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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
Review: Fabian – Going to the Dogs

Review: Fabian – Going to the Dogs

BERLINALE 2021: Set during the decline of the Weimar Republic, Dominik Graf’s film fails to be relevant or engaging, despite Tom Schilling and Saskia Rosendahl’s best efforts  

08/03 | Berlinale 2021 | Competition

Vincent Meessen  • Director of Just A Movement

Interview: Vincent Meessen • Director of Just A Movement

"I try to shift documentary ethics away from reporting truth to reporting otherness"

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  

05/03 | Berlinale 2021 | Forum

Álvaro Gurrea  • Director of Ancient Soul

Interview: Álvaro Gurrea • Director of Ancient Soul

“I started filming like a man possessed”

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  

05/03 | Berlinale 2021 | Forum

Sara Klimoska  • Actress

Interview: Sara Klimoska • Actress

"I perceive my body as an instrument: whether I'm naked or with clothes on, it's the same thing to me as long as it’s justified"

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  

05/03 | Shooting Stars 2021

Dénes Nagy  • Director of Natural Light

Interview: Dénes Nagy • Director of Natural Light

"The essence of this story is happening everywhere, all the time"

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  

05/03 | Berlinale 2021 | Competition

Review: Just A Movement

Review: Just A Movement

BERLINALE 2021: Belgium’s Vincent Meessen offers up a circular, hybrid film which hovers between documentary and filmed essay  

05/03 | Berlinale 2021 | Forum

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Interviews

Radu Jude  • Director of Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Radu Jude • Director of Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
BERLINALE 2021: The prolific Romanian director breaks down what is perhaps the naughtiest feature in this year’s competition
Alice Diop  • Director of We
Alice Diop • Director of We
BERLINALE 2021: In her new documentary, shown in the Encounters section, the French filmmaker once again investigates the French banlieue and its inhabitants
Hadas Ben Aroya  • Director of All Eyes Off Me
Hadas Ben Aroya • Director of All Eyes Off Me
BERLINALE 2021: The Israeli director shows that sometimes, being vulnerable is the hardest challenge of all
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
Christian Schwochow  • Director of Je Suis Karl
Christian Schwochow • Director of Je Suis Karl
BERLINALE 2021: The German director chatted to us to break down his study of infatuation, screening in Berlinale Special
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Film Reviews

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

Fred Baillif  • Director of The Fam
Fred Baillif • Director of The Fam
BERLINALE 2021: We met with the Swiss director about his new film, which explores the world of teenagers and social workers
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
Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas  • Director of The World After Us
Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas • Director of The World After Us
BERLINALE 2021: Idealism, ambition and love blend together in a seductive first film which explores the precarious predicament of young people in Paris whilst flirting with autofiction
Ignacio Segura  • Distributor, DeAPlaneta
Ignacio Segura • Distributor, DeAPlaneta
The general manager of the Spanish firm talks about their editorial policy, the country’s market and the difficulties undergone during the health crisis
Andreas Fontana  • Director of Azor
Andreas Fontana • Director of Azor
BERLINALE 2021: We talked to the Swiss director about his mystery-drama feature, inspired by real historical events that shook Argentina in the 1980s
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