Tag: Berlinale

  • A Thief is a Thief

    A Thief is a Thief

    As the saying goes, ?A thief can never trust another thief?, Trojan, the habitual professional burglar in the film Scorched Earth should heed these words. Director and writer Thomas Arslan’s sequel to his popular German film In the Shadows, takes actor Misel Maticevic back into familiar territory. As a leader of a heist crew, Trojan […]

  • Feeling #Vindicated

    Feeling #Vindicated

    The Berlinale must have a deal with Airbnb. Another creative head is relocating to Berlin, the fourth in five years. After the September shock resignation of Chatrian, German Culture Minister Claudia Roth announced she and a replacement committee would actively seek one artistic head instead of a duo team. Minister Roth felt the festival needed […]

  • Feeling #Vindicated

    I have no pleasure in Carlo Chatrian’s abrupt departure. The Swiss native is a cinema enthusiasts. During my interview with the former Locarno Film Festival head, I found him to be engaging, positive and passionate about the cinematic art form. After taking the helm in Berlin in 2020 following the departure of Kosslick, Carlo seemed […]

  • Shooting Stars 2023 at the Berlinale      

    Shooting Stars 2023 at the Berlinale      

    The 73rd Berlinale European Shooting Stars Awards were presented at a festive gala on 20th February, 2023. The evening awards recognizing new talent were moderated by journalist Nadine Kreutzer. During the weekend before the event, the ten Shooting Stars nominees participated in promotional interviews. Black and Paper talked to three of them. Judith State from […]

  • Berlinale Winners Recapped

    Berlinale Winners Recapped

    The 73rd Berlinale: A Look at the Main Prize Winners The Berlin International Film Festival 2023 Award Ceremony took place on 25th February. Actress Kristen Stewart served as president of a seven-person international jury. The prize ceremony has often had some unusual choices for winners and this year was no exception.  The Golden Bear for […]

  • A Balancing Act at the Berlinale #73

    A Balancing Act at the Berlinale #73

    The 73rd Berlin International Film Festival is the first fully in-person Berlinale event since 2020.  Before the festival, Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek and Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian spoke about their objectives this year. Overcoming the impact of the pandemic and closer ties with the U.S. are two such challenges. Meanwhile, there has also been a […]

  • Berlinale 2020

    Take A Chance to Redeem  “In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity” by JFK.  The countdown to Berlinale has begun. But before 70thedition of film festival has unrolled a single film reports from local press have painted a glooming picture. A crisis in the making months before the first walk on […]

  • Berlinale Saved Me

    Berlinale Saved Me

    Rejection is a form of Protection  “It is not enough for a film festival to be righteous. The films shown should be engaging.” I did not attend the Berlinale this year “because of the limited space”.  The likely reason, the Chat Cinema podcast I produced criticising the festival.  Someone took offence.  Reading over the reviews of the […]

  • Stars in Bulgari

    Stars in Bulgari

    Why not a GLAM, GLAM night out on the town? The Berlinale has rolled into the city. Stars, filmmakers, celebrities descend on the capital for work and fun.  Luxury brand BVLGARI’s annual party is always a high point on the festival nightlife calendar. This year at The Secret Garden, an old theater in the Mitte […]

  • Chat Cinema Episode 2

    Our Real Feelings on the Fest. If you ask film critics a question you will get an response.  If you ask film critics for opinions, get the pen and paper ready.   We love the Berlinale but feel the time has come for major changes. This is the space for hundreds of journalists, complete with […]