Shine Your Eyes. “The idea to reinvent oneself, to shed one’s skin and start anew, has always been a luring fantasy, which I carried with me and that heavily motivated me to write this film.” Matias Mariani’s feature film premiered in the Panorama section at Berlinale 2020.
The documentary Vom Umgang mit Wellen is a film about surfing – but not in the typical sense. Action, best performances and trophies are far in the background. It’s not about who can surf best or who rides the biggest wave in Nazaré.
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles – Surrealism, Spain and the early days of filmmaking. The animated movie by the Spanish director Salvador Simó is a touching work about goals, friendship, the inner and outer struggles of the famous director Luis Buñuel and about a fascinating episode of film history.
Trapped 2 – mysterious deaths, rage bourgeoisie and right-wing extremism do not stop at the idyllic landscape of the island in the far north. In the new episodes of the success series from Iceland, Detective Andri has to investigate an attack. The Icelandic thriller series comes with colliding contrasts.
White Waves – a shocking documentary. Waste, sewage, industrial products and chemicals – everything ends up in the sea. This often happens without the public hearing or reading about it. But there are some people who experience this kind of pollution recurrently. Surfers.
Drawn in the style of a graphic novel: Another Day of Life is a documentary film about the world-famous journalist Ryszard Kapuściński and his time in Angola. In the African country, the reporter from Poland, during the mid-1970s, experiences the brutal reality of war.
Berlinale 2019 – Seven films by female directors compete at the 69th Berlin Film Festival. Not a bad result on the way to 50/50. Strong female characters are set in focus of many contributions to the important German film festival. But it could also be the Horse Film Festival. Rarely have there been so many films showing horses like this year.
The Art of Museums: Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin is in the focus of the innovative art tv series on the Frenche/German cultural channel Arte. The very modern documentary series presents eight important museums from eight different countries and the art works of their collections. The fascinating museums and the collected artworks are discovered and explained by artists, art professionals and art lovers such as Vivienne Westwood, Sasha Waltz, Wolfgang Joop and Karl Ove Knausgård.
The Salt of the Earth. Complex, multilayered documentary about the life and work of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. Wim Wenders portrays a man who loves people, a photographer who expresses the beauty and cruelty of humanity in the black and white depths of his images.
Woman at War. After his first feature film Of Horses and Men, Icelandic filmmaker Benedikt Erlingsson brings to the theatres a humorous environmental thriller with an artemid environmental warrior as the title heroine. In Woman at War Halla declares war on the aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic highlands.
The movie’s title is reminiscent of a sad song by the Beach Boys, “In My Room”… “Now it’s dark and I’m alone, but I won’t be afraid, in my room…”. The film of the same name describes an apocalyptic scenario in which Armin seems to be the last human being. When he wakes up one morning, it is dead silent. The world seems to be the same as the day before, but humanity has disappeared.
The Adventures of Selika tells the story of a young African woman who was expelled by war and raised by a noble family in France in the middle of the 19th century. The film is the successor of the director of the award-winning short film “The Equestrian” with the dressage rider Carl Hester.
Planet Earth II – a nature documentary as exciting as a thriller. The BBC production often takes the viewer’s breath away: hard fighting animal protagonists trying to secure their own existence and that of their offspring. Scenes of the everyday struggle for survival of animals in extreme biospheres alternate with brilliant shots that reveal animals and their habitats in full beauty.
The Peaky Blinders – racehorses, mobsters and shades of dark grey. In the Peaky Blinders TV series, the tweed caps are spiked with sharp objects to punch cuts and scratches into the opponents’ faces. The brilliant BBC series depicts life on the streets of Birmingham in the aftermath of the First World War.