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Cult Japanese Director Sion Sono Accused of Multiple Sexual Assaults

Japanese director Sion Sono has been accused by two women of sexual assault and offering parts in his films in return for sex. A longtime international festival favorite who directed Nicolas Cage and Nick Cassavetes in last year’s Prisoners of the Ghostland, Sono, 60, has yet to respond to the allegations made in the Shukan […]

Berlin: Domestic Violence Drama ‘Happiness’ Wins Panorama Audience Award

Happiness, a look at domestic violence through the lens of traditional, misogynistic Kazakh rituals, from director Askar Uzabayev, has won the Panorama Audience Award for best drama at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival. Cem Kaya’s Love, Deutschmarks and Death, an examination of 60 years of Turkish music in Germany, which also serves as an alternative […]

Berlin Film Festival Faces Future Challenges After In-Person, COVID-Era Edition

The rain came down in a cold drizzle outside the Berlinale Palast on Wednesday night as, inside, Berlin Film Festival jury president M. Night Shyamalan unveiled that Carla Simón’s sun-drenched Spanish drama Alcarràs, had won the 2022 Golden Bear for best film. It was a popular choice — most critics warmed to Simón’s bittersweet tale […]

Berlin: ‘Rabiye Kurnaz,’ ‘Stay Awake’ Win German Art House Cinema Awards

Andreas Dresen’s political drama Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush and Jamie Sisley’s U.S. feature Stay Awake — which looks at the toll drug addiction takes on a family — have won top honors from the guild of German art house cinema owners as the best movies screening in competition and the Generation 14plus sections […]

Berlin: ‘Myanmar Diaries’ Wins Amnesty International Film Award

The Myanmar Diaries, a documentary made by a collective of anonymous directors from inside Myanmar that depicts the brutal crackdown by the government since the military coup in the country last year, has won the Amnesty International Film Award for best film at the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival. The prize, which comes with a […]

Berlin Hidden Gem: Dito Tsintsadze’s Genre Mash Up ‘Roxy’

Asked to describe his new film, Roxy, director Dito Tsintsadze compares it to a mashup of two of his favorite Coen Brothers’ films: Fargo and The Man Who Wasn’t There. “We have this sort of faceless man, a taxi driver, like the barber in The Man Who Wasn’t There, a man who doesn’t believe in […]

Berlin: ‘Alcarras’ Wins Golden Bear for Best Film

Alcarràs, Carla Simón’s moving drama about a family of Catalan peach farmers, has won the Golden Bear for best film at the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival. Simón, whose debut feature, Summer 1993, took Berlin’s best first feature award in 2017, made a triumphant return to the Berlinale with this bittersweet drama, which follows the […]

Berlin: ‘Kind Hearts,’ ‘Skhema’ Win Top Prize Crystal Bear in Youth Sidebar Generation 14plus

Kind Hearts, a Belgian documentary from directors Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes and Skhema, a feature from Kazakhstan directed by Farkhat Sharipov, have jointly won the 2022 Berlin Film Festival’s Crystal Bear for best film in Berlin’s Generation 14plus section for youth films. Kind Hearts follows a young Brussels couple, Billie and Lucas, who have […]

Berlin: Icelandic Drama ‘Beautiful Beings’ Wins Europa Cinemas Label Award

Beautiful Beings, the second feature from Icelandic director Guomundur Arnar Guomundsson has won this year’s Europa Cinemas Label prize as best European film in the Panorama section of the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival. A jury of four arthouse exhibitors, representing the Europa Cinemas network, announced the award Wednesday. The coming-of-age drama was a critical […]

Berlin: ‘Helsinki Syndrome’ Inks European Sales

Helsinki Syndrome, a new conspiracy thriller from Finnish producer Fisher King (Bordertown), has sold across Scandinavia and the Netherlands ahead of its national premiere. Created by Bordertown showrunners Mikko Oikkonen and Juuso Syrjä, the eight-part drama series is billed as a modern-day Robin Hood story. It stars Peter Franzén (Vikings) as Elias Karo, a desperate […]

Isabelle Huppert Tests Positive for COVID, Will Miss Berlin Film Festival Award Ceremony

After testing positive for COVID, French star Isabelle Huppert will not be coming to the Berlin International Film Festival to receive a honorary Golden Bear for her life’s work. The Oscar-nominated actress, whose work included Elle, The Piano Teacher, and 8 Women, was to be honored at a gala ceremony in Berlin on Tuesday, February […]

‘Rimini’: Film Review | Berlin 2022

Michael Thomas stars as a happy-go-lucky lounge lizard in the latest comedy-drama by Ulrich Seidl, the Austrian director of the 'Paradise' trilogy.