Transcendent reincarnation, familial reverberations and Hong’s most delicate film in years characterise an Encounters section echoing through space and time.
Category: Berlinale 2023
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Christian Petzold Changes Pace with the Breezy Relationship Drama Afire
A perfect cast and a breezy tone, intermingling with moments of horror and danger, characterise Afire, a more low-key effort from Christian Petzold.
Limbo (Not that One or that One) Gives the Ossie Outback the Breaking Bad Treatment
This Australian desert noir is more interesting than its title, but would’ve worked a whole lot better as a TV series.
Bad Living and Living Bad at Berlinale 2023: Four Enigmatic Hours of Maternal Misery
Haughty mothers haunt a draughty hotel in João Canijo’s Bad Living and Living Bad, playing in both Competition and Encounters at the Berlinale 2023.
Berlinale 2023 Perspektive Deutsches Kino: German Soft Power
The explicitly German section of the Berlinale, Perspektive Deutsches Kino is a fascinating example of film festival soft power diplomacy.
Infinity Pool Gives you Everything but the Excrement
With Infinity Pool Brandon Cronenberg succeeds in turning lust and indulgence into a car crash of increasingly unnatural scenes we cannot look away from.
in water is Hong Sangsoo’s Best Film In Years
Hong Sangsoo innovates with new techniques to create his best film since On The Beach at Night Alone with In Water — a tremendous ode to the magic of art.
You Have to Try Very Hard to Appreciate Angela Schanelec’s Music
Despite a fine flair for creating aesthetically pleasing images, Music is a thoroughly singular filmmaking experience hard to genuinely love.
Further Adventures in the Panorama Section: Women Strike Back
The patriarchy pushed them to the edge. These three films from the Berlinale Panorama section show how women can fight back.
A Brief Foray into The Generation Section
A story about the allure and freedom of war and an amusing memoir about growing up in a psychiatric facility play in the Berlinale Generation section.