57th Berlinale

57th Berlinale, Germany (February 8 - February 18, 2007)

What a festival ! No day, no show without stars. Fest-head Dieter Kosslick understood very well that he needs the red carpet to attract television and photographers — and to satisfy Berlin's fun-seekers. At least in Germany, the Berlinale was present as never before, on small screens and front pages. Even the opening and closing ceremonies were broadcast live, moderated by an inexperienced young lady best known from kids' television. One might even suspect that certain films in competitive hadn't been invited because of their quality or originality, but because of the stars available to walk the red carpet. It's a tendency of major festivals that can't be helped, they become media events (see Cannes, which started this "mediatisation"), and this year's Berlinale was well on this path.

Kosslick is a good entertainer. He invented new sections, such as "Eat, Drink, See Movies — Celebrating Culinary Cinema". He radiated a good mood. Bur that's no reason to praise his competition program. One could, with a clear conscience, miss some of the films, or see them a few days later in regular cinemas — say, ones involving Robert de Niro and Clint Eastwood. At least, there were works from Christian Petzold, Jacques Rivette, the Argentinean Ariel Rotter, Stefan Ruzowitzky (Austria/Germany), Steven Soderbergh, Quanan Wang (whose Tuya's Marriage won the Golden Bear), the comeback of Jiri Menzel...

Fortunately, Berlinale does not consist of the competition only. There's the "Panorama", headed by Wieland Speck, there's and the "International Forum of New Cinema", headed by Christoph Terhechte — sections which care deeply about "the rest of the world" beyond the cultural mainstream. They allowed discoveries, particularly the "Forum", which — with its excellent selection and informative catalogue — drew large crowds and proved a good place, finally, for critics. (k.e.)

Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival: www.berlinale.de

FIPRESCI PRIZE

Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále I Served The King of England

by Jirí Menzel  

(Czech Republic, 2007, 35mm, 120 mins) Jury: José Carlos Avellar (Brazil) , Phillip Bergson (UK) , Heike Hurst (France) , Salome Kikaleishvili (Georgia) , Jürgen Kiontke (Germany) , Dana Linssen (Netherlands) , Jerzy Plazewski (Poland) , Rüdiger Suchsland (Germany) , Dinko Tucakovic (Serbia-Montenegro)
International Sales: AQS A.S.

Na Klikovce 7, CZ 14000 Praha 4, T +42 (724) 34 74 47, F +42 (221) 43 61 05, andrea.metcalfe@aqs.cz. 

Takva Takva — A Man's Fear of God
(Turkey, 2006, 35mm, 96 mins)
International Sales: The Match Factory GmbH

Sudermanplatz 2, D -50670 Köln, T +49 (221) 292 10 20, F +49 (221) 292 10 210, festivals@matchfactory.de.

hounds Jagdhunde Hounds
(Germany, 2007, 86 mins)
International Sales: mdc int GmbH

Schillerstraße 7a, D - 10625 Berlin, T +49 (30) 264 97 900, F +49 (30) 264 97 910, info@mdc-int.de  

Brilliant Return to Film-making

by Phillip Bergson

After 14 years spent working in theatre — at home and ... read more

The Boy Who Came in from the Cold

by Rüdiger Suchsland

Silence can be a virtue. Silence as well can be a stat... read more

Not One but Two Scandals

by Jerzy Plazewski

Mysterious and bizarre are reasons why at many festiva... read more

A Tender Story

by Myrna Silveira Brandão

The Year my Parents went on Vacations (O Ano em que me... read more

Out of Frame

by José Carlos Avellar

The long prayer ceremony, the men sitting or knelling ... read more

Multilingual New Cinema

by Salome Kikaleishvili

"Life, as it is!" — these words were exclaimed a centu... read more

The Queen of Mongolia: Women and Films

by Heike Hurst

Many images of women in the competition of this 57th B... read more

The Stars and Bars: Where have I Seen that Déjà Vu?

by Dinko Tucakovic

Stars, filmmakers and directors became involved in ind... read more

Where is Africa?

by Jürgen Kiontke

The question is: "What has been produced?" If you want... read more

"A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory"

by Dana Linssen

It all starts with the sea. The sea of time. The sea o... read more

A Conversation with Esther B. Robinson

by Dana Linssen

DANA LINSSEN: Can you explain how you got in touch wit... read more