67th Berlin International Film Festival

67th Berlin International Film Festival, Germany (February 9 - February 19, 2017)

The International Filmfestival Berlin is the self-proclaimed world’s biggest public festival. It might as well be the film festival that covers the most wide- spread area in one big city with its screening venues, namely cinemas. With "Berlinale goes Kiez" the festival explores new theaters, and yes, they have actually emerged in Berlin for quite a few years now. One of them is the crowdfunded Wolf Cinema in Kreuzberg – such artistic venues are called neighbourhood cinemas in the Berlinale program. And within the framework of this year's main theme "Courage: Against All Odds" about challenges in the film industry etc., the Wolf gang, as they call themselves, had one important item on the agenda: "Local Heroes: Community Cinema Reloaded". It was an interesting and encouraging public talk about doomsday prophecies of the death of cinema, about practical things to think about when engaging in the idea of founding a cinema, and the often underestimated social factor of going to the movies. No time here for negative thinking and no sense of past years' talks about shifting film to galleries, the focus shifted to an optimistic view of social art work and the aspect of group dynamic.

The film programm itself and the competition in particular, tried to set the focus on politics. The opening film was the world premiere of Django by Etienne Comars. This intimate portrait of musician Django Reinhardt is the French producer and scriptwriter's debut. Stigmatised as a Sinte, the famous guitar player had to endure violence and opression during German National Socialism. In 1943, he was finally able to flee occupied Paris. With this choice for opening film, festival director Dieter Kosslik was able to put together European history and current debates on flight, seeking refuge and migration. Reflected also in his speeches during the festival, this seemed to prove one of his most important topics: to clearly identify the International Filmfestival as a festival with a political position.

The members of this year's international jury were Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven (jury president), Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, the artist Olafur Eliasson from Iceland, American Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, German Actress Julia Jentsch, Mexican actor and director Diego Luna and Chinese screenwriter Wang Quan’an. They gave eight awards over all: The Golden Bear for Best Film went to On Body and Soul (Testrol és lélekrol) by Ildikó Enyedi. The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to Félicité by Alain Gomis, Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for Spoor (Pokot). Aki Kaurismäki got the Silver Bear for Best Director for The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen). The Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor went to Kim Minhee for her performance in On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) by Hong Sangsoo, and Georg Friedrich for his performance in Bright Nights (Helle Nächte) by Thomas Arslan. The Silver Bear for Best Screenplay went to Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza for A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) by Sebastián Lelio. Dana Bunescu won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for editing Ana, mon amour by Calin Peter Netzer.(Jennifer Borrmann, edited by Yael Shuv)

FIPRESCI in Berlin

Our jury presented the Prize of the International Film Critics to a film each in Competition, in Panorama and in Forum.

We participated in the "Talent Press" initiative at the "Berlinale Talents". Eight young critics wrote daily about the festival, its films, its events. See "Critics Reloaded".

Samir Farid, the Egyptian Critic, got a special award of the Berlin International Film Festival: the "Berlinale Camera" . The laudatory speech was delivered by critic and FIPRESCI General Secretary Klaus Eder. More

International Filmfestival Berlin: www.berlinale.de

Talent Press


On Body And Soul Teströl és lélekröl On Body And Soul
(2017, 2017, 116 mins) Jury: Alin Tasciyan (Turkey) , Dubravka Lakic (Serbia) , Denise Bucher (Switzerland) , Kerem Akca (Turkey) , Alejandra Trelles (Uruguay) , Jennifer Borrmann (Germany) , Sasja Koetsier (The Netherlands) , Rasha Hosny (Egypt) , Rüdiger Suchsland (Germany)

Berlinale 2017, Competition.

Motivation: "'On Body and Soul' is an idiosyncratic love story full of lyricism and humour, free of all social conventions. It impresses us with the subtlety and eloquence of its style and involves us in its joy of living and loving."

World sales: Films Boutique, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 69537850, contact@filmsboutique.com, www.filmsboutique.com

Pendular Pendular Pendular

by Julia Murat  

(Brazil, Argentina, France, 2017, 105 mins)

Berlinale 2017, Panorama

Motivation: "For its outstanding visual quality and its narrative force that results in an accurate portrait of two contemporary artists. The expression of the modern and bold choreography of human relations in the story connects perfectly with the aesthetic and dramatic originality of the film."

World sales: Still Moving, Paris, France, T +33 6 62088179, pmenahem@stillmoving.fr, www.stillmoving.fr

A Feeling Greater Than Love Shu'our akbar min el hob A Feeling Greater Than Love
(Lebanon, 2017, 99 mins)

Berlinale 2017, Forum

Motivation: "This is a film which combines dense observation and sensitivity, multiple perspectives, several different sources of footage, plural personal histories and fates to a collective history of a country and a generation. Full of melancholia, it is yet full of hope, the longing for a better future. Documentary cinema at its best, this is exiciting, thrilling, encouraging. Mary Jirmanus Saba has managed to deliver a very brave and mature debut film, which tells its audience a lot about the unknown history of the middle-east. A search without the one answer, but with many hints and productive questions – a film which lives on for a long while after the screening is over. The feeling which lives with it is indeed greater than love. It is a feeling for others, for a society, for mankind. We call that politics."

World sales: Tricontinental Media, Souq el Gharb, Lebanon, +96 170129887, tricontinentalmedia@gmail.com

On Body and Soul

by Denise Bucher

Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi tells an idiosyncrati... read more

Women’s Victory in Berlinale

by Alin Tasciyan

The 67th Berlin International Film Festival can be con... read more

Spanish Cinema in Berlin - from sobriety to arrogance.

by Alejandra Trelles

The representation of the Spanish Cinema in Berlin, wi... read more

A Multilayered Choreography of a Passionate Relationship

by Kerem Akca

Pendular feels like an erotic dance film from the 80s,... read more

Futuristic Visions on Celluloid

by Jennifer Borrmann

The combination of retro celluloid films – 35mm and ev... read more

This Is the Place

by Sasja Koetsier

The physical environment serves as a starting point fo... read more

A Feeling Greater Than Love

by Rasha Hosny

Many of the Lebanese documentaries deal with the polit... read more

Sebastián Lelio´s Recourrent Theme

by Myrna Silveira Brandão

Director talks to FIPRESCI about his new movie <... read more

When the End Is Already Known

by Salome Kikaleishvili

The world premiere of Hostages (Mdzevlebi) was held as... read more

Fine Humanity and Rock ‘n’ Roll

by Dubravka Lakic

There are many reasons why I like films made by Aki Ka... read more

About Art and Artists

by Lore Kleinert

Lore Kleinert reflects about the social role of artists and the arts, tracing this motif in films presented in the Berlinale international competition. read more