Berlin International Film Festival

Vic + Flo Saw A Bear Movie

Vic + Flo Saw A Bear

If Vic + Flo Saw A Bear could be summed up in one word, that word would be "peculiar". The film opens with a young boy and his friend playing the trumpet poorly, a fact that Victoria (Pierrette Robitaille) immediately makes them aware of. "You can't expect people to give you money if you don't Read More
2013 Berlin International Film Festival Winners Awards

2013 Berlin International Film Festival Winners

As the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival comes to a close, as does our coverage of the festival. This last article contains the award winners of this year’s festival. The top prize award of the Golden Bear went to Child’s Pose from the Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer. See the full list of winners below. Read More
2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 9: Dark Blood Film Festival

2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 9: Dark Blood

And so the 63rd Berlinale is at a close. Over the past week I have been having the time of my life, and I hope I was able to share some of that with all of you. Through my writing, I have talked in length about the experience of going to the movies, because while Read More
2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 8: Interior. Leather Bar. Film Festival

2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 8: Interior. Leather Bar.

I have some very unfortunate news; the general theater audience that I have been ranting and raving about over the past few posts has let me down. Let me clarify this. Remember the first time you saw Fonzie jump the shark, and then the episode ended with no one getting eaten? That is a comparable Read More
2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 7: Prince Avalanche Film Festival

2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 7: Prince Avalanche

The festival is in a state of transition. Much of the international press is beginning to leave the city, and as the weekend nears, they are replaced with more general audience members looking to enjoy the scene. Nearly all of the films have now played at least once, meaning the press has gotten what they Read More
2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 6: The Broken Circle Breakdown & Concussion Film Festival

2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 6: The Broken Circle Breakdown & Concussion

I was finally able to attend the lecture on short films presented through the Berlinale Talent Campus. The forum was moderated by the curator of the Berlinale Shorts Program, with the panel consisting of shorts programmers from festivals throughout Europe. The discussion was very interesting, and really told a lot about not only the process, Read More
2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 5: The state of the industry & Computer Chess Review Film Festival

2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 5: The state of the industry & Computer Chess Review

The fact is—as much as some of us might not like to hear it—this industry is all about money and film is expensive; so much so that it deters certain distributors from purchasing films because the possibilities of breaking even are less when the cost of distribution includes the hundreds of thousands of dollars it Read More
2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 4: Maladies Film Festival

2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 4: Maladies

When attending a festival, the town in which it is hosted comes alive to match the draw of the event. All across Berlin, the presence of Berlinale is felt: shop windows are decorated with film reels and retro cameras, subway stations play the scores from Hollywood classics, and local bars and coffee venues host movie Read More
2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 3: Lovelace & The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman Film Festival

2013 Berlin Film Festival Day 3: Lovelace & The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

I have made a point of making my program selection as diverse as possible, while still attending the bigger film screenings. Because not everyone is as interested in the big name films from the US, it is typical for conversation to rapidly drift to the smaller, less known films in the festival line up. Coming Read More