Category Archives: Berlinale

he Grand Budapest Hotel | Grand Budapest Hotel Country: USA/GBR/DEU 2013 Director: Wes Anderson Photo description: Paul Schlase, Toni Revolori, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes Section: Competition File: 20146244_1.jpg © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox

The Fantastical Heart of the Old Continent That Was But Was-Not

The Berlinale’s starting gun is fired…and they’re off! The goodies, baddies, and everyone else scurrying up and down and through pastry-pink corridors of The Grand Budapest Hotel at the very height of its splendor, a fantabulous story told to a

he Grand Budapest Hotel | Grand Budapest Hotel Country: USA/GBR/DEU 2013 Director: Wes Anderson Photo description: Paul Schlase, Toni Revolori, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes Section: Competition File: 20146244_1.jpg © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox

The Fantastical Heart of the Old Continent That Was But Was-Not

The Berlinale’s starting gun is fired…and they’re off! The goodies, baddies, and everyone else scurrying up and down and through pastry-pink corridors of The Grand Budapest Hotel at the very height of its splendor, a fantabulous story told to a

Berlinale endnotes

Imagine a chamber. Its location is virtual, and space infinite. Inside this chamber all the cinematic figures continue to live on beyond the infinitesimal time of their projection. Once they complete their suite of premeditated movements at 24 frames a

Berlinale endnotes

Imagine a chamber. Its location is virtual, and space infinite. Inside this chamber all the cinematic figures continue to live on beyond the infinitesimal time of their projection. Once they complete their suite of premeditated movements at 24 frames a

Harmony Lessons

Uroki garmonii (Harmony Lessons)

Harmony Lessons has the feeling of being hand-crafted shot-by-shot, scene-by-scene, like the Kazak rug across which young Aslan slides his finger, tracing its repeating forms to its center. Objects, spaces, gestures, symbols, are all woven into the film’s fabric, creating

Harmony Lessons

Uroki garmonii (Harmony Lessons)

Harmony Lessons has the feeling of being hand-crafted shot-by-shot, scene-by-scene, like the Kazak rug across which young Aslan slides his finger, tracing its repeating forms to its center. Objects, spaces, gestures, symbols, are all woven into the film’s fabric, creating

Pozitia Copilului - Child's Pose

Pozitia Copilului (Child’s Pose)

From the first frame until the very last the camera obsessively centers itself around Claudia, the jewelry-bedecked, domineering, fifty-plus matron of an upper-class Romanian family. We circle around Claudia, the film’s central axis, as she imperiously navigates her middle-aged indolent

Pozitia Copilului - Child's Pose

Pozitia Copilului (Child’s Pose)

From the first frame until the very last the camera obsessively centers itself around Claudia, the jewelry-bedecked, domineering, fifty-plus matron of an upper-class Romanian family. We circle around Claudia, the film’s central axis, as she imperiously navigates her middle-aged indolent

Matt Damon giving the hero speech in Gus Van Sant's promised land

Promised Land

Often a film will contain the key granting access to its significance within its body proper. This key could be a scene, a shot, an object, a sound, even a single frame (that of the African girl’s gaze meeting the

Matt Damon giving the hero speech in Gus Van Sant's promised land

Promised Land

Often a film will contain the key granting access to its significance within its body proper. This key could be a scene, a shot, an object, a sound, even a single frame (that of the African girl’s gaze meeting the

Paradeis Hoffnung (Paradise Hope), Ulrich Seidl

Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradise: Hope)

Fremdschämen is the guiding star of Ulrich Seidl’s paradisiac trilogy and the source of its liberating force from social convention. Each of the three films aims for the jugular, and latching on to its target – Love, Faith, Hope –

Paradeis Hoffnung (Paradise Hope), Ulrich Seidl

Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradise: Hope)

Fremdschämen is the guiding star of Ulrich Seidl’s paradisiac trilogy and the source of its liberating force from social convention. Each of the three films aims for the jugular, and latching on to its target – Love, Faith, Hope –

Jafar Panahi, Parde film still

Pardé – Closed Curtain

Even the title is symbolic. “Closed Curtain,” the curtain that shuts off the seaside villa from the outside world, representing the curtain closed upon the artist’s life. It begins like it ends, with a view upon the beach shuttered by

Jafar Panahi, Parde film still

Pardé – Closed Curtain

Even the title is symbolic. “Closed Curtain,” the curtain that shuts off the seaside villa from the outside world, representing the curtain closed upon the artist’s life. It begins like it ends, with a view upon the beach shuttered by