Torture of a woman at a Soviet-era physics institute and a young American woman's effort to secure an abortion against all odds were among the subjects of the winning films at a 70th Berlinale that more than lived up to advance word it would be dark. As a sombre final touch, Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof,…Read more Iran’s banned director Rasoulof wins top prize at dark Berlinale
King Vidor retrospective at Berlinale is a hit with film buffs
Marion Davies mugs for the camera, flirts with her sister's boyfriend and spouts old clunkers of American folk wisdom -- "Always remember -- nature gives us many of our features, but she lets us pick our own teeth" -- in the 1928 silent comedy "The Patsy". You can find it on YouTube, but in a…Read more King Vidor retrospective at Berlinale is a hit with film buffs
“DAU. Natasha” brings Soviet-era terror to Berlinale
If anyone has any lingering illusions about the grimness of the Soviet system, a bracing 145 minutes watching the film "DAU. Natasha", a main competition entry at the 70th Berlinale, should remedy that. This dark and disturbing offering from director Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, the mastermind behind the long-running DAU project in Ukraine, which employed tens of…Read more “DAU. Natasha” brings Soviet-era terror to Berlinale
Bardem, Hayek, Fanning star in dementia “odyssey” at Berlinale
Javier Bardem has a faraway look in his eyes in director Sally Potter's "The Roads Not Taken", and it's not because he's trying to block out the elevated line outside the window of his shabby Queens apartment. Bardem's character Leo, in the Berlinale competition film, is a former novelist suffering from early-onset dementia. He lies…Read more Bardem, Hayek, Fanning star in dementia “odyssey” at Berlinale
Dafoe’s huskies, Korean cat, talking fish — do they get a Berlinale “Bear”?
If the Berlinale were going to award a prize for best animals, top contenders would be the huskies in cult director Abel Ferrara's "Siberia", starring Willem Dafoe as a rugged loner named Clint who uses the dogs to pull a sleigh, and the cat in the Korean film "The Woman Who Ran". The dogs and…Read more Dafoe’s huskies, Korean cat, talking fish — do they get a Berlinale “Bear”?
Clinton at Berlinale calls for Trump defeat, deflects on Weinstein donation
Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in Berlin on Tuesday it is essential for Democrats to oust Donald Trump in November, but shied away from saying who she would favour to win. She also sidestepped a chance to apologise for taking campaign contributions from disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein in 2016, saying she was not…Read more Clinton at Berlinale calls for Trump defeat, deflects on Weinstein donation
Skewering Silicon Valley at the 70th Berlinale
The 70th edition of the Berlinale is living up to its reputation as the most political of festivals, wirh films taking direct swipes at Silicon Valley and the gig economy, the failure of men to deal with women as equals and the aftermath of slavery in Brazil. "My p--sy's in the Cloud" -- on a…Read more Skewering Silicon Valley at the 70th Berlinale
Is the Budapest “Ring” Going Up in Flames?
BUDAPEST - Swedish soprano Irene Theorin was beaming backstage after she'd burned down the Valhalla home of the gods at the end of Wagner's "Gotterdammerung", and brought some five hours of singing over three nights in Budapest to a glorious conclusion. "I've now done this brilliant part many times but never in my life in…Read more Is the Budapest “Ring” Going Up in Flames?