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Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)

Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)

Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the Berlinale has the largest public attendance of any annual film festival in the world, selling hundreds of thousands of tickets. The Golden Bear is the top award at the Berlinale, and was awarded in the early years to such films as The Wages of Fear, Wild Strawberries, 12 Angry Men, and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. The festival now has seven sections including Panorama, Forum, Generation and Retrospective in addition to the main competition.

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Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • Pushing Hands

    Having just moved from Beijing, elderly tai chi master Mr. Chu (Sihung Lung) struggles to adjust to life in New York, living with his Americanized son Alex (Ye-tong Wang). Chu immediately butts heads with his put-upon white daughter-in-law, Martha (Deb Snyder), a writer who seems to blame him for...

  • Servants

    In Czechoslovakia, 1980, the totalitarian Communist regime demands allegiance from all its subjects, including the clergy. Servants follows Michal and Juraj, two conflicted novitiates whose seminary is under increasing pressure by the Party to mold its students into satisfactory citizens. With th...

  • Natural Light

    In the occupied Soviet Union during World War II, István Semetka (Ferenc Szabó) is a simple Hungarian farmer who serves as a corporal in a special unit scouting for partisan resistance groups. On their way to a remote village, his company falls under enemy fire and the commanding officer is kille...

  • Holy Beasts

    Aging punk diva Vera V. (Geraldine Chaplin) arrives in Santo Domingo to direct a musical as a cinematic tribute to her mentor, the late filmmaker Jean-Louis Jorge. Welcoming her are two old friends, the producer Victor (Jaime Pina) and cinematographer Martin (Luis Ospina), with whom Vera spent th...

  • Rara

    Since their parents split up, Sara and her younger sister live with their mother, whose new partner is a woman. Everyday life for the four of them is very similar to any other family. While the situation is perfectly fine with Sara, not everyone sees it the same way. Her father, in particular, ha...

  • When the Trees Fall

    Five-year-old Vitka and her teenage cousin Larysa both yearn for a life beyond the archaic rules and restricting confines of their small, godforsaken Ukrainian village. Despite her family's staunch objections, Larysa falls wildly in love with Scar, a handsome ex-convict. Hoping to leave their tro...

  • The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea

    In a small eel-farming town in western Greece, the solitary lives of two women unexpectedly intersect. Ten years after a botched anti-terrorism raid resulted in her relocation from Athens, Elisabeth is now the local chief of police and a heavy alcoholic. Rita is a quiet and mysterious eel-hatcher...

  • Hellhole

    Three starkly different people deal with the aftermath of the May 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels. A Flemish doctor, whose son is a fighter jet pilot on a mission in the Middle East, is forced to confront his loneliness. A young man from Algerian descent is asked by his brother to do him a dec...

  • Oeconomia

    We live in a world where our economic system has made itself invisible and eludes understanding. In recent years, we often have had little more than a diffuse and unsatisfactory feeling that something is going wrong. But what? The episodically-structured feature-length documentary OECONOMIA expla...

  • The Day After I'm Gone

    Yoram (Menashe Noy), a 50-year-old veterinarian living in Tel Aviv is forced to re-examine his relationship with his adolescent daughter Roni (Zohar Meidan) after she wishes to end her life. He decides to take her on a journey to visit her mother’s family, a process of self and mutual discovery i...

  • The Last City

    An archeologist and a weapons designer – who, in a prior life, knew each other as a filmmaker and a psychoanalyst – meet at an archeological excavation site in the Negev Desert and begin discussing love and war; a conversation they continue in the Israeli city of Be’er Sheva. The film then procee...

  • Streetscapes [Dialogue]

    There are streets, paths, motorways, alleys, boulevards, and promenades. And there are life paths, intersections, and dead ends. Two men sit on the shady, raised platform of a brick building somewhere in Montevideo. They are submerged in a conversational marathon that never ceases. The younger of...

  • Two Irenes

    Irene is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in the Brazilian drylands region. She comes from an affluent family, but relates to her maid more than to her sisters. One day, she finds out that her father has another daughter, and that girl is also thirteen and named Irene. Without anyone knowing, s...

  • A Balance

    Investigative filmmaker Yuko (Kumi Takiuchi) is putting together a piece about the bereaved families connected with a bullied schoolgirlʼs suicide. Determined to shed light on the truth, Yukoʼs uncompromising nature brings her in conflict with the conservative-minded management at her television ...

  • While the Women Are Sleeping

    While vacationing with his wife at a seaside resort, Kenji, a struggling writer (Hidetoshi Nishijima, Drive My Car), becomes fascinated with a mysterious couple he notices by the pool. Later, from outside their hotel room window, he witnesses the older man (Takeshi Kitano) methodically filming th...

  • Walchensee Forever

    Matters of identity, origin and self-fulfillment are explored in WALCHENSEE FOREVER, a cinematic voyage of discovery spanning four generations of women over a century. Uncovering hidden secrets and her role in the ancestral chain, filmmaker Janna Ji Wonders takes viewers from the family café at t...

  • My Little Sister

    Once a brilliant playwright, Lisa (Nina Hoss) no longer writes. She lives in Switzerland with her family, but her heart remains in Berlin, where her twin brother, Sven (Lars Eidinger), is battling an aggressive type of leukemia. He is a famous theater actor, and Lisa tries moving heaven and earth...

  • All of a Sudden

    After the party in his apartment breaks up, Karsten (Sebastian Hülke) admiringly approaches Anna, the mysterious young woman who remains. How could he have known that, in this moment of weakness, his life would spiral out of control? Now Anna is dead, and his conduct is under suspicion. Inside th...

  • Amador

    Premiering at the Berlin Film Festival and "blend[ing] black comedy, lyricism & social critique," (Variety), AMADOR stars Goya Award winner Celso Bugallo (Oscar-winner THE SEA INSIDE) as a bed-ridden elderly man whose family is away. Marcela, a young immigrant with financial troubles, finds a su...

  • Carol's Journey

    Carol, a 12-year-old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Spanish Civil War. Her father has joined the left-wing International Brigade as a pilot, fighting Franco's fascist regime, and Carol and her mother are able to pa...

  • In Syria

    Trapped in a city under siege, mother of three Oum Yazan (Hiam Abbass) struggles to keep her family and neighbors safe by converting her Damascus apartment into a barricaded shelter. But with war raging outside and snipers preventing any means of escape, their situation grows even more dire when ...

  • Karen Cries on the Bus

    Karen has left her slimy but successful husband Mario after ten years of marriage. She needs a fresh start to find out who she is and who she could be, despite her husband's proclamation that she can do absolutely nothing. She walks out into Bogotá with no job, no friends, and hardly any money, b...

  • The Dark Valley

    A mysterious stranger arrives in a snow capped Austrian mountain village claiming to be a traveling photographer from America, yet is in fact an embittered gunfighter on a mission of vengeance.

    DIRECTED BY ANDREAS PROCHASKA
    AUSTRIA AND GERMANY / 2014 / ENGLISH
    STARRING SAM RILEY

  • The Dynamiter

    All fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick ever wanted was a family. But as another Mississippi summer begins, his troubled mother has run off again, and he’s left to burn the days caring for his half brother, Fess. As days and nights pass without her return, and social services begin looming over the...