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Berlinale 2015: My New Favorite Film

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Yesterday’s halftime report was filled with the films I saw from the competition. Today –  as promised – I will speak about all those I saw from the Sections Panorama, Forum, Perspective and Shorts. I haven’t managed to squeeze in Generation, Retrospective or Gala Screenings yet, but hey one has to set priorities, however much it hurts to miss all that other great stuff.

Two of my very very favorites are in this selection! Continue reading to find out which is film really blew me away and is currently my new favorite film ever (told you I’m emotional these days)…

Lia by Lia
on February 12th, 2015
in Movies

Berlinale 2015: Halftime – Films in the Competition

Every Thing will be fine

photo:Donata Wenders

It’s Berlinale halftime. Not that I actually know what day it is – festivals just blur into one very long period of uncountable days – but my calendar tells me that half of the joyous and exhausting time is already over.

I’m ill and have been schlepping myself around Potsdamer Platz more than I’ve been thrillingly jumping there, which results in me seeing less films than I originally planned.

Still I’ve seen 16 films in the past 5 days, so I will split this halftime review into two parts: Competition films (today) and everything else (tomorrow). This way it’s just not as overwhelming for both me to write and you to read.

With this as a backdrop continue reading what I’ve seen so far and which films you should and shouldn’t miss…

Lia by Lia
on February 11th, 2015
in Movies

Berlin Goods: Drink Syndikat – Creative Drinking Anytime

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Berlin’s nice bars and – admittedly – Don Draper have played a significant role in my interest in drinks past wine, beer and vodka soda. There are plenty of great bars and talented barkeepers in this city that can make your mouth happy when it longs for something more experimental than those “standard” liquids.

But there are nights, when I don’t feel like hanging out in a smoky bar, but want to shake and twist a little at home to whip up a great drink. I usually end up with just a glass of wine, because I neither have the energy to research what I could easily mix nor do I want to have huge bottles of ingredients rotting away on my shelves.

The Berlin-based start-up Drink Syndikat now presents the perfect solution to all those issues. Each month drink expert and founder Erik Pfauth assembles a box with high quality ingredients to a total of six drinks, which you can order directly to your house. A little booklet tells you what you can mix from those ingredients as well as the history of the drinks and origin of the spirits.

I spoke with Erik about his business and the best Bars in Berlin…

Lia by Lia
on February 5th, 2015
in Bars, City Guide, Products

Win Tickets for the Berlinale Talents

The main venue HAU1 - Hebbel am Ufer © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2014

As part of the Berlinale 300 promising directors, actors, authors and other film professionals have been invited to partake in this year’s Berlinale Talents Summit. This year they will learn, work and discuss everything on the topic “2015: A Space Discovery”. In addition to their private program the Berlinale Talents also offers panel discussions, conversations or lectures by renown film professionals such as Darren Aronofski (this year’s Berlinale jury president),  Wim Wenders or The Yes Man. Luckily those are open to the public and even luckier, we have tickets to a few of the events for you to win.

Find out which panels we are inviting you to after the click…

Lia by Lia
on February 4th, 2015
in Events, Movies

Berlinale 2015: A Guide to Selecting Films

Berlinale Red Carpet

photo by Ali Ghandtschi

It’s nearly Berlinale time and the city is buzzing with excitement.

The festival will show more than 400 films and is expecting close to half a million visits to the screenings taking place across the city. The program is already online and the first tickets have gone on sale. But how is one expected to make sense of the huge selection and find films one actually will enjoy?

Skylar has put together a list of highly anticipated films that’s worth reading. And of course there are plenty of articles with recommendations that can give you an idea. It’s usually films that were raved about at Sundance, films that have been anticipated highly, films from famous directors, with ingenious actors or winners from a few years back. However you never know if that just means that tickets will sell out immediately or if those films are actually down your alley. And it’s good to keep in mind that writers who do recommend movies before they’ve premiered often haven’t seen the films either, so really it’s just a lucky guess based on what they know based on press releases and participants of the project.

Therefore we recommend you to also make your own choices! Read our little guide on how to select the right films for your Berlinale visit…

Lia by Lia
on February 4th, 2015
in Events, Movies

Susan Sontag Revisited in Berlin

Susan Sontag Revisited Pressphoto

First of all I want to briefly say: “I know that I don’t know anything (yet)”, which is why I think we should all go here:

The event series Susan Sontag Revisited starts today. The name Susan Sontag rings a bell, but what exactly did she do? I must admit I don’t know much. I know that Susan Sontag was a writer, that she published texts about photography and art, was a critical mind and together with photographer Annie Leibovitz who captured Sontag until her cancer death in 2004. And that’s already the end of it, for now. Because this wonderful series is taking place in Berlin. Susan Sontag Revisited will present, discuss and explore Susan Sontag’s work in a variety of events. More about it after the jump.

Lia by Lia
on January 20th, 2015
in Entertainment

Berlin is always there – A Weekend in Deauville

Kristine Thiemann

photo: Kristine Thiemann

The days are getting shorter, it’s cold outside and we are facing at least three months of Berlin winter.

So a few weeks back, I jumped to the opportunity of a little getaway weekend in France. A couple of days in Paris and a few relaxing nights in Deauville near the ocean sounded simply perfect. Little did I know about all the extravaganza the tiny village had in store for me, even a piece of Berlin crossed my path on the nomadic coast…

Lia by Lia
on November 28th, 2014
in Art, Travel

Win the ALL NEW KreuzbergKalender

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After three editions of advent calendars the team of the KreuzbergKalender thought of something entirely new for this year’s edition. Instead of little presents the 2014 edition contains little riddles you are asked to solve. The 24 questions from the categories gossip, sports, culture and politics call odd, extraordinary and important events from 2014 to mind.

Instead of using many words the girls let images speak this year and created a cute little film explaining how the KreuzbergKalender 2014 works and how you can participate. Watch it after the jump.

Lia by Lia
on November 17th, 2014
in Entertainment, Kreuzberg

Welcome back C|O Berlin

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photo: David von Becker

Tonight, Thursday October 30th, starting at 19h is the grand opening of the C/O Berlin in their new venue Amerika Haus. We got a sneak peek yesterday and say: It’s definitely worth a visit. All information about the opening exhibitions and the new venue after the jump.

Lia by Lia
on October 30th, 2014
in Art, Charlottenburg, City Guide, Events, Photos

Film Fest Galore: Italian Film & Lakino Festival

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The Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Mitte is diving head first into the film festival circuit. Two great festival programs will commence at the old beauty Kino Babylon and the massive Volksbühne this Friday. From Oktober 2nd through 5th the Tuscia Film Fest 2014 brings the highlights of the Italian art of filmmaking onto the silver screen. And while the final film of their program is still flickering in the Babylon, the Volksbühne opens the gates for Lakino. The Latin American Film Fest will present films, discussions and art from the faraway continent until October 12th 2014. Details after the jump.

Lia by Lia
on October 2nd, 2014
in Events, Mitte, Movies