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Berlin Film Festival Winners: David Gordon Green & Paulina Garcia

'Child's Pose' with Luminita Gheorghiu. Berlin Film Festival 2013 Golden Bear winner: Child's Pose The 2013 Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear, handed out earlier this evening, went to Calin Peter Netzer's mix of social critique and family drama Child's Pose / Pozitia copilului. Co-written by Netzer and Razvan Radulescu, the […]


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Berlin Film Festival Winners: David Gordon Green & Paulina Garcia



Taviani Brothers/CAESAR MUST DIE: Golden Bear Winner

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die Paolo Taviani, 80, and Vittorio Taviani, 82, were the big winners at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. The Taviani brothers' documentary Cesare deve morire / Caesar Must Die, about a staging of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in Rome's maximum-security prison Rebibbia – with the […]


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Taviani Brothers/CAESAR MUST DIE: Golden Bear Winner



Robert Pattinson & Michael Fassbender: Berlin Film Festival Movies

Robert Pattinson, Bel Ami A week or so ago, we wondered if the Robert Pattinson period drama Bel Ami would be screened at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. If so, would it be listed as a Word Premiere? The issue revolved around the fact that earlier this month Bel Ami […]


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Robert Pattinson & Michael Fassbender: Berlin Film Festival Movies



Benoît Jacquot/Diane Kruger/FAREWELL, MY QUEEN: Berlin Film Festival 2012 Opening Night Movie

Diane Kruger as Marie Antoinette, Farewell, My Queen The world premiere of Les Adieux à la reine / Farewell, My Queen will open the 2012 Berlin Film Festival next February 9. Directed by Benoît Jacquot (Tosca, Villa Amalia, Deep in the Woods), Farewell, My Queen stars Inglourious Basterds' Diane Kruger […]


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Benoît Jacquot/Diane Kruger/FAREWELL, MY QUEEN: Berlin Film Festival 2012 Opening Night Movie



Meryl Streep & Michelle Williams: Honorary Golden Bear & More Critics Awards

Michelle Williams, Luke Kirby, Take This Waltz With four nominations, Michel Hazanavicius' silent comedy-drama The Artist is the top nominee in the international categories of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle's 2011 Awards. (See further below the full list of Vancouver Film Critics nominations.) Starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, The […]


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Meryl Streep & Michelle Williams: Honorary Golden Bear & More Critics Awards



'Bel Ami' Trailer 2012: Robert Pattinson Realizes Sex Is Most Effective Social-Climbing Gear

Bel Ami 2012 poster with Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci. Shot in early 2010 but coming out in 2012, the latest film version of Guy de Maupassant's Bel Ami is also the latest attempt of Twilight Saga performer Robert Pattinson to both extend his range […]


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'Bel Ami' Trailer 2012: Robert Pattinson Realizes Sex Is Most Effective Social-Climbing Gear



Lindsay Lohan Nude 'Playboy' Photos Leaked Online + Mike Leigh vs. Isabelle Adjani

Lindsay Lohan nude Playboy images – or at least some of them – have been leaked online. In the photo shoot, the Freaky Friday and Mean Girls actress is made up to look like Marilyn Monroe in the late 1940s/early 1950s. Before becoming a 20th Century Fox star, Monroe posed […]


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Lindsay Lohan Nude 'Playboy' Photos Leaked Online + Mike Leigh vs. Isabelle Adjani



Rock Hudson Was NOT - Regardless of What People Say

Rock Hudson. Gay actor Rock Hudson was not… It's surprising that back in the mid-1980s some people were surprised to learn that Rock Hudson was gay, when the star of Magnificent Obsession, Giant, and the television series McMillan & Wife became the best-known person with AIDS in the world. After […]


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Rock Hudson Was NOT - Regardless of What People Say



George Eastman House Max Ophüls Film Noirs & Berlin Competition

George Eastman House movie 'The Reckless Moment': Crime drama with James Mason and Joan Bennett. George Eastman House movies: Max Ophüls dramas 'The Reckless Moment' and 'Caught' Located in Rochester, New York, the George Eastman House has been preserving movies for decades. In addition to its film preservation work, the […]


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George Eastman House Max Ophüls Film Noirs & Berlin Competition



'The Kids Are All Right,' 'The Mouth of the Wolf': Berlin Gay Movie Awards

Annette Bening and 'wife' Julianne Moore in The Kids Are All Right (top); Pietro Marcello's The Mouth of the Wolf (upper middle); James Franco's The Feast of Stephen (lower middle); Gaea Gaddy in Jake Yuzna's Open (bottom) Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, a family comedy co-written by Cholodenko […]


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'The Kids Are All Right,' 'The Mouth of the Wolf': Berlin Gay Movie Awards



Roman Polanski & 'Honey': Berlin Film Festival Winners

Roman Polanski, in the news since his arrest in Switzerland last September and currently fighting extradition to the United States, received the Silver Bear for Best Director for the political thriller The Ghost Writer. In The Ghost Writer, Ewan McGregor has the title role, becoming involved with a former British […]


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Roman Polanski & 'Honey': Berlin Film Festival Winners



Psychotic Murderers, Anti-Semitism & Censorship: Berlin Film Festival

Lene Maria Christensen, Johan Philip Asbæk in A Family (Zentropa / Rolf Konow) (middle, upper); Moritz Bleibtreu, Tobias Moretti in Jud Süss – Film Without a Conscience (Petro Domenigg / Concorde Film) (middle, lower) Also of note at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival are Michael Winterbottom's violent crime drama The […]


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Psychotic Murderers, Anti-Semitism & Censorship: Berlin Film Festival



Werner Herzog on Berlin Jury, Anne Hathaway to Announce Oscar Nominations

The Berlin Film Festival has announced the jury members for its 2010 edition. They are: German filmmaker Werner Herzog, the jury president; Chinese actress Yu Nan; Italian writer-director Francesca Comencini; Spanish producer Jose Maria Morales; Somali-born writer Nuruddin Farah; American Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger; and German actress Cornelia Froboess. The […]


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Werner Herzog on Berlin Jury, Anne Hathaway to Announce Oscar Nominations



Roman Polanski & Martin Scorsese Thrillers: Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear Entries

The Ghost Writer with Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor. In Roman Polanski's mystery thriller The Ghost Writer, which will be competing for the 2010 Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear, former James Bond Pierce Brosnan (Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day) plays a former British Prime Minister who – shades of […]


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Roman Polanski & Martin Scorsese Thrillers: Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear Entries



Berlin Film Festival: Play it Again …! Series

As per The Hollywood Reporter, the Berlin International Film Festival will mark its 60th anniversary with the retrospective “Play it Again …!,” featuring 40 films compiled by British film critic David Thomson from previous Berlin festivals. Among them are Curzio Malaparte's The Forbidden Christ, Alf Sjoberg's Miss Julie, Akira Kurosawa's […]


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Berlin Film Festival: Play it Again …! Series



Isabelle Adjani 'Skirt Day': When Cultures Collide in the Classroom

Isabelle Adjani in 'Skirt Day.' Isabelle Adjani 'Skirt Day': Clash of cultures In the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick LaSalle briefly discusses several of the films he saw at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival (Feb. 5–15), including the latest Isabelle Adjani star vehicle: So the [Paul] Schrader film [Adam Resurrected] was […]


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Isabelle Adjani 'Skirt Day': When Cultures Collide in the Classroom



Berlin Film Festival Winners: 'The Milk of Sorrow'

South American cinema – once again – performed quite well at the Berlin Film Festival, which came to a close on Sunday, Feb. 15. The Golden Bear for best picture went to La Teta Asustada / The Milk of Sorrow (the Spanish title would actually translate as “The Frightened Tit”), […]


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Berlin Film Festival Winners: 'The Milk of Sorrow'



Berlin Film Festival Awards: Peruvian Story Tops

2009 Berlin Film Festival Awards 2009 Berlin Film Festival: Feb. 5-15, 2009 2009 Berlin Film Festival: Competition Line-Up   Golden Bear for Best Film: La teta asustada / The Milk of Sorrow (Peru) by Claudia Llosa Grand Jury Prize (tie): Alle Anderen / Everyone Else (Germany) by Maren Ade and […]


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Berlin Film Festival Awards: Peruvian Story Tops



Michelle Pfeiffer 'Cheri' in Berlin + French & German Film Critics Choices

Derek Elley reviews Stephen Frears' Chéri in Variety: “Like a passable bottle of champagne, Cheri fizzes and slides down quite easily but lacks real body and doesn't really hit the spot. Driven along by Alexandre Desplat's busy score, scrumptious duds by Consolata Boyle, pastel-tinged widescreen lensing by Darius Khondji and, […]


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Michelle Pfeiffer 'Cheri' in Berlin + French & German Film Critics Choices



Berlin Film Festival Competition Line-Up: Asghar Farhadi, Michelle Pfeiffer

Berlin Film Festival 2009: Golden Bear Line-Up   Alle Anderen Germany by Maren Ade (The Forest for the Trees) with Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Nicole Marischka World premiere Cheri UK/Germany/France By Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons) With Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend, Felicity Jones World premiere […]


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Berlin Film Festival Competition Line-Up: Asghar Farhadi, Michelle Pfeiffer



Joe Dallesandro: Honorary Teddy Award at Berlin Festival

Joe Dallesandro, Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey's muse in films such as Flesh (1968), Trash (1970), and Heat (1972), and whose crotch adorned the Rolling Stones' album “Sticky Fingers,” will be the recipient of the 2009 honorary Teddy Award, given to those who have contributed to gay/lesbian/etc. cinema, at the […]


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Joe Dallesandro: Honorary Teddy Award at Berlin Festival



Maurice Jarre Gets Honorary Golden Bear + Mary Pickford Oscar Sale Blocked

Maurice Jarre to be handed an Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement at next year's Berlin Film Festival. One of the greatest film composers of the 20th century, Maurice Jarre is best known for his Oscar-winning collaborations with David Lean: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and A Passage to India […]


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Maurice Jarre Gets Honorary Golden Bear + Mary Pickford Oscar Sale Blocked



'After Winter Comes Spring': Movie Series Celebrating the Fall of the Berlin Wall + Star-Studded Sundance

A Short Film About Killing with Miroslaw Baka. One of the films to be shown in the series “After Winter Comes Spring: Films Presaging the Fall of the Wall” is an extended segment from Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue / Dekalog film series – originally made for Polish television: A Short Film […]


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'After Winter Comes Spring': Movie Series Celebrating the Fall of the Berlin Wall + Star-Studded Sundance



'Death to Film Critics!' + Clive Owen-Naomi Watts Thriller Opening Berlin

Joseph Julian Soria in 'Tru Loved' Roger Ebert Laments the 'Death' of Film Critics “A newspaper film critic is like a canary in a coal mine. When one croaks, get the hell out,” writes Roger Ebert in the November 2008 essay “Death to film critics! Hail to the CelebCult!” in […]


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'Death to Film Critics!' + Clive Owen-Naomi Watts Thriller Opening Berlin



'The Elite Squad': Berlin Film Festival Controversial Winner

The second Brazilian production to win the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear, José Padilha's Tropa de Elite / The Elite Squad, a violent tale about Rio's special police unit's fight against slum-based druglords, was a controversial choice for the 2008 festival's top award. Unlike the previous Brazilian winning entry, the […]


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'The Elite Squad': Berlin Film Festival Controversial Winner



Francesco Rosi Retrospective

This year's Berlin Film Festival will present the Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement to the unabashedly political Italian filmmaker Francesco Rosi, 85, on Feb. 14, 2008. Rosi's work includes Salvatore Giuliano (above), which earned him the best director Silver Bear in 1962; Cannes Palme d'Or winner The Mattei Affair (1972); […]


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Francesco Rosi Retrospective



Martin Scorsese Rolling Stones Movie 'Shine a Light' Opens Berlin Film Festival

Martin Scorsese and The Rolling Stones (Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Ron Wood). Martin Scorsese The Rolling Stones movie 'Shine a Light' opens Berlin Film Festival Martin Scorsese's The Rolling Stones concert movie Shine a Light, featuring Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, and Ron Wood, opened the […]


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Martin Scorsese Rolling Stones Movie 'Shine a Light' Opens Berlin Film Festival



Berlin Film Festival Awards: Climate Change Movie Wins Golden Bear

Yu Nan in Tuya's Marriage “When I started making films, my teacher said film should show people's dreams. This film made my dreams come true,” remarked Chinese director Wang Quan'an upon accepting the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear for his rural drama Tuya's Marriage, a portrait of the social and […]


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Berlin Film Festival Awards: Climate Change Movie Wins Golden Bear



Berlin 2007: Asta Nielsen is Hamlet

Asta Nielsen in Hamlet Sure, the 2007 Berlinale, which has kicked off this evening, will offer a number of good – hopefully, even a few great – new films. But for my money, the most interesting section this year is the Retrospective covering the roles of women in silent films […]


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Berlin 2007: Asta Nielsen is Hamlet



Berlin Film Festival: Nazi Drama & Robert De Niro

Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie in The Good Shepherd (top); Cate Blanchett, George Clooney in The Good German (bottom) English-language productions dominate the Berlin Film Festival's 2007 official competition line-up. In all, 22 films are competing for the Golden Bear and four are being screened out of competition at this year's […]


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Berlin Film Festival: Nazi Drama & Robert De Niro



Berlin Film Festival: Women in Silent Films

The Retrospective sidebar of the 2007 Berlin Film Festival will feature thirty silent films, divided into four sections, depicting women's roles in the 1910s and 1920s. The “Working Girls” section will be populated by secretaries and salesgirls, among them Norma Talmadge in John Emerson's comedy The Social Secretary (1916) and […]


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Berlin Film Festival: Women in Silent Films



Mother-Daughter Bosnian War Drama & Guantanamo Documentary: Berlin Film Festival Winners

There weren't many surprises at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival awards. One of this year's favorites, Jasmila Zbanic's Grbavica, the story of a 12-year-old girl (Luna Mijovic, above, hugging Mirjana Karanovic) who discovers that she is the end result of a Bosnian war crime – namely, rape – was awarded […]


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Mother-Daughter Bosnian War Drama & Guantanamo Documentary: Berlin Film Festival Winners



Andrzej Wajda & Ian McKellen Honorary Golden Bears + Taking On the MPAA

The 56th Berlin International Film Festival will present the 2006 Honorary Golden Bears to Polish director and screenwriter Andrzej Wajda (above, left) and British actor Ian McKellen. Andrzej Wajda, one of Poland's best-known filmmakers, has had several of his films in competition in Berlin, including Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray […]


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Andrzej Wajda & Ian McKellen Honorary Golden Bears + Taking On the MPAA



Carmen Miranda Costume & Memorabilia Exhibition + Charlotte Rampling Heads Berlin

Carmen Miranda costume: the so-called “Brazilian Bombshell” in typical churchgoing garb of the period – subdued colors and only the most modest of accoutrements. The “Carmen Miranda Forever” exhibition at Rio de Janeiro's Museum of Modern Art will be showcasing all sorts of memorabilia relating to the “Mamãe Eu Quero” […]


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Carmen Miranda Costume & Memorabilia Exhibition + Charlotte Rampling Heads Berlin



Berlin Film Festival: South African 'Carmen' Wins Golden Bear + Anti-Nazi Fighters & Explicit Sex

Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear 2005 goes to Carmen in Khayelitsha. The 2005 Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear has been awarded to the Xhosa-language South African production Carmen in Khayelitsha. Directed by Mark Dornford-May and starring Pauline Malefane (right, with the Golden Bear atop her head), Carmen in Khayelitsha is […]


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Berlin Film Festival: South African 'Carmen' Wins Golden Bear + Anti-Nazi Fighters & Explicit Sex



'Battleship Potemkin' Special Screening at Berlin Film Festival

Battleship Potemkin: Berlin 2005 to screen reconstructed version of Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 masterwork The 2005 Berlin Film Festival will present a reconstructed version of Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 classic Battleship Potemkin, considered by many film scholars to be one of – if not the – greatest motion picture ever made. (Image: […]


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'Battleship Potemkin' Special Screening at Berlin Film Festival



'Man to Man': Defense of Human-Ape Link in Berlin + Ingmar Bergman & Vivien Leigh DVDs

Man to Man: Defense of the human-ape link set in 1870s Africa will open the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. Régis Wargnier (Indochine) directed this tale about how scientists get things wrong – were pygmies the missing human-ape link? – when they let cultural prejudices get in the way of scientific […]


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'Man to Man': Defense of Human-Ape Link in Berlin + Ingmar Bergman & Vivien Leigh DVDs