide to show their solidarity with the victims of the 1956 Hungarian uprising by staging two minutes of silence during lessons.

Director: Lars Kraume | Stars: Leonard Scheicher, Tom Gramenz, Lena Klenke, Isaiah Michalski

Votes: 2,080

11. Central Airport THF (2018)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

Berlin's Tempelhof Airport was opened in 1923 and, under Adolf Hitler, extended to become the world's largest airport which was finally closed in 2008. But even today Tempelhof Airport ... See full summary »

Director: Karim Aïnouz | Stars: Ibrahim Al Hussein, Qutaiba Nafer, Maria Alahmad, Christine Kiessig-Kämper

Votes: 144

13. The Omission (2018)

90 min | Drama

In a snowy and industrial city in the south of Argentina, Paula, a 23-year-old girl from Buenos Aires, starts an intense job hunt with the sole purpose of saving money. The lack of a job, a... See full summary »

Director: Sebastián Schjaer | Stars: Sofía Brito, Lisandro Rodríguez, Malena Hernández Díaz, Victoria Raposo

Votes: 49

14. Ex-Shaman (2018)

81 min | Documentary

Ever since their first contact with the Western world in 1969 the Paiter Suruí, an indigenous people living in the Amazon basin, have been exposed to sweeping social changes. Smartphones, ... See full summary »

Director: Luiz Bolognesi | Star: Perpera Suruí

Votes: 160

15. Bixa Travesty (2018)

75 min | Documentary

A documentary that follows Mc Linn Da Quebrada, a black trans woman, performer and activist living in impoverished São Paulo. Her electrifying performances (with plenty of nudity) brazenly take on Brazil's hetero-normative machismo.

Directors: Kiko Goifman, Claudia Priscilla | Stars: Linn da Quebrada, Jup do Bairro, Liniker, As Bahias e a Cozinha Mineira

Votes: 139

16. Malambo, the Good Man (2018)

71 min | Drama

A Malambo dancer prepares himself all his life for the tournament. If he achieves victory, it will be his end. The winners can no longer compete, they must retire. They may only train ... See full summary »

Director: Santiago Loza | Stars: Gaspar Jofre, Nubecita Vargas, Pablo Lugones, Gabriela Pastor

Votes: 34

17. L'animale (2018)

100 min | Drama

L'Animale is a film about the contradictory forces that guide our lives: desire, passion, and reason.

Director: Katharina Mückstein | Stars: Sophie Stockinger, Kathrin Resetarits, Dominik Warta, Julia Franz Richter

Votes: 392

18. Obscuro Barroco (2018)

59 min | Documentary

In her essayistic film Obscuro Barroco Greek director Evangelia Kranioti explores the poetic words of her transgender narrator Luana Muniz, who is herself an icon of Brazil's queer ... See full summary »

Director: Evangelia Kranioti | Star: Luana Muniz

Votes: 166

19. That Summer (2017)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

Montauk, East Hampton, New York, 2016. Peter Beard discusses his work as a photographer, artist and diarist before reminiscing about his attempt to make a documentary in the summer of 1972 ... See full summary »

Director: Göran Olsson | Stars: Peter Beard, Lee Radziwill, Jacqueline Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy

Votes: 197 | Gross: $0.01M

20. River's Edge (2018)

118 min | Crime

A group of high school students experience the brutal front of urban isolation after a corpse washes up from the river.

Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Fumi Nikaidô, Ryô Yoshizawa, Aoi Morikawa, Shûhei Uesugi

Votes: 418

21. 303 (2018)

145 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two university students, Jule and Jan, leave Berlin together in an old camper on a road trip south, but for different reasons.

Director: Hans Weingartner | Stars: Mala Emde, Anton Spieker, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey, Thomas Schmuckert

Votes: 2,829

22. Cobain (2018)

94 min | Drama

Cobain (15) tries to get his pregnant mother Mia to quit her self-destructive lifestyle. When she refuses to clean up her act, Cobain takes over.

Director: Nanouk Leopold | Stars: Bas Keizer, Naomi Velissariou, Wim Opbrouck, Dana Marineci

Votes: 167

23. Denmark (2017)

90 min | Drama

Norge, 22, is your typical slacker kid. He aimlessly wanders suburban blocks with a beer, a joint, and his only friend Myre. The two kids dream of moving to the big city and starting a ... See full summary »

Director: Kasper Rune Larsen | Stars: Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Jonas Lindegaard Jacobsen, Jacob Skyggebjerg, Jens Kristian

Votes: 139

24. The Pigeon (I) (2018)

78 min | Drama

Only on the roof of his parents' house, above the alleys of a slum in Adana, with his beloved pigeons, can Yusuf find peace, and himself. Finding a foothold in the dystopian world outside is more difficult.

Director: Banu Sivaci | Stars: Kemal Burak Alper, Ruhi Sari, Demet Genç, Evren Erler

Votes: 238

25. Fake Tattoos (2017)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance

Theo spends his 18th birthday alone, getting drunk at a brutal punk rock show. There, he meets Mag, a marginal teenager who invites him to spend the night at her place. A love story unfolds... See full summary »

Director: Pascal Plante | Stars: Anthony Therrien, Rose-Marie Perreault, Lysandre Nadeau, Brigitte Poupart

Votes: 394

26. Red Cow (2018)

90 min | Drama

Red Cow is a coming-of-age film that takes place in the days leading up to the assassination of Rabin and depicts the life of Benny, 16, orphaned from mother at birth and the only child of ... See full summary »

Director: Tsivia Barkai | Stars: Avigail Kovari, Gal Toren, Moran Rosenblatt, Dana Sorin

Votes: 74

27. Cléo & Paul (2018)

61 min | Comedy

Lost in Paris, Cléo is looking for Paul and Paul is looking for Cléo. A poetic adventure lived in 3-year-old kids' shoes.

Director: Stéphane Demoustier | Stars: Cléo Demoustier, Paul Demoustier, Vimala Pons, Anders Danielsen Lie

Votes: 42

28. Virus Tropical (2017)

97 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

Paola is born in a traditional Colombian family, or at least that is what they try to be. Her father is a priest, her mother is a "psychic" and her sisters are not what their parents ... See full summary »

Director: Santiago Caicedo | Stars: María Cecilia Sánchez, Martina Toro, Alejandra Borrero, Diego León Hoyos

Votes: 382

29. Unicorn (2017)

122 min | Drama

A young girl of 13 lives with her mother on an isolated property. They are awaiting the return of their father and husband. But instead, another man appears, transforming the relationship between the mother and daughter.

Director: Eduardo Nunes | Stars: Bárbara Luz, Patricia Pillar, Zécarlos Machado, Lee Taylor

Votes: 102

30. The Giant Pear (2017)

79 min | Animation

Life in Solby is nice and peaceful until one day Mitcho and Sebastian find a message in a bottle by the harbour. The bottle is from the missing mayor of Solby with a message that he is on a... See full summary »

Directors: Amalie Næsby Fick, Jørgen Lerdam, Philip Einstein Lipski | Stars: Alfred Bjerre Larsen, Liva Elvira Magnussen, Peter Frödin, Henrik Koefoed

Votes: 549

31. My Giraffe (2017)

74 min | Family

Patterson Pepps has a best friend: Raf, a giraffe. Raf and Patterson grow up together as Patterson lives next to the zoo and they are born on the exact same day. When they reach the age ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Bredero | Stars: Liam de Vries, Martijn Fischer, Dolores Leeuwin, Medi Broekman

Votes: 113

32. The Endless Day (2018)

98 min | Drama

Alone in the country, three children play; but why are their parents so mysteriously absent? How quickly do dark clouds gather around childhood's endless day.

Director: Alessia Chiesa | Stars: Lara Rógora, Mateo Baldasso, Mila Marchisio

Votes: 23

33. Gordon and Paddy (2017)

62 min | Animation, Fantasy

A 2D animated film about a young mouse who becomes Police Superintendent, adapted from the book by Ulf Nilsson and Gitte Spee.

Director: Linda Hambäck | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Melinda Kinnaman, Felix Herngren, Mingus Broman

Votes: 81

34. Cross My Heart (2017)

102 min | Drama

Montreal, October 1970. Twelve-year-old Manon's family is on the verge of collapse; she and her little brother Mimi are about to be placed in Foster Care. Manon is incensed. Inspired by the... See full summary »

Director: Luc Picard | Stars: Milya Corbeil-Gauvreau, Anthony Bouchard, Henri Richer-Picard, Alexis Guay

Votes: 240

35. The Seen and Unseen (2017)

83 min | Drama

A young girl seeks out imaginative ways to cope with the death of her twin brother.

Director: Kamila Andini | Stars: Thaly Titi Kasih, Ida Bagus Putu Radithya Mahijasena, Ayu Laksmi, Ketut Rina

Votes: 227

36. Supa Modo (2018)

74 min | Drama

Story of a young girl whose dream of becoming a superhero is threatened by terminal illness, inspiring her village to rally together to make her dream come true.

Director: Likarion Wainaina | Stars: Stycie Waweru, Marrianne Nungo, Nyawara Ndambia, Johnson Gitau Chege

Votes: 163

37. Away You Go (2018)

80 min | Drama

The young Berlin schoolteacher Charlie (Victoria Schulz) no longer wants to continue as usual on her chosen path and asks herself what she really wants and needs.

Director: Philipp Eichholtz | Stars: Victoria Schulz, Aleksandar Radenkovic, Daniel Zillmann, Angelika Waller

Votes: 136

38. (2018)

30 min | Short, Drama

Autumn in Northern Sweden. Linn is 16 years old and finally allowed to join her father on the elk hunt. She wants to prove herself in the group of hunters, but the wilderness itself turns out to be her actual test.

Director: Sophia Bösch | Stars: Sofia Aspholm, Lennart Jähkel, Ingmar Virta, Ivan Mathias Petersson

Votes: 12

39. After-work beer (2018)

113 min | Comedy, Drama

Magnus, a barkeeper, has come to terms with his past: he is separated from his ex and their son and spends most of his time with his beloved Youngtimer car. But when one night it is stolen ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Brummer | Stars: Tilman Strauss, Julia Dietze, Johann Jürgens, Christian Tramitz

Votes: 12

41. Great Wall of China (2017)

36 min | Short

A summer's day in the countryside in Bosnia, twenty years after the latest war. Being the only witness of a secret plan of her favourite aunt Ljilja, little Maja takes a major step in her ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandra Odic | Stars: Elena Matic, Tina Keserovic, Faketa Salihbegovic, Mugdim Avdagic

Votes: 9

42. Outside (2018)

80 min | Documentary

The film explores the turbulent lives of homeless persons in Cologne, Germany. Through their personal belongings the homeless share with the viewer their memories and emotions, and provide ... See full summary »

Directors: Johanna Sunder-Plassman, Tama Tobias-Macht

Votes: 16

43. Docks of Hamburg (1928)

114 min | Drama

When Hamburg ship's mate Klaus Brandt catches a thief one night at the port, his downfall is pre-ordained. For the thief turns out to be a young, attractive woman and the otherwise upright ... See full summary »

Director: Erich Waschneck | Stars: Jenny Jugo, Willy Fritsch, Fritz Rasp, Wolfgang Zilzer

Votes: 15

46. Fight for the Matterhorn (1928)

117 min | Drama

This Alpine thriller is based on the story of English climber Edward Whymper who vies with Jean-Antoine Carrel, an Italian mountain guide, to conquer the Matterhorn.

Directors: Mario Bonnard, Nunzio Malasomma | Stars: Luis Trenker, Marcella Albani, Alexandra Schmitt, Clifford McLaglen

Votes: 31

47. Opium (1920)

112 min | Drama

A Chinese opium dealer takes revenge on Westerners who have corrupted his wife.

Director: Robert Reinert | Stars: Eduard von Winterstein, Sybill Morel, Werner Krauss, Friedrich Kühne

Votes: 78