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    Deutschland ‘09 – 13 short films about the state of the nation

    Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

    One of the highly anticipated films in the main section of the Berlinale was the German Anthology Collection Deutschland ‘09 – 13 kurze Filme zur Lage der Nation (Germany ‘09 – 13 Short Films about the State of the Nation) (Germany, 2009). Initiated and produced by Tom Tykwer and Dirk Wilutzky’s production company Herbstfilm, the [...]

    Kai Wessel’s Hilde

    Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

    Hildegard Knef – German actress, singer and writer – was an icon of postwar Germany. Born in 1925, she studied acting at the UFA film studios during the Second World War, became a theater and film actress, then a celebrated Broadway star, chansonnier, and later on in life a best selling author. Kai Wessel’s feature [...]

    59th Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale 2009

    Sunday, March 29th, 2009

    Asked whether the Berlinale has fostered an image as a “political” film festival, Christoph Schlingensief, the German jury member at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival (5-15 February 2009), blurted out: “A competition entry here scarcely stands a chance otherwise.” Schlingensief, a highly motivated political filmmaker in his own right, hit the nail right on [...]

    40th Hungarian Film Week – Budapest 2009

    Sunday, March 29th, 2009

    Hardly a coincidence – just days before the opening of the 40th Hungarian Film Week in Budapest (27 January to 3 February 2009), the Hungarian Parliament voted to amend its film law and bring it in line with European Union regulations. Previously, the Hungarian film law had offered hefty tax rebates to international film productions. [...]