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Berlinale

Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015)

The highlight in Wim Wenders’ soapy international co-production comes early on. An accident and the chilling realisation that follows sets a standard not matched again. Instead, we get a stale melodrama that spends two hours coming to terms…

65th Berlin Film Festival Preview

If there’s one thing the Berlin Film Festival has in abundance, it’s films. With hundreds of entries from across the world, the annual Berlinale provides a welcome reminder that the New Year hubbub building around mainstream awards…

Reported Missing (2012)

Context, context, context. The major schools of literary criticism (the methods of which can be applied to art in most media) revolve around the question of context: the social, personal, cultural and artistic frames and circumstances under…

War Witch (2012)

Set within civil war in Africa, we meet Komona (Rachel Mwanza), a twelve year old girl whose village is destroyed by rebels. After her parents are killed she is forced to join them as a child soldier, living in the jungle and surviving off…

A Royal Affair (2012)

Beginning around 1766 and spanning over several years, A Royal Affair is from the perspective of Caroline Mathilde (played brilliantly by Alicia Vikander) who marries the psychologically unhinged King of Denmark Christian VII (magnificently…

Home for the Weekend (2012)

As the title suggests this story centres mainly around one weekend. Two brothers Marco (Lars Eidinger) and Jakob (Sebastian Zimmler) return to their parent’s beautiful house in the countryside after an invite, believing it to be a rare…

Postcards from the Zoo (2012)

Lana is abandoned by her father in Jakarta zoo at a young age and so she is raised by the community that lives in the zoo. When Lana is grown up (played by Ladya Cheryl) she continues to live and work in the zoo, gaining knowledge of the…

Berlinale 2012, and the winner is……

This year’s Berlinale has been eclectic to say the least, although there have been running themes throughout the festival. Africa has been a recurrent location for a lot of the stories being told; slow burner Aujourd’Hui (Today), the…

As Luck Would Have It (2011)

There has been much hype surrounding director Álex de la Iglesia’s previous film The Last Circus (2010), the film winning three awards at the Venice Film Festival and receiving some great reviews from doing the rounds at other festivals. So…