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    Berlinale Golden Bear Goes to Romania's 'Child's Pose;' David Gordon Green Best Director

    Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer has won this year's Golden Bear Award at the 2013 Berlinale. "Child's Pose" focuses on the wealthy mother of a man charged with killing a young boy in an automobile accident who attempts to save her son from harsh punishment.  Upon winning ...

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    Critic's Notebook: Lessons from the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

    For the subset of movie viewers for whom the process of discovering movies takes place at major film festivals around the world, there is no greater question mark than the Berlinale. Otherwise known as the Berlin International Film Festival, this hefty gathering commands plenty of attention for its ...

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    Berlin Review: The Trials Of 'Camille Claudel 1915' Make For Trying Watching, Even With Juliette Binoche In Peerless Form

    Director Bruno Dumont ("The Life of Jesus," "Outside Satan") has made a name for himself with challenging, sometimes controversial films that often feature non-professional actors and considered, not to say glacial, pacing interrupted with scenes of violence. But with "Camille Claudel 1915" he aband...

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    Berlin Review: River Phoenix's Last Film 'Dark Blood' A Serviceable Movie, But A Fascinating Project

    River Phoenix died at in 1993 at just 23 years of age, and to a certain generation of then-teenage movie fans, of whom this writer was one, it was maybe the first of that kind of celebrity death, the kind you remember where you were when you heard about it. I was in a car with my mom, and I recall t...

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    Berlin 2013: 19 Reviews From This Year's Festival

    The door is almost closed on the 63rd International Berlin Film Festival and while none of this year's awards have yet to be handed out, you can find all of our reviews from the festival below. Indiewire's Eric Kohn was in Berlin where he reviewed eleven of this year's entries, including Wong Kar-Wa...

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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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