Looks like Christmas is coming early this year. Real early. December may still be a month away, but that’s not stopping us from giving you a special gift today. Together with MCT we are taking you to Little Dragon‘s upcoming gig in Berlin, on December 8, 2014. After nearly three years since the release of their outstanding album Ritual Union, the haunting Swedish electro-R&B four-piece band is snapping you back to your deeper senses with their new album Nabuma Rubberland. Listen to their standout tracks and find out how to see them live at Astra Kulturhaus after the jump!
Short films are an earnest and undervalued approach to storytelling, evoking emotions and provoking ideas. Having curated a part of our third Berlin Film Night with Mobile Kino, we know that Interfilm does it best when it comes to providing a platform for independent films, and this year, we’re welcoming the 30th round of Interfilm’s International Short Film Festival, from November 11th-16th. Berlin’s enthusiasm for interdisciplinary art forms make it the perfect city to host this festival, so let’s embrace the beauty of the short!
We’re stoked to experience Interfilm’s most expansive festival to date, where they will be screening a record of 630 films in 60 programs, with films from 70 countries and 10 competitions with €45,000 of rewards. The featured short films boast an impressively expansive array of aesthetic styles and narrative techniques, with weird and wonderfully controversial themes. Some films defy reason and rationality while others set out to shine a light on truths we’ve been sheltered from. Highly anticipated by cinephiles and casual movie-watchers alike, live-action, animations and documentaries will be gracing the screens in 9 cinemas across Berlin, to enthusiastic audiences who share a value for the short film format in its own right. Find the programs and our festival highlights after the jump.
So many stories about the East and the West are now exploding in the media because of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall. I personally got the chance to hear so many great stories around it, that I wish I would have been old enough to participate mentally in the celebrations happening back then. To get yourself in the nostalgic mood for the big event tonight happening all over Berlin we want to present you this very well done short film by Airbnb.
Wall and Chain is telling the true story of two former border guards from the East and the West sides of the border who met through a chance encounter on Airbnb in 2012. The meeting was life changing for Joerg who had never got closure on his experience guarding the West side of the border. Meeting Kai, who had guarded the East side, and hearing that they had the same experiences helped him to break down the mental barriers he still had towards Germany.
Usually I would be a little skeptical about a company using a political event for marketing goals. But I have to say that the short film is very genuine and does not come off as trying to sell something. It simply tells the story behind the two men very intensively and you should not miss to watch the clip.
Today we finally have a brand new Cinéma de Mode for you after we served you such a big load at our first live CdM fashion film event in October. Of course for the come back we wanted something special, so it’s not just an ordinary film, but something rather special and unique. It’s a fun interactive film from online fashion boutique ASOS who created a music video for upcoming British girl band Juce and her new song The Heat.
But this is not just a normal music video, here you can change the whole color theme of the video during playback. You see the girls perform their song in a colorful and playful set along with some cute boy models. But if you click the color bars in the bottom all the colors and clothes change immediatly so you ultimately have 5 different versions to change back and forth between. Enjoy the fun interactive music video by ASOS for Juce after the jump.
UPDATE: We have some great news for all the fans of ASOS: They gave us a pair of £100 vouchers for you to spend in their shop. Learn how to win after the jump.
Should we call the week when the sex fair Venus is happening the Berlin Sex Week? It would make a lot of sense, right? But why doesn’t anybody call it that way? I definitely have talk to the new major about this issue. Any-fucking-way, there is one event during that week that we don’t consider extremely sexist and inappropriate and that is the Porn Film Festival. The 9th edition of this let’s say quite alternative cinematic view on porn focuses on sexual experiences that empower individuals to make their own decisions and choices free of social stigma. Our friends from Pornceptual will not only show some of their movies there but also present an exhibition during the Porn Film Festival Berlin that explores diverse representations of sexuality in artwork that intersects with pornography. Apart from some really hot movies there are also some really serious documentaries featuring the life of sex workers. But where there is good porn, humor is not too far away. So expect to laugh your ass off at some of the movies. The Porn Film Festival Berlin will take place from October 22nd through 26th 2014 in Cinema Moviemento. After the jump you find the trailers for the most promissing movies of the festival. Have fun!
Cate Blanchett in Slow Motion by Matthew Frost
Last week we hosted the first live Cinéma de Mode event as part of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week that has so far been an online series showing the best fashion films here on iHeartBerlin and on Two For Fashion who supported for this event. The outcome was great we were very happy to screen our selection of films to a full cinema. It was especially awesome for us to see your live reactions to our Fruit Salad show that we published last year. You can find some impressions of the event here on Facebook. As so many have asked about the films I hereby present all the films we showed (except a few that are not published online just yet). Enjoy our biggest Cinéma de Mode ever after the jump.
After his lovely poetic film Berlin, Berlin: Autumn that we showed you a few months ago, talented film maker Nehemias Colindres released yet another beautiful Berlin film turning his one-off into a series of four that will each be dedicated to one of the four seasons of the year. His new film was shot in the Spring and even though we are heading into the fall now considering the warm temperatures it still feels quite right this moment. Enjoy the wonderful new film capturing Berlin in its best lights after the jump. Looking forward to Summer and Winter!
Next week on Wednesday the brand new Berlin Alternative Fashion Week launches its first edition with a colorful program of parties, shows, talks and a designer market. After several years of doing events during the official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin and the German Press Days we were of course excited about another opportunity to get our hands in the pie so we decided to host a new event during this new Fashion Week.
It is something that we meant to do for a long time but never came around to do it: Turn our Cinéma de Mode online column that we featured here on iHeartBerlin.de for many years before moving over to our partner Two For Fashion into a live event in a real cinema. So we asked our friends from the Berlin Fashion Film Festival to contribute some films, as well as the designers of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week and mixed it with our own selection of our favorite films of the new genre and the result is going to be an entertaining program of fashionable short films and videos featuring Hollywood stars such as Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Christopher Walken for your viewing pleasure. Together with our friends from Two For Fashion we will invite you into the cinema of the former culturual institute of Czechoslowakia at Leizpziger Str. 60 (entrance Jerusalemer Str.) on Thursday October 2nd at 20h to enjoy our films of the Cinéma de Mode.
To get you into the mood we want to show you today the latest hyped fashion film about the selfie culture by Matthew Frost featuring Kirsten Dunst, as well as Frost’s previous other amazing films after the jump.
I think it’s a wonderful thing when (almost) forgotten artists spit out new incredible music. This time around I’m talking about Eliot Sumner. If you know anything about this musical prodigy you’re already aware that she’s not just an ordinary pop-star. If you haven’t heard yet of her, now would be a good time. Eliot is not only the daughter of Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, a.k.a. Sting, but a singular talent worth exploring who is bringing a whole new meaning to pop and rock music with her new EP Information, and most importantly, an incredible music experience to Berlin! More about it after the jump.
A bit more than 10 years ago film makers Igor Paasch and Frank Künster premiered their documentation Let It Rock! about Berlin’s most controversial district Mitte at the Berlinale 2003 and showed their film at several festivals over the course of the following 7 years. Now, 11 years later they finally released the film online for everyone to see.
Several Berlin personalities who the younger ones of us might not even know anymore but who were somehow famous and involved in the Berlin scene at the time are talking about Mitte and its nightlife, some praise it, some complain about it, but everyone has their own unique perspective on it. We recognize a few people that are still quite involved today, such as Johann from Circle Culture Gallery, Cookie, Sasha from Jahcoozi, Mieze from Mia., Miss Kittin and Ellen Alien.
It’s quite interesting what parts of Mitte’s scene this documentary is showing. I was already living in Berlin and going out at the time, but somehow nothing seems familiar what I see in the film which proves once more how many microcosm coexist in Berlin next to each other. What’s interesting is that all this was filmed before places such as Bar 25, Berghain and Renate even openen. Tresor was still in its previous space at Leipziger Platz and Weekend, WMF and Watergate where the hip new clubs everyone in their 20s went to. For me personaly back than there was no district that was particularily cool or better than the other. The places you went to were all over the city, some even in the (geographical) West of Berlin.
Today everything is quite different in that respect. Depending on the person who is talking some districts have a bad reputation for the one or other reason. That’s a bit sad in a way because ultimately every district is going through the same kind of developement, just in a different time and speed. Ultimately they all make up the Berlin that we know and love and sometimes it’s also important to acknowledge the past of one area to understand and appreciate the present of another. Enjoy the film after the jump.