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.
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.
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 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.
Babylon Berlin – the German TV series provides a glimpse behind the scenes of the Golden Twenties to the audience – an age which, parallel to the world economic crisis, gave birth to the myth of teh so called dance on a volcano. The scenery for the interior shots of the nightclub Moka Efti, with the central dance scenes and stage shows of the television series, is the former silent film theatre Delphi in Berlin-Weissensee.
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 Dark Valley – Alpine western, a feature film with depth. Set in a remote valley in the South Tyrolean mountains at the end of the 19th century, the film Das finstere Tal – The Dark Valley impresses with an exciting story and aesthetic landscape shots of mountain panoramas.