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  1. 'Short Skin': Berlin Review

    9:55 am PST 02/21/2015
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    London-schooled Italian director Duccio Chiarini's first feature stars Matteo Creatini as a teenager whose condition "down there" makes his hormonal desires a problem READ MORE

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  2. 'The Circle' ('Cirkeln'): Berlin Review

    2:26 pm PST 02/17/2015
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    ABBA's Benny Andersson produced and scored this adaptation of the first novel in the Engelsfors YA franchise about teenage witches in rural Sweden READ MORE

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  3. 'Androids Dream' ('Sueñan los Androides - Androiden Träumen'): Berlin Review

    1:49 pm PST 02/17/2015
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    A lo-fi spin on Philip K. Dick’s "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep," with the Spanish coastal city of Benidorm subbing in for Earth, 2054 READ MORE

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  4. 'One & Two': Berlin Review

    1:24 pm PST 02/17/2015
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    Two teenagers and their parents live alone on an isolated farm, cut off from time and the outside world, in Andrew Droz Palermo’s debut feature shot in North Carolina READ MORE

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  5. 'Follow the Money': Berlin Review

    9:24 am PST 02/17/2015
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    Dogme 95 alumni Nikolaj Lie Kaas ('Brothers') and Thomas Bo Larsen ('Festen') headline this TV series from screenwriter Jeppe Gjervig Gram ('Borgen') READ MORE

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  6. 'The Blue Hour' ('Onthakan'): Berlin Review

    8:11 am PST 02/16/2015
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    Thai director Anucha Boonyawatana's first feature combines gay romance and startling genre elements and stars Atthaphan Poonsawas and Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang READ MORE

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  7. 'Koza': Berlin Review

    11:43 am PST 02/14/2015
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    The new film from Slovak director Ivan Ostrochovsky ('Velvet Terrorists') is a minimalist odyssey about a former Olympic champion who's forced to fight again READ MORE

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  8. 'Bizarre': Berlin Review

    9:50 am PST 02/14/2015
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    French director Etienne Faure's fourth feature stars Pierre Prieur as a pouty French teen who ends up in a Brooklyn burlesque bar run by Raquel Nave and Rebekah Underhill READ MORE

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  9. 'Cinderella': Berlin Review

    1:00 pm PST 02/13/2015
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    Kenneth Branagh directs Disney's new live-action take on the timeless fairy tale, starring Lily James in the title role and Cate Blanchett as her cruel stepmother. READ MORE

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  10. 'B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin': Berlin Review

    10:34 am PST 02/13/2015
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    This archive-heavy documentary revisits the vibrant music and art scene of West Berlin during the divided city’s punky, druggy, trashy 1980s heyday READ MORE

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  11. 'The Beat Beneath My Feet': Berlin Review

    9:19 am PST 02/13/2015
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    A self-perceived high school loser and a fallen rock god provide the keys to each other's respective prisons in this British quasi-musical indie. READ MORE

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  12. 'Violence' ('Violencia'): Berlin Review

    4:29 am PST 02/13/2015
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    In his feature debut, Colombian director Jorge Forero's Forum title examines three unconnected stories of men confronted by random acts of violence READ MORE

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  13. ‘The Misplaced World’: Berlin Review

    3:40 am PST 02/13/2015
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    Katja Reimann explores Barbara Sukowa’s uncanny resemblance to her mother in Margarethe von Trotta’s dramedy READ MORE

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  14. ‘Petting Zoo’: Berlin Review

    12:48 am PST 02/13/2015
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    Writer-director Micah Magee’s debut feature tracks a young Texan woman dealing with an unwanted pregnancy READ MORE

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  15. ‘Sworn Virgin’: Berlin Review

    10:15 am PST 02/12/2015
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    Alba Rohrwacher plays a young woman forced to pose as a man in Laura Bispuri’s feature bow READ MORE

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  16. '13 Minutes (Elser)': Berlin Review

    7:15 am PST 02/12/2015
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    Oliver Hirschbiegel's account of a footnote of failed heroism in Third Reich history was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics prior to its Berlin premiere. READ MORE

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  17. ‘Cinema: A Public Affair’: Berlin Review

    2:37 am PST 02/12/2015
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    A stirring account of the tribulations of the Moscow Film Museum and its legendary director Naum Kleiman READ MORE

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  18. ‘Greenery Will Bloom Again’: Berlin Review

    2:11 pm PST 02/11/2015
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    Ermanno Olmi directs a poignant memorial to the suffering of Italian soldiers in the First World War READ MORE

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  19. 'Deutschland 83': Berlin Review

    12:08 pm PST 02/11/2015
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    Love is a battlefield for the undercover spy kids in this 1980s-set Eurodrama, soon to become the first German-language TV series ever to air on a US network READ MORE

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  20. 'Eisenstein in Guanajuato': Berlin Review

    10:15 am PST 02/11/2015
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    Peter Greenaway's latest semi-experimental, visually ambitious work explores the life-changing months 'Battleship Potemkin' director Sergei Eisenstein spent in Mexico. READ MORE

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