The 67th Berlinale is starting next week already and with a programme of over a thousand public screenings only the lecture of the programme itself can be an ambitious effort. To make things easier, here comes a very short TOP 3 of my personal highlights this year.
1) COMPETITION: „On the Beach at Night Alone“ by Hong Sangsoo
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Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo is competing for the Golden Bear at this year’s festival with his newest piece „On the Beach at Night Alone“.
After his big success „Right Now, Wrong Then“, which won the Golden Leopard at Locarno, he is questioning once more the meaning of love in our lives and yet the answers to this question always appear to just slip from our grasp.
2) COMPETITION: „A Fantastic Woman“ by Sebastián Lelio
© 2017 by: Sebastián Lelio / Daniela Vega
The Chilean-German drama about a transgender woman is Sebastián Lelio’s newest film and one of the most promising contenders for this year’s Golden Bear.
With a star-studded cast and a suspenseful storyline the premiere at Berlinale will be much sighed for.
3) PANORAMA: „I Am Not Your Negro“ by Raoul Peck
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Filmmaker Raoul Peck’s „I Am Not Your Negro“ turns the last thirty unpublished pages of renowed US writer James Baldwin’s text „Remember this House“ into a a powerful film collage about the reality of the lives of African Americans – lives that are still largely ignored by America’s mainstream.
Samuel L Jackson’s voice lends Baldwin’s poetic, meditative language suitable expression.
(text excerpt of Berlinale programme)