The Berlinale 2015 is over, the seats of the Zoo Palast are empty. | © ZOO Palast / Jan Bittner
Film journalists and bloggers from seven countries have written about the Berlin Berlinale for Goethe.de. With these recommendations, the Berlin bloggers take their leave until the Berlinale in 2016.
Wafaa al Badry
I liked Victoria
from Sebastian Schipper the most. The film gave me the feeling of the actors living the story. It felt like a theater play put into a movie. I also admired Selma
from Ava DuVernay, as the film portraits a very important moment in the progress of humanity.
Jia Zhang Ke, Um Homem de Fenyang
and Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redoux III
are my favourite films of this year. They both deal with time, though in their own manners. The former demonstrates differences and losses between present and past in a nostalgic way, whereas the latter juxtaposes unfinished film footage from 35 years ago and newly shot films in 2013 while digging in the colonial past in a playful and satirical fashion. Both are best examples of what cinema can do about and with time.
Photo: © Private
from Jem Cohen was, for me, Berlinale’s most touching movie. The film shows in a particular and poetic way the director’s point of view of some very inspiring cities – Istanbul, New York, Moscow, among others. Divided in 15 chapters, the film made me feel like a flâneur in those cities. Among the Brazilian films, I would highlight Absence
from Chico Teixeira and Sea of Fire
from Joel Pizzini.
Atsushi Funahashi’s documentary Futaba kara toku hanarete dainibu / Nuclear Nation II
made an indelible impression on me. It deals with the period following the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The film has an enormous power. I find that the documentary genre has an important role to play in our times, because on the one hand documentaries convey the facts about an event, but also can give visibility to many in part contradictory perspectives on an event.
Photo: © Filiz Penzkofer
Pablo López Barbero
I found the Chilean film El Club
very moving. Pablo Larraín narrates a grand drama without judging. I liked how the film depicts the predominance of the church from the perspective of an observer without ever falling into any clichés.
from Sebastian Schipper kept me riveted the most at this Berlinale. It is very impressive that this film, 140 minutes long, manages entirely without cuts. A great closeness to the protagonists arises this way, I was on pins and needles with the characters the whole time. I found the film exciting up to the last minute.
Photo: Louis Volkmann
My absolute favourite was Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria
. The film has everything, a big-city fairy-tale and thriller, love story and crime tale. Wonderfully acted, wonderfully filmed: brilliance and tragedy at the border at night at 12:30 AM. A movie like a righteous high.
It’s not really a “beautiful“ film – but the way Saeed Taji Farouky und Michael McEvoy in Tell Spring Not to Come This Year
have managed to tell about the conflict in Afghanistan from the perspective of the Afghan soldiers impressed me a great deal. A great documentary that explains to viewers a small but important part of this sometimes confusing global puzzle.