I’m working for the Short Film Festival Oberhausen in my fourth year now and think I’ve been rather timid with self-adulation. But now it’s time and I want to point your attention to the short art in the Ruhr Valley. Not without current news of course! Those are the pride and joy of my colleague Jessica Manstetten. Nobody can compete with this lady when it comes to music videos! Each year she scours through the world of clips, seeking, sighting and stacking the top of the pops of the underestimated genre. In a three-day steady stare she and a commission select the best German works for the MuVi Award from submissions and select the MuVi International program from what they loved over the year. The selection for 2014 has been made and you can watch all German Clips online and Vote for the audience award since last week. A trip to the festival at the beginning of May, where the price will be awarded and celebrated with one of the legendary parties at the festival bar, is raffled among the voters…
Another German competition film from this year’s Berlinale makes it to the screen. There was plenty of applause for Feo Aladag’s Inbetween Worlds after the press screening. It didn’t end up winning any bears, but that doesn’t mean anything really…
Stations of the Cross was, as I mentioned in the reviews, one of my Highlights of the Berlinale 2014. „ I feel like I’ve just been run over by a train“ said a journalist in the press conference after the film. And I felt pretty much the same. The religious fanaticism of the protagonist, which director Dietrich Brüggemann leaves much room in the typical formality, develops an enormous power that captured me for quite a while.
When I opened facebok this morning the first two posts were about a new kissing video. Director Tatia Pileva asked 20 people to kiss a stranger in front of her camera and created a nice little composition with the footage. It’s black and white, has somewhat romantic music and begins with the „couples“ meeting fort he first time. It’s cute and got me thinking about great film kisses.
So I decided to drop my plan to review Gravity (which I thought was AMAZING!) and go with a little tale of kissing instead…
The Oscars are a great opportunity to analyse the gender roles in the film business. Nominees in the important gender neutreal categories like Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Film are mainly white men; while the red carpet is dominated by the sparkly robes of the ladies. When Kathryn Bigelow picked up the Best Director Oscar as the very first woman in 2010, 81 men already had one of those super Oscars at home.
So there’s plenty to be done for women in the world of film and the Berlin Feminist Film Week has set out to do just that…
I remember the last Oscar Shorts film screening by Mobile Kino and ShortsTV that took place last year quite well, because the films where so impressive and really moved me. In fact, I had teary eyes with almost every one of them.
This year I will sadly miss the screening at Babylon, but you don’t have to! Together with our friends and partners from Mobile Kino we are raffling off super special balcony seats for the screening on Saturday night. Get a preview of this years Oscar-nominated short films after the jump and find our how to win on our Lucky Thursday!
American Hustle is nominated for 10 Oscars. If you have this information it becomes impossible to watch the film without preoccupation. Thus when I went to see it at the packed Press screening at Berlinale my expectations were literally sky high.
Black Coal, Thin Ice
In the past 10 days I was in war in Afghanistan (In between Worlds), in India with a couple of Bavarians (Amma & Appa), robbed a bank (The Dog) and sat in one room with George Clooney (Press Conference). I saw 37 films in the 10 Berlinale days and as you can imagine I’m pretty buggered.
The Internaional Berlin Film Festival was a movie marathon and also demanded high emotional intensity from me. Because with each new film you dive into a new world. And if everything goes well and the audience can really identify with the characters the stories don’t simply happen to them on screen, but also to those watching.
So the film spectacle swollowed me whole and then spit me back out into the real world yesterday. Now I’m trying to comprehend what happened to me, make meaning out of what I saw and survived.
As part of their new campaign Transform Today Absolut Vodka invited award-winning graphic novelist Rafael Grampá from Brasil to create a very special brand new animated film titled #NextFrame that is being developed right now and will celebrate its premiere next month here in Berlin at the MADE Space.
What makes this film very special is the fact that you can take part in the writing process by suggesting ideas and details or voting for them for each of the scenes of the film. Of all the suggestions that he receives through the Absolut Facebook page Rafael will pick his favorite ones and integrate it into the film.
It’s a very interesting participative concept and I’m super curious how the results of the input of so many people will come together in the end. I’m curious what elements they will chose to be suggested by people, so far it has been for the design of a tattoo of one of the characters, the choreography of a dance, and the look of two creatures that appear in the story. After the jump you can get some impressions of the process and see a video about Rafael. Get involved and start suggesting your ideas for the next scenes every day on Facebook until Febuary 21. Have fun!
The first Berlinale day began with loud shouting. I had forgotten how upset people can get, when they are afraid to miss something and was completely unprepared for the rage of some Mister, who screamed loudly thinking he might not make it into the screening of Wes Andersons latest work The Grand Budapest Hotel. If he made it into the cinema after all I cannot tell you, as I was way ahead of him in the queue, but if the film was worth the fuss I will tell you after the jump…