Berlinale Day 7
On the competition front there was the new Volker Schlondorff film Return to Montauk. I did not see the film but the judging by the level of applause the critical reaction to the film was not so good. I asked two people, a male and a female. The male journalist loathed it but the female journalist liked it. The film is based on a book by Max Frisch concerning lovers who meet then separate with the Max (Berlinale regular guest Stellan Skarsgard) hoping for another chance. Nina Hoss also stars as Rebecca .
Stay tuned for updates about this film.
Screening out of competition was the newest film by Alex de la Iglesia’s The Bar, a dark Spanish comedy starring Maria Casas and Jose Sacristan. During the press conference Mr. Iglesia mentioned the use of lighting and sets as a narrative tool, finding inspiration from old Hollywood films. Berlinale press reaction to the film was lukewarm. I am not a fan of the director’s previous work. I have a feeling his latest film will not change my mind.
There are two standouts A Fantastic Woman and The Other Side of Hope. One could take home the Gold Bear. Luis Gnecco could get the Actress Award.