Interfilm’s 30th International Short Film Festival

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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.

Skylar by Skylar
on November 10th, 2014
in Movies, Videos

Wall and Chain – A Beautiful Animated Short about the Berlin Wall

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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.

Claudio by Claudio
on November 9th, 2014
in Art, Videos

Cinéma de Mode: Colour Control with Juce + WIN ASOS Gift

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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.

Frank by Frank
on November 8th, 2014
in Fashion, Music, Videos

GIF-Love: Berlin in Motion by Erdal Inci

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Maybe some of you remember our first curated exhibition with animated Gifs called GIF.ME.BERLIN. Not just since then we were big fans of animated GIFs and can’t have enough of them. So it is probably no surprise for you that we want to share with you this nice discovery. The Turkish artist Erdal Inci creates interesting video art with looping effects. On his Tumblr you can look at some of his artwork transformed into a GIFs. Recently he payed a little visit to Berlin and used our beloved city as a frame work for some new art. The results, moving phantoms all over Berlin, are quite impressive. After the jump we have some of his looping GIF magic for you.
UPDATE: Inci just released a wonderful GIF from the Lichtgrenze-Celebrations you have to check out.

Claudio by Claudio
on November 8th, 2014
in Art

30 Years of Siegessäule – A Retrospective of Queer Life in Berlin

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The LGBT culture in Berlin and the community behind it is probably one of the most diverse, lively and interesting scenes in Germany and probably also in Europe. No other city has such an active and beautiful queer subculture. And by culture we are referring not exclusively to nightlife but of course to art, theater, dance and literature. In all fields there are strong queer voices living and working in Berlin and this is quite the inspiration for all the young LGBT people coming here. For some these voices are maybe even too strong, calling it all a “Gay Mafia”. I am not so sure if this Gay Mafia really exists. For sure there is a community here who can be supportive in certain aspects for some artist. But being gay or LGBT doesn’t make the community of Berlin automatically love and accept every artwork you produce as we might have seen in the recent case of Dries Verhoeven.

One strong voice in the LGBT community is the monthly city magazine Siegessäule which is distributed free all over the city. Since the last edition we are collaborating with them on a new city column that comes out every second issue. Since the magazine just turned 30 we really want to congratulate them and to do so, we compiled a collection of the covers from 1984 until today. Also there is an exhibition at the Schwules Museum about the Siegessäule and tomorrow there will be a guided tour with gay filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim showing you around and telling you more about it. After the jump you can find the sometimes trashy, sometimes provocative but always fun covers of the magazine. We’re looking forward to another 30 years!

Claudio by Claudio
on November 7th, 2014
in Entertainment

The Magical Berlin Illustrations of Cosimo Miorelli

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Especially in Autumn, Berlin has this magical dreamy feeling. You realize the city is going into hibernation for the next months and somehow everything slows visibly down and becomes obscure, dark and mysterious. Apparently I am not the only one with this vision. Berlin-based visual artist, illustrator and live performer Cosimo Miorelli shows Berlin’s dark and mystical side. In his illustrations and comic books Berlin reminds me more of Gotham City mixed with the Wonderland of Alice and a novel of Edgar Alan Poe.  The results are dark and dense illustrations with iconic Berlin buildings surrounded by magical creatures like flying whales or lonely city foxes in search for some human warmth.

From November 6-12 his art will be on display at the HB55 Kunstfabrik gallery. Tonight he will also perform a special live painting set with techno music called Der Träumer at 21h. After the jump some of his artworks and a trailer of his live sets.

Claudio by Claudio
on November 7th, 2014
in Art

25 Years of the Fall of the Wall: Photography from Now and Then

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The commemoration celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall are creating quite the buzz around the city. Apart from the extremely beautiful idea of the light balloon project happening this Sunday, so many side events are also worth your attention. You can find a full list of events over here.

Today we want to focus on one particular exhibition from Yven Augustin. As a 19 year old boy he took pictures of several places around East Berlin. After 25 years he went to the same places and took the same photos again. This time experiment not only shows the changes of a quarter of a century but also the change between a socialist society and a capitalistic one. These images represent a memory for the changes happening in the city. Most of Berlin’s special character is due to the decades of separation.

Now unified and strong city, let’s hope the future will bring not just more gentrification and social injustice but also creative and intelligent solutions to the problems of a modern life in big cities.  I am sure Berlin can set a good example to the world how a city can be a better living place for it’s inhabitants. More photos of Yven Augustin and information about the exhibition after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on November 6th, 2014
in Art, Photos

GONEBERLIN – Berlin Techno Clubs as Jewellery

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Undoubtly one of the strongest qualities of Berlin is its pulsating nightlife with an endless amount of bars, clubs, DJs and musicians. Especially the local techno scene is one of the most progressive and impressive music scenes in the entire world.

The young jewellery label GONEBERLIN has dedicated their first collection to Berlin’s techno clubs creating solid silver necklaces and brass key rings that resemble abstract versions of some of the most famous techno clubs in Berlin. These unique, locally handcrafted pieces become the perfect memonto of all the amazing parties that you will otherwise only remember by a thumping headache on the next day. The label is not commenting on which clubs they have used as inspiration for the pendants, but if you know your favorite club you will surely recognize it. Among them are the Golden Gate, Chalet, Berghain and the Bunker which is home for the Boros art collection now, but used to be a famous techno club in the 80s and 90s.

The jewellery is available in a strongly limited edition on the GONEBERLIN website and if you want to check it out live you should visit the Berlin Design Market at Neue Heimat this coming Saturday on November 8th 2014 from 13-22h. Enjoy some photos of the collection after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on November 6th, 2014
in Fashion

A Berlin Halloween Marathon

A Berlin Halloween Marathon

This year I managed to go to 6 Halloween parties. Not one, not two, no! SIX! Why for heaven’s sake so many, you might wonder. Well, I do like Halloween. I’ve been a big fan of this obscure and quirky celebration since I was a child and saw the Halloween episodes of my favorite TV shows Roseanne and The Bill Cosby Show and since them always wanted to have a part in it. At the time it was not custom to celebrate it here. But thanks to Berlin’s growing American expat culture every year there are more Halloween parties and I guess I have to somehow catch up with the lost years in my youth.

So follow me on a spooky, gorey, trashy, sexy and fun trip through the Halloween nights of last weekend in Berlin after the jump on 4 pages.

Frank by Frank
on November 5th, 2014
in Party, Photos

Souls in a Box – Creative Berliners in their Homes

Souls in a Box – Creative Berliners in their Homes

Souls in a Box is a super charming portrait series by Italian photographer Alessandra Mannisi who has captured creative Berliners in their very unique homes. “This is a photography and anthropology project that draws insight into people’s lives focusing on their own personal intimate living space. Every box is a collection of memories, dreams, obsessions, hopes and points of view. This is a report about special people and their stories, but also a big window into our contemporary world. The purpose of this project is to show how different spaces can represent people’s personalities, but especially, to explore a contemporary and extraordinary generation from the inside and through many different lives,” explains Alessandra about her series. To complete a full set of 100 Souls in a Box she is still looking for more artists and creative individuals of any nationality, age, social extraction, culture, taste or art stream who have a unique home. If you fit this profile or know someone who does, please contact Alessandra and maybe you can soon be part of this amazing collection! Enjoy some of her photographs of this series after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on November 4th, 2014
in Art