Is Tim Sutton lightening up? The American writer-director’s recent films have marked him as a chronicler of his country’s slow-motion collapse, and the weird, psychotic, intensely masculine fraying that comes with it. 2018’s Donnybrock was a road trip through the Darwinian badlands of opioid countryside, in which a bare-knuckle prize fight offers Jamie Bell and … Read more Berlinale Review: Funny Face – the Arthouse Joker?
As I passed through the doors of the Hyatt hotel, my hands were sweating. It was my first time ever to be part of Berlinale and I was minutes away to photograph one of my film icons: Wes Anderson. Yeah, it sounds like a cliche, and maybe it is, but Wes Anderson’s art has somehow … Read more Snap Judgements with a Berlinale Photographer
“Brazil is the country that kills most transvestites and transsexuals in the world.” “The life expectancy of these people is 35 years old, less than half of national average of 75. So, it’s difficult to understand that Brazil leads the search ranking for trans people on RedTube.” – Claudia Priscilla and Kiko Goiffman, directors of … Read more Bixa Travesty: A Glimpse Into Brazilian Transvestism
What is masculinity? Opening the Panorama section of Berlinale this year, John Trengove‘s first feature length film, The Wound, tries in earnest to answer this question. Taking place during Ukwaluka – a very rarely spoken and sometimes deadly Xhosa penile circumcision ritual – the film presents a sometimes unsettling series of events that transpire during … Read more Trengove’s Film The Wound Pitches Sexuality Against Masculinity
The Berlinale is one of the cultural highlights of Berlin, but with nearly 400 films to choose from and subzero degree weather, you might be tempted to hide like a Berlin bear and hibernate until it’s all over. But the sun seems to be out and Berlin Loves You, so here’s a handy guide on … Read more What to See at the Berlinale 2017 and How to Get Tickets
Yesterday marked the halfway point of this year’s Berlinale, and we have been spoilt for choice so far with very few stinkers and more than a few gems showing up on the silver screen. While there are many excellent films which I have not been able to attend (most notably Alone in Berlin, how could … Read more Berlinale Halftime Review: Chi-Raq, Tough Choices, Literary Genius, Young Love and Midnight Magic
It’s early February in Berlin, which means it’s time for the Hollywood-style razzle dazzle of famous film stars and directors to descend on the city. Earlier this morning, the eyes and ears of the world’s entertainment sector focused on the conference room of the Hyatt Hotel at Potsdammer Platz, as the jury for the 66th … Read more Hail, Caesar! Meryl Streep, George Clooney and The Coen Brothers raise the curtain on the 66th Berlinale
We are now over two thirds through the long process that is the Berlinale. A few promising films remain to be seen in the coming days, but for now please allow me to bring up you up to speed with three films, each of which more or less fall into one of the titular categories. … Read more The Good, The Great, and The Perplexing: A Berlinale Update
The 65th Berlinale kicked off early on Thursday and was accompanied by the usual pomp and fanfare people have come to expect from Europe’s biggest film festival. Just before lunch the members of the jury were introduced via press conference, and seemed to be in a lighthearted but flippant mood. Jury president Darren Aronofsky and … Read more Strong Women, Harsh Environments, but a Mediocre Start to Berlinale.
It’s that time of year again folks, starting this Thursday February 5th, the eyes and ears of millions of film obsessed fans and industry insiders, will once again fall on Berlin for the next two weeks, as the razzle-dazzle and glamour of the movie business rolls into town for the 65th of the Berlinale … Read more Berlinale Preview