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Berlinale 2012: Looking Back on the First Half

Berlinale 2012: Looking Back on the First Half

We’ve reached the halfway point of the 62nd Annual Berlin International Film Festival. Indiewire has been on the scene since day one covering the latest news and reviews from the fest. Check out all of our Berlinale coverage here.


Tribeca Film Takes Berlin Doc ‘Side By Side’
Tribeca Film has picked up North American rights to “Side by Side,” a Keanu Reeves-produced documentary on the digital revolution of filmmaking.  Featuring interviews with James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh and others, the film is premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival later this week.

Berlin Opener ‘Farewell, My Queen’ Picked Up by Cohen Media Group
Cohen Media Group has acquired this year’s Berlin Film Festival opener “Farewell, My Queen,” for U.S. distribution.


Isabelle Huppert and Brillante Mendoza Talk ‘Captive’ in Berlin

“Captive” proved highly divisive, with seemingly just as many praising it for its captivating realism as those writing it off as a tedious and redundant mess.

The Jury Speaks: Mike Leigh, Jake Gyllenhaal and Charlotte Gainsbourg on the 2012 Berlinale
Berlinale jury president Mike Leigh is presiding over a impressive group of fellow jury members including filmmakers Francois Ozon, Anton Corbijn and Asghar Farhadi, writer Boualem Sansai, and actors Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jake Gyllenhaal and Barbara Sukowa.

Press Play: FESTIVALS: Berlinale Decision Points Pt. 1: Herzog on DEATH ROW and Lesbian Marie Antoinette
At what point do you make your mind up about a movie? It’s an especially pressing question at a festival like “Berlinale,” where you can watch as many as seven or eight films a day.

Press Play: FESTIVALS: Berlinale Decision Points Pt. 2 – Paul Dano, Zellner Brothers and the first great film of the festival
Part two of my Berlinale coverage, focusing on decision points: the moment when I pretty much made up my mind about a film, and how that moment reflects on the film as a whole, capped by my Indiewire grade.

The Playlist: Berlinale 2012: Léa Seydoux On ‘Farewell My Queen,’ American Filmmaking & The Classic French Cinema She Loves
French actress Léa Seydoux has been bringing her Gallic brand of beauty and skill to Hollywood films for a few years now.

The Playlist: First Look: Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Frances O’Connor & More In ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’
With a premiere at the Berlin Film Festival imminent, we now have our first look at the huge ensemble cast in Billy Bob Thornton’s latest effort behind the camera with post-war family drama “Jayne Mansfield’s Car.”


BERLIN REVIEW: Masterful Black Comedy ‘Everybody in Our Family’ Demonstrates the Best Qualities of Modern Romanian Cinema
A masterwork of black comedy and suspense, director Radu Jude’s “Everybody In Our Family” typifies the best qualities of contemporary Romanian cinema.

BERLIN REVIEW: ‘Captive,’ Brillante Mendoza’s Awful Kidnapping Movie, Makes the Case for a Dumber Version of Itself
Brillante Mendoza’s “Captive” is that rare cinematic creature: A movie that might be better if it were dumber.

BERLIN REVIEW: At 2.5 Hours, Does Kevin MacDonald’s Doc ‘Marley’ Add Really Anything New to the Rastafarian’s Tale?
Despite its breadth, “Marley” delivers little more than a well-crafted overview sure to please diehard fans while leaving others unmoved.

BERLIN REVIEW: Kirsten Sheridan’s ‘Dollhouse’ a Fun and Messy Improv Delight That Places Young Hooligans In an Unlikely Setting
“Dollhouse” contains a deceptively simple premise that benefits greatly from its free-form style.

BERLIN REVIEW: ‘Soldier/Citizen’ Gets to the Core of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict With Startling Precision
Silvina Landesman’s documentary “Soldier/Citizen” summarizes a decades-old debate in 68 minutes, capturing the heated dialogue of a three-week course in civic studies offered to young members of the Israeli military.

BERLIN REVIEW: Alain Gomis’ ‘Today’ Profoundly Captures a Dying Man’s Final Day, Then Struggles Along With Him
Writer-director Alain Gomis front loads “Today” with good ideas and then promptly runs out of them.

BERLIN REVIEW: Opening Night’s ‘Farewell My Queen’ a Smart, Personal Take on the French Revolution from Benoit Jacquot
Berlinale opener “Farewell, My Queen” demonstrates this penchant with particular acuity, exploring the burgeoning French Revolution not from the perspective of the Queen but her official reader — a natural side character given a welcome starring role.

The Playlist: Berlinale 2012 Review: Restrained Werner Herzog Still Shines In Gripping ‘Death Row’ Series
“Death Row” is subtle propaganda, maybe too subtle to change many minds, but whichever side of the divide you sit on, it is riveting, thought-provoking, true-life filmmaking, and it deserves your time.

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