Film Festival: And that should have been the new Berlinale?

BErlinale-experienced observers had to be clear since Friday – 30 hours before the award ceremony – who would win the Golden Bear of the 70th Film Festival. The last candidate of the competition was shown on Friday afternoon and it matched the bear prey scheme so clearly that there was hardly any doubt left. “There […]

Berlinale is when you fall in love with failure

WIf the Berlinale were a department in a video store, we urgently need to clean it up. In the competition alone, i.e. apart from the countless subsections and sub-sections, Argentine horror films encounter Korean living room soaps, Russian USSR simulations encounter American drama about dementia, sensitive abortion stories on formally ambitious fairy tales, cynical social […]

“Pinocchio” at the Berlinale: On the wooden path

AOutside competition at the Berlinale, Matteo Garrone’s “Pinocchio”, which felt like the 100th film adaptation of one of the most powerful texts of modern Italy, was written shortly after unification in the second half of the 19th century. It is as if the Germans are filming the “Faust” again, with Jens Harzer in the title […]