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“Back to Black“ is Amy Winehouse’s second studio album. with songs in which she buries her love for the musician (and husband of two years) Blake Fielder-Civil. The film by British director Sam Taylor-Johnson is about this fatal relationship. It doesn’t aim for anything more. BACK TO BLACK doesn’t psychologize. It avoids the possibility of something disturbing, it can’t get away from “Rehab,“ meaning drugs and depression, but is all the more dedicated to Amy the family person, her tattoos, her grandmother Nancy and father Mitch. He accompanies his daughter's legendary, but ... more

Events, Festivals

Achtung Berlin Festival 2024

10.04.2024 to 17.04.2024, Acud Kino, Babylon Mitte, City Kino Wedding, fsk-Kino, il Kino, Lichtblick, Union Friedrichshagen, Wolf Kino.

This year, 12 feature-length productions, all Berlin premieres, will compete at the Achtung Berlin Film Festival (10-17.4) and the New Berlin Film Awards. The opening film of the 20th edition is MILCHZÄHNE by Sophia Bösch adapted from the novel by Helene Bukowski. The German-Swiss dystopian feature film is about Skalde (Mathilde Bundschuh), who comes into conflict with the residents of her village after taking in a lonely girl. The documentary selection also has a central focus on the question of life paths and communities. Many films are about living spaces: In BIS DIE SONNE ...

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La chimera

Rural Italy has been the focus of two Alice Rohrwacher’s films. 2014‘s THE WONDERS is about a family of honey farmers and 2018‘s HAPPY AS LAZARRO is set in a tobacco plantation. LA CHIMERA is meant to close out the trilogy with a look into the world of Tuscan grave robbers in the 1980s. All three films deal with the question of how to handle the past which does not only inscribe itself in the people but also the land. Rohrwacher blends reality with poetic, almost fairy tale-like elements here too, merging Fellini’s fantasy with Italian neorealist cinema.

In LA CHIMERA, archaeologist ...

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Club Zero

Between hypnotic and tough: in her most recent comedy, Jessica Hausner once again cultivates humor that is so evil that it is almost unrecognizable as humor and her very own elaborate, dry style. While the detailed, sophisticated color scene leans towards toxic pastel­ all of the protagonists in CLUB ZERO speak in such a flat way as if English is a foreign language to them. The modernist interior is just as stiff, somewhere between a VHS seminar room and Le Corbusier. Meanwhile, plot-wise and emotionally, everything gets out of hand: an international elite school hires renowned Miss Novak ...

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Monkey Man

MONKEY MAN, Dev Patel’s debut as a director (Patel is also the co-writer and main actor) was recently celebrated at the SXSW Festival. Patel’s film was meant to go directly to streaming on Netflix before Jordan Peele (GET OUT, NOPE) jumped in and brought the film to cinemas through his production company “Monkey Paw“ and his deal with Universal. The film belongs there, if only because Dev Patel (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE GREEN KNIGHT) is exactly the action hero that the world needs now. MONKEY MAN has fantastic images too, of course.

Patel, even in his younger, lankier days, always ...

Events

CineDi - Bellissima

21.04.2024 to 19.05.2024, BrotfabrikKino

In the “CineDì“ series in April, Brotfabrik Kino will show films starring actress Catherine Spaak who died in 2022: In LA NOIA (1963) by Damiano Damiano from the novel by Alberto Moravia, Horst Buchholz plays a bored, rich bohemian who desires the beautiful, very sexual Cecilia (Catherine Spaak). Marco Ferreri’s comedy BREAK UP (1967) is about a Milanese businessman (Marcello Mastroianni) who goes crazy because he is not able to control when ballooons will pop. In May, Gina Lollobrigida will be in focus. In VITA DA CANO, she rushes through a show troupe as Margherita ...

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Stop Making Sense

Jonathan Demme’s STOP MAKING SENSE is considered to be one of the best concert films of all time, if not the best ever. The Talking Heads were at the absolute peak of their musical career in 1984. The trio made up of David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, and Chris Franz, once a warm up band for The Ramones on the CBGB stage in New York, was now a nine-member new wave afro funk band that transcended genre and race categories, making music for everyone, like maybe only Funkadelic/Parliament or Sly and the Family Stone before them and nobody after. Byrne’s stage production traces the band’s career. ...

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Dream Scenario

Neurotic, married university professor Paul Matthews (Nicholas Cage) teaches evolutionary biology and has been planning to publish big paper about the swarm intelligence of ants for years when old friend Sheila snatches the topic and has a bestseller without even mentioning Paul. Paul is enraged, but he is so unable to assert himself, and he lets Sheila rip him off.

No one takes Paul seriously, no one seems to see him. Students whisper in Paul’s lectures. His daughter is moody because Paul appeared in one of her dreams and just looked on as she had a car accident. People begin to recognize ...

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Monster

An apartment building is on fire. Fire trucks rush to the site of the accident. Saori and her 11 year old son Minato watch the fire from their balcony. Then the narrative moves on from the fire, centers very different, more everyday stories, but the film will keep returning to this event, which has left an ominous shadow over the story and hints at a – past, imminent, present – catastrophe.

Saori and Minato have different worries. Since the death of his father, Minato has displayed erratic behavior. He cuts his hair, comes home with just one shoe, and one night he disappears completely. ...

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Love is the Devil – Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

LOVE IS THE DEVIL, John Maybury’s portrait of painter Francis Bacon, is fortunately being released in German cinemas. It premiered in 1998, when Daniel Craig, who plays Bacon’s lover George Dyer, wasn’t blonde yet. LOVE IS THE DEVIL is set in the 60s, when men, also gay men, didn’t wear designer underwear but rather underwear made of double ribbed cotton. White and chaste, very unsexy. So they stand opposite each other, Bacon and Dyer, not as two lovers, but two men in a duel, taking off their clothes... no, Maybury spares us the obligatory display of flesh, he changes the narrative ...

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Squaring the Circle: The Story of Hipgnosis

Hipgnosis is a combination of the words hip and gnostic (knowledge) and is also a pun on hypnosis. A meeting of contradictions, which Storn Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po“ Powell liked so much it went from being graffiti on their door to the name of their joint graphic design agency. SQUARING THE CIRCLE tells the story of Hipgnosis through Aubrey Powell’s eyes: starting out with smoking weed together as teens, the album cover of Pink Floyd’s “A Saucerful of Secrets,“ the rampant LSD consumption to the now iconic cover for “Dark Side of the Moon.“ From Peter Christopherson joining ...

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Drive Away Dolls

DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS leaves you with a “how could this happen?“ feeling. Actually, everything is set up for a nice cinema success. Ethan Coen directed and wrote the screenplay, though without his brother Joel, but with editor Tricia Cooke who has been working with the Coens for decades. Three very likable young female stars are in the main roles: Margaret Qualley (POOR THINGS, “The Leftovers“) as overtly sexual chatterbox Jamie, Geraldine Viswanathan (CAT PERSON) as grumpy, uptight Marian and Beanie Feldstein (BOOKSMART) as the angry cop and slighted ex girlfriend Sukie. It’s about a ...

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The Zone of Interest

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In the autumn of 1943, SS Obersturmbannführer and judge Konrad Morgen was sent to Auschwitz in order to investigate claims of corruption and self-enrichment among the SS officers and squads. As a result, Rudolf Höß, the commander of the concentration and extermination camp, was removed from his post and moved to Berlin, to the supervisory authority of the concentration camp, the SS Central Economic-Administrative Office. It was regarded as a promotion for appearance’s sake, but it was actually a disciplinary transfer. Höß’ family, with whom he lived in the immediate vicinity of ...

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Kids' films in their Original version

04.03.2024, City Kino Wedding, Sputnik Kino

City Kino Wedding and Sputnik Kino will be showing children’s films in the original language along with the German dubbed version – usually in Engish, French, or Spanish, but also in Ukrainian, Russian, and Japanese. The screenings will take place once a month on Saturday (City) and Sunday (Sputnik). Special screenings for kindergartens and schools are also possible.

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Dispatches from the 2024 Berlinale

A steadily updated blog of impressions from the 2024 Berlin Film Festival

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All of Us Strangers

The sun rises over London. In the window pane of a high-rise building, we see a man's face and his shirtless upper body gradually appear through the light’s double reflection. He turns, sits down by his computer and types: “suburban house, 1987.“ Then a fire alarm goes off. These first scenes in ALL OF US STRANGERS, the new film by Andrew Haigh (LOOKING, 45 YEARS) are the only ones that are most likely set in reality. The rest might be literature, memories, dreams, hallucinations, imaginings, or perhaps the story that Adam is currently writing.

Adam (Andrew Scott) leaves his building ...

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Reality

On June 2017, translator and US Air Force Veteran Reality Winner is interrogated in her home by the FBI and ultimately arrested on suspicion of leaking classified documents. The then 26 year old women forwarded an intelligence analysis of the NSA about possible Russian interference in the 2016 US elections to the magazine “The Intercept.“

Before REALITY became a feature film, it was the material of a play called “Is This a Room,“ and before it was a play, it was an FBI document. Tina Satter, the director of the Broadway drama and the film, adheres to the transcript of the June 2017 ...

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Jules

Milton is almost 80 and leads a quiet life in a small town in Pennsylvania. The town’s motto is A GREAT PLACE TO CALL HOME. Widower Milton seems satisfied with life, even if he barely has a social life. He blocks the contact of his contemporaries Joyce and Sandy. He’s peculiar. When he claims that a UFO landed in his flower bed in the supermarket, good-natured Sandy gets worried and visits him. To her amazement, she actually sees an alien sitting on Milton’s couch eating apple slices. Together with the prickly Joyce, the odd trio take on the alien because - despite the city's motto - it ...

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Poor Things

The world of Bella Baxter (an unstoppable Emma Stone) is filled with fascinating details. There are embroidered reliefs made of snow white silk on the walls. On the ceiling, stucco forms an image of two intertwined ears. On the floors, there are inlays of different colored marble create patterns and creatures. Bella Baxter is in the process of discovering this world which seems infinite. In addition, she learns slowly, very slowly, to use language and move her body. The creator and ruler of this world is “Daddy-God“ Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe), a mad, brilliant inventor marked by scars ...

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The Holdovers

Despite all of their inadequacies, Alexander Payne has a weakness for the human species. His primarily male protagonists aren’t really all that pleasant, but by disclosing their weaknesses they become absolutely lovable. Whether it’s the pedantic pensioner Warren Smith in ABOUT SCHMIDT, the overwhelmed father in THE DESCENDANTS or the good-for-nothing son of an alcoholic father in NEBRASKA – they are all on a cathartic journey with the goal of reconciling with their miserable existence. Even though he remains a master of the tragicomedy, Payne remains an incorrigible humanist who looks ...

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Priscilla

Almost Barbie: in the first shot of Sofia Coppola’s film PRISCILLA, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley sinks her barefoot into the soft carpets of Elvis Presley’s stiflingly plush residence “Graceland.“

When Priscilla Beaulieu Presley’s autobiography “Elvis and Me“ came out in 1985, Elvis had died less than 10 years before. The focus of the bestseller was on the wild behavior of Elvis and his entourage behind the doors of Graceland, but the book was also an apology. Elvis died three years after Priscilla left him. The rumor mill blamed her for the star’s downfall. Coppola’s film, ...

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Im toten Winkel – In the Blind Spot

While a German crew is shooting a documentary in a Kurdish village, a turkish agent is faced with a mysterious force which is after his daughter.

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Zukunft relocated

02.01.2024

Kino Zukunft has miraculously found a new home and is now located less than five minutes from its old location between Treptower Park and Ostkreuz at Alt Stralau 68. The cinema with 68 seats screens three films every day, there’s “Wednesday Jazz,” among other things, playing in the piano salon, and the cozy bar has a smoking area and an outdoor terrace.

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Joan Baez – I Am A Noise

Folk music legend, peace activist, Bob Dylan’s girlfriend: Karen O’Connor, Miri Navasky, and Maeve O’Boyle prove that Joan Baez is so much more in their multi-layered documentary JOAN BAEZ I AM A NOISE. The directors follow Baez on her last tour and, in parallel, they comb through the private archive of the folk singer and political activist.

Born in 1941 to a physicist with Mexican roots in Staten Island, New York, the middle child of was creative from the start - singing, playing guitar, and painting. As a teenager, she dreamt of changing the world for the better. But mental problems ...

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Lola

England before World War II: two inventors develop a time machine. LOLA receives radio waves from the future, Bowie and Dylan songs as well as news about Hitler and the Nazis. As “the Angels of Portobello“, the very confident and enterprising sisters begin to warn the British population about the German air raids. With LOLA, British director Andrew Legge gives the classic mental game of “time travel against the Nazis“ a media theory twist. Heroines Thom and Mars remain in the same physical place – but the video messages from the future impact them so deeply that they seem like time ...

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BlackBerry

Tech impressarios are in great demand: Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs have been at the center of films, the creators behind Uber, WeWork and Theranos have been featured on TV, in films, that is often a mixture of strange nostalgia and capitalist enthusiasm. Now there’s BLACKBERRY, with the inventors of the eponymous smartphone at the center, who in the early 2000s had the then revolutionary idea to send emails on their phone. The story of the company „Research in Motion“ in Canadian Ontario doesn’t start in a garage, but almost. Founders Mike Lazaridis (Jay Baruchel) and Doug Fregin ...

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How to Have Sex

Sun, parties, flirting. The program is set for Tara, Em, and Skye’s first vacation together. The teenagers just finished secondary school and want to let loose in Malia in Crete. Tara has her own agenda. The 16 year old wants to have sex for the first time. When she befriends a group from the hotel, Tara’s plan seems to be getting closer. There are two candidates: Beau Paddy and joker Badger. Tara isn’t sure if she really wants to do it or if she’s sensing the pressure of being the only virgin in the group. When she decides to do it, it isn’t the event that was thought it would be. ...

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The Old Oak

THE OLD OAK begins with images reminiscent of Germany in 2015. The inhabitants of a British coastal town insult a coach with Syrian women and children in it. Some volunteers from the area make sure that the new arrivals enter their assigned apartments safely. One of them is Thomas Hoe Ballantyne (Dave Turner), or TJ, the owner of “The Old Oak,“ the last pub in a former mining village in Durham. In the evening, his regulars let out their resentments and TJ doesn’t say anything about it, he can’t afford to lose the last paying customers. But when he gets closer to young Yara (Ebla Mari) ...

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The Great Escaper

Micheal Caine has said that THE GREAT ESCAPER will be his last him and that he will now retire at age 90. Caine acts alongside Glenda Jackson, who passed away this year, who was, like Caine, a star of British cinema of the 60s and 70s. THE GREAT ESCAPER tells the story of real 90 year old world war veteran Bernard Jordan, who secretly disappeared from his care home in 2014 in order to attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Jordan became a media hero in Britain after the police had already issued a search notice and called it off again with #thegreatescaper - a reference to ...

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Savvusanna sosarad

Smoke rises over the rugged snow-covered landscape. It’s ice-cold outside, inside there’s sweating. The documentary SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD by director Anna Hints follows a group of Estonian women in their traditional ritual of the smoke sauna. “Hello, dear Sauna,“ says each one before entering the wood cabin that is heated by a stone oven. When they leave they say thank you – to the sauna itself and the women “who do the labor,“ who make all of these experiences possible. The intimate conversations among women are just as important as the sauna, ice baths, and the mutual ...

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Elaha

Kurdish-German Elaha is engaged and should be looking foward to her wedding day. But she know that part of the wedding will be an examination of her hymen, which is no longer intact. She she tries to earn enough money for reconstructive surgery in time for the big day.

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Cat Person

In 2017 The New Yorker published a short story by Kristen Roupenian called “Cat Person.“ The story is about college student Margot who meets the older Robert while working as a cinema cashier. He is a bit dismissive, she has a bit of a crush. They text for a while, have tense dates, and go to his place. The sex is bad, but Margot doesn’t stop it. After they stop seeing each other, Robert becomes abusive. The events, told from Margot’s perspective, perfectly captured conflicting expectations, gendered misunderstandings and microaggressions and sparked a worldwide debate on the ...

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The Quiet Girl

The Irish film THE QUIET GIRL was in the Berlinale youth section “Generation Kplus“ and won both the International Jury Prize as well as the Children’s Jury Prize. The film is now opening in cinemas, and isn’t just meant for children. The emotional power of Colm Bairéad’s directing and the virtuoso camerawork by Kate McCullough, who won the European Film Prize for this film, turns what is a simple story into an extraordinary film.


The film is about Cáit, who comes from a poor family with many siblings, an alcoholic, unloving and arrogant father and a completely overwhelmed ...

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Fremont

Young Afghan Donya (Anaita Wali Zada) worked as a translator for the US military in Kabul until she was forced to flee to Fremont in northern California after the Taliban takeover. Plagued by guilt and insomnia, triggered by the thoughts of the family she left behind, she spends her days between monotonous work in a cookie fortune factory, weekly therapy sessions with a pro-bono therapist (Gregg Turkington) and the loneliness of her small apartment. When the writer of the fortune cookie messages dies on the job, Donya takes her chance and, in search of a meaningful connection, mixes a piece ...

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Anatomy Of A Fall

Successful writer Sandra (Sandra Hüller) is being interviewed by a student in the mountain villa where she lives with her writer husband Samuel (Samuel Theis) and their blind son Daniel (Milo Machado Graner). Samuel, who is renovating in a different floor, plays the 50 Cent song “P.I.M.P“ at full volume and disrupts the interview, and the women stop because of it. Sandra will later say she went to sleep after that. Daniel takes the dog out for a walk. When the boy returns, his father lies dead next to a shed. He allegedly fell out of the attic window. The prosecutor accuses Sandra of ...

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It Lives Inside

In the basement of a typical American suburb home there’s a bloody corpse and an empty jar next to it. Whatever the jar contained has disappeared. Indian-American teenager Tamira (Mohana Krishnan) brings the same jar to the high school cafeteria shortly after. She looks very jittery, with emtpy eyes and stringy hair in the typical RINGU look. Her former best friend Samidha, nicknamed Sam (Megan Suri), wants to have nothing to do with Tamira anymore and just be an American. The embarrassing ex-BFF, who follows Hindu traditions, also stands in the way of Sam's crush on the nice school demigod ...

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The Lesson

THE LESSON is a cold psychological thriller reminiscent of Claude Chabrol from a distance. Oxford student Liam – which Daryl McCormack plays as a well-ironed, well-sorted person, all pleasant surface and courteous behavior, but also a bit transparent – gets hired by renowned writer J.M. Sinclair (Richard E. Grant). Liam is meant to tutor his son Bertie (Stephen MacMillan) so he can get into Oxford, but he is just as interested in Sinclair himself, since he happens to be the object of his dissertation. In the Sinclair household, a tense coldness looms. Richard E. Grant is excellent as ...

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

No one sends letters anymore. This is why pensioner Harold Fry (Jim Broadbent) is bewildered to receive a handwritten letter from his former colleague Queenie (Linda Bassett). She wants to say goodbye because she is in a hospice with terminal cancer. When Harold makes his way to the mailbox with a puny response, he gets another idea after a brief exchange with a young clerk at the local gas station: he decides to walk from Devon in southern England to Berwick-upon-Tweed on the border of Scotland in order to give his letter to Queenie in person. He leaves his wife Maureen (Penelope Wilton) ...

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Killers of the Flower Moon

The Osage Nation, who were originally located in Missouri, were driven out and settled in the “Indian Territories” of Oklahoma. The Osage bought the grazing land which they lived in, and when big oil deposits were discovered under the prairie in 1894, the Osage people became the richest First Nations tribe. The “Osage Indian Murders” occurred between 1918 and 1931. At least 60 Osage people were murdered, almost always with the goal of getting their money.

In KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, Martin Scorsese unfurls a social panorama of Osage County at the beginning of the 20th century. ...

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Ingeborg Bachmann: Reise in die Wüste – Ingeborg Bachmann: Journey Into the Desert

When Ingeborg Bachmann (Vicky Krieps) visits Max Frisch (Ronald Zehrfeld) in Zurich for the first time, the following dialog occurs. After he shows her his apartment, opens the door to the living room and says “...but we won’t talk about literature today any more.” “What else should we talk about?” asks Bachmann. “About your smile,“ answers Frisch.

The scene sums up what Margarethe von Trotta is focused on in her biopic. She gives a look into the failure of the relationship. What’s primarily at fault are the social norms and Frisch’s traditional ideas about women that ...

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DogMan

A bewildered young man is stopped at a checkpoint behind the wheel of a truck full of dogs, wounded and dressed in an evening gown. The young man, Doug (Caleb Landry Jones, GET OUT) is taken to the police station and interrogated by psychiatrist Evelyn (Jojo T. Gibbts). He gradually tells her about his miserable youth, after which he couldn’t walk anymore and didn’t trust most humans, his one love who disappointed him but showed him the path to reinvention, and how he became the supernatural protector of the weak. And of course, the love that connects him to dogs.

DOGMAN deals with a ...

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Northern Comfort

A mother, a writer, and two social media stars meet on a plane – sounds like the beginning of a joke – but it’s Hafesteinn Gunnar’s new film. It has a promising beginning: a group of people want to overcome their fear of flying in a training program. While the characters in the film get a bit of substance, protagonist Sarah (Lydia Leonard) is primarily one thing: a mother. She wants to see her family, which is why she has to learn how to fearlessly fly. NORTHERN COMFORT is strongest in the confined space of the plane. All of the panic and ecstasy of the passengers is acted out here. ...

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The Lost King

THE QUEEN, PHILOMENA, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS – Stephen Frears has a penchant for women who unwavering follow their own path, whether it’s an unusual career like the Queen, a self-appointed mission, or a personal eccentricity. Philippa Langley, played by Sally Hawkins in THE LOST KING, also has a mission. At a theater performance of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,“ she suddenly develops sympathy for the deformed King, perhaps also because she is battling MC/CFS herself and is often underestimated by her environment. She is convinced that the portrait unjustly turned him into an ...

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Blue Jean

1988 in Newcastle, northern England: Jean (Rosy McEwen) is a lesbian PE teacher who is trying her best to survive unscathed in an extremely heteronormative society. Her family knows “it“ but she isn’t out at work. How can she be? With the “Section 28“ act, Margaret Thatcher banned “the promotion of homosexuality“ in institutions (like schools). Teachers, especially sports teacher, are under special observation. When Jean’s student Lois (Lucy Halliday) shows up at the local LGBTQ+ club, Jean’s carefully nurtured double life is put to the test. Based on the diaries of PE ...

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Anhell69

A young colombian filmmaker wanted to make a film about ghosts and cast the queer subculture of the city in it. But when the main actor suddenly dies of an overdose, the film's development takes an entirely new direction.

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Something in the Dirt

A flying ashtray, an interdimensional fruit, an Amazon delivery. SOMETHING IN THE DIRT is absurd and creative, but also very arbitrary. The directing duo Aaaron Moorhead and Justin Benson have made a new cosmic sci-fi film after RESOLUTION (2012), THE ENDLESS (2017) and the Netflix series “Archive 81.“ In this film dedicated to “the friends of the filmmakers“ they appear in front of the camera as well as behind it - due to the pandemic.

John (Aaron Moorhead) and Levi (Justin Benson) are experiencing a seemingly supernatural phenomenon in Levi‘s run-down apartment. They decide to ...

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Speak No Evil

In the Danish horror film SPEAK NO EVIL by Christian Tafdrup, barbarism confronts politeness conventions. Björn and Luise, a reserved, friendly Danish couple with a little daughter, meet Patrick and Karin, a more extroverted Dutch couple with a silent little boy, while on their vacation in Tuscany. Back in Denmark, they receive an invitation to Holland via postcard. They feel obligated to accept the invitation. “What‘s the worst that could happen“? Björn asks rhetorically. Sune Kølster‘s film music implies doom while the images still show routine drives, dinners, and ferry ...

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Millennium Mambo

Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien is a permanent guest at European film festivals. In 1989 he won the Golden Lion in Venice for the film A CITY OF SADNESS. He was nominated for the Palme d‘Or in Cannes six times. There‘s a reason why he‘s described as the co-founder of the Taiwanese Nouvelle Vague. Over here, the cinema of the auteur is still relatively undiscovered. None of his films are available on DVD here. It is all the more gratifying, then, that the distributor Rapid Eye Movies is bringing a central work of the director to German cinemas around 20 years after it was ...

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Fallen Leaves

“Oh I so wish you remembered.“ The French title of Aki Kaurismäki‘s film FALLEN LEAVES is LES FEUILLES MORTES, like Jacques Prévert and Joseph Kosma chanson, which became famous in the version of Yves Montand and Juliette Greco before it became a world hit as “Autumn Leaves“ in the hundreds of versions by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, and others. Les Feuilles Mortes is a love song about remembering a song about love: “ C’est un chanson qui nous resemble/Toi, tu m'aimais et je t'aimais“ (It‘s a song that is like us, you loved me, I loved you“). Serge ...

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