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Berlin 2021

‘Herr Bachmann’ Wins Berlin Festival Audience Award

Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse (Mr. Bachmann and His Class), a heartwarming documentary about an unorthodox teacher and his sixth-grade class, most of whom come from immigrant families, has won the first-ever audience award at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival. Directed by Maria Speth, Herr Bachmann was the favorite film of the nearly 8,500 […]

Berlin: Dasha Nekrasova’ The Scary of Sixty-First’ Wins Best First Feature Award

The Scary of Sixty-First, a conspiracy-soaked thriller from Red Scare podcaster and viral “sailor socialism” star Dasha Nekrasova, has won the prize for best first feature at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival. The film follows two women who move into a New York apartment once owned by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The Berlinale […]

Berlin Film Festival Summer Special to Present One-Off Audience Award

To celebrate its one-off summer event next month, the Berlin International Film Festival is introducing a one-off award. For the first, and presumably last, time, Berlin audiences will get to vote on their favorite film of the Berlinale competition lineup. Berlin’s international jury in March, in an online-only version of the festival, picked Radu Jude’s […]

Berlin Going Ahead With In-Person Film Festival in June

Berlin’s summer festival is going ahead after all. On Monday, the Berlin International Film Festival confirmed it would hold an in-person, open-air festival to screen the winners of this year’s 2021 Berlinale. The outdoor Berlinale Summer Special will be held June 9-June 20 at 16 venues across the German capital. Berlin had initially warned it […]

‘Ninjababy’: Film Review | SXSW 2021

A young cartoonist's unplanned pregnancy sparks anger, ambivalence and eventual emotional growth, with a nudge from an animated fetus in a bandit mask, in Norwegian director Yngvild Sve Flikke's comedy about reluctant maturity.

Berlin: ‘Werewolves Within’ Sells Wide

Josh Ruben's comedy-horror film, starring Sam Richardson and Milana Vayntrub, was snatched up by distributors across Europe, Asia, and Latin America after its debut at Berlin's European Film Market.

Berlin Film Festival Sets Summer Dates for Public Event

The winners of the Berlin International Film Festival will be screened for audiences in the German capital in June. 

Blurring Fact and Fiction: How a Handful of Berlin Titles Force Viewers to “Wonder What’s Real”

In films like Netflix's 'A Cop Movie' and Daniel Brühl-directed 'Next Door,' there is no easy division between drama and documentary: "It's fiction, but a lot of it is true."

Berlin: ‘Mr. Bachmann and His Class’ Director Maria Speth on ‘Holding a Mirror to German Society’

The documentary, which won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, follows an unorthodox teacher and his sixth-grade students, most of them from immigrant families.

German Actor Tom Schilling on ‘Fabian’ and the Lessons of the Weimar Republic for Today

He plays a young man coming of age in pre-Hitler Berlin in Dominik Graf's movie, which premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival and was picked up for release in North America.

Berlin: Competition Titles ‘I’m Your Man,’ ‘Next Door’ Sell Wide

Dan Stevens stars as a love robot in Maria Schrader's sci-fi romantic comedy, while Daniel Bruhl stars in, and directs, the dark comedy 'Next Door.'

Berlin Market Wrap: Netflix Spending Spree, Indie Resurgence

Independent distributors worldwide, buoyed by vaccine rollouts and the promise of theaters reopening, looked ready to go all-in on major projects at Berlin.