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    BERLINALE 2011 — Golden Bear goes to Iran for first time, German films among the winners

    Monday, February 21st, 2011

    The Berlinale’s Golden Bear went this year for the first time in the festival’s history to Iran with the International Jury’s choice of Asghar Farhadi’s Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin: A Separation). The family drama had been a hot favourite for the top honours from the moment of its international premiere in the […]

    Bernd Eichinger – In Memoriam

    Saturday, February 12th, 2011

    KINO – German Film was saddened to hear the news this week of the sudden and unexpected death of Germany’s leading film producer Bernd Eichinger at the age of 61 during a meal with family and friends in Los Angeles on January 24. Eichinger, who had received the German Film Academy’s Honorary Award in April 2010, […]

    Hanni & Nanni by Christine Hartmann

    Saturday, February 12th, 2011

    The late British children’s author Enid Blyton wrote over 600 children books and sold more than 600 million copies worldwide. Her many works included a series of books about twin sisters and their adventures at the girls boarding school St. Clares. Originally entitled The Twins At St. Clares (1941), the German version of the books […]

    Soul Boy by Hawa Essuman

    Saturday, February 12th, 2011

    Last autumn’s Hamptons International Film Festival presented the US premiere of Ghanian-Kenyan first-time filmmaker Hawa Essuman’s Soul Boy which has been travelling the international festival circuit since the beginning of 2010. In fact, it turns out that the story behind the making of this film is just as interesting as the movie itself.  In 2008, […]

    Interview Marcin Wrona: »A special mission to change things in cinema«

    Saturday, February 12th, 2011

    Polish director Marcin Wrona latest film The Christening – one of Warsaw’s competition films – is the first feature film to be co-produced by the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. Here he talks with Alexandra Buzas about how he developed the project and the current state of Polish cinema. Your movie is based on a real […]

    Music documentaries at Warsaw Film Festival

    Saturday, February 12th, 2011

    The extensive selection of documentaries unspooling at last year’s Warsaw Film Festival included several features devoted to music, be it one specific genre, artist, band or music scene. Most of them, however, steered away from a traditional approach to offer glimpses into music history of the past, present or possible future. The term of “taqwacore” seems like it […]

    On The Edge with Uchitel

    Saturday, February 12th, 2011

    Opening last year’s Warsaw Film Festival, Alexei Uchitel’s new film Kray (The Edge) is an epic story centring on a war hero, brilliantly portrayed by one of the biggest stars of modern Russian cinema Vladimir Mashkov, who comes to a post-war labour camp in Siberia. His passions are trains and speed. The story then receives a […]