Festivals: Berlin / EFM

Friday One Sheet: SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE

This minimalist key art for Jia Zhang-Ke's latest documentary on Chinese culture, Swimming Out Till The Sea Turns Blue, has almost a screen-printed look and feel to it.  Although it may look to be a prosaic respresntation of the lengthy...

Berlinale 2021 Review: FOREST - I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE, Bite-Size Psychodramas of Everyday Horror

The Hungarian auteur Bence Fliegauf harnesses the virtue of ascetic filmmaking in the portmanteau film, consisting of civilization horror vignettes.

Berlinale 2021 Review: BALLAD OF A WHITE COW, State's Crime, Woman's Punishment

Iranian filmmakers Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha follow a widow's defiance in the shadow of the state's injustice in their latest socio-political drama.

Berlinale 2021 Review: NATURAL LIGHT, The Silent Banality of Evil

The Hungarian director Dénes Nagy debuts with an implicit yet intensive WWII drama that explores the banality of evil in very painterly manner.

Berlinale 2021 Review: I'M YOUR MAN, Sex, Love and Algorithms

Do androids dream of romantic clichés?

Berlinale 2021 Review: BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN, Society on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Radu Jude wins the main award at the 2021 Berlinale with provocative docu-fiction, doubling as social satire.

Woche der Kritik 2021 Review: HORSE TAIL (Kuthiraivaal)

Saravanan is having a strange morning. He wakes up from a technicolour dream of a verdant field that is both night and day simultaneously, with an itch in his tailbone. It turns out that overnight he has somehow grown a...

EFM 2021: Justin McConnell to Adapt Book on Canadian Horror History, THEY CAME FROM WITHIN

My friend, Justin McConnell, has found a balance between his narrative work and documentaries over the years. After a very successful festival circuit run of his most recent doc, Clapboard Jungle, McConnell will direct another documentary, an adaptation of Caelum...

EFM 2021: TriCoast Entertainment Secures Worldwide Rights to Clayton Witmer's THE ARBORS

Straight up? I hate crawly things. Save me jeebus I got the aracnaphobia bad. You throw Lovecraft into the mix? I'm out! I'm going to complete this article but you'll be hard pressed to get me to watch The Arbors...

MACABRO: International Premiere of Trailer For Brazilian Horror From ELITE SQUAD Producers, Heading to EFM

Marcos Prado's second feature film, the Brazilian horror flick Macabro, from the producers of Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad), Zazen Produções and Querosene Filmes is headed to EFM, under the care of our friends in the Argentine sales group Filmsharks.   ...

Berlinale 2021 Preview: Radu Jude, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Hong Sangsoo, Céline Sciamma, Bence Fliegauf to Bow in Main Competition

The 71st edition of Berlinale Film Festival will unfold in two stages, as a virtual affair for industry professionals in March and as a physical event for the public in June.

We Are One Film Festival: Tribeca And YouTube to Launch Free Virtual Film Festival For Charity

Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube have announced a virtual film festival called We Are One: A Global Film Festival which will run at the end of May and into the first week of June.    Over the run of We Are...

Review: A COMMON CRIME, Privilege Collides with Prejudice in Minimalist Drama

Argentinean filmmaker Francisco Márquez revealed his latest work titled A Common Crime in Berlinale´s Panorama section after his 2016 feature debut The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis, which he co-directed with Andrea Testa. The debut was a politically charged drama...

Now Streaming: DAU, Controversial Project May Be a Work of Genius or Madman

Directed by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, the first parts of the gargantuan project, which began in 2006 and has amassed 700 hours of footage, are available online.

Review: SERVANTS, Visually Captivating Artful Period Film About Persecution

The visual storytelling takes over the verbal narration in Ivan Ostrochovský's sophomore feature fiction film about Church's collaboration and Communist persecution.

Berlinale 2020 Review: BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ, A German Version of Hollywood

The latest rendition of Alfred Döblin's 1929 seminal novel unfolds through the lens of the current socio-political situation and fashionable aesthetics.

Berlinale 2020 Review: IRRADIATED, Extreme Supercut of Annihilation

Rithy Panh curates a gruesome history lesson in an attempt to avert macabre history repeating itself in his latest documentary.

Berlinale 2020 Review: THERE IS NO EVIL, Country Eating Its Children

Banned filmmaker "spreads propaganda against the Islamic government" portraying the mechanism of the complicity run by an authoritarian and oppressive regime.

Berlinale 2020 Review: NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS, Not Another Teenage Abortion Drama

Eliza Hittman delivers empathic and intimate drama transcending the central subject of teenage abortion.

Berlinale 2020 Review: SIBERIA, Carnivalesque Therapy Session Turned Divine Journey

Willem Dafoe stars in Abel Ferrara's Rorschach of a film that might and might not be a satire of expressionist psychoanalytical drama.