If you know less after a film than you did before, that’s actually a huge compliment. Because art is meant to startle you, to plant questions in your head and trigger new thoughts. That’s why it’s great, fun and important. Blue Jasmine managed to do precisely this to me. The latest Woody Allen film made me think about things I hadn’t thought about in a long time and reigned the conversation after…
We had to wait over a year, but now finally Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is back to the screen.
Living in a repressed futuristic world Katniss had to compete in the Hunger Games in the first part of this trilogy, which will actually be made into a quadrilogy as they are turning the third book into two films. These games are a kind of modern day gladiator entertainment that is staged in order to make the frustrated masses of this utopian world forget about the real issues. Each year only one player gets out alive and in the first film it was Kantiss. However by making everyone believe (or not?) that she was in love with her Hunger Game mate Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and pretending that they would swallow poisonous berries to kill themselves, they cheated the game and were both freed. Now the almighty President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is afraid of a revolution and when Katniss and Peeta cannot convince him on their tour through the 12 repressed districts, he decided that this year’s games will actually consist of all winners from earlier games.
So Katniss and Peeta are back in the ring and the fight is on again.
You all know I’m a sucker for film festivals. I love the energy that surrounds them, the tense silence of expectations in the audience when the film flickers across the silver screen for the first time, the excitement at the after show parties and the buzz it sends through the entire city.
The Raindance Festival is actually a London-based film gathering for independent film, but this year starting tomorrow they are hosting their first festival in Berlin. So let’s support the newbies and join them for their first Berlin edition. More about it and how to win tickets after the jump.
New York in the 60s. The Lower East Side is the stomping ground of painters, musicians, writers and artists of all disciplines. High hopes are their common denominators but most of them struggle to make a living off their passion. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a folk singer who isn’t particularly successful. He sleeps on his friends (Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan) couch, repeatedly plays the same venue and is deeply hurt by his ex-partners suicide. The new Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis dives deep into Llewyns world and takes the viewer onto a wonderful journey through one of the most vulnerable souls of film history.
The film industry certainly knows what they are doing. In the Summer no great films hit the screens because everyone is out and about anyway. But in Winter when it gets cold and icky outside, so many fabulous pieces come to the cinemas it’s tough to keep up. Thus I thought it’s time for another trailerfest! And congratulations to Stefanie who won the tickets to see one highlight of the cold season 2013: Inside Lllewyn Davis.
VICE Germany and Studioncanal are celebrating the new Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis with a preview and subsequent party on November 6th in Berlin. We are giving away 1×2 slots on the guestlist. So whoever cannot wait until the official start on the 5th of December may comment with their favorite Coen Film (which might then be replaced with Inside Llewyn Davis) and keep their fingers crossed. You’ve got until next Tuesday (Nov. 5). Good Luck!
Fuck Off Berlin! What sounds like it’s gonna be some kind of rant complaining about Berlin is actually the title of the new short film / music video by Tel Aviv-based electro band The Young Professionals. It was directed by Isreali video maker Omer Tobi and tells the story of a bored Berlin artist who has an unexpected encouter with a mysterious stranger in the woods that changes her life. The film was of course shot here in Berlin and it’s really fun to watch. Enjoy the adventure after the jump.
When I went to the Berlin Porn Film Festival for the first time a couple of years ago I was nervous. Of course I pretended to be super cool and calm, but when I walked into the Moviemento I did have a bit of a weird feeling and wasn’t sure what to expect.
It didn’t help that everyone in the cinema seemed to know each other and the bar was dark and red, but I fought my way to a seat and actually really enjoyed the documentary I saw. It was a film by Rosa von Praunheim, and until today I have not made it to a public porn film screening but who knows, this might be the week that changes…
In hindsight I have absolutely no clue why I thought The Internship could possibly be a light-hearted film about the generation internship, maybe that addresses the clichés of our time, takes the young adults serious and shows what’s happening to a wider audience. Because it clearly and in no way is such a film…
It amazes me how many films that I saw at the Berlinale in February are only hitting the German screens now. Certainly, there are films that didn’t have a distribution deal when they were in the Berlinale, but surely the big ones like Prince Avalanche were safe bets. Either way Prince Avalanche is finally in the theatres and it’s a film that is indeed worth watching.