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  • Songwriter

    Berlin Film Review: 'Songwriter'

    “For fans only” is a standard phrase critics use to briskly dispatch all manner of rockumentaries, though it’s so much a burn as a simple statement of the obvious. Who else but Ed Sheeran fans, after all, would have even a passing interest in seeing “Songwriter,” a cozy in-house study of the unlikely British megastar’s creative process, [...]

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    Berlin: Gael García Bernal’s ‘Museum’ Powers Up Sales for Luxbox

    The highest-profile Latin American film at Berlin, Alonso Ruizpalacios’ “Museo” (Museum), starring Gael García Bernal, has racked up first major territory sales, with more in the pipeline, its sales agent, Luxbox, announced out of Berlin. World premiering Thursday in Berlin competition, “Museo,” – a “gorgeous, giddy shaggy-dog movie,” according to Variety – has been licensed [...]

  • 'Styx' Review: Wolfgang Fischer's Lean, Gripping,

    Berlin Film Review: 'Styx'

    There is significant cinematic pleasure in observing someone perform an action at which they’re practiced. Watching a pianist play or a driver change gear or a master thief pick a lock can exert its own fascination, and the camera can identify expertise, in muscle memory and dexterity that cannot be faked. In the first, nearly [...]

  • 'Dressage' Review

    Berlin Film Review: 'Dressage'

    An ethical tale for a new era, the youth drama “Dressage” powerfully illustrates the consequences of growing social divisions within contemporary Iranian society and indicts a middle and upper class that have lost their moral center. Helmer Pooya Badkoobeh’s debut feature centers on an alienated teen, from a family of modest means, who breaks with [...]

  • Berlin Facetime: Director Pascal Plante of

    Berlin Facetime: Director Pascal Plante of 'Fake Tattoos'

    Pascal Plante’s heartfelt and edgy feature debut “Fake Tattoos” makes its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, after winning Best Canadian Film at the 2017 Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema and unspooling in Slamdance. The intimate narrative pivots on Theo (Anthony Therrien), an 18 year old who celebrates his birthday alone at a wild [...]

  • Film News Roundup: Maggie Gyllenhaal's 'Kindergarten

    Film News Roundup: Maggie Gyllenhaal's 'Kindergarten Teacher' Sells to Netflix

    In today’s film news roundup, Netflix buys Maggie Gyllenhaal’s drama “The Kindergarten Teacher” and production starts on Mads Mikkelsen’s “Polar” and the horror film “irl.” ACQUISITION Netflix has bought North America rights to Maggie Gyllenhaal’s drama “The Kindergarten Teacher” a month after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Sara Colangelo won Sundance’s directing award [...]

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