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Berlin Film Festival Condemns Russia’s “War of Aggression,” Will Not Ban Russian Directors

The Berlin Film Festival on Wednesday joined the chorus of cultural and entertainment institutions in condemning “Russia’s war of aggression” in Ukraine but, following a line already established by the Cannes and Venice festivals, Berlin said it will not ban Russian films from upcoming events. “The Berlinale staunchly condemns Russia’s war of aggression, which violates […]

‘A Piece of Sky’ (‘Drii Winter’): Film Review | Berlin 2022

Swiss writer-director Michael Koch's follow-up to his debut 'Marija' casts non-professional actors in the story of a young couple facing mortality.

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: Online Market Wraps With Record Dealmaking

It was all-online (again!) this year, but that didn’t stop business from getting done. Berlin’s European Film Market wrapped its second virtual European Film Market with a “record number of deals” signed during the 2022 event, according to EFM director Dennis Ruh, who pointed to Sony Pictures’ $60 million worldwide prebuy for Tom Hanks project […]

‘Everything Will Be OK’: Film Review | Berlin 2022

Cambodian auteur Rithy Panh imagines an Orwellian world where animals have subjugated humans.

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 […]

‘One Year, One Night’ (‘Un Año, Una Noche)’: Film Review | Berlin 2022

A couple get caught up in the Paris terrorist attacks of 2015, and react in different ways to the trauma, in this drama directed by Isaki Lacuesta.

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 […]

‘The Novelist’s Film’ (‘So-seol-ga-ui Yeong-hwa’): Film Review | Berlin 2022

Indefatigable South Korean one-man band Hong Sangsoo continues his idiosyncratic exploration of creativity, chance encounters, noodles, booze and small talk in his 27th feature.