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  1. The Samurai (Der Samurai): Tribeca Review

    12:56 pm PDT 04/11/2014
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    Novice German director Till Kleinert's queer thriller, a Tribeca Midnight selection, stars Michel Diercks and Pit Bukowski. READ MORE

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  2. Love Steaks: Film Review

    5:47 pm PDT 03/28/2014
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    Young German director Jakob Lass' second feature stars Franz Rogowksi and Lana Cooper and is the first "Fogma" movie. READ MORE

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  3. The Circle (Der Kreis): Berlin Review

    10:41 am PST 02/24/2014
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    Director Stefan Haupt's feature, about the eponymous gay magazine and network in Switzerland, won the Teddy and Panorama Audience Award for best documentary in Berlin. READ MORE

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  4. Everything We Loved: Berlin Review

    10:32 am PST 02/24/2014
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    Max Currie's feature debut stars Brett Stewart and Sia Trokenheim as grieving parents in Auckland who try to start a new life together. READ MORE

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  5. Guidelines (La Marche a suivre): Berlin Review

    10:24 am PST 02/24/2014
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    Canadian documentary director Jean-Francois Caissy's third feature looks at adolescents in rural Quebec with a penchant for getting into trouble. READ MORE

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  6. Violet: Berlin Review

    10:15 am PST 02/21/2014
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    Flemish director Bas Devos' visually impressive debut and Berlin Generation 14plus Grand Prix winner was shot by ace cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis ("Bullhead"). READ MORE

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  7. Triptych (Triptyque): Berlin Review

    1:07 pm PST 02/20/2014
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    Canadian theater royalty Robert Lepage adapts his 9-hour stage spectacle "Lipsynch" for the screen and co-directs the adaptation with cinematographer and director Pedro Pires. READ MORE

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  8. Berlin Critics' Notebook: The Good, the Bad and the Truly Bizarre

    9:51 am PST 02/20/2014
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    The 2014 Berlinale will be remembered for a number of personal and offbeat works in competition, most aimed less at paying audiences than at hard-nosed filmgoers willing to go the extra mile. READ MORE

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  9. Natural Sciences (Ciencias naturales): Berlin Review

    5:13 pm PST 02/19/2014
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    Argentinian director Matias Lucchesi's feature debut, a Generation Kplus Grand Prix winner in Berlin, stars Paula Hertzog and Paola Barrientos. READ MORE

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  10. I'm Not Angry! (Asabani Nistam!): Berlin Review

    2:54 pm PST 02/17/2014
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    A heart-breaking love story set in Tehran, in the midst of political protests and social distress. READ MORE

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  11. Broken Hill Blues (Omheten): Berlin Review

    8:56 am PST 02/17/2014
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    Winner of a top Swedish film award for best cinematography, this debut for director Sofia Norlin stars Lina Leandersson from ‘Let the Right One In’ as one of several depressed teens growing up in a mining town READ MORE

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  12. Happy to Be Different (Felice chi e diverso): Berlin Review

    5:38 pm PST 02/16/2014
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    Gianni Amelio’s documentary assembles personal recollections of Italian gay men, from the Mussolini era through subsequent decades of the 20th century. READ MORE

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  13. Holiday (Feriado): Berlin Review

    6:48 am PST 02/16/2014
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    Diego Araujo's feature debut stars Juan Manuel Arregui and Diego Andres Paredes as two Ecuadorian adolescents who might become more than just friends. READ MORE

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  14. Age of Cannibals (Zeit der Kannibalen): Berlin Review

    4:55 pm PST 02/15/2014
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    The second feature of German director Johannes Naber ("The Albanian") stars Sebastian Blomberg, Devid Striesow and Katharina Schuettler as ruthless business consultants. READ MORE

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  15. German Concentration Camps Factual Survey: Berlin Review

    2:52 pm PST 02/14/2014
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    Alfred Hitchcock worked on this documentary that's almost entirely composed of footage shot by cameramen of the Allied Forces in the spring of 1945. READ MORE

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  16. The Little House (Chiisai ouchi): Berlin Review

    1:00 pm PST 02/14/2014
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    Hearts flutter beneath chic kimonos in wartime Tokyo and secrets are carried to the grave in Yoji Yamada’s underheated melodrama, adapted from an award-winning novel. READ MORE

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  17. Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bete): Berlin Review

    10:35 am PST 02/14/2014
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    Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”) and Lea Seydoux (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) star in director Christophe Gans’ adaptation of the timeless French fairy tale. READ MORE

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  18. Macondo: Berlin Review

    7:00 am PST 02/14/2014
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    Sudabeh Mortezai’s satisfying debut feature is an intimate glimpse inside a Vienna refugee community, focusing on an 11-year-old Chechen boy’s confused contemplation of manhood. READ MORE

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  19. Cracks in Concrete (Risse im Beton): Berlin Review

    4:50 pm PST 02/13/2014
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    Kurdish-Austrian director Umut Dag's second feature stars his regular actor, Murathan Muslu, as a father who tries to connect with his 15-year-old son after a ten-year stint in jail. READ MORE

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  20. Vulva 3.0: Berlin Review

    3:04 pm PST 02/13/2014
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    German documentarians Claudia Richarz and Ulrike Zimmermann examine attitudes towards women’s nether regions in an age when nothing can’t be "fixed" by plastic surgery. READ MORE

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