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Love Battles: Berlin Review

Love Battles Still – H 2013

The Bottom Line

Let’s get physical.

Venue

Berlin Film Festival (Panorama)

Director-screenwriter

Jacques Doillon

Cast

Sara Forestier, James Thierree

Actors Sara Forestier and James Thierree duke it out in Jacques Doillon’s Berlin Panorama premiere, in which a budding couple engages in a bizarre form of physical therapy.

BERLIN — First there’s a tet...

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The Battle of Tabato (A Batalha de Tabato): Berlin Review

A Batalha de Tabato Still - P 2013

The Bottom Line

Haunting West African drama from Portuguese director.

Venue

Berlin Forum

Cast

Imutar Djebaté, Fatu Djebaté, Mamadu Baio

Director

Joao Viana

First-time feature director Joao Viana explores music, magic and post-colonial angst in Guinea-Bissau.

BERLIN — The ghosts of West Africa’s colonial past haunt this fable-like drama, one of the...

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So Much Water: Berlin Review

So Much Water Still - H 2013

The Bottom Line

A modest but satisfying film that portrays with sensitivity the struggles of a small family unit to get along in less-than-ideal circumstances.

Venue

Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama)

Cast

Manu Chouza, Nestor Guzzini, Joaquin Castiglioni

Director-screenwriters

Ana Guevara, Leticia Jorge

Uruguayan writer-director team Ana Guevara and Letic...

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Reaching for the Moon (Flores Raras): Berlin Review

Reaching For The Moon Still - H 2013

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An exotic love story becomes an empowering portrait of two highly gifted women who defy social convention.

Venue

Berlin Film Festival (Panorama Special)

Cast

Miranda Otto, Gloria Pires, Tracy Middendorf, Treat Williams

Director

Bruno Barreto

Screenwriters

Carolina Kotscho, Matthew Chapman

The passionate romance between poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazi...

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Fynbos: Berlin Review

Berlinale Film Still Fynbos - H 2013“Fynbos”

The Bottom Line

Despite some arresting atmospherics, it's hard to ignore the sense here of a strong story being diluted in arty ponderousness.

Venue

Berlin International Film Festival (Forum)

Cast

Warrick Grier, Jessica Haines, Susan Danford, Sthandiwe Kgoroge, Cara Roberts, John Herbert, Chad Philips

Screenwriters

Jonathan Kyle Glatzer, Harry Patramanis

Director

Harry...

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The Nun (La Religieuse): Berlin Review

The Nun Religieuse - H 2013

The Bottom Line

Polished sister act held together by a terrific lead performance.

Venue

Berlin Film Festival (Competition)

Director

Guillaume Nicloux

Cast

Pauline Etienne, Isabelle Huppert, Louise Bourgoin, Agathe Bonitzer

Pauline Etienne, Louise Bourgoin and Isabelle Huppert star in Guillaume Nicloux’s update of Denis Diderot’s classic novel.

BERLIN – Denis...

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Harmony Lessons: Berlin Review

Harmony Lessons Still - H 2013

The Bottom Line

An uncommonly accomplished debut feature signaling the arrival of a talent to watch.

Venue

Berlin International Film Festival (Competition)

Cast

TimurAiderbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Andassov

Director-screenwriter

Emir Baigazin

Kazakh writer-director Emir Baigazin’s poetic drama of a marginalized teenage boy has the distinction of being the only ...

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The Weight of Elephants: Berlin Review

The Weight of Elephants - H 2013Demos Murphy

The Bottom Line

An earnest but uneven exploration of childhood fragility that too often favors textural elements over dramatic structure.

Venue

Berlin International Film Festival (Forum/Generation)

Cast

Demos Murphy, Matthew Sunderland, Catherine Wilkin, Angelina Cottrell

Director-screenwriter

Daniel Joseph Borgman

New Zealander writer-director Daniel Jo...

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Gold: Berlin Review

Gold Film Still - H 2013

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Only a few nuggets of the titular metal turn up in a heavy-handed film enlivened by actress Nina Hoss.

Venue

Berlin Film Festival (competition)

Cast

Nina Hoss, Marko Mandic, Uwe Bohm, Lars Rudolph, Peter Kurth

Director-Screenwriter

Thomas Arslan

A band of immigrants take off for the Klondike Gold Rush in Thomas Arslan’s German-language Western...

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Berlin 2013: Critic's Wrap

The Grandmaster - film still“The Grandmaster”

A look back at the festival’s award winning films and most noteworthy performances.

By the close of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday, Wong Kar-wai’s lush, historical, star-studded martial arts love story The Grandmaster got a shot at critical re-evaluation...

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