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Fassbinder is the wonder-boy of the performing arts, turning out fully developed plays, films and television productions of his own with insistent regularity, and still finding time to appear in other people's films and follow the fortunes of Bayern Munich, one of Europe's great football teams. ... Read more
It's believed that eight million workers have perished in the mines of Cerro Rico, Bolivia, since it opened in the 16th century. Each day the miners sever their ties with God upon entering the mountain, according to an ancient belief that the devil determines the fate of all who work within the ... Read more
This is the latest film from Iranian director Sohrab Shahid Saless, who is now based in Berlin. The protagonist of this film is supposedly the boy from Coming of Age (seen in last year's Festival), many years later. ... Diary of a Lover studies the isolation of an individual within society, a man ... Read more
Don Juan '67, an obscure Mexican sex and espionage film. A bird's-eye crane shot of Eva Norvind, dressed in matching pop art checked mini and shades roars through the streets in a Cadillac convertible, also in complementary checks, makes for a bizarre and fascinating image. Bizarre and fascinating ... Read more
Animated objects are the actors — with the pistol in the lead — in this tragi-comedy, with the theme of the use of violence in the subduing of violence. ... Read more
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The winner of the FIPRESCI prize at this year's Berlin Film Festival, Distant Lights is a tender humanist portrart of a group of people finding their way in a world of moral ambiguity. ... The German-Polish border is marked by the Oder river and divides two very different towns— the ... Read more
DOL: A traditional Kurdish tambourine, which is used for festivities in the Middle East, as well as for funerals. On the border of Iran and Iraq sits a small village, Balliova, which is controlled by the Turkish military, frequently at war with Kurdish guerilla fighters. Despite the hostilities ... Read more
Unlike other Mozart operas, the action of Don Giovanni is played out in a brief 24 hour period. It has its fair share of doors slamming and women running through corridors dragging long skirts—but within its tight, dynamic plot is woven a web of intrigue, greed and revenge. From the opening ... Read more
The film shows in a realistic as well as romantic manner the inhabitants of Hamburg over the period of one day. Simple human scenes are shot against the background of the interesting town. ... Read more
"A modest enterprise of surprising impact, Jan Schutte's first feature film may remind veterans of the refugee stories by Erich Mana Remarque. The difference being that Remaique was writing about exiles escaping Nazi Germany before WW2, while Schutte deals with Pakistanis entering West Germany with ... Read more
"A fascinating look into a world many of us don't understand." – Toronto Film Scene ... Of the 20,000 pupils at the illustrious Shaolin Tagu Kung Fu School (located next to the famous Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of kung fu), director Inigo Westmeier focuses in tight on three girls at ... Read more
Marianne works late nights in a 24-hour supermarket. She finds an ingenious and surreal way of escaping the drudgery of her job. ... Read more
The first of the 'Dreileben' television series, a collection of three stand-alone films created by three prominent German filmmakers about a fictional small town plagued by an escaped criminal. ... Working in a clinic as an intern, teenager Johannes finds love a struggle when he falls for Bosnian ... Read more
"Unexpected connections between strangers and friends, and the past and present, are the motor of Dreileben: Don't Follow Me Around." - Variety ... Police psychologist Jo is brought to the town of Dreileben to help hunt down a dangerous sex offender hiding in a nearby forest, but when she ... Read more
"Beautiful, chilling and tragically ironic." - Hollywood Reporter ... Hunted by police after escaping captivity, sex offender and killer Molesch is on the run in the woods on the outskirts of Dreileben, as police inspector Marcus Kreil closes in on him. Finding safety in the forest, Molesch's ... Read more
An original melding of spiritualism and action starring Jaycee Chan, son of martial-arts legend Jackie Chan, rounded out with spirited drumming sequences. ... When Sid (Chan), the son of a triad boss, is caught with the wife of a rival leader, he flees Hong Kong at the urging of his father ... Read more
"Wherever we go it has beaten us; wherever we turn, it follows us. We're surrounded by it, it gets inside us, we shed it... it nestles right into the despair of its own existence" - filmmaker Hartmut Bitomsky ... The bane of cleaners and allergy sufferers everywhere, dust is so tiny, so minute ... Read more
Films showing workers singing in fields, teenagers dancing on the beach, or glam­orous working women are not widely associated with socialist European countries. This may change with Dana Ranga's entertaining docu­mentary which reveals that a succession of socialist musicals were made in ... Read more
“It is smart and sexy and thrilling and shocking.” - Twitch ... Based on the best-selling book (the first in a trilogy) by practising Swedish defence lawyer Jens Lapidus, this tautly directed crime thriller criss-crosses between the lives of three very different characters. Penniless but ... Read more
On a break from a photo shoot, a fashion model discovers everything is edible: the furniture, the TV, the walls around her… ... D Moritz Krämer P Markus Kaatsch, Tara Biere, Nick Warnecke WS aug&ohr medien L German w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012 ... Read more
People, animals and buildings create a visual echo in this surreal, hand-drawn animation. Obtuse, atmospheric and engaging. ... D/P/S/WS Merlin Flügel L no dialogue TD DCP/2012 ... Read more
Who would imagine that Swiss avant-garde yodelling could bring so much joy? Well, it does. Enter the wondrous sonic world of three exceptional Swiss vocal artists whose universe of sound extends far beyond what we would describe as singing. The Alpine vistas are a stage and inspiration for our ... Read more
The Austrian painter Egon Schiele entered the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in 1906 aged 16. Coming into contact with the avant-garde he exhibited at the second Kunstclmu of 1909. Schiele met Gustav Klimt, the pre-eminent Viennese painter 28 years his senior, whose works had aroused great controversy ... Read more
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