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Berlin International Film Festival

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    Berlin Review: Animated 'The Croods' Sacrifices Story & Character On Altar Of Impressive 3D Visuals

    We suspect our reaction may be out of step with the general consensus of press at our Berlin Film Festival screening of the "The Croods" today, if the guffaws and applause were anything to go by, but really that had us kind of baffled. The DreamWorks film, from writer/directors Chris Sanders ("How t...

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    Belgium's 'Broken Circle Breakdown' Wins Europa Cinemas Label Prize at the Berlinale

    Belgian film "The Broken Circle Breakdown" has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Berlinale's Panorama section. It is directed by Felix van Groeningen, and centers on the stormy relationship between a bluegrass musician and a tattoo artist. Synopsis below.

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    Berlin Interview: Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy On Jesse And Celine & The Making Of Linklater’s ‘Before’ Trilogy

    It will surprise no one who followed the film’s extremely positive reception at Sundance earlier this year, that Richard Linklater's “Before Midnight” (our review here) has been creating quite a stir on the other side of the pond following its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. With many...

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    Berlin Review: Giuseppe Tornatore's 'The Best Offer' Is A Campy, Overcooked Mess

    If director Giuseppe Tornatore has had an up-and-down time of it since his breakthrough, 1988's almost universally adored, Oscar-winning "Cinema Paradiso," it has to be said that his most recent film, "The Best Offer," marks a definite low point, even as one of the downs. But that's probably what's ...

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    Incredibly Unsettling, Incredibly Watchable River Phoenix Last Film Premieres at Berlin, But Will It Get a Release?

    On October 31, 1993, Tupac Shakur was arrested for shooting two off-duty cops. Meatloaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love" had just become the number one song in the U.S. The actor River Phoenix, the brother of Joaquin, had just finished shooting on location in Utah for George Sluizer's thriller "Dark B...

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    Berlin Review: Ken Loach's 'The Spirit Of 45' An Effective But Conservatively Presented Doc About Radical Social Change

    British filmmaker Ken Loach has never been one to hide his politics. In fact the throughline to his long, exemplary career, whether on TV or in theaters, whether documentary or narrative, whether small-scale domestic drama (“Sweet Sixteen,” “Kes,” “Ladybird, Ladybird”) or sweeping historical epic (“...

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    Berlin Review: Danis Tanovic's Neorealist 'An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker' Is a Cry For Help From the Bosnian Lower Class

    Danis Tanovic's "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker" has plenty to say, but as tragic observations go it's curiously dry. A dramatically compelling social realist parable about the underprivileged Bosnian and Herzegovinian lower class, it's closer to conventional cinema v...

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    Berlinale 2013: Jane Campion on Turning to TV For 'Top of the Lake'

    "I think television came alive to me when I was aware that people -- some very bright, extraordinary people like HBO or Showtime -- were commissioning really radical work," Jane Campion said at a special panel on television at the Berlin International Film Festival this week. "That wa...

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    'Before Midnight' In Berlin: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater On Their Glorious Third Act

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater reunited in Berlin this week for the international premiere of "Before Midnight." The second sequel to "Before Sunrise" (which won the Golden Bear for best director in Berlin 18 years ago -- and the festival is the only one where all three films screene...

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    Berlin Review: 'Interior. Leather Bar' Is A Surprisingly Successful James Franco Experiment On Male Sexuality & Filmic Process

    So let's clear up a few misconceptions about this film -- and of course there are misconceptions, it's a James Franco project. In fact it's the third title to boast his involvement at this Berlin Film Festival (after "Lovelace" and "Maladies"), but here he is pulling double duty as co-director with ...

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