Halftime, my friends! The first half of the festival is over, now hurry! You didn´t watch enough movies? Go for it, because there are only 5 days left!
“We´re all weirdos, that´s what makes us beautiful” is a quote from the film “Weirdos” from Bruce McDonald which you can watch over the next three days at the Berlinale. ´Cause Bruce McDonald himself is a weirdo of the best sort. Weirdos are something beautiful, this is what we found out at the Interview yesterday and which you can be convinced yourself by his new film. McDonald started his career with 8mm Zombies films, that he shot during high school. Over the years he made himself a name in the independent film scene far beyond the borders of Canada. His films are often about people on a road trip, where self-discovery and Rock´n Roll are the ingredients his films are made of. And of course, there are people who are weird sometimes but always lovable. Like in “Weirdos”: two 15-year old teenagers run away to hitchhike through the countryside. Kit wants to go to his mother and live with her, because he is hoping for a better life. Why everything turns out completely different and which role Andy Warhol plays in that film you have to find out yourself! It´s worth it! Have fun!
Continue reading Day 6: “we´re all weirdos, that´s what makes us beautiful!”
As you all know, there is never enough place for fantastic women on this planet! I mean, there is plenty, but unfortunately, these women are not always met with the best circumstances!
That is also the case in the new feature film by director Sebastián Lelio, whose film “Gloria” was screening at the Berlinale in 2013 and which won a Silver Bear for the performance of the wonderful actress Paulina García.
The film “Una mujer fantastica” is about a trans*gender woman Marina, who doesn´t want to do anything else but mourn, after her boyfriend suddenly dies. But the family of the dead man and the society doesn’t let her do that. It is an outstanding film about the fight of a trans*gender woman for her right to mourn, but also a film about a woman who just lost her man, and tries to get her feets back on the ground. Just a fantastic and a strong woman! But see for yourself!
Continue reading Day 5: fantastic women
Two short films today are dealing with upcoming feelings of young girls for other young girls, which are leading to big confusions…
In the swedish short “Min Homosyster”,Cleo is spending warm sunny days with her sister and her “cool” girlfriend Gabbi. She is thinking about who she is on love with and why she´s always so nervous when her friend Sadira calls.
“La prima sueca” tells the story of Cata, who is waiting for her 15th birthday to come. Her cousin Klara, who is visiting, seems to be quite strange to her. Why doesn´t she like to wear skirts and what´s with that sort hair cut? The initialy mistrust seems to fade and maybe Cata doesn´t think of Klara that bad after all.
These two short films who are running in the section “Generation” gently observe the coming of age of young women and the accompanying irritations they have to deal with. Where and when, you´ll find below yeat again ;) Continue reading Day 4: short films and girls in love
To establish a theme-block at the second day of Berlinale, I want to introduce to you two films who are about people and places in Mexico.
First we have a film called “Casa Roshell”. A film about an event location in Mexico City, where everyone can be who they like to be. A kind of utopian space for people, who usually don´t have the possibility to express freely their sexuality.
The second film is a documentary about the singer Chavela Vargas, who lived all her life openly gay. The women with the impressive voice had her career highlights in the 60´s and 90´s and turned women´s heads everywhere she went. A beautiful portrait about a far more beautiful and interesting woman. For more informations please look below! Have a nice day you all! Continue reading Day 2: Mexico!
Ladies & Gentleman, please let me introduce to you our host for the Award Ceremony: Jack Woodhead!
How beautiful that there is a place for dazzling personalities on this world: once he hits the keys you´ll immidiately recognize that he is a classical trained pianist. Jack Woodhead embodies all other facets of his sparkling personality in no less convincing fashion. No one wears Haute Couture this casual, thinks that fast, trippy, original and makes a charming host like he does. Jack Woodhead is an allround performer who you can´t resist.