Film reviews and more

Day: 10 February 2015

Berlin 2015: ‘Under Electric Clouds’ review

★★★☆☆ Filming for Berlinale competition offering Under Electric Clouds (2015) began in 2011 before director Aleksei German Jr. put the production on hiatus so he could finish his late father’s final film, Hard to Be a […]

Berlin 2015: ‘Jia Zhangke, a Guy from Fenyang’ review

★★★★☆ In 1998, Walter Salles brought Central Station (1998) to the Berlinale and came home with the Golden Bear. It was here that Salles met Jia Zhangke, a then relatively unknown Chinese director premièring his debut […]

Berlin 2015: ‘Body’ review

★★★☆☆ Małgorzata Szumowska has become a regular at the Berlinale. Both Strangers (2004) and Elles (2012) appeared in the festival’s Forum strand while in 2013 she won the Teddy Award for In the Name Of (2013), […]

Berlin 2015: ‘Ben Zaken’ review

★★☆☆☆ Israeli director Efrat Corem’s debut feature Ben Zaken (2014) is set in a cramped apartment in a poor suburb of Ashkelon, a coastal city in the Southern District of Israel. Two adult brothers Leon (Mekikes […]