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    Berlin Review: Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy Star In Mopey Arctic Drama 'Aloft'

    The snow-encrusted landscapes of the Arctic Circle provide a sweeping backdrop for spiritual yearning in Claudia Llosa's "Aloft," but the heavy-handed drama at the center of Peruvian director Claudia Llosa's first English language feature can't keep pace.

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    Berlin Review: Josephine Decker’s ‘Thou Wast Mild And Lovely’ Both Fascinating And Frustrating

    In the sun-dappled, sweltering hills on a Kentucky farm, a minute shift in the pastoral chemistry is seemingly unnerving nature. This change in the air is not initially calamitous, but nevertheless felt, possibly subconsciously, by the entire environment. This interruption comes in the form of Akin ...

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    Berlin: Java Films Nabs Doc 'Emptying the Skies,' Based on Jonathan Franzen's New Yorker Essay

    Java Films has snapped up world rights to Douglas Kass' feature documentary out of the Berlin Film Festival, "Emptying the Skies." The film is based on a "New Yorker" essay by bestselling author Jonathan Franzen, which looks at the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds.

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    Berlinale Women Directors: Meet Rebecca Chaiklin

    "As a NYC documentary filmmaker, I was immediately captivated by what was happening in my back yard. On Day 3, I wandered into 'Liberty Square,' the park that was ground zero for the Occupy movement. What I witnessed was unlike anything I had ever seen."

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    Berlin Review: Saar Klein's 'Things People Do' Starring Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs & Vinessa Shaw

    Aiming to be the kind of restrained, grown-up ethical drama that we don't see a great deal of anymore, "Things People Do" from editor-turned-director Saar Klein, premiered unassumingly at the Berlin Film Festival, as though aware it was predestined to be almost immediately eclipsed by showier, punch...

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    Berlinale Women Directors: Meet Sophie Fillieres

    "I wanted to write about a couple being two, about how it is hard to last under the burden of everyday life, about falling out of love. I wanted to write about letting go of everything and saying no to a suffocating life, to insinuations and misunderstandings, which are an everyday form of violence....

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    Berlinale Breakout: Josephine Decker On Her Much Discussed Festival Double Feature

    We'd call it a double Decker, but basically everyone already has. American filmmaker Josephine Decker has been the talk of the Berlin International Film Festival thanks to the programming of both her first and second features in the festival, "Butter on the Latch" and "Thou Wast Mild and Lovely."

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    Berlin Review: Wes Bentley Plays a Suburban Dad-Turned-Robber In 'Breaking Bad'-Like Thriller 'Things People Do'

    Like a condensation of the plot and themes in "Breaking Bad" without the meth, director Saar Klein's impressive debut "Things People Do" puts a criminal spin on suburban discontent

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    Berlin: Shia LaBeouf Has Started Something

    Today, Nadine Krüger, a television personality for Bild, Germany’s largest newspaper, donned a bag for her report from the Berlinale. This was of course a response to Shia LaBeouf's red-carpet walk Sunday wearing a paper bag over his head with text reading, “I am not famous anymore.”

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    Berlin Review: 'The Dark Valley' Starring Sam Riley Is A Dour, Unoriginal German-Language Western

    A stranger rides into an isolated hardscrabble town, embarks on a personal quest for bloody revenge and along the way becomes the townspeople's champion: so far, so every Western ever made. But the big twist here is that everyone's speaking German, even Sam Riley who plays the film's hero, and the m...

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