This week marks the beginning of the Berlin International Film Festival and Indiewire has your full guide to all the films screening; Bela Tarr discusses his final film “The Turin Horse”; and we continue our Oscar prediction coverage. Check out all the links below for all the best news, interviews, and features this week:
Roger Ebert Gives Thumbs Up to Watch It: “Makes sense to me.”
Roger Ebert is launching his own page on Watch It, a website that lets you search film titles to find out where they’re available — whether a theater or a VOD platform.
True/False Film Festival Announced 2012 Lineup
The True/False Film Festival has announced it’s 2012 lineup consisting of 39 feature films and 19 short films from all over the globe.
SXSW Midnighters Include ‘[Rec] 3,’ ‘The Tall Man,’ ‘Girls Against Boys’
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has unveiled its 2012 line-up of Midnighters.
Berlinale 2012: A Complete Guide To The Competition.
The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival has completed its competition program.
Here’s the Four Sundance Films That Were Bought Today
Sundance 2012 buying continued apace today, with four films announcing that they’d found North American homes.
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Reveals Complete Lineup; ‘The Intouchables’ To Open
The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films have announced the full lineup for the 17th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema (March 1-11), their joint annual showcase of contemporary French cinema that plays at the Film Society, the IFC Center and BAMcinematek.
BERLIN REVIEW: Alain Gomis’ ‘Today’ Profoundly Captures a Dying Man’s Final Day, Then Struggles Along With Him
The opening minutes of Alain Gomis’ “Today” convey a powerful spectrum of emotions.
What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week
Check out all the reviews published on the Indiewire network in the past week so you can know what to avoid and what not to miss.
BERLIN REVIEW: Opening Night’s ‘Farewell My Queen’ a Smart, Personal Take on the French Revolution from Benoit Jacquot
French director Benoit Jacquot tells stories with a strong command of cinematic form, but he might as well be a psychoanalyst: He puts repressed characters in close-up while their unstated desires slowly come to the fore.
Oscar-Nominee ‘In Darkness’ is a Grimy Alternative to ‘Schindler’s List’
The Holocaust genre tends to invite reductive terms, so on that basis Polish director Anieszka Holland’s survival drama “In Darkness” is a grimier alternative to “Schindler’s List.”
Here’s What Cuba’s Animated ‘Chico & Rita’ Has In Common With Fellow Oscar Nominee ‘The Artist’
With its jubilant, colorfully expressionistic style enlivening an old-fashioned love story, the delightful “Chico & Rita” might not look out of place in a retrospective of classic MGM musicals, save for two details: It’s neither American nor live action.
‘Paranormal Activity’ Director Oren Peli Talks About Creating the New ABC Show ‘The River’
Four years ago, Oren Peli’s cheap found-footage horror movie “Paranormal Activity” seemingly came out of nowhere to leave a mark on mainstream American cinema.
An Interview With Bela Tarr: Why He Says ‘The Turin Horse’ Is His Final Film
It might be inaccurate to say the release of Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse” marks the end the Hungarian director’s career. Rather, Tarr has reached the conclusion of one stage and the beginning of another.
FUTURES: The Director and Star of ‘Bullhead,’ Michael R. Roskam and Matthias Schoenaerts
Why They’re On Our Radar: In 2010, Belgian filmmaker Michael R. Roskam came to the Berlin Film Festival with his first feature, “Bullhead,” as a relative unknown.
Agnieszka Holland on Going Underground for Her Oscar-Nominated Holocaust Drama, ‘In Darkness’
Agnieska Holland, director of the Academy Award-nominated (Best Foreign Language Feature) Holocaust drama “In Darkness,” is no stranger to documenting that period on film (or to Academy Award nominations, for that matter), having made “Angry Harvest” and “Europa Europa,” both Holocaust films nominated for Oscars. But “In Darkness” does mark a departure for Holland — it’s her first film set primarily undergound.
Which Doc Short Will Win the Oscar? Bet On Lucy Walker.
As usual, the Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Short Subject mainly involve issues of immediate social and political value, with one curious exception: “God is Greater than Elvis”
Which Best Animated Short Will Win the Oscar? Probably Not Pixar.
“La Luna,” the token Pixar nominee for Best Animated Short Film, is actually the slightest of the five contenders.
Which Best Live-Action Short Will Win the Oscar? Read On.
The live-action category is often a place where new talent gets recognized.
For Your Consideration: 5 Oscar Races That Are Actually Still Suspenseful
WIth less than three weeks to Oscar night, it looks increasingly certain that this will be one of the most predictable ceremonies in some time.
A New Millennium: With ‘Rampart,’ Can Avi Lerner Finally Make a Run at the Art House?
Today’s New York and Los Angeles release of “Rampart” will test the marketability of Woody Harrelson playing a corrupt L.A. cop — and the mettle of its fledgling distributor, Millennium Entertainment.
Will a Super Bowl Spot Bring the Second Coming of David Gordon Green?
Madonna was the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI, but a car-company commercial that didn’t seem to sell cars was the headliner.
Berlinale 2012: The 10 Films We Want to See
The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, offering dozens (and dozens) of world premieres across mutliple sections.
The West Memphis Three: Where Are They Now? In Hollywood, Everywhere.
A year ago, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin were still in prison, serving the 18th year of their highly publicized sentence for the alleged murders of three young boys.
Why ‘Project Nim’ Tops This Week’s 5 Best DVD/Blu-ray Releases
On DVD and Blu-ray this week: James Marsh’s acclaimed follow-up to his Academy Award-winning documentary “Man on Wire;” season two of Britain’s favorite import; “The Sunset Limited,” directed by Tommy Lee Jones; the latest button-pusher from “Run, Lola, Run” helmer Tom Tykwer; and a documentary that got last year’s Sundance Film Festival all riled up for the right reasons