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And then I saw a film!

And it’s a wrap!

The Berlinale otherwise known as – the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival is done!

And what a wonderful time we all had!

We had a long, fantastic fortnight of films, films, and yes more films!

And let me tell you.

It was interesting stuff!

So let’s get on with it shall we?

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - Against the Ice/Berlinale ©Piero Chiussi, Ali Ghandtschi, Alexander Janetzko, Erik Weiss & Sandra Weller
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Against the Ice/Berlinale
©Piero Chiussi, Ali Ghandtschi, Alexander Janetzko, Erik Weiss & Sandra Weller

Berlin has been hobnobbing (safely) with the best.

I mean, if it’s good enough for M. Night Shyamalan, Emma Thompson, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sigourney Weaver, and Juliette Binoche. It’s surely good enough for you!

In the flurry of excitement and talented art, I managed to watch forty-one (41) films in just ten (10) days.

Forty-One!

I admit.

It was a little exhausting, but some films were long, and some weren’t!

I must be bonkers!

Director Graham Moore - The Outfit/Berlinale © Piero Chiussi, Ali Ghandtschi, Alexander Janetzko, Erik Weiss & Sandra Weller
Director Graham Moore – The Outfit/Berlinale
©Piero Chiussi, Ali Ghandtschi, Alexander Janetzko, Erik Weiss & Sandra Weller
Colson Baker - Taurus/Berlinale ©Brigitte Dummer & Stanley Reagh
Colson Baker – Taurus/Berlinale
©Brigitte Dummer & Stanley Reagh

Here are the films that I watched:

  • Alle reden übers Wetter | Talking About the Weather
  • Amintiri de pe Frontul de Est | Memories from the Eastern Front
  • Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol | It’s Raining Frogs Outside
  • Bird in the Peninsula
  • Call Jane
  • Chhngai Dach Alai | Further and Further Away
  • Concerned Citizen
  • Der Passfälscher | The Forger
  • El sembrador de estrellas | The Sower of Stars
  • Ellas vagt | The Shift
  • Europe
  • Four Nights
  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
  • Haulout
  • Heroínas | Heroines
  • Heroji radničke klase | Working Class Heroes
  • Jon-Jae-Ui Jib | House of Existence
  • Kumbuka
  • Le temps des framboises | Last Summers of the Raspberries
  • Miền ký ức | Memoryland
  • Millie Lies Low
  • Mis dos voces | My Two Voices
  • My Small Land | Mein kleines Land
  • Myanmar Diaries
  • Nelly & Nadine
  • No Simple Way Home
  • Nous, étudiants! | We, Students!
  • Occhiali neri | Dark Glasses
  • Produkty 24 | Convenience Store
  • Retreat
  • Rooz-e sib | The Apple Day | A wie Apfel
  • Shabu
  • Sonne
  • Sorry Genosse | Sorry Comrade
  • Terykony – Boney Piles | Taubes Gestein
  • The Outfit
  • Trap
  • Três tigres tristes | Three Tidy Tigers Tied a Tie Tighter
  • Will My Parents Come to See Me
  • Viens je t’emmène | Nobody’s Hero
  • Yin Ru Chen Yan | Return to Dust

In my opinion, every film was brilliant, and none were duds!

FILMS I REALLY, REALLY LIKED!

Emma Thompson in Friedrichstadt-Palast - Good Luck to You, Leo Grande/Berlinale Special ©Piero Chiussi, Ali Ghandtschi, Alexander Janetzko, Erik Weiss & Sandra Weller
Emma Thompson in Friedrichstadt-Palast – Good Luck to You, Leo Grande/Berlinale Special
©Piero Chiussi, Ali Ghandtschi, Alexander Janetzko, Erik Weiss & Sandra Weller

I’m very into British / Irish, Asian and East European films, as they’re all quite gritty, weird and obscure.

If you’re really into independent or international films, then the following list will please you, and whet your appetite, for good quality film-making.

Films that don’t need to worry about whether the audience will “get it” or appeal to 12-year-old boys.

In short, intelligent films!

Here goes:

Louis Hofmann - Der Passfälscher | The Forger by Maggie Peren/Berlinale Special ©DREIFILM
Louis Hofmann – Der Passfälscher | The Forger by Maggie Peren/Berlinale Special
©DREIFILM
Nadine Hwang - Nelly & Nadine by Magnus Gertten/Panorama ©Gustaf Boge/Auto Images
Nadine Hwang – Nelly & Nadine by Magnus Gertten/Panorama
©Gustaf Boge/Auto Images
Sorry Genosse | Sorry Comrade by Vera Brückner/Perspektive Deutsches Kino ©Felix Pflieger Nordpolaris
Sorry Genosse | Sorry Comrade by Vera Brückner/Perspektive Deutsches Kino
©Felix Pflieger Nordpolaris
Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior - No Simple Way Home by Akuol de Mabior/Panorama ©LBx Africa
Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior – No Simple Way Home by Akuol de Mabior/Panorama
©LBx Africa
Wu Renlin, Hai Qing - Yin Ru Chen Yan | Return to Dust by Li Ruijun/Competition ©Hucheng No.7 Films Ltd.
Wu Renlin, Hai Qing – Yin Ru Chen Yan | Return to Dust by Li Ruijun/Competition
©Hucheng No.7 Films Ltd.
Shabu by Shamira Raphaëla/Generation ©Tangerine Tree
Shabu by Shamira Raphaëla/Generation
©Tangerine Tree
Arian Rastkar, Aria Mohammadzadeh, Zhila Shahi - Rooz-e sib | The Apple Day - A wie Apfel by Mahmoud Ghaffari/Generation ©Mahsa Jarchi
Arian Rastkar, Aria Mohammadzadeh, Zhila Shahi – Rooz-e sib | The Apple Day | A wie Apfel by Mahmoud Ghaffari/Generation
©Mahsa Jarchi
Lina Arashi - My Small Land | Mein kleines Land by Emma Kawawada/Generation ©2022MSLPC
Lina Arashi – My Small Land | Mein kleines Land by Emma Kawawada/Generation
©2022MSLPC
Nestor Ngbandi Ngouyou, Aaron Koyasoukpengo - Nous, étudiants! | We, Students! by Rafiki Fariala /Panorama ©Makongo Films
Nestor Ngbandi Ngouyou, Aaron Koyasoukpengo – Nous, étudiants! | We, Students! by Rafiki Fariala /Panorama
©Makongo Films
Corinne van Egeraat, MNWAY, Petr Lom - Myanmar Diaries/Panorama ©Brigitte Dummer & Stanley Reagh
Corinne van Egeraat, MNWAY, Petr Lom – Myanmar Diaries/Panorama
©Brigitte Dummer & Stanley Reagh
Daryl McCormack, Emma Thompson - Good Luck to You, Leo Grande by Sophie Hyde/Berlinale Special ©Nick Wall
Daryl McCormack, Emma Thompson – Good Luck to You, Leo Grande by Sophie Hyde/Berlinale Special
©Nick Wall
Mark Rylance - The Outfit by Graham Moore/Berlinale Special ©Nick Wall/Focus Features
Mark Rylance – The Outfit by Graham Moore/Berlinale Special
©Nick Wall/Focus Features
Miền ký ức | Memoryland by Kim Quy Bui/Forum ©CineHanoi, Scarlet Vision
Miền ký ức | Memoryland by Kim Quy Bui/Forum
©CineHanoi, Scarlet Vision
Ana Scotney - Millie Lies Low by Michelle Savill/Generation ©Sandy Lane Productions
Ana Scotney – Millie Lies Low by Michelle Savill/Generation
©Sandy Lane Productions
Boris Isaković, Mihajlo Pleskonjić, Stefan Beronja - Heroji radničke klase | Working Class Heroes by Miloš Pušić/Panorama ©Altertise
Boris Isaković, Mihajlo Pleskonjić, Stefan Beronja – Heroji radničke klase | Working Class Heroes by Miloš Pušić/Panorama
©Altertise
Shahaf Ifhar, Bereket Gebrehawaria, Shlomi Bartonov - Concerned Citizen by Idan Haguel/Panorama ©Idan Haguel, Guy Sahaf
Shahaf Ifhar, Bereket Gebrehawaria, Shlomi Bartonov – Concerned Citizen by Idan Haguel/Panorama
©Idan Haguel, Guy Sahaf
Zukhara Sanzysbay - Produkty 24 | Convenience Store by Michael Borodin/Panorama ©LLC METRAFILMS
Zukhara Sanzysbay – Produkty 24 | Convenience Store by Michael Borodin/Panorama
©LLC METRAFILMS
Anastasia Arzhevikina, Ignat Dvoinikov - Trap by Anastasia Veber/Berlinale Shorts ©Anastasia Veber
Anastasia Arzhevikina, Ignat Dvoinikov – Trap by Anastasia Veber/Berlinale Shorts
©Anastasia Veber
Bird in the Peninsula by Atsushi Wada/Berlinale Shorts ©Atsushi Wada
Bird in the Peninsula by Atsushi Wada/Berlinale Shorts
©Atsushi Wada
Amintiri de pe Frontul de Est | Memories from the Eastern Front by Radu Jude, Adrian Cioflâncă/Berlinale Shorts ©microFILM
Amintiri de pe Frontul de Est | Memories from the Eastern Front by Radu Jude, Adrian Cioflâncă/Berlinale Shorts
©microFILM

FILMS THAT I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN, BUT DIDN’T!

Berlinale Everywhere! ©Karina Musabasheva/on scene 2022
Berlinale Everywhere!
©Karina Musabasheva/on scene 2022
  • An Cailín Ciúin | The Quiet Girl | Das stille Mädchen
  • Allons enfants | Rookies
  • Casting a New Light: A Proletarian Film of the Weimar Republic
  • Cinco lobitos | Lullaby
  • Coma
  • Die allerlangweiligste Oma auf der ganzen Welt | The Most Boring Granny in the Whole World
  • Die leere Mitte | The Empty Center
  • Dilim dönmüyor | Meine Zunge dreht sich nicht – Dilim dönmüyor | My Tongue Does Not Turn
  • Diva
  • Dreckfresser | Dirt for Dinner
  • Dreaming Walls
  • Everything Will Be OK
  • Funkele
  • Für die Vielen – Die Arbeiterkammer Wien | For the Many – The Vienna Chamber of Labour
  • Gangubai Kathiawadi
  • Gavazn | Deer | Hirsch
  • Gong ji | Rooster | Gockel
  • If Revolution Is a Sickness
  • In der Wüste
  • It Began as a Holiday: Modelmaking for The French Dispatch
  • Jet Lag
  • Juunt Pastaza entsari | Waters of Pastaza | Die Kinder vom Río Pastaza
  • Kalle Kosmonaut
  • Knor | Oink
  • Ladies Only
  • Louis I., König der Schafe | Louis I., King of the Sheep
  • Merry Christmas Deutschland oder Vorlesung zur Geschichtstheorie II
  • Moune Ô
  • Nada para ver aqui | Nothing to See Here
  • Najeneun deopgo bameneun chupgo | Hot in Day, Cold at Night
  • Nana – Before, Now & Then
  • Nel mio nome | Into My Name
  • No U-Turn
  • Rabiye Kurnaz gegen George W. Bush | Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush
  • Sab changa si | All Was Good
  • Scala
  • Skřivánci na niti | Larks on a String | Lerchen am Faden
  • Ta farda | Until Tomorrow
  • Taurus
  • Terra que marca | Striking Land
  • The Maji-Maji Readings
  • The Rising
  • This Makes Me Want to Predict the Past
  • Unrueh | Unrest
  • Vlekkeloos | Spotless | Fleckenlos
  • Wheels on the Bus | Die Räder
Berlinale Goes Kiez ©Noreen Modle/on scene 2022
Berlinale Goes Kiez
©Noreen Modle/on scene 2022

In watching a festival film, you get to see a large variety of international locations and settings, and a better intimate view with acting and scenes, that are much more realistic than in films with a Hollywood budget!

The Berlin International Film Festival, otherwise known as the Berlinale, is a special treat for the public.

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