Last evening, after a couple of beautiful sunny and warm days, the rain came and sucked the summer out of the city within a heartbeat. Not only did the sky turn grey, also the temperatures dropped so quickly, it felt like a reminder that the past weeks have been a paradise and we’re about to return the the reality now. By chance I found this stunning short film that captures one night and one day in Berlin. It starts off with some moody impressions of a stormy and rainy night at Kottbusser Tor and I this was exactly what I walked through after seeing the film, it was really haunting.
Gladly the film shows a beautiful and sunny day after this rainy night and I hope we do have a couple of those ones left this year. Enjoy this amazing video by Timon de Graaf Boele with a soundtrack by Apparat that will give you goosebumps after the jump.
photo: Analog Berliner
When I moved to Berlin in 2000 I chose to live in Friedrichshain. This was 15 years ago now, as you can imagine the district looked quite different back then. There was no Berghain back then, no crazy party mile at Simon-Dach-Straße, no Veganz at the Warschauer Bridge. There was already an alternative hub at the so-called R.A.W. temple, but it was nothing like the pulsating RAW area with all the clubs, bars, galleries, etc. that it is now. In fact it was a little bit tranquil back than, more of a normal East Berlin residential area, but with a few bars here and there.
I stumbled over this video that I want to show you today, that has been recorded back in 1991, only a few years after the wall came down. It shows the district like you would never recognize it if you only know it now. It’s a bit shaky and totally random, it follows the way over Warschauer Straße into the tram line that is now the M13 and than through the kiez that it still passes through today. Only everything looks completely different. Enjoy the little time travel into a stripped down version of Berlin Friedrichshain as it used to be.
Lately I noticed movie posters for a weird looking new film called Pixels all over town. It reminded me of a short film by Sergej Hein that was commissioned by SZ Magazine a few years ago. It’s a fun little clip with two guys turning into Pacman characters and chasing each other through town. I wonder if this was the inspiration for this new Pixels film… Enjoy the clip after the jump!
I re-discovered this lovely Berlin video portrait by Pilpop when I was going through the archive of the Berlin Film Nights that we are doing with Mobile Kino since 2012. “Little Big Berlin” shows, quite impressively, a version of Berlin that feels like a miniature world. Obviously this is a bit of trickery here as the footage is real live footage of Berlin. The effect is quite strong and the results are really lovely. Enjoy the video after the jump.
Having sex is always the best when you’re in love. For me this is true, but I think many people will agree on it too, because strong feelings to another person always make you experience the lust more intensely. Film makers Will Hoffman and Julius Metoyer have caught exactly this intenseness on camera with their new short film Lover for Nowness and somehow created the anti-porn porn film with it. All the people in the films are real couples and you can see that there is more going on between them than just sex which makes this video more erotic and arousing than any ordinary porn film could ever do. Enjoy it after the jump.
Our friends from Pornceptual have done it again. They gathered all their sexy friends and melted them with their latest sexual phantasies into a brand new conceptual porn film titled Pornotopia. The playfulness, innocence and all the flowers from their last work have vanished and been replaced with wip lashes, leather gear and role play in a postapocalyptic sci-fi scenario. Enjoy the short version of the film after the jump. The long version you can enjoy at the Pornceptual does Mobile Kino at Babylon Mitte on Friday, July 10th 2015.
G. directed by Esther Löwe
Showing over 100 of the latest curated fashion films, a full day of talks by industry leaders and an evening of awards and bare skin, the Berlin Fashion Film Festival is finally here. Highlighting the rise of fashion using film as its main platform, fashion branding has evolved into something artistic, evocative, and best of all, fun. The growing importance of the interdisciplinary approach to branding brings forth the growing global fashion film phenomenon. Gone are the days of the term “fashion” being used to describe what we wear–now, everything from music to cinematography comes into play. The Berlin Fashion Film Festival focuses on recognizing visual talent and connects filmmakers, producers, creative agencies and clients such as brands, labels, designers and fashion enthusiasts of all backgrounds. The BFFF Fashion Film Summit is coming to Astra Kulturhaus June 5th 2015, and will be followed by an awards show and after party. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the festival, which will feature screenings, panel discussions and parties with influential established and up-and-coming talent. Click on to get a sneak peak at some of this year’s entries and enter to win a pair of tickets to the event.
I don’t know what’s up with us but lately we are feeling so nostalgic and enjoy sharing some more historic things about our beloved Berlin, may it be about the Berlin wall, the post-war period or the wild 80s of West Berlin. Today we have yet another look into the 80s, but this time of the East part of Berlin. We found this interesting propaganda film from the GDR that shows the capital of the country in all its glory. It has tons of footage of the same places that we cross every day, but in an entirely different look back then. If you ignore the exaggerations and glorifications from the speaker this is actually a really nice document of time that gives you a good impression of how Berlin looked at the time (even if it was maybe only for the moment of filming) and how the GDR would have liked to be seen by the people. The video and some of my favorite stills after the jump!
photos: Jule Müller
Berlin is a place of unconventional ideas and I think that pretty much applies to all possible things, even something as traditional as a wedding. This beautiful new video by the wedding film makers Hearts on Tape shows a wild Mexican-style wedding taking place at the nightclub Wilde Renate. It looks absolutely beautiful and fun and unique and it’s totally how I imagine the cool folks of Berlin getting hitched. What it is is the new music video for the Moewe Remix of Moby’s new song Almost Home. Enjoy the beautiful video and some photos from the set of the film shooting by the talented wedding photographer Jule Müller (one half of the fabulous Im Gegenteil) after the jump.
Berlin is full of surprises and in some way everything goes. The queer cyberpunk post-porn series Neurosex Pornoia by Eric Pussyboy and Abigail Gnash is one of these surprises that hit us out of nowhere. Of course it should not be a surprise because with projects like Pornceptual, the big success of the Porn Film Festival and long-forgotten sex clubs like KitKat on the rise again a pornographic video series was just about the next natural step. With its geeky, punky and trashy style the show is pretty much a niche thing but with its references to sci-fi and porn it will surely tickle the interest of a bigger audience. It tells the story of a world where sex can be translated into code that can be downloaded, but of course this goes terribly wrong and what was meant to be pleasure becomes something else. So far there are two episodes out and a third in the making. Tonight you can watch a screening of the first two episodes at Altes Finanzamt and again on May 14, 2015 as part of the feminist queer art film festival by Coven Berlin. Enjoy the trailers and some impressions after the jump.