Funnier than most out-and-out comedies, Sterben captures the messy absurdity of life in all its glory, despite, or perhaps, because of, the sad subject matter.
Berlinale Generation explores the world from a childlike or teenage perspective. We discovered the stories worth highlighting from this year’s Berlinale.
Suspended Time (Olivier Assayas, 2024) is the lockdown comedy that finds little dramatic potential in its set-up, feeling like a 100-minute episode of a sitcom.
A rigorous and brutal documentation of Russian brutality in Ukraine, Intercepted’s absences stir the worst recesses of the human imagination.
Piero Messina’s science-fiction Another End fails to inspire interesting questions or interest the viewer visually. It’s a bust, live from Berlin Film Festival.
Coming-out stories in Generation are a dime-a-dozen. Thankfully Anthony Schattman’s Young Hearts rises above the crop thanks to its authentic performances.
Sleep With Your Eyes Open uses an elastic narrative form to paint an ironic portrait of Chinese migrant life in Brazil, to both its benefit and detriment.
The problems with China’s one-child policy are laid bare in Jianjie Lin’s effective and creepy debut Brief History of a Family, live from Berlinale Panorama.
Roman Bondarchuk takes us to a pre-invasion Southern Ukraine in his Forum satire The Editorial Office, filled with weighty topics while lacking cinematic bite.
La Cocina uses its kitchen-setting as a springboard for a grand Statement on America. But it ruins the main dish by adding too many flavours.