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    Timishort #3

    Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

    The tickets had already been booked to attend the 10th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), which opens in Cluj this coming Friday (June 3) with Francois Ozon’s comedy Potiche, when an invitation came to be a member on the International Jury of the Timishort Film Festival (May 4-8) in the Romanian city [...]

    Stopped on Track by Andreas Dresen – Cannes 64 Un Certain Regard Prize Winner

    Monday, May 30th, 2011

    Note to oneselves in the face of death: When there is no father in heaven, is family the lender of last resort? Scene from “Stopped on Track” with Steffi Kühnert (Simone), Milan Peschel (Frank), Talisa Lilli Lemke (daughter) and Mika Nilson Seidel (son). Courtesy Festival de Cannes

    The heavyweight Festival de Cannes is not the natural [...]

    Berlinale 61 by Dorothea Holloway

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011

    See also for German version of this post.
    An opening with political gravitas. Before he introduced the International Jury, Dieter Kosslick brought an empty chair on to the stage with a sign bearing the name of Jafar Panahi. The Iranian filmmaker, whose Offside was shown at the Berlinale in 2006 when it was awarded a Silver [...]

    Wim Wenders on his 3D homage to Pina Bausch

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011

    This year’s Berlinale presented the world premiere of Wim Wenders’ new film Pina in an Out-of-Competition screening. KINO – German Film spoke with the director about making Pina.
    What were the greatest challenges for you working in 3D?
    Wim Wenders: The thing was: nobody could really tell me much about it. The few people who worked with [...]

    Tevfik Baser turns 60

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011

    Turkish-German filmmaker Tevfik Baser celebrated his 60th birthday at the beginning of this year. Here is a review by Ron Holloway of Baser’s second feature film Abschied von falschen Paradies (Farewell from a False Paradise) which first appeared in KINO – German Film 33 from 1989.
    A moving performance by Turkish actress Zuhal Olcay as Elif [...]

    Karl-Heinz Lotz turns 65

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011

    At the 8th Max Ophüls Prize Festival in 1987, the Interfilm Jury under president Dorothea Moritz awarded its prize to Karl-Heinz Lotz’s Young People In The City. Ron Holloway reviewed the film in KINO 24/25 (1986/87).
    Winner of the Interfilm Jury award at the Max-Ophüls-Prize festival in Saarbrücken (together with a Purse Award of DM 10,000 [...]

    Wolfgang Petersen turns 70

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011

    As a way of marking Wolfgang Petersen’s 70th birthday this spring, KINO – German Film offers extracts of an interview Ron Holloway conducted with the Emden-born director in spring 1984 to discuss the making of The Neverending Story.
    Sitting with Petersen in a suite of West Berlin’s Hotel Kempinski, Ron described him as the “German director approaching [...]

    Roundup of April Festivals – from Nyon to Berlin

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011

    Visions du Réel, Nyon (CH)
    With the new artistic director Luciano Barisone at the helm this year, Nyon’s Visions du Réel documentary film festival (April 7-13) had a greater clarity with three international competitions for feature documentaries, medium-length and short films. German films were among the prize-winners including Sebastian Mez’s Ein Brief aus Deutschland which presents [...]