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Berlin International Film Festival

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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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    Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza Discuss 'Don Jon's Addiction' With Indiewire

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been at the center of a lot of sex talk recently after premiering his directorial debut "Don Jon's Addiction" at both the Sundance and Berlin film festivals. The racy romantic comedy centers on a womanizing porn addict (Gordon-Levitt) who takes a turn for the better after be...

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    Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomanic' Goes to Magnolia; Stars Gainsbourg, Skarsgard, LaBeouf and Slater

    Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" has gone to Magnolia Pictures for US distribution, following their collaboration on "Melancholia." The deal was made for $2 million after footage was screened in Berlin. "Nymphomaniac," the third in Von Trier's "Depression" Trilogy...

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    Central And Eastern European Films at the 2013 Berlinale

    Films from Poland, Romania and Slovenia will screen in the 2013 Berlinale Official Competition.

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