Berlinale 2019

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Venice International Film Festival's record on gender parity remains dismal; fest is still largely governed by men
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Venice International Film Festival's record on gender parity remains dismal; fest is still largely governed by men

Things are really bad for women filmmakers at the 76th Venice International Film Festival with its poor record on female representation, with only 2 of the 21 films in competition being directed by women.

A Tale of Three Sisters: After Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, an equally stirring Turkish version worth exploring
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A Tale of Three Sisters: After Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, an equally stirring Turkish version worth exploring

As geographically dissimilar as they are, Roma and A Tale of Three Sisters have their hearts in harmony and share a central narrative significant to the lives of marginalised women. Only, it’s disheartening A Tale of Three Sisters may not find a widespread audience.

Discovering the Israeli filmmaker whose Synonyms won the Golden Bear at Berlinale
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Discovering the Israeli filmmaker whose Synonyms won the Golden Bear at Berlinale

Synonyms is overlong and repetitive and sometimes willfully obscure – but every frame is charged with a break-all-rules aesthetic.

The Berlinale, and searching for love amongst the Golden Bear winners down the years
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The Berlinale, and searching for love amongst the Golden Bear winners down the years

The big prize winners at film festivals like the Berlinale have a reputation for being grim and arty, and appealing more to the head than the heart.

Berlinale 2019: The lesser known films to watch out for, from Ghost Town Anthology to Talking About Trees
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Berlinale 2019: The lesser known films to watch out for, from Ghost Town Anthology to Talking About Trees

Ever heard of Sudanese cinema? The fact that you probably have not is the subject of the intriguing documentary Talking About Trees, that won big at the Berlinale.

Berlinale 2019: A First Farewell is a poetic, often disheartening look into the lives of China’s Uyghur minorities
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Berlinale 2019: A First Farewell is a poetic, often disheartening look into the lives of China’s Uyghur minorities

Albeit firmly apolitical, A First Farewell offers rare insights into the rapid homogenisation of a unique culture through imposition of language politics.

Berlinale 2019: 69th edition of film festival ends with dialogue on censorship, Netflix, and gender equality
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Berlinale 2019: 69th edition of film festival ends with dialogue on censorship, Netflix, and gender equality

The 69th Berlinale that ended last weekend also saw the end of tenure of its much-loved director Dieter Kosslick

Berlinale 2019: Fatih Akin's The Golden Glove is a tiresome but stylishly shot serial killer film with little to root for
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Berlinale 2019: Fatih Akin's The Golden Glove is a tiresome but stylishly shot serial killer film with little to root for

If Fatih Akin’s aim was to merely provoke his audience with The Golden Glove, he achieves it with flesh crawling reality.

Gully Boy is an emotional and grandiose film that has flaws but ultimately lives up to its razzmatazz
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Gully Boy is an emotional and grandiose film that has flaws but ultimately lives up to its razzmatazz

Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy greatly lives up to its razzmatazz. Here's a first impression review of the film that had its world premiere at Berlinale 2019.

Berlinale 2019: Öndög is a sublime meditation on life and death in the Mongolian steppe
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Berlinale 2019: Öndög is a sublime meditation on life and death in the Mongolian steppe

Öndög is a visually stunning work of cinema set in a part of the world yet untouched by the brutalities of modern civilisation.

Berlinale 2019 hosts impressive line-up of Indian female talent, from Rima Das, Zoya Akhtar to Udita Bhargava
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Berlinale 2019 hosts impressive line-up of Indian female talent, from Rima Das, Zoya Akhtar to Udita Bhargava

Berlinale’s gender representation has come as a shot in the arm for female filmmakers and talent — especially since gender equality is dismal at its best even in other major festivals like Cannes and Venice

Berlinale 2019: Lone Scherfig’s The Kindness of Strangers is well-intentioned but lacks authenticity
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Berlinale 2019: Lone Scherfig’s The Kindness of Strangers is well-intentioned but lacks authenticity

Lone Scherfig’s The Kindness of Strangers is a textbook example of what happens when a director loves her characters too much.

Berlinale 2019: The important collaboration of Francois Ozon and Charlotte Rampling, recipient of Golden Bear
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Berlinale 2019: The important collaboration of Francois Ozon and Charlotte Rampling, recipient of Golden Bear

Under the Sand will be screened in the Homage section at Berlinale 2019, along with another (and more popular) Ozon-Rampling collaboration, Swimming Pool.

Berlinale 2019: From the Juliette Binoche-led jury, to Gully Boy's premiere — all you need to know
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Berlinale 2019: From the Juliette Binoche-led jury, to Gully Boy's premiere — all you need to know

The high woman representation is a shot in the arm for Berlinale, whose contemporaries in Cannes and Venice could only dream of matching this statistic.

Move over, Gully Boy: Prantik Basu's short film Rang Mahal heads to Berlinale Shorts International Competition
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Move over, Gully Boy: Prantik Basu's short film Rang Mahal heads to Berlinale Shorts International Competition

With 24 films from 17 countries in the lineup, the competition at Berlinale Shorts is intense. But Prantik Basu is a film festival veteran.

Berlinale 2019: The Classics section finds a place for James Cameron as well as Carl Dreyer
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Berlinale 2019: The Classics section finds a place for James Cameron as well as Carl Dreyer

Many of us consider Terminator 2: Judgement Day a classic, but it’s heartening to know the Berlin Film Festival thinks so, too.