'Everyone Is Suffering': Crisis Plays Leading Role in Greek Films

'Everyone Is Suffering': Crisis Plays Leading Role in Greek Films

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2013

Times are tough in Greece, and three films from the country that premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival this week reflect that difficult reality. Dark, surreal and frightening by turns, they zoom in on a society under massive pressure. By Kristen Allen more... Comment ]

The Iron Closet: Documentary Explores Gay Life in East Germany

The Iron Closet: Documentary Explores Gay Life in East Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2013

East Germany decriminalized homosexuality early on, a move that was touted as an example of its progressivism. But a documentary that premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival this week shows the regime was still deeply homophobic. By James Kirchick more... Comment ]

'Act of Resistance': Making an Independent Film in Egypt

'Act of Resistance': Making an Independent Film in Egypt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2013

This year's Berlinale line-up features just one film from Egypt, a country in turmoil where independent filmmakers face major challenges. But director Hala Lotfy has not only succeeeded, she is also helping other artists do the same. By Kristen Allen more... Comment ]

'The Act of Killing': Re-Staging War Crimes with Indonesian Gangsters

'The Act of Killing': Re-Staging War Crimes with Indonesian Gangsters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 12, 2013

A documentary at the Berlinale that portrays aging Indonesian war criminals reenacting their crimes is being praised as surreal and frightening. Director Joshua Oppenheimer says the film may also answer questions about how war criminals excuse their actions. By Cathrin Schaer more... Comment ]

Berlinale 2013: Film Fest Spotlights Women and Eastern Europe

Berlinale 2013: Film Fest Spotlights Women and Eastern Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 06, 2013

The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday with a martial arts epic from Hong Kong. The festival's director says this year's selection pays particularly close attention to women, indigenous peoples and life in Eastern Europe. more... Comment ]

Red Obsessions: Film Business Moves from Hollywood to Asia

Red Obsessions: Film Business Moves from Hollywood to Asia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 06, 2013

The movie industry is increasingly shifting toward Asia, especially China, striking fear in the hearts of Hollywood studio executives. The two cultures are about to clash at the Berlin International Film Festival, which opens with the Chinese epic film "The Grandmaster" by Wong Kar-wai. By Lars-Olav Beier more... Comment ]

Reporting on Revolution: Movie Examines Journalists' Battle to Report Egypt's Uprising

Reporting on Revolution: Movie Examines Journalists' Battle to Report Egypt's Uprising

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2012

The documentary "Reporting... A Revolution" tells the story of six intrepid Egyptian journalists who watched in horror from their Cairo hotel as security forces attacked protesters near Tahrir Square during last year's revolution. The film, which screened at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, delves into how reporters react when their home city turns into a war zone. By Jess Smee more... Video ]

Hit Serbian Comedy at the Berlinale: 'I Made a Film for Homophobes'

Hit Serbian Comedy at the Berlinale: 'I Made a Film for Homophobes'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2012

The Serbian comedy "Parada," about a couple that want to organize a gay pride parade in Belgrade, was a surprise hit in the Balkans. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke to director Srdjan Dragojevic about the challenges involved in making a film about gays for a largely homophobic audience. more... Comment ]

Berlinale Behind Bars: Werner Herzog Looks for the Human Side of Death Row

Berlinale Behind Bars: Werner Herzog Looks for the Human Side of Death Row

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2012

Their crimes are monstrous. But renowned German filmmaker Werner Herzog seeks to show that death row inmates in the US are not monsters. His new series of documentaries, showing at the Berlin International Film Festival this week, provides a different look at those up for execution. By Miriam Widman more...

Film Festival Shocker: Movie About Nazis in Space Gets Laughs in Berlin

Film Festival Shocker: Movie About Nazis in Space Gets Laughs in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2012

It's 2018, and an American space mission discovers that there's a huge colony of Nazis on the dark side of the moon, living in a swastika-shaped castle and bent on invading Earth. The comedy 'Iron Sky' has proved a surprise hit at the Berlin Film Festival. Part of the funding comes from German taxpayers. more...