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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn - by Radu Jude
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
by Radu Jude
BERLINALE 2021: Romanian director Radu Jude holds a mirror up to the audience – and the audience might not like what they see
Mr Bachmann and His Class - by Maria Speth
Mr Bachmann and His Class
by Maria Speth
BERLINALE 2021: This amazingly warm and clever documentary by Maria Speth about a sixth-grade schoolteacher deserves all the plaudits it can get
Natural Light - by Dénes Nagy
Natural Light
by Dénes Nagy
BERLINALE 2021: In his competition-premiered first fiction feature, Hungarian director Dénes Nagy explores the human condition in a story set during World War II
I'm Your Man - by Maria Schrader
I'm Your Man
by Maria Schrader
BERLINALE 2021: In Maria Schrader's delightful yet surprisingly complex film, there is such a thing as a perfect match
Forest - I See You Everywhere - by Benedek Fliegauf
Forest - I See You Everywhere
by Benedek Fliegauf
BERLINALE 2021: Hungarian auteur Bence Fliegauf is back in the competition with his seventh feature, a bleak and unremittingly dark follow-up to his breakout debut, Forest
We - by Alice Diop
We
by Alice Diop
BERLINALE 2021: Alice Diop pieces together an ambitious patchwork documentary on Paris’s deprived suburbs, crafting an interlacing which questions humanity, time and modern-day collective identity
The Girl and the Spider - by Ramon Zürcher
The Girl and the Spider
by Ramon Zürcher
BERLINALE 2021: Swiss filmmaker Ramon Zürcher, here joined by his twin brother Silvan as co-director, continues his innovative mode of storytelling in this awaited follow-up to The Strange Little Cat
Taste - by Lê Bảo
Taste
by Lê Bảo
BERLINALE 2021: Lê Bảo causes a stir with his first feature, which is astonishing for its visual and atmospheric character and which offers a realistic-oneiric immersion bordering on contemporary art
Damien Odoul  • Director of Theo and the Metamorphosis

Interview: Damien Odoul • Director of Theo and the Metamorphosis

“I want to challenge the viewing habits of the public and to take a risk for it”

BERLINALE 2021: We talked to the French director about his new experimental film  

08/03 | Berlinale 2021 | Panorama

Alexandre Koberidze • Director of What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

Interview: Alexandre Koberidze • Director of What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

"The plan was to tell simple stories with simple methods and forms"

BERLINALE 2021: The Georgian director, responsible for one of the most acclaimed titles of this edition of the festival, discusses love, curses and film references  

08/03 | Berlinale 2021 | Competition

Laura Herrero Garvín  • Director of La Mami

Interview: Laura Herrero Garvín • Director of La Mami

“I never look for stories; they come to me”

The Spanish filmmaker headed to Mexico City to shoot this excellent documentary that explores the Barba Azul cabaret, a female-dominated world governed by sisterhood, familiarity and empathy  

08/03 | /Mexico/Spain

The 7th edition of the Berlin Critics’ Week offered to look at cinema differently

The 7th edition of the Berlin Critics’ Week offered to look at cinema differently

The German film critics association, which is at the origin of the event funded in 2015, organised this year an online edition including a film selection, conferences and debates  

08/03 | Festivals | Awards | Germany

Schoolgirls strikes gold with four Goya Awards

Schoolgirls strikes gold with four Goya Awards

Pilar Palomero’s début feature was the winner of some of the Spanish Film Academy’s most coveted accolades, presented last Saturday at a ceremony broadcast from Malaga  

08/03 | Goyas 2021

Review: An Zéro – Comment le Luxembourg a disparu

Review: An Zéro – Comment le Luxembourg a disparu

Julien Becker and Myriam T.’s docu-fiction imagines the consequences of a nuclear catastrophe on the future of the Grand Duchy  

08/03 | Luxembourg 2021

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The Fam - by Frédéric Baillif
The Fam
by Frédéric Baillif
BERLINALE 2021: In Fred Baillif's touching film, it's time to become one of the girls
What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? - by Alexandre Koberidze
What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?
by Alexandre Koberidze
BERLINALE 2021: Georgian director Alexandre Koberidze's second feature is an idiosyncratic mix of styles, genres and forms that incredibly wraps into a coherent 150 minutes of cinematic joy
Brother's Keeper - by Ferit Karahan
Brother's Keeper
by Ferit Karahan
BERLINALE 2021: Turkish director Ferit Karahan's second feature is a technically accomplished but conceptually flawed and often tone-deaf drama that tackles the issues of cruelty and authority
Petite Maman - by Céline Sciamma
Petite Maman
by Céline Sciamma
BERLINALE 2021: Céline Sciamma moves with her fifth film, delivering a simple story that hits so close to home it might as well be a long-lost friend
Azor - by Andreas Fontana
Azor
by Andreas Fontana
BERLINALE 2021: Andreas Fontana offers a captivating first feature following in the wake of a Swiss banker who is plunged into a labyrinthine mission navigating society’s noxious upper echelons
Drift Away - by Xavier Beauvois
Drift Away
by Xavier Beauvois
BERLINALE 2021: Xavier Beauvois signs his name to an intimate story which also sounds a social alarm in an artfully pared-down film bursting with heart about a gendarme on the Normandy coast
District Terminal - by Bardia Yadegari, Ehsan Mirhosseini
District Terminal
by Bardia Yadegari, Ehsan Mirhosseini
BERLINALE 2021: Set in a war zone, this Iranian-German film by Bardia Yadegari and Ehsan Mirhosseini is draining to watch, but offers some unexpected dark poetry and sunshine
Who We Were - by Marc Bauder
Who We Were
by Marc Bauder
BERLINALE 2021: Marc Bauder’s ambitious documentary about the global humanitarian and environmental crisis conveys the same old bad news but from a slightly new angle
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Interviews

Sara Klimoska  • Actress
Sara Klimoska • Actress
BERLINALE 2021: The young North Macedonian actress talks to us about her career, acting beyond limits (and language borders) and who she would love to work with
Vincent Meessen  • Director of Just A Movement
Vincent Meessen • Director of Just A Movement
BERLINALE 2021: We met with the contemporary Belgian artist who spoke to us about his new, hybrid film which hovers between documentary and filmed essay
Álvaro Gurrea  • Director of Ancient Soul
Álvaro Gurrea • Director of Ancient Soul
BERLINALE 2021: We chatted to the first-time director, who shot his debut, hybrid film (half-fiction, half-reality) immersed in the stunning natural surroundings of Indonesia, using local actors
Dénes Nagy  • Director of Natural Light
Dénes Nagy • Director of Natural Light
BERLINALE 2021: The emerging Hungarian director has just won the Silver Bear for Best Director for his first fiction feature, which takes the viewer back to the World War II
Chris Wright and Stefan Kolbe  • Directors of Anamnesis
Chris Wright and Stefan Kolbe • Directors of Anamnesis
BERLINALE 2021: The new documentary from the two German directors questions the nature of documentary filmmaking itself
Natasa Stork  • Actress
Natasa Stork • Actress
BERLINALE 2021: The Hungarian actress talks to us about the beginning of her career, her work in Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time and her dream director
Jacqueline Lentzou  • Director of Moon, 66 Questions
Jacqueline Lentzou • Director of Moon, 66 Questions
BERLINALE 2021: We talked to the Greek filmmaker to try to unpick her daring approach to her first feature, screening in Encounters
Ferit Karahan  • Director of Brother's Keeper
Ferit Karahan • Director of Brother's Keeper
BERLINALE 2021: We talked to the Turkish director about his social drama with tragicomic elements, based on his own experience in a boarding school for boys
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