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Berlin Film Festival Reviews

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…

‘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…

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.

Magnolia Nabs Berlin Golden Bear Winner ‘Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn’

Director Radu Jude's scathing social satire about sex, lies and videotape is set for a release later this year.

‘Je Suis Karl’: Film Review | Berlin 2021

German director Christian Schwochow ('The Crown') returns home for this take on the rise of the far right in contemporary Europe.

‘Mr. Bachmann and His Class’: Film Review | Berlin 2021

Maria Speth's intimate portrait of an unorthodox teacher and his sixth-grade students, most of them from immigrant families, won the Silver Bear Jury Prize at Berlin.

‘I’m Your Man’: Film Review | Berlin 2021

As a humanoid robot tailored to be the perfect romantic partner, Dan Stevens stars opposite Maren Eggert in Maria Schrader's dramatic comedy.

‘What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?’: Film Review | Berlin 2021

Alexandre Koberidze’s Berlinale competition entry is a wondrous romance from Georgia.

‘Next Door’ (‘Nebenan’): Film Review | Berlin 2021

Daniel Brühl skewers celebrity privilege in his directing debut, playing a narcissistic version of himself who gets knocked from his perch by a resentful neighbor in gentrified East Berlin.

‘Ballad of a White Cow’: Film Review | Berlin 2021

The widow of a man wrongfully executed for murder seeks justice in all the wrong places in Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moghaddam’s Iranian drama.

‘The Scary of Sixty-First’: Film Review | Berlin 2021

Dasha Nekrasova's feature debut revolves around two young women who unknowingly move into a Manhattan apartment that used to belong to Jeffrey Epstein.