BERLIN LX : Im Palast of Swords Reversed [updated Thu.4.March]

The reversed 10 of Swords indicates that you may finally have reached a clear and balanced perspective about your life and its immediate circumstances. Take one step at a time, and trust yourself.
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Stepping out of the shadows : roundup for Tribune magazine
Steppes to suspense : guest-reviewer Bill Lawrence on Kazakh thriller Strayed
Paddling in the webstream : “live” coverage of Saturday night’s awards ceremony broadcast, as it happened.

for The Auteurs Notebook
… Sat 20. Six of Swords (prizes speculation)
… Thu 18. Five of Swords (In the Shadows.)
… Tue 16. Four of Swords (Congo in Four Acts, etc)
… Mon 15. Three of Swords (Red Hill.)
… Sun 14. Two of Swords (The Wolf’s Mouth, etc)
… Fri 12. Ace of Swords (Tulare Road, Kanikosen, etc)

….. SHADOW MAN : interview with Thomas Arslan (writer-director, In the Shadows)
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for The Hollywood Reporter    
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15. JOURNEY’S END aka LA BELLE VISITE    
   “Small-scale French-Canadian documentary about old age yields quiet rewards.”
14. ROCK HUDSON – DARK AND HANDSOME STRANGER    
    “By the numbers at best, this sloppy bio-doc on a fascinating Hollywood legend is a frustratingly missed opportunity.”
13. EASTERN DRIFT
     “Continent-hopping noir-inflected thriller is an odd, intermittently successful mix of art-house and multiplex elements.”
12. WHISKEY WITH VODKA
     “Mayhem on a movie set drives a bittersweet, drolly amusing German comedy.”
11. BIBLIOTHEQUE PASCAL   
     “The rancid fruit of a horribly overactive imagination.”
10. PORTRAIT OF THE FIGHTER AS A YOUNG MAN
     “Insufferably protracted fictionalization of a fascinating period in post-war European history.”
9. MY WORDS, MY LIES – MY LOVE
     “Passable romantic-comedy satire of the publishing biz is elevated by its leads’ star quality.”
8. CONGO IN FOUR ACTS
     “Quartet of shorts on problems severely afflicting an impoverished African nation is a hard-hitting, eye-opening exposé.”
7. BLACK BUS
     “Lukewarm documentary on the incendiary subject of women’s rights in ultra-Orthodox Israeli communities.”
6. STILL ALIVE IN GAZA
     “Episodic portrait of war-torn lives in today’s Gaza is a solid behind-the-headlines documentary.”
5. WHAT MORE DO I WANT?
     “Exhaustive chronicle of infidelity, Italian-style, that brings little new to the table.”
4. THE WOLF’S MOUTH
     “Absorbingly exquisite miniature introduces a bold new voice in Italian cinema.”
3. SUBMARINO
     “Self-consciously downbeat and somber journey into hopelessly damaged lives proves a tough, unrewarding slog.”
2. GRAVITY
     “Ambitious blend of psychological drama and comedy thriller misses more targets than it hits.”
1. IMANI
     “Three uninvolving tales of life in present-day Uganda unfold in parallel with underwhelming results.”

chronological

Wed Feb 10
  Tulare Road
: ****/5 = 11/13 : USA 2010 : James Benning : 18m : Akademie der Kunst (three-projection installation) : Forum Expanded : public (free)

Thu Feb 11
  IMANI : 4/10 = 11/28 : Uganda/Sweden 2010 : Caroline Kamyi : 82m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press)
  KANIKOSEN : 6/10 = 17/28 : Japan 2009 : ‘Sabu’ : 109m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press)
  THE COUNTING OF THE DAMAGES : walkout : El recuento de los daños : Argentina 2010 : Inés de Oliveira Cézar : 80m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press)
  EASTERN DRIFT : 6/10 = 15/28 : Indigène d’Eurasie : Lithuania/France/Russia 2010 : Å arūnas Bartas : 111m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press)

Fri Feb 12
  GRAVITY : 6/10 = 15/28 : Schwerkraft : Germany 2009 : Maximilian Erlenwein : 103m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press)
  BEAUTIFUL DARLING – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CANDY DARLING, ANDY WARHOL SUPERSTAR : 6/10 = 15/28 : USA 2009 : James Rasin : 85m : Cinestar : Forum (press)
  PORTRAIT OF THE FIGHTER AS A YOUNG MAN : 3/10 = 6/28 : Portretul luptătorului la tinereţe : Romania 2010 : Constantin Popescu : 162m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press)

Sat Feb 13
  BLACK BUS : 4/10 = 11/28 : Soreret : Israel 2009 : Anat Yuta Zuria : 76m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press) 
  SUBMARINO : 4/10 = 11/28 : Denmark 2010 : Thomas Vinterberg : 111m : Cinemaxx : Competition (press)

Sun Feb 14
  THE WOLF’S MOUTH : 8/10 = 23/28 : La bocca del lupo aka The Mouth of the Wolf : Italy 2009 : Pietro Marcello : 70m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press)
  RED HILL : 7/10 = 19/28 : Australia 2010 : Patrick Hughes : 95m : Cinestar : Panorama (press)
  DOUBLE TIDE : 6/10 = 17/28 : USA 2009 : Sharon Lockhart : 90m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press)
  WHAT MORE DO I WANT? : 5/10 = 13/28 : Cosa voglio di piu? : Italy/Switzerland 2010 : Silvio Soldini : 130m : Cinemaxx : Berlinale Special (press)

Mon Feb 15
  STILL ALIVE IN GAZA : 6/10 = 17/28 : Aisheen : Switzerland/Qatar 2010 : Nicolas Wadimoff : 88m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press)
  THE ASCENT : 6/10 = 16/28 : Woschoshdenie : USSR 1977 : Larissa Shepitko : Cinemaxx : Retrospective (public – complimentary ticket)
  BIBLIOTHEQUE PASCAL : 1/10 = 2/28 : Hungary/Germany 2010 : Szabolcs Hajdu : 110m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press)
  REFORMING THE PAST : 6/10 = 16/28 : USA 2010 : James Benning : 55m : Arsenal : Forum Expanded (public – complimentary ticket)

Tue Feb 16
  CONGO IN FOUR ACTS : 7/10 = 18/28 : DRCongo / South Africa 2010 : Dieudo Hamadi, Divita Wa Lusala, Patrick Ken Kalala, Kiripi Katembo Siku : 72m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press)
  MY WORDS, MY LIES – MY LOVE : 6/10 = 15/28 : Lila Lila : Germany/Switzerland 2009 : Alain Gsponer : 107m : Cinemaxx : German Cinema (press/industry)
  IN THE SHADOWS : 8/10 = 22/28 : Im Schatten : Germany 2010 : Thomas Arslan : 85m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press)

Wed Feb 17
  CROSSING THE MOUNTAIN : {walkout} : Fan shan : China 2010 : Yang Rui : 98m : Cinemaxx : Forum (press)
  Covered : */5 = 2/13 : Canada 2010 : John Greyson : 14m : Cinestar : Panorama (public)
  108 : 5?/10 = 13?/28 {walkout} : Cuchillo de palo : Spain 2010 : Renate Costa : 93m : Cinestar : Panorama (public/press – complimentary ticket)

Thu Feb 18
  WHISKY WITH VODKA : 6/10 = 16/28 : Whisky mit Wodka (aka Whiskey with Vodka) : Germany 2009 (copyright-dated 2008) : Andreas Dresen : 104m : Cinemaxx : Perspektive Deutches Kino (press/industry)
  PORTRAITS OF GERMAN ALCOHOLICS : 6?/10 = 16?/28 {walkout} : Portraits deutscher Alkoholiker : Germany 2009 : Carolin Schmitz : 78m : Cinemaxx : Perspektive Deutsches Kino (public – complimentary ticket)
  JOURNEY’S END aka LA BELLE VISITE : 6/10 = 16/28 : Canada 2009 : Jean-Francois Caissy : 79m : Arsenal : Forum (public – complimentary ticket) 
  66/67 – ONE FAMILY IS ENOUGH : 5?/10 = 12?/28 {walkout} : 66/67 – Fairplay war gestern : Germany 2009 : Carsten Ludwig & Jan-Christoph Glaser : 118m : Cinemaxx : German Cinema (public – complimentary ticket)
  ROCK HUDSON – DARK AND HANDSOME STRANGER : 4/10 = 9/28 : aka Rock Hudson – Schöner fremder Mann : Germany 2010 : Andrew Davies & André Schäfer : 96m : Panorama (press/public)


Ranking (feature-length)
23 The Wolf’s Mouth. 8/10
22 In the Shadows. 8/10

19 Red Hill. 7/10
18 Congo In Four Acts. 7/10

17 Double Tide. 6/10
17 Kanikosen. 6/10
17 Still Alive In Gaza. 6/10
16 The Ascent (1977). 6/10
16 Journey’s End aka La Belle visite. 6/10
16 Reforming the Past. 6/10 (mid-length)
16 Whisky With Vodka. 6/10
15 Beautiful Darling. 6/10
15 Eastern Drift. 6/10
15 Gravity. 6/10
15? Portraits of German Alcoholics. 6?/10

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Getaways
11th Apart Together
12th Howl
13th Our Fantastic 21st Century. La Notte.
14th –
15th –
16th The Man Beyond the Bridge. Little Big Soldier. Just Another Love Story. Postcard To Daddy. The Legend of the Suram Fortress.
17th Kyoto Story. Broder!. Haze. Dumas. Signs of Life.
18th On the Path. To Live.Word of mouth
Competition : Mammuth. The Robber. How I Ended This Summer. If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle. Caterpillar. The Killer Inside Me. Exit Through the Gift Shop (out of competition).
Competition (shorts) : Incident By a Bank. Out in that Deep Blue Sea.
Berlinale Special : The Illusionist. World On A Wire (1973/2010).
Panorama : Kawasaki’s Rose. Loose Cannons. Parade. Blank City. Waste Land.
Generation : Alamar. La Pivellina. Yuki & Nina. Gentlemen Broncos. Neukolln Unlimited. The Well. Sebbe.
Forum : Antonio Das Mortes (1969/2010). The Drifter. In the Face of Crime. Sawako Decides. Nenette. The Oath. Orly. Putty Hill. Sona, the Other Myself. Day of the Sparrow. Crab Trap. Winter’s Bone.

The Kosslick Era

2002 (jury-president Mira Nair)
Golden Bear : Bloody Sunday (Greengrass, UK) & Spirited Away (Miyazaki, Jpn)
Grand Prix : Grill Point (Dresen, Ger)

2003 (Atom Egoyan)
GB : In This World (Winterbottom, UK)
GP : Adaptation. (Jonze, USA)

2004 (Frances McDormand)
GB : Head-On (Akin, Ger)
GP : Lost Embrace (Burman, Arg)

2005 (Roland Emmerich)
GB : U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha (Dornford-May, SA)
GP : Peacock (Gu, Chi)

2006 (Charlotte Rampling)
GB : Grbavica (Zbanic, Bos)
GP : A Soap (Christensen, Den) & Offside (Panahi, Iran)

2007 (Paul Schrader)
GB : Tuya’s Wedding (Wang, Chi)
GP : The Other (Rotter, Arg)

2008 (Costa-Gavras)
GB : Elite Squad (Padilha, Brz)
GP : Standard Operating Procedure (Morris, USA)

2009 (Swinton)
GB : The Milk of Sorrow (Llosa, Peru)
GP : Everyone Else (Ade, Ger) & Gigante (Biniez, Uru)

2010 (Herzog)
GB : Honey (Kaplanoglu, Tur)
GP : If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (Serban, Rom)

meanwhile

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