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February 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Neil Young has a pessimistic message: Music has lost its power to change the world. The 62-year-old singer brought his new movie, "CSNY Deja Vu," to the Berlin Film Festival on Friday. It was shot during the 2006 Freedom of Speech tour by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Young, who directed the movie under the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, wasn't making any big claims about its effects. "I think that the time when music could change the world is past," he told reporters. "I think it would be very naive to think that in this day and age."
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March 4, 2014 | Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- The Chinese Film “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” which took home the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival last month, has cleared censorship and will arrive in mainland theaters March 21. But the question now hanging over director Diao Yinan's noirish tale is: Will anyone go see it? At a press conference last week unveiling new posters for the film, Diao was peppered with questions from Chinese reporters, asking him whether the festival win would brand the movie as “too artistic” and scare off prospective viewers.
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February 12, 2010
Berlin film fest opens The Berlin film festival opened Thursday with a premiere from Chinese director Wang Quan'an that follows the bittersweet reunion of a couple divided for decades across the Taiwan Strait. "Apart Together" marked Wang's return to Berlin after winning the festival's top Golden Bear award with "Tuya's Marriage" in 2007. It is the first of 20 movies competing for honors at the event's 60th edition -- the first of the year's major European film festivals.
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February 21, 2014 | By Susan King
Romanian new-wave director Calin Peter Netzer ("Medal of Honor") and screenwriter Razvan Radulescu ("The Death of Mr. Lazarescu") were bouncing around ideas for a film about a dysfunctional family when they began talking about their own relationships with their parents. "We discovered we both have some kind of domineering mother," said Netzer over the phone from his home in Bucharest. The result, "Child's Pose," which opens Friday, is an Oedipal tale in the guise of a psychological thriller about a domineering mother and her obsessive love for her now-adult son. BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen "Child's Pose," which won the Golden Bear last year at the Berlin Film Festival and was Romania's Oscar submission for foreign language films, derives its title from the well-known yoga pose.
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February 19, 2011 | By Susan Stone, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As the Berlin International Film Festival kicked off last week, the upheaval in Egypt was on everyone's lips here in the German capital. But it was the bitter aftermath of Iran's 2009 populist uprising that truly infused this year's Berlinale. The festival jury, headed by Italian actress Isabella Rossellini, was to include Iranian director Jafar Panahiwho won the festival's Silver Bear in 2006 for his film "Offside," about a group of women trying to sneak into a forbidden soccer game.
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February 18, 2003 | From Reuters
The British film "In This World," about two Afghan refugees, won the top award at the Berlin Film Festival, while Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman of "The Hours" shared the best actress prize. The 53rd annual Berlinale, one of Europe's top three film festivals, named Sam Rockwell best actor for playing U.S. game show mogul Chuck Barris in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind."
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January 30, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The Berlin Film Festival, one of the most prestigious in the world, will be held next month in both halves of the city for the first time, the official ADN news agency said today. For the past 40 years the festival has been staged in West Berlin. The news agency said theaters on both sides of the crumbling Berlin Wall will be used for competition and exhibition showings during February's 12-day festival.
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January 11, 2008 | From the Associated Press
BERLIN -- New films from Isabel Coixet, Mike Leigh and Johnnie To will compete for the top Golden Bear award at the annual Berlin Film Festival next month, organizers said. Among nine new entries for the festival's main competition are Coixet's "Elegy," based on Philip Roth's novel "The Dying Animal." The movie stars Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson.
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February 10, 2006 | From Reuters
The Berlin Film Festival opened Thursday with a story of love and loss starring Sigourney Weaver as an autistic woman whose daughter dies in a car crash and Alan Rickman as the man who helps her cope. With snow falling on the German capital, the bittersweet British-Canadian co-production "Snow Cake" kicked off the 56th annual "Berlinale," regarded as one of the top three European festivals alongside Cannes and Venice.
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January 31, 2006 | From Associated Press
Selections for this year's Berlin International Film Festival range from Iran to Argentina and include new movies from U.S. veterans Sidney Lumet and Robert Altman. This year's Berlinale, the 56th, runs from Feb. 9 to 19. It will offer 29 world premieres. The films are overall "very political, very close to reality ... directed toward people's problems, with less fantasy," festival director Dieter Kosslick said Monday.
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February 10, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Remember, Shia LaBeouf is not famous anymore. And he's not about to let you forget it. The "Nymphomaniac" actor continued his sprint out of the spotlight by doing spotlight-grabbing things Sunday, including walking out of a media conference after answering only one question and, yes, wearing a brown bag on his head on the premiere red carpet at the Berlin International Film Festival. "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much," LaBeouf told assembled journalists, according to the Hollywood Reporter , after being asked a question regarding what it was like to be in a movie with so much sex. He then bailed.
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February 8, 2014 | By Henry Chu
BERLIN - They stood an hour or more in four long lines, inching toward the ticket counters with agonizing slowness. This being Germany, they were orderly and polite. And this being the Berlin International Film Festival, they didn't mind the wait. It gave them time to thumb through the program, checking out obscure titles, circling ones that looked promising. A scruffy student searched for movies from the Balkans, while a retired engineer consulted an impressive grid drawn in his notebook of dates and show times, making sure that Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" (which he wanted to see)
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February 6, 2014 | By Henry Chu
BERLIN -- Organizers of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival announced on its opening day Thursday that they would honor the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman by mounting a special screening of "Capote. "  Hoffman won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of the diminutive, quirky author Truman Capote. That same year, the film was screened in competition at the Berlinale. PHOTOS: Philip Seymour Hoffman | 1967-2014 Festival officials said they would screen "Capote" next Tuesday in memory of an "outstanding artist.
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April 25, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- A scripted feature about life in Laos and documentaries about U.S. war crimes and a town in the grip of a debilitating drug addiction were among the big winners at the Tribeca Film Festival's jury prizes Thursday night. "The Rocket," the Australian Kim Mordaunt's tale of a displaced 10-year-old boy who must find a new home in the tribal mountains of Laos after his house is destroyed to make way for a dam, won best narrative feature. Sitthiphon Disamoe, a nonprofessional actor who played the lead role, was awarded the best actor prize.
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February 16, 2013 | By Susan Stone
BERLIN -- The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival handed out its awards Saturday, with the top prize, the Golden Bear for best film, going to the Romanian family drama and corruption tale “Child's Pose,” directed by Calin Peter Netzer. An unflinching look at life among the country's entitled and connected upper class, “Child's Pose” follows a controlling mother's attempt to bribe freedom for her ungrateful son after he kills a child from a poor family in a traffic accident.
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February 5, 2013 | By Susan Stone
BERLIN - Corrupt institutions, gay priests, nuclear contamination, economic hardship, environmental catastrophe, lack of health insurance and obesity - the Berlin International Film Festival kicks off Thursday with a slate of serious-minded movies whose themes are sobering, even for an event with a reputation for intense fare. The main competition section presents 24 films navigating weighty stories set across a diversity of landscapes, from South Korea to Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and even Arizona.
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January 31, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Festival to Be on Both Sides of Wall: The prestigious Berlin Film Festival will be held next month in both halves of the city for the first time, East Berlin's official ADN news agency said Tuesday. For the past 40 years, the festival has been limited to theaters in West Berlin.
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January 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
New movies from Spike Lee, Steven Soderbergh, Spike Jonze and George Clooney are among the films in competition for the top Golden Bear award at this year's Berlin Film Festival. The festival runs Feb. 6-16. It boasts entries ranging from China to Slovenia and will feature 10 world premieres, organizers said Wednesday. Lee's "25th Hour," starring Edward Norton, joins Soderbergh's "Solaris," Jonze's "Adaptation" and Clooney's directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," for the U.S.
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March 21, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Unlike Cannes or Sundance, whose film festivals and their constellation of stars overtake their host cities, nothing overtakes the bristling bustle of Hong Kong, not even the 36th annual Hong Kong International Film Festival, which opens here Wednesday. At the festival headquarters Tuesday in the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Kowloon, film fans grabbed festival programs and queued up for tickets – even as about 500 school kids shuttled into the complex for an orchestral program.
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May 16, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Outside it is late Saturday night, just before midnight on La Croisette. Men in tuxedos, drunks in stinking T-shirts, women in evening gowns, bewildered tourists, hunched-over beggars with outstretched hands, Africans selling hats, all of humanity teems on the Cannes Film Festival's central artery. Inside the Plage Blanche, a posh private beach club with tight security just off La Croisette, a spot where it is quiet enough to hear the waves break, an intimate party is beginning for "Footnote," Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar's exceptional new film.
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