SOS61 : Berlinale 2011 INDEX PAGE

Published on: February 28th, 2011



for Tribune magazine : First report (on the Competition)
——————————– : Second report (on non-competing German films)



Interim dispatch : ‘A Separation, an Explosion’

(on Nader & Simin and Innocent Saturday)

Second dispatch : ‘Three horse race enters final furlong’
(awards speculation, plus comments on selected films)

Post-awards dispatch : ‘Goldilocks-Night’


the final Golden Bear odds


HOLLYWOOD REPORTER reviews
Dreileben .
An Angel In Doel .
7 Sins Forgiven .

Follow Me .
Silver Bullets
and Art History .
Khodorkovsky .
Our Grand Despair .
Lost Land .
Brownian Movement
.
Free Hands .
Familiar Ground .
Kabul Dream Factory .
E-Love .
Karen Cries on the Bus
.


RANKING OF FEATURES
noteworthy-films-to-walkouts-ratio = 10:2
^^ = Golden Bear competition
—–
*****/5 – 9/10 – 24/28 : INNOCENT SATURDAY (Ru/Uk/Ge ’11)^^
**** — 8/10 — 22/28 : DREILEBEN – ONE MINUTE OF DARKNESS (Germany ’11)
**** — 8/10 — 21/28 : THE FUTURE (USA/Ger ’10/’11)^^
**** — 7/10 — 20/28 : NADER & SIMIN, A SEPARATION (Iran ’11)^^
**** — 7/10 — 20/28 : TWENTY CIGARETTES (USA ’11)
**** — 7/10 — 19/28 : 7 SINS FORGIVEN (India ’11)
**** — 7/10 — 19/28 : FAMILIAR GROUND (Canada ’11)
**** — 7/10 — 18/28 : A MYSTERIOUS WORLD (Argentina ’11)^^
**** — 7/10 — 18/28 : THE EDUCATION (Germany ’11)
**** — 7/10 — 18/28 : BATTLE OF THE QUEENS (Germany ’11)
————————————————————————————————-
***+ — 6+/10 — 17+/28 : DREILEBEN – BEATS BEING DEAD (Germany ’11)
*** — 6/10 — 17/28 : OUR GRAND DESPAIR (Tur/Ger/Net ’11)^^
*** — 6/10 — 17/28 : CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (US/Fr ’10)
*** — 6/10 — 17/28 : KHODORKOVSKY (Germany ’11)
*** — 6/10 — 17/28 : UNDER CONTROL (Germany ’11)
*** — 6/10 — 16/28 : THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (Alb/USA/Den/Ity ’10/’11)^^
*** — 6/10 — 16/28 : BOMBAY BEACH (USA ’11)
*** — 6/10 — 16/28 : AN ANGEL IN DOEL (Belgium ’11)
*** — 6/10 — 16/28 : LOST LAND (Bel/Fra ’11)
*** — 6/10 — 16/28 : CORIOLANUS (UK ’11)^^
*** — 6/10 — 15/28 : LOOKING FOR SIMON (Germany ’11)
*** — 6/10 — 15/28 : KABUL DREAM FACTORY (Ger/Afg ’11)
*** — 5/10 — 14/28 : BULLHEAD (Bel/Net ’11) aka BULL HEAD
*** — 5/10 — 12/28 : COME RAIN, COME SHINE (S.Korea ’11)^^
*** — 5/10 — 12/28 : E-LOVE (France ’10/’11)
** — 4/10 — 11/18 : BROWNIAN MOVEMENT (Netherlands ’10)
** — 4/10 — 11/28 : FOLLOW ME (Austria ’10)
** — 4/10 — 11/28 : DREILEBEN – DON’T FOLLOW ME AROUND (Germany ’11)
** — 4/10 — 11/28 : ART HISTORY (USA ’11)
** — 4/10 — 10/28 : SILVER BULLETS (USA ’11)
** — 4/10 — 10/28 : SWANS (Ger/Por ’11)
** — 3/10 — 7/28 : FREE HANDS (France ’10)
————————————————————————————————-
W/O : TARGET (Russia ’10)
W/O : A SERIES OF THOUGHTS (Austria ’11)



COLLECTED TWEETS
(in reverse chronological order) full feed : http://twitter.com/JigsawLounge


My top #berlinale performances. 1: A.Shagin (INNOCENT SATURDAY). 2: S.Hüller (BROWNIAN MOVEMENT). 3: M.Schoenaerts (BULL HEAD).

My #berlinale favourites. 1. INNOCENT SATURDAY (Mindadze). 2. ONE MINUTE OF DARKNESS (Hochhäusler). 3. THE FUTURE (July)

My #berlinale over. Saw 32 films, incl only 2 walkouts and 10 noteworthy films. A very pleasing ratio.

Triple DREILEBEN bill ends, saved by outstanding third section. Middle film is dispensible.

DREILEBEN <3>. ONE MINUTE OF DARKNESS (Hochhäusler’11). 8/10, or 21/28. {later upgraded to 22/28}

DREILEBEN <2> DON’T FOLLOW ME AROUND (Graf ’11) 4/10, or 11/28.

DREILEBEN <1> BEATS BEING DEAD (Petzold ’11) 6+/10, or 17+/28.

At kino international, minutes to go till the 5.5hr DREILEBEN marathon begins…

Farhadi wins gold. Bookie’s choice. Front runner romp, three bears! Where’s goldilocks?

best film I missed at the #Berlinale might well be BARZAKH, 59 minute documentary on Chechnya horrors http://bit.ly/ewoFXD

Tarr news sees late tweaking of JLounge’s Golden Bear odds. Still headed by NADER & SIMIN at evens, mind.http://bit.ly/evt9s0

Of course, Tarr might be returning because he’s been told he’s won *something* major, but this may be Best Director, or G.Prix.

Unconfirmed reports suggest B.Tarr’s on his way back from Budapest (I promised my source that I wouldn’t divulge her identity).

Jigsaw Lounge’s second dispatch, including Bear awards predictions and comment on selected films.http://bit.ly/fcxbry

Best reaction to my zealous passion for INNOCENT SATURDAY (from a respected, veteran UK programmer): “Neil, you’re a dickhead.”

COME RAIN… proved “taxing” at the International tonight. Highlight was seeing the magical cinema-curtains before the show.

We predict Golden Bear for Iran, Grand Prix: Hungary, Director: SKorea, Actress: Argentina, Actor: Russia.

Jigsaw Lounge’s final Golden Bear odds are headed by NADER & SIMIN… at 4/5, ahead of TURIN HORSE (11/4).

COME RAIN, COME SHINE (Lee ’11) 5/10, or 12/28. Painstaking study of S.Korean breakup risks tedium to fairly unproductive effect

TARGET (Zeidovich ’10) walkout after 1 hour. Russky SF. Fine premise, dull execution, hideous score.

Bailed on fipresci awards, unspecified ‘delay’ awaiting fest head Kosslick. And i’m seeing Target at 7.

At the Fipresci prizes announcement. Will be shocked if TURIN HORSE doesn’t get main competition award.

BULL HEAD (Roskam ’11). 5/10, or 14/28. Eunuchoidal minotaur, agonistes. Basically a high-end Belgian TV policier, on steroids.

THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (Marston ’11). 6/10, or 16/28. Dutiful, slightly ploddy drama of Albanian family feuds.

film I’m going to miss at #Berlinale, but which I am keenest to see… TURIN HORSE? pah! Kriv Stenders’ RED DOG, mate! http://bit.ly/BF7UR

Tomorrow (i.e. today) at #Berlinale: THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD /// THE BULLHEAD /// THE TARGET & maybe COME RAIN, COME SHINE (or Teddy Party)

#Berlinale 2011 – the scorecard so far : 27 feature-length films rated and ranked (and some of them even reviewed!) http://bit.ly/dHKRu2

UNDER CONTROL (Sattel ’11) 6/10, or 17/28. Ruminative nuclear-power-plant docu never quite reaches critical mass.

BOMBAY BEACH (Har’el ’11) 6/10, or 16/28. Magic-hour Americana doc; burnished rough edges agleam.

#Berlinale: entering final furlong, LIPSTIKKA bombs out, WORLD drifts, GBear race maybe boiling down to NADER & TURIN

You are invited to steal a glance at my review of much buzzed #Berlinale documentary KHODORKOVSKY http://bit.ly/fXBxc5 … they wuz robbed!!

BATTLE OF THE QUEENS (Steiner ’11) 7/10, or 18/28. Likeable docu on cowfighting tourney is, aptly enough, shot like RAGING BULL

7 SINS FORGIVEN (Bhardwaj ’11) 7/10, or 19/28. Berserk Indian melo = 148m of escapist pleasure. Jawdropping finale!

my ‘Hollywood Reporter’ review of Western Sahara documentary LOST LAND http://bit.ly/e59eTp

Golden Bear odds : 4/5 Nader & Simin, 6/1 Turin Horse, 8/1 Future, 9/1 Forgiveness of Blood, 10/1 M.World.

THE FUTURE (July ’10/’11) 8/10, or 21/28. Most unexpectedly, a delight – laugh-out-loud hilarious at regular intervals.

Berlin: my ‘Hollywood Reporter’ review of Turkish competition entry OUR GRAND DESPAIR http://bit.ly/e7kzlr

If tonight’s frenzy is any guide, THE FUTURE will be big hit with globe’s ‘upscale urban young auds’.

Crazy scrum of a crush to get into Miranda July’s THE FUTURE at Urania. Better be worth the hassle.

AN ANGEL IN DOEL (Fassaert ’11) 6/10, or 16/28. Plucky-stubborn-old-lady doc, in oh-so-poetic monochrome.

I must be going soft, or else have been very lucky. Have now seen 5 #Berlinale competition films, and have yet to find a dud.

A MYSTERIOUS WORLD (Moreno ’10/’11). 7/10, or 18/28. Snail-slow but beguilingly dust-dry Arg drollery.

TWENTY CIGARETTES (Benning ’11). 7/10, or 20/28 (!). Does exactly what it says on the tin. But it’s *never* (just) a drag.

OUR GRAND DESPAIR (Teoman ’11) 6/10, or 17/28. Pleasant, light Turkish bromantic comedy, would make ideal P.Rudd vehicle.

CORIOLANUS: British audience-members tickled by 3-scene cameo by notable TV personality. And can V.Redgrave be getting *taller*?

#Berlinale competitor CORIOLANUS already tipped to provide V.Redgrave with 2nd Oscar in Feb 2012. But B.Cox (never nominated!) just as good.

There’s one last screening of the magnificent INNOCENT SATURDAY here at the #Berlinale. Sunday, 8pm at Urania, with German subtitles only.

Having watched CORIOLANUS, can’t see it winning. More likely: acting prize for Fiennes or (maybe) Redgrave.

CORIOLANUS (Fiennes ’11). 6/10, or 16/28. Competent, sturdy Bard update, boosted by ex-Yugo backdrops.

+1ºC in Berlin this evening. On way to Urania kino for public show of CORIOLANUS. Redgrave the main draw.

latest Golden Bear odds : 10/11 NADER & SIMIN, 7/1 TURIN HORSE, 8/1 FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD, 10/1 bar.

TURIN HORSE going over better than expected, though perhaps too “unyielding”/extreme for Bear win (more likely : Best Director)

LOST LAND (Vandeweerd ’11). 6/10, or 16/28. Stark, ponderously slow b/w dispatches from under-reported Sahara conflict

A SERIES OF THOUGHTS (Emigholz ’11) W/O. 4-part shorts compendium – my first #Berlinale ’11 walkout, for crimes against football.

#Berlinale dispatch, on the two best films I’ve seen here so far: NADER & SIMIN – A SEPARATION and INNOCENT SATURDAY. http://bit.ly/eVCAxQ

after well-received press show, A.Farhadi’s NADER & SIMIN, A SEPARATION goes odds-on for the Golden Bear.

NADER & SIMIN… (Farhadi ’11). 7/10, or 20/28. Strong Iranian film = Golden Bear winner.

Queueing for 9am press show of NADER & SIMIN at Berlinale Palast.about 5 hours ago via

“into the thick of fugues, brawls and dance floor mania.” J.Romney’s INNOCENT SATURDAY near-rave in Screen http://bit.ly/hSDHrr

“get the hell out of Dodge”: L.Felperin’s positive(ish) review of INNOCENT SATURDAY for Variety (paywalled) http://bit.ly/ftfY1L

Berlin: KHODORKOVSKY (Tuschi ’10/’11) 6/10, or 17/28. Non-incendiary but solid doc on jailed oligarch; more biased as it goes on.

CinemaXx once again proving ill suited to very popular screenings…

queueing patiently for KHODORKOVSKY press show. 25min till start, line already snaking down multiplex stairs.

Am I alone in my admiration for INNOCENT SATURDAY? Three reliable critics I know are hostile. Divisive films seldom win prizes

star-spotting : at this morning’s press show, sat in row in front of jury’s. Isabella Rossellini (looking great), Guy Maddin, etc

Golden Bear odds re-adjusted to take account of INNOCENT SATURDAY’s excellence. Race becomes interesting!

My ‘Hollywood Reporter’ review of Sebastian Heidinger’s documentary KABUL DREAM FACTORY. http://bit.ly/dZ7qKr

INNOCENT SATURDAY is for my money a masterpiece; but will the jury agree? Might just give Best Actor to A.Shagin (he’s great.)

My 1st #Berlinale ’11 competition film, INNOCENT SUNDAY : a knockout, hyperkinetic CLOVERFIELD-esque evocation of the day Chernobyl blew.

INNOCENT SATURDAY (Mindadze ’11). 9/10, or 24/28. Surely *the* film of this year’s #Berlinale. More to follow.

animal feed thriller from the lowlands of Belgium… notorious west-Flemish beef manufacturer… Belgian hormone mafia. BULLHEAD

Tried to access EL MOCITO (unpromisingly translated into English as YOUNG BUTLER), failed. Which means it’ll of course be a wow

THE PRIZE shortens to 2nd favourite for Golden Bear, behind long-time clear leader NADER & SIMIN

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (Herzog ’10). 6/10, or 17/28. Nifty 3D, but it’s the Herzog touches that add extra dimensions.

BROWNIAN MOVEMENT (Leopold ’10). 4/10, or 12/28. Fine cinematography and lead perf wasted on sloooow artpic-by-numbers.

KABUL DREAM FACTORY (Heidinger ’11). 6/10, or 15/28. Quietly illuminating docu on pioneering Afghan policewoman/director

At #Berlinale, the film I’ve been most often recommended, and which I haven’t yet heard a bad word about, is VIVA RIVA! http://bit.ly/fBtFEt

FOLLOW ME (Hammel ’10). 4/10, or 11/28. Blend of experimental and narrative elements intrigues, grates, exasperates.

3 days into the #Berlinale : no walkouts, only noteworthy discoveries so far are FAMILIAR GROUND (Can) in Forum, THE EDUCATION (Ger) in PDK.

E-LOVE (Villacèque ’10/’11). 5/10, or 12/28. Some “arty” edges for commercial French rom-com of midlife internet dating.

THE EDUCATION (Lütter ’11). 7/10, or 18/28. Wry little drama clinically skewers corporatised, dehumanising office-life.

LOOKING FOR SIMON (Krüger ’11). 6/10, or 15/28. Missing-person case yields quietly effective character-based drama.

SILVER BULLETS / ART HISTORY (Swanberg ’11) both 4/10 (SB 10/28; AH 11/28) Navelgazingly narcissistic rough-vid double

SWANS (Vieira da Silva ’11) 4/10, or 10/28. Pointlessly protracted sequences make for punishingly overlong gloomfest.

FAMILIAR GROUND (Lafleur ’11) 7/10, or 19/28. Pleasingly dark Quebecois comedy of dysfunc family.http://bit.ly/i7qjWj

Ambitious plan to catch 9am competition pic SLEEPING SICKNESS at #Berlinale tomorrow banjaxed by 1hr+ delay getting home on S-Bahn tonight.

today’s positive reactions to THE PRIZE results in odds cut for Golden Bear. Drifting: M.CALL, T.HORSE.

FREE HANDS (Sy ’10) 3/10, or 7/28. Overambitious prison-set romance stymied by tricksy film-within-film(…) structure

Highlights of #Berlinale so far: (1) Québécois small-pleasure FAMILIAR GROUND, (2) using a plunger to fix my host’s long-blocked washbasin

Friend is interviewing Hailee Steinfeld at #Berlinale later today. Have asked/dared the pal to mention my £50 on H.S. to win Oscar (at 9/2.)


NB: corrected ratings (/28): Silver Bullets 10, Art History 11, Follow Me 11 (originally tweeted as 11, 12 and 12).
One Minute of Darkness original rating 21, later upgraded to 22.

My favorite show that I worked with them…. thats tough! It was probably in Germany. It was SLAPSHOT, BLOOD FOR BLOOD and the BLUE BLOODS at SO36 in Berlin. Just being in Berlin was pretty awesome… then the fact that it was at such a famous club was cool and the show overall was just awesome. I think that was the only show of the tour that I stage dove (during BFB) because I was so into it!
– – – – – – – – – – ‘XHonusWagnerX’, 2007.

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