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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Hundraaringen som klev ut genom fonstret och forsvann): Berlin Review

    9:32 am PST 02/13/2014
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    Director Felix Herngren’s screen version of Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling novel about a centenarian explosives savant has been a major hit in Sweden, grossing more than $20 million since its Dec. 25 release. READ MORE

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  5. Galore: Berlin Review

    5:43 am PST 02/13/2014
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    Writer-director Rhys Graham’s Australian youth drama traces a troubled romantic triangle – make that rectangle – on the sleepy outskirts of Canberra. READ MORE

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  6. The Way He Looks (Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho): Berlin Review

    2:17 pm PST 02/12/2014
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    Young Brazilian actors Ghilherme Lobo and Fabio Audi return for this feature-length version of director Daniel Ribeiro's award-winning short. READ MORE

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  7. Cesar Chavez: Berlin Review

    12:17 pm PST 02/12/2014
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    Diego Luna’s second narrative feature as director stars Michael Pena as the activist whose struggle brought dignity to farm workers and paved the way for the Fair Food Movement. READ MORE

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  8. The Third Side of the River (La Tercera Orilla): Berlin Review

    9:07 am PST 02/12/2014
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    Martin Scorsese executive produced this contemplative drama from Argentinean director Celina Murga about a 17-year-old boy bristling against the frustrations of his family life. READ MORE

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  9. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (Jack et la mecanique du coeur): Berlin Review

    2:57 am PST 02/12/2014
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    French rock star Mathias Malzieu from the band Dionysos and pop-video director Stephane Berla team up to adapt Malzieu’s song-cycle-cum-book, with voice work in English by Les Miserables’ Samantha Barks. READ MORE

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  10. Someone You Love (En du elsker): Berlin Review

    12:30 pm PST 02/11/2014
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    Mikael Persbrandt plays an aging musician returning home to face his family in writer-director Pernille Fischer Christensen's fourth feature outing. READ MORE

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  11. In the Courtyard (Dans la cour): Berlin Review

    12:00 pm PST 02/11/2014
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    French director Pierre Salvadori's latest is a bittersweet and occasionally hilarious comedy-drama that stars Catherine Deneuve and Gustave Kelvern. READ MORE

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  12. Praia do Futuro: Berlin Review

    10:00 am PST 02/11/2014
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    Tragedy brings two strangers together, sparking separate searches for identity and belonging in this visually hypnotic journey from a sun-blasted Brazilian beach to wintry Berlin. READ MORE

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  13. Seaburners (Kumun tadi): Berlin Review

    4:28 pm PST 02/10/2014
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    Croatian actress Mira Furlan stars alongside Timucin Esen in Turkish director Melisa Onel's debut film. READ MORE

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  14. A Long Way Down: Berlin Review

    12:00 pm PST 02/10/2014
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    Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots star in this comedy about suicide, adapted from a novel by bestselling British author Nick Hornby READ MORE

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  15. In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten): Berlin Review

    10:24 am PST 02/10/2014
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    Stellan Skarsgard plays a mild-mannered snowplow driver who stacks up a formidable body count while avenging the murder of his son in Hans Petter Moland’s deadpan bloodbath. READ MORE

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  16. At Home (Sto spiti): Berlin Review

    10:15 am PST 02/10/2014
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    Athanasios Karanikolas’ third feature provides a vehicle for Maria Kallimani's magnetic lead performance as a martyred housekeeper thrown on the scrapheap by her employers when she falls ill. READ MORE

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  17. History of Fear (Historia del miedo): Berlin Review

    1:37 pm PST 02/09/2014
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    Benjamin Naishtat's semi-experimental debut film looks at series of strange occurrences in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentina. READ MORE

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  18. Free Range: Berlin Review

    10:15 am PST 02/09/2014
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    This lively Estonian drama charts the highs and lows of a boozy young troublemaker with literary ambitions. READ MORE

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  19. Cathedrals of Culture: Berlin Review

    8:59 am PST 02/09/2014
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    Six world-famous buildings speak out, in episodes by directors like Robert Redford and Wim Wenders. READ MORE

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  20. Stations of the Cross (Kreuzweg): Berlin Review

    7:35 am PST 02/09/2014
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    Newcomer Lea van Acken impresses in German director Dietrich Brueggemann’s tale of a girl suffocated by a strict religious upbringing and her desire to do the right thing. READ MORE

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  21. Another World: Berlin Review

    6:14 am PST 02/09/2014
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    Fisher Stevens and Rebecca Chaiklin track the vigorous bloom and wilt of the Occupy Wall Street movement, pointing to a legacy that’s more attitudinal than tangible. READ MORE

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