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  1. Land of Storms (Viharsarok): Berlin Review

    11:00 am PST 02/08/2014
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    A soccer player returns from Germany to a little house on the Hungarian prairie that soon becomes a hotbed of tormented gay passion in Adam Csaszi’s captivating drama. READ MORE

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  2. Blind Dates (Shemtkhveviti paemnebi): Berlin Review

    10:57 am PST 02/08/2014
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    Georgian director Levan Koguashvili’s second feature seamlessly blends pro and non-pro actors for this loveable comedy-drama about sad-sack men and strong women. READ MORE

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  3. Los Angeles: Berlin Review

    10:15 am PST 02/08/2014
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    Atmospherically set in a Zapotec village in southern Mexico, Damian John Harper’s debut centers on a 17-year-old preparing to plunge into gang culture. READ MORE

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  4. The Midnight After: Berlin Review

    5:07 pm PST 02/07/2014
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    Seventeen random souls are thrown together in a public transport vehicle that somehow gets spared when the rest of humanity vanishes in Fruit Chan’s genre blender. READ MORE

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  5. Gueros: Berlin Review

    4:48 pm PST 02/07/2014
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    The black-and-white debut feature of Mexican director Alonso Ruizpalacios is a playful New Wave homage of sorts that stars Tenoch Huerta, Sebastian Aguirre and Leonardo Ortizgris. READ MORE

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  6. '71: Berlin Review

    1:00 pm PST 02/07/2014
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    This highly impressive first feature from Yann Demange starring Jack O’Connell happens to take place in Belfast in 1971, but it’s a war story-cum-thriller with universal relevance. READ MORE

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  7. The Lamb (Kuzu): Berlin Review

    11:51 am PST 02/07/2014
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    Turkish writer-director Kutlug Ataman's fifth feature stars Nesrin Cavadzade and Cahit Gok as well as the wonderful child actors Mert Tastan and Sila Lara Canturk. READ MORE

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  8. Jack: Berlin Review

    6:38 am PST 02/07/2014
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    Working with non-professional child actors, German director Edward Berger and screenwriter Nele Mueller-Stoefen present the story of two lost and neglected brothers in Berlin. READ MORE

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  9. Through a Lens Darkly: Berlin Review

    3:33 pm PST 02/06/2014
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    Thomas Allen Harris's documentary is inspired by the book "Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present" by the film's producer, Deborah Willis. READ MORE

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  10. Thou Wast Mild and Lovely: Berlin Review

    1:37 pm PST 02/06/2014
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    Joe Swanberg, Sophie Traub and Robert Longstreet circle one another with desire and danger in Josephine Decker's psychosexual pastorale. READ MORE

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  11. The Physician (Der Medicus): Berlin Review

    2:20 am PST 02/06/2014
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    Philipp Stoelzl's epic film, set in medieval Europe and Persia, stars Tom Payne, Ben Kingsley and Stellan Skarsgard and is based on the bestseller by Noah Gordon. READ MORE

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  12. God Help the Girl: Sundance Review

    8:52 pm PST 01/27/2014
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    Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian makes his debut as writer-director with this musical about three post-adolescent friends adrift in a Glasgow summer. READ MORE

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  13. 52 Tuesdays: Sundance Review

    9:23 pm PST 01/26/2014
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    A Sundance award winner for directing, Australian newcomer Sophie Hyde’s film concerns a 16-year-old girl’s efforts to define herself, triggered by her mother's gender transition. READ MORE

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  14. 20,000 Days on Earth: Sundance Review

    10:39 am PST 01/26/2014
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    Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s docufiction essay on iconoclastic Australian rocker Nick Cave won awards for direction and editing in Sundance’s World Cinema competition. READ MORE

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  15. Calvary: Sundance Review

    2:42 am PST 01/20/2014
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    Brendan Gleeson plays an innocent priest slapped with a death sentence in John Michael McDonagh's exquisitely nuanced second feature. READ MORE

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  16. Berlin Completes Competition Lineup, Adds Linklater's 'Boyhood'

    3:41 am PST 01/15/2014
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    Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" opens the Berlin Festival Feb. 6 in its world premiere. READ MORE

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  17. Yves Saint Laurent: Berlin Review

    3:00 pm PST 01/07/2014
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    Jalil Lespert directs the first of two YSL biopics -- this one starring Pierre Niney as the haute couture wunderkind and Guillaume Gallienne as his lover and business partner. READ MORE

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  18. Berlin 2014: Andreas Veiel, Frieder Schlaich, Katja Eichinger on Made in Germany Jury

    2:33 am PST 12/03/2013
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    The trio will award the young director's prize to the helmer of one of the entries in the 2013 Berlin's Perspektive Deutsches Kino section. READ MORE

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  19. The Battle of Tabato (A Batalha de Tabato): Berlin Review

    9:50 am PST 02/21/2013
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    First-time feature director Joao Viana explores music, magic and post-colonial angst in Guinea-Bissau. READ MORE

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  20. Sieniawka: Berlin Review

    8:00 pm PST 02/19/2013
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    This experimental sci-fi docudrama blend is one of the most original feature debuts at the Berlinale festival. READ MORE

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  21. Berlin 2013: Critic's Wrap

    10:14 am PST 02/18/2013
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    A look back at the festival's award winning films and most noteworthy performances. READ MORE

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