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Lff 2015: Flocking Review

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From the moment director Beata Gårdeler’s Crystal Bear-winning second feature opens with a wedding celebration, there is a sinister ambience to Flocking, both in ambiguity of direction and cinematic colour palette. It lingers, throwing up threatening imagery like dark, foreboding corridors and an abattoir full of fresh meat. The scene is set. The question is

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Efp reveals Busan 2015 line-up

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Efp reveals Busan 2015 line-up
European Film Promotion (Efp) has unveiled the list of titles it will support at this year’s Busan International Film Festival (Oct 1-10) in South Korea.

It marks the 18th year that Efp has supported cultural exchange between European filmmakers and Korean audiences as well as helping European films find their way onto Asia’s screens.

Efp’s programme, Opening Doors, is backed by the Creative Europe – Media Programme of the European Union and participating Efp member organisations.

A total of 13 mostly young European film artists will travel to Busan with the support of Efp to present their titles at the Asian film showcase.

Several of the films have already been recognised this year on the film festival circuit.

Babai, the feature debut of Kosovo-born, Germany-based filmmaker Visar Morina won best director at Karlovy Vary in July. The film tells a father-and-son-story of unwanted economic migrants.

Adriano Valerio’s debut film, Banat, about
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Mob Mentality Turns Small Town Against One Family in Flocking [Trailer]

The general cultural consensus is that when an individual claims to be the victim of abuse, we give them the benefit of doubt. Though that is the right thing to do in reality, that's far from the case and when it comes right down to it, other factors often come into play. That reality is at the centre of Beata Gårdeler's Flocking.

Fourteen year old Jennifer lives in an apparently idyllic small Swedish community. Her life is turned upside down when Jennifer accuses her classmate, a handsome, popular boy named Alexander, of rape. As news of the accusation spreads through town, people start to question Jennifer's claim and pretty soon, the entire town turns on Jennifer and her family.

Flocking explores mob mentality and seems to delve deep into the psychology of [Continued ...]
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Media Luna, International Sales Agent in Guadalajara

Media Luna's lineup of predominantly women-centric and Spanish language films is very attractive for Ficg's upcoming market this March 6 - 16th.

"Flocking" by Beata Gårdeler won the Crystal Bear for Best Feature at Berlinale 2015

Synopsis: The small village community is convinced that the young Jennifer is lying, when she claims to have been raped by classmate Alexander. Evidence and court decisions mean nothing, where grown-up people lay down their own rules and laws to stick with the flock.

(Sweden 2015; Drama/Thriller) Based on true stories.

"Two Women" by Vera Glagoleva. Starring Ralph Fiennes ("The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The English Patient") and Sylvie Testud ("La Vie en Rose," "Lourdes")

Synopsis: Natalya is married to a land baron. Her feelings for her son’s attractive new tutor will confront her with her own daughter and turn her devoted life into a complex web of unappreciated love, lust and jealousy. (Russia, France, Latvia 2014; Drama)

"3 Beauties"(3 Bellezas) by Carlos Caridad-Montero (Venezuela 2014; Comedy) Miss Venezuela. When obsession for beauty and cosmetic surgery is taken too far.

Synopsis:Perla is obsessed with having a beauty queen in the family and she is willing to do whatever it takes to make her dream come true. Including destroying her own family.

"No Thank You" by Samuli Valkama (Finland 2014; Comedy) - Based on the Anna-Leena Härkönen bestseller, “Ei Kiitos”, published by Otava, the novel now exceeds 110.000 printed exemplars and "No Thank You" became a Box Office hit in Finland!

Synopsis: Heli’s husband is not in the mood. After many years of marriage a shoulder massage is the highest form of intimacy for him. When subtle hints, nice words and fetching clothes won’t help, Heli turns to increasingly direct action — in vain! Then she meets the attractive Jarno, a stunning young man. Soon she will discover what she wants, and what she doesn’t want in life.

"The Mud Woman" (La Mujer de Barro) by Sergio Castro San Martín (Chile & Argentina 2015; Drama) Starring Catalina Saavedra (Best actress at Sundace Film Festival for “The Maid”) World Premiere at Berlinale Forum 2015.

Synopsis: Maria and her daughter Teresa leave near the border between Chile and Argentina. Ten years have passed, since she last worked in the vineyard's harvest season. Now Maria has to earn some extra money and decides to return at the plantation… not knowing she will have to face her unsolved past.

"Baby Steps" by Barney Cheng (USA, Taiwan 2015; Comedy/Drama) From Oscar-winning producer of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Eat Drink Man Woman" and "The Wedding Banquet" by Ang Lee. Starring the award-winning actress Ah-Leh Gua ("The Wedding Banquet" and" Eat Drink Man Woman").

Synopsis: Danny and his boyfriend long to have a baby. The complex world of international surrogacy is further complicated by Danny's well-meaning but extremely meddlesome Mother who wants to control every aspect of the process all the way from Taipei.

"Internet Junkie" by Alexander Katzowicz (Argentina, Mexico & Israel 2015; Dark Comedy/Erotic) Starring Antonio Birabent ("Wild Tango"), Angela Molina ("That Obscure Object of Desire," "The Things of Love") and special appearance of Arturo Ripstein (Director of "No One Writes to the Colonel," "The Queen of the Night")

Synopsis: Inside the virtual world... A soldier looking for lovers, a teenager searching for porn, a mother in need of friends, a graduated looking for a job, women waiting to find the love of their life and the best –or any- lover in the area... outside the virtual world no one is what they seem.

"Get Married If You Can" (Casese Quien Pueda) by Marco Polo Constandse (Mexico 2014; Comedy) Box Office hit in Mexico! - Third highest-grossing film of all time – Starring Martha Higadera ("Street Kings," "Amar te duele"), Luis Gerardo Méndez ("Cantinflas") and Michel Brown ("Pasión de Gavilanes" – TV)

Synopsis: Ana is obsessed with her big dream wedding. Daniela is focused on her career, no time for marriage. When Ana finds out her fiancé is cheating on her and Daniela falls in love with her best friend they discover that the only true path to marriage is love.

"Sweet Girls" by Jean-Paul Cardinaux & Xavier Ruiz (Switzerland 2015; Dark Comedy) Generational clash, when a hopeless young generation meet an aged population.

Synopsis: Elodie and Marie are two teenagers that face the lack of opportunities offered by the housing crisis. They come up to an extreme solution: empty the apartments unjustly occupied by “the old people” who, at her eyes, are responsible of the current social imbalance. In this journey, they will discover that there are human beings, just as lost and forgotten by society as they are.

"Perfect Obedience" (Obediencia Perfecta) by Luis Urquiza (Mexico 2014; Drama) Based on a true story, the scandal related to the priest Marcial Maciel, the Head of "The Legion of Christ” (Los Legionarios de Cristo). Montreal (Best Film), Cine Ceará (Best Director, Best Actor)

Synopsis: A young seminarian will endure a hard spiritual journey to reach Perfect Obedience. His mentor, captivated by his fragility and innocence, will guide him to complete psychological and physical surrender.

"Buzzard" by Joel Potrykus (USA 2014; Dark Comedy, Drama) Joel Potrykus won Best Emerging Director and Special Mention for Best First Feature at Locarno 2012 for his film “Ape”. At this year’s Locarno, he won Special Mention from the Independent Juries and Prices in 2014 for his new feature “Buzzard”.

Synopsis: Marty is a small-time con artist drifting from one scam to the next. When his latest ruse goes awry, mounting paranoia forces him to leave his lousy temp job and hide out in his co-worker's basement. Until eventually he flees to Detroit with nothing but a pocket full of bogus checks, his Power Glove, and a bad temper.

"Unlucky Plaza" by Ken Kwek (Singapore 2014; Thriller, Dark Comedy) Ken Kwek’s previous compilation of shortfilms “Sex.Violence.FamilyValues - three dirrty stories from the world's cleanest city-“ was banned by the Singapore and Malaysia government in 2012. World Premiere Toronto 2014.

Synopsis: Sky has a debt to the mafia and hopes to convince his wife to sell her parent’s flat. Looking for a way out, she rents the flat to an evicted single father, while unintentionally setting into motion a series of unfortunate events.

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Berlin: Flocking wins Crystal Bear

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Berlin: Flocking wins Crystal Bear
Swedish teen drama takes top prize in the Generation 14plus strand.

A young jury has named Beata Gårdeler’s Flocking (Flocken) the Crystal Bear winner for Best Film in the Generation 14plus section of the Berlin Film Festival (Feb 5-15).

The Swedish film centres on a 14-year old girl who reports she has been raped, but is not believed, leading to her entire village turns against the teenager and her family.

“The film which struck us the most was one which succeeds in continuously maintaining its oppressive atmosphere,” said the jury in a statement. “This film gives us a precise and intense experience of the mechanisms of progressive social exclusion, triggered by an accusation. It excels in its portrayal of the role of social networks, where anonymity can lead to the unchecked build-up of aggression. A great cast, gripping dialog and unexpected developments combine to create an extraordinary work.”

A special mention was given to Sam de Jong’s Prince
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Berlinale 2015. Official Lineup

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The 65th Berlinale has begun to unveil its lineup for this coming February 5th to 15th in the German capital. Watch this page for updates as more announcements come in.

Competition

Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh)

Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamante)

As We Were Dreaming (Andreas Dresen)

Under Electric Clouds (Alexey German)

Eisenstein in Guanajuato (Peter Greenaway)

45 Years (Andrew Haigh)

Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

The Bunker (Nikias Chryssos)

Spiderwebhouse (Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt)

HomeSick (Jakob M. Erwa)

Wanja (Carolina Hellsgård)

Sibylle (Michael Krummenacher)

A Perfect Place (Anatol Schuster)

I Remember (Janna Ji Wonders)

Generation 14Plus

Short Skin (Duccio Chiarini, Italy)

Corbo (Mathieu Denis, Canada)

Nena (Saskia Diesing, Netherlands/Germany)

Flocken (Beata Gårdeler, Sweden)

The Beat Beneath My Feet (John Williams, Great Britain)

Generation Kplus

Paper Planes (Robert Connolly, Australia)

Snow Pirates (Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu, Turkey)

Mini and the Mozzies (Jannik Hastrup and Flemming Quist Møller, Denmark)

Rainbow (Nagesh Kukunoor, India)

My Skinny Sister
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Daily | Berlinale 2015 Lineup, Round 2

The Berlinale's announced thirteen features lined up for the Generation programs aimed at younger viewers attending its 65th edition, running from February 5 through 15: Duccio Chiarini's Short Skin, Mathieu Denis's Corbo, Saskia Diesing's Nena, Beata Gårdeler's Flocken, John Williams's The Beat Beneath My Feet, Robert Connolly's Paper Planes, Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu's Kar Korsanları, Jannik Hastrup and Flemming Quist Møller's Cykelmyggen og Minibillen, Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak, Sanna Lenken's Min lilla syster, Mark Noonan's You’re Ugly Too, Brian Perkins's Golden Kingdom and Tallulah Schwab's Dorsvloer vol Confetti. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Berlinale 2015 Lineup, Round 2

The Berlinale's announced thirteen features lined up for the Generation programs aimed at younger viewers attending its 65th edition, running from February 5 through 15: Duccio Chiarini's Short Skin, Mathieu Denis's Corbo, Saskia Diesing's Nena, Beata Gårdeler's Flocken, John Williams's The Beat Beneath My Feet, Robert Connolly's Paper Planes, Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu's Kar Korsanları, Jannik Hastrup and Flemming Quist Møller's Cykelmyggen og Minibillen, Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak, Sanna Lenken's Min lilla syster, Mark Noonan's You’re Ugly Too, Brian Perkins's Golden Kingdom and Tallulah Schwab's Dorsvloer vol Confetti. » - David Hudson
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