- Franz Rogowski
- Paula Beer
- director Christian Petzold
At the press conference for EVA:
- Isabelle Huppert
- Gaspard Ulliel
- Julia Roy
- director Benoît Jacquot
D: Aleksey German (Under Electric Clouds).
S: Milan Maric, Danila Kozlovsky, Helena Sujecka, Artur Beschastny, Elena Lyadova.
A biopic that has the feel of Kafka's 'The Castle'. Unending bureaucratic stymieing and wilful obtuseness. Conveys the message, but is too monotone.
D: Christian Petzold (Phoenix, Barbara, Jerichow, Yella, Gespenster, Wolfsburg, The State I Am In).
S: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman, Maryam Zaree, Barbara Auer, Matthias Brandt, Sebastian Hülk, Emilie de Preissac, Antoine Oppenheim.
Christian Petzold hasn't delivered a dud in his cinema career. He continually dissects authoritarianism in fascinating ways. And here ambitiously incorporates commentary on the current refugee crisis.
D: Benoît Jacquot (Diary of a Chambermaid; 3 Hearts; Farewell, My Queen).
S: Isabelle Huppert, Gaspard Ulliel, Julia Roy, Richard Berry.
Absolutely inane. Even Isabelle Huppert can't save from ignominy. It feels like a crummy adaptation of a subpar, supposedly-erotic, potboiler, airport novel.
At the press conference for BLACK 47:
- Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings)
- James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom, Adore)
- Barry Keoghan (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dunkirk)
- Jim Broadbent (Another Year, Gangs of New York)
At the press conference for DAMSEL:
- Mia Wasikowska
- Robert Pattinson
- directors Nathan and David Zellner
THE HEIRESSES (Las herederas) ★★½☆☆
D: Marcelo Martinessi.
S: Ana Brun, Margarita Irún, Ana Ivanova.
Kernel of interest not exploited. Rhythms of life repeated so often that it undermines observations. Lead is too blank, in sharp contrast to those around her. An inefficient use of the runtime.
Ds: David Zellner (Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter), Nathan Zellner.
S: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Robert Forster, Joe Billingiere.
First half amuses, but kept reminding of SLOW WEST. Second half veers away, but loses a little steam.
BLACK 47 ★★★½☆
D: Lance Daly.
S: Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan, Sarah Greene, Jim Broadbent.
An Irish revenge western. Has elements of BRAVEHEART, RAMBO and THE PROPOSITION. Would have benefitted from less stiff dialogue and more thumping direction, but the story is fiercely anti-imperialist.
From the director of FANTASTIC MR FOX, at the press conference for ISLE OF DOGS:
director Wes Anderson
ISLE OF DOGS ★★★★☆
D: Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Bottle Rocket).
S: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Kunichi Nomura, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Akira Ito, Greta Gerwig, Akira Takayama, Frances McDormand, F. Murray Abraham, Courtney B. Vance, Yojiro Noda, Fisher Stevens, Mari Natsuki, Nijiro Murakami, Yoko Ono, Frank Wood, Harvey Keitel.
Witty and stunningly animated. An adventure with a perpetually relevant allegory. Too neat an ending, but a minor quibble. Puts EARLY MAN in the shade.
THE SILENT REVOLUTION (Das schweigende Klassenzimmer) ★½☆☆☆
D: Lars Kraume.
S: Leonard Scheicher, Tom Gramenz, Lena Klenke, Jonas Dassler, Florian Lukas, Jördis Triebel, Michael Gwisdek, Ronald Zehrfeld, Burghart Klaußner.
A TV-movie-of-the-week look at East Germany five years before the Wall. Wooden direction, clunky acting, and woeful dialogue.
THE BOOKSHOP ★½☆☆☆
D: Isabel Coixet (Endless Night, Learning to Drive, Elegy, My Life Without Me).
S: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson.
Sub-CHOCOLAT. Dialogue and acting as if from a radio play. Stilted and jarring.
The Berlin Film Festival competition jury includes:
- director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run)
- composer Ryūichi Sakamoto (The Last Emperor)
- actor Cécile de France (Haute Tension)
My top 5 most anticipated Berlin Film Festival 2018 movies:
303 (d. Hans Weingartner)
GRASS (d. Hong Sang-soo)
ISLE OF DOGS (d. Wes Anderson)
TRANSIT (d. Christian Petzold)
UNSANE (d. Steven Soderbergh)
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