||Eleven days of "films around the clock".
The Berlinale gets bigger from year to year: more films, more sections,
more events. The critics, member of our jury, followed three main sections:
the Competition, the Panorama and the International Forum of New Cinema.
Read their reports.
||Young critics participated in the "Talent Press" (initiative
organized in cooperation with FIPRESCI) and reported daily.
The Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI
Prize) was presented to
Wayward Cloud (Tian bian yi duo yun) by Tsai Ming Liang (Taiwan,
documentary by Monica Borgmann, Lokman Slim, Hermann Theissen (Germany,
Pi) by Liu Jiayin (China, 2005)(Forum)
The Good, the Bad and the Indifferent. Leonardo García
Tsao was left cold by most of the films in competition, especially the
German and American entries, but was warmed by Alexander Sokurov's The
Sun, and encouraged by the French and Asian films.
Histoire d'Eau. Andrei Plakhov explains why he considers The
Wayward Cloud, directed by Tsai Ming-liang, "the most unexpected
and impossible screen love story ever made".
Magic Asian Moments / Massacre. Helmut Merker describes
many of the 'inventive and innovative' Asian films, and, in stark contrast,
analyses the ethical questions that Massacre raises.
Banal Fragments of Banal Lives. Liu Jiayin's Oxhide (Niu
pi) convinced Pamela Biénzobas that experimentation can go
hand in hand with "tenderness, gentle irony and a sense of humor".
The Surrealistic Brazil of "Redeemer". Read
Carlos Augusto Brandão's review of the Berlinale's Panorama opening
film directed by Claudio Torres.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Although Ruth Pombo
has little time between films in the Panorama section to look at the
real world, she reaches the conclusion that films should not be too separated
Life with Father. Ninos Feneck Mikelides is seduced
by a sensuality of Rebecca Miller's The Ballad of Jack and Rosie,
which focuses on a father-daughter relationship which 'verges on the
The Darling of the Public. Angelika Kettelhack is
impressed by the enthusiasm for film among "ordinary" filmgoers
at the Berlinale, and the taste of the public in choosing the Israeli-French
co-production, Live and Become, by Radu Mihaileanu, as their
Love Across Barricades. Dubravka Lakic casts her
expert eye on The Red Colored Grey Truckdedicated by the director
Srdjan Koljevic "to all those who see things differently".
In a cooperation between the Berlinale Talent Campus, Goethe Institute
and FIPRESCI, young critics were invited to attend the festival and
to get trained by experienced colleagues.
Walter Salles on the Campus
The talents report:
1st day — Sunday, Feb. 13
2nd day — Monday, Feb. 14
3rd day — Tuesday, Feb. 15
4th day — Wednesday, Feb. 16
5th day — Thursday, Feb. 17
6th day — Friday, Feb. 18