Certain characters of the Berlin nightlife are too unique to not be featured in all their shapes and colors here on I HEART BERLIN over and over again. Amazing show-stoppers who are able to walk the walk and easily put any wannabe Topmodel contestant to shame! We are talking about the talented drag queen scene in town pulling off one nice costume party after another.
From next week Tuesday THE annualy ritual of the LGBT* scene is starting again: The public screening of RuPaul’s Drag Race at Südblock preseted by queen of the queens Pansy. This is not only an occassion for a fun get-together, but of course also for the local drag queens to show off their talent. Most of the screenings finish with a big party afterwards so don’t worry too much if you come to late for the screening – there is always gonna be more. Check out the Facebook event here for all the info.
To lift up your expectations the bad boy of photography Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert took some great pics for us at the Pansy presents Showgirls party a couple of weeks ago showing some drag queens gone wild. Enjoy them after the jump.
Don’t we all love a little wisdom here and there. At least my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram streams are full of them, most of the time funny, but sometimes also inspiring.
In the spirit of their new campaign the brand new NISSAN JUKE is calling for people to share their favorite quotes on social networks. Why did a car choose this means of promotion you might wonder? It makes a lot of sense actually: The time you spend on the street driving gives you a lot of time to reflect and think and with the world passing by your sides in high speed you are likely to come across some revealing insights that make perfect life wisdoms. Check out their new #klappezu Website and use the truth generator to find some street wisdoms and clever quotes to share with the world- some of which are quite witty and funny. Enjoy!
Mystical places like the spie station Teufelsberg and the old Spreepark ruin have always been big magnets for the city bringing in the adventurous types who like to discover forbidden places and reminders of Berlin’s history. The website Abandoned Berlin has dedicated itself to discover all of these forgotten places with lots of pictures, reviews and infos on how to get there and how to get inside. The project has now been turned into a book that celebrates its release this month at the local be.bra Verlag. We think the project is really amazing and would love to give you a sneak peak inside the book with some of its most haunting photographs. If you enjoy what you see you might want to visit the talk that author Ciaràn Fahey is giving on March 12 here in Berlin.
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
For the launch of the 90′s revival sneaker collection of Diadora we went to the (not so) secret coven of all sneaker fetishists in Berlin: the OVERKILL Shop last Friday. Thankfully our expectations in seeing some really weird (but somehow hot) sneaker fans were more than satisfied. Diadora is one of the brands I vividly remember from my Italian childhood and it is very exciting for me to see how they are having international fans nowadays all over the world. The new vintage silhouette and color palette of the N9000 Live put the supercool back on the tracksuit you will wear while jogging with this beauties through Treptower Park. Enjoy some impressions of the launch event after the jump.
The Butter Lamp by Hu Wei
It’s Oscar season again, and as the eagerly anticipated and globally televised event airs on February 22nd 2015, Mobile Kino will be giving Berliners three special screenings of the short films in competition. The Oscars have narrowed down hundreds of internationally submitted short films to just 10, and Mobile Kino, together with ShortsHD will be holding an event at Urban Spree for you to experience them projected onto a big screen. The shorts program is divided into two categories: Live Action and Animation. The 5 live cction shorts will be screened on Saturday, February 21st 2015 at 21h with an encore the next day at 18h, and the 5 animated films will be screened on Sunday, February 22nd 2015 at 16h. Click on to see the trailers of these innovative stories.
Aspirational by Matthew Frost
Did January’s Fashion Week and February’s Berlinale leave you inspired? Thankfully, there’s a platform to unleash your ideas and creativity: The Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Since 2012, the BfFF has been an exciting event that takes place once a year to present the fashion film productions of creative minds in front of a festival jury. They hold open calls for submissions, and award the best films. When disciplines converge in art, it does more than bringing two mediums together. They are at once a reflector and propeller of one medium to the other. In the case of the BfFF, the short films I’ve seen cleverly unearthed the forms and textures of fashion through an experimentation and exploration of cinematic techniques. Click on to get a sneak peek of this year’s submissions, and don’t miss the deadline to enter your own film into the competition!
It’s been quite a while since we published a nice short film on a Sunday like we used to do. Even if there is no real big connection to Berlin I had to show you this hyper-romantic short film called Fawns by Greek director Thanasis Tsimpinis. Actually I could not care less about the hot naked protagonist (I know, nobody believes me, but I tried at least) but I am much more into the gentle voice and the sensible story behind the short film. I think you have to watch it to get the goose bumps I feel right now just to think about the story of this stunning black-and-white film reminding us of how sometimes in order to protect the ones we love, we have to let them go. To enjoy the video follow the fawn.
photos: Skylar Kang
Somehow this year’s Berlinale seems to be celebrated with much more enthusiasm, glamour and invasiveness then the years before. Even our little blog managed to publish already much more articles about this particular event then ever before.
Why is it so you might ask? Is it maybe all because of James Franco pushing the limits in time, space and physics being omnipresent all around the city. Just yesterday a friend asked me if I think we might get expelled out of town just because we have not met James Franco yet (and I am not 100% sure). Or might it be that my theater friends are right and the movie people are all impostors who managed somehow to give the business a pure dose of glamour injection not only causing botoxed faces but also total oblivion to the sponsors of the festival?
Anyway one thing that stays somehow reassuringly unchanged is the distressing bad design of the Berlinale bags. Trying to explain this obscure urban myth repeating itself in its painful atrocity every year I collected some thoughts after the jump.
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)…
“We want to talk about your dick” raps gorgeous Tatiana Saphir backed up by a chorus of Opera singers.
Would you expect this kind of lyrics in any opera? Probably not. But the opera Switch On about the discovery of the synthesizer has more to offer than just pornographic lyrics. The Argentinian director Santiago Blaum created one of the most unconventional music theater pieces I saw in my life (and I saw quite a lot of it). It deals with the controversy between what is “classic+natural” and what is “eletronic+synthetic” in music (but actually somehow in all of our life). Finally the piece will come back to Berlin. So don’t miss to visit the piece this weekend at Uferstudios and watch the funny trailer featuring the dick song and many more highlights of the piece after the switch.