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‘Funny Face’: Film Review

  • Variety
‘Funny Face’: Film Review
In a rare moment of light, everyday pleasure in the otherwise perma-brooding “Funny Face,” two young Brooklyn lovers build sandwiches from international deli ingredients, accompanied by Serbian butter and sour watermelon pickle, and eat their creations with relish on a bench overlooking the shore. Whether intended or not as a reference to an almost century-old Rodgers & Hart lyric — “We’ll go to Coney/And eat baloney/On a roll” — it’s a tender evocation of a New York City that is currently passing before its inhabitants’ eyes, as diverse, independent populations and businesses are increasingly flattened in the name of hollow corporate gentrification.

That’s hardly an incidental theme of Tim Sutton’s stylish, plainly impassioned fifth feature, in which two young outsiders — a Muslim woman shaking off the oppressive minding of her elders, and an unhinged, mask-wearing victim of property redevelopment — meet, fall in love, and rage against the capitalist machine.
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Film Constellation Boards Berlinale Title ‘Funny Face’ (Exclusive)

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Film Constellation Boards Berlinale Title ‘Funny Face’ (Exclusive)
London-based production, finance and sales company Film Constellation has added Tim Sutton’s Berlinale title “Funny Face” to its international sales slate. UTA is representing North American rights.

The film stars Cosmo Jarvis, newcomer Dela Meskienyar, Jonny Lee Miller, and Victor Garber.

Written and directed by Sutton, the film portrays the innocence of love against the backdrop of gentrification, and will have its world premiere as part of Berlinale’s newest section, Encounters, which aims to foster aesthetically and structurally daring works from independent, innovative filmmakers.

The film centers on a power-hungry real estate developer, who decides to destroy Saul’s (Jarvis) grandparents’ home to make way for a parking lot. Saul is left desperate and angry, impotent in a world beyond his control. Young, reckless and alone, he takes on the persona of the “Funny Face” mask to take revenge.

Then he meets the rebellious Zama (Meskienyar), and as
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Berlin Film Festival Chiefs Talk First Lineup, Diversity, Netflix, Jeremy Irons, & Coronavirus Impact

  • Deadline
Berlin Film Festival Chiefs Talk First Lineup, Diversity, Netflix, Jeremy Irons, & Coronavirus Impact
The new co-heads of the Berlin Film Festival have had an eventful build up to their first edition, which gets underway in two weeks. The festival program has been greeted with cautious optimism but there have also been bumps in the road, including last week’s suspension of the Alfred Bauer Silver Bear Prize and some questions over the choice of Jeremy Irons as jury head in light of comments the actor once made about women and same sex marriage.

We spoke to artistic director Carlo Chatrian (formerly of Locarno) and executive director Mariette Rissenbeek (formerly of German Films) about this year’s lineup, the festival’s direction and some of the noise being made away from the films. The duo declined to answer additional questions about the Alfred Bauer situation but we have covered that here.

Deadline: How are you feeling about this year’s festival?

Carlo Chatrian: We both feel very excited.
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Berlin: Inaugural Encounters Competition To Bow New Films From ‘Donnybrook’s Tim Sutton & ‘Sieranevada’s Cristi Puiu

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Berlin: Inaugural Encounters Competition To Bow New Films From ‘Donnybrook’s Tim Sutton & ‘Sieranevada’s Cristi Puiu
The 70th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 20 – March 1) unveiled its Encounters program today, featuring the premieres of new works by Tim Sutton and Romanian director Cristi Puiu.

Also screening is Josephine Decker’s Shirley with Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg, marking the film’s international premiere after its upcoming Sundance bow, and Gunda by Victor Kossakovsky, whose last pic was the 2018 Venice doc Aquarela.

Encounters is a newly-created competitive section at the Berlin festival that looks to highlight “new voices in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms.” A three-member jury will choose the winners for Best Film, Best Director and a Special Jury Award.

“As a result of passionate research, the 15 titles chosen for Encounters present the vitality of cinema in all of its forms. Each film presents a different way of interpreting the cinematic story: autobiographical, intimate, political,
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Berlin Film Festival reveals first titles for new Encounters competition

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Berlin Film Festival reveals first titles for new Encounters competition
‘Shirley’, starring Elisabeth Moss, among films in the new competitive strand.

The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 20-Mar 1) has unveiled the 15 features that will comprise its first ever Encounters competitive strand.

The new section has been introduced to support new voices in cinema, running alongside the long-established competition and Berlinale Shorts, which award the Golden and Silver Bears.

A three-member jury, which has yet to be announced, will choose the winners of best film, best director and a special jury award.

The section will open with Cristi Puiu’s Malmkrog, a 200-minute drama in which an elite group of individuals
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