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Film Reviews

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn - by Radu Jude
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
by Radu Jude
BERLINALE 2021: Romanian director Radu Jude holds a mirror up to the audience – and the audience might not like what they see
Mr Bachmann and His Class - by Maria Speth
Mr Bachmann and His Class
by Maria Speth
BERLINALE 2021: This amazingly warm and clever documentary by Maria Speth about a sixth-grade schoolteacher deserves all the plaudits it can get
Natural Light - by Dénes Nagy
Natural Light
by Dénes Nagy
BERLINALE 2021: In his competition-premiered first fiction feature, Hungarian director Dénes Nagy explores the human condition in a story set during World War II
I'm Your Man - by Maria Schrader
I'm Your Man
by Maria Schrader
BERLINALE 2021: In Maria Schrader's delightful yet surprisingly complex film, there is such a thing as a perfect match
Forest - I See You Everywhere - by Benedek Fliegauf
Forest - I See You Everywhere
by Benedek Fliegauf
BERLINALE 2021: Hungarian auteur Bence Fliegauf is back in the competition with his seventh feature, a bleak and unremittingly dark follow-up to his breakout debut, Forest
We - by Alice Diop
We
by Alice Diop
BERLINALE 2021: Alice Diop pieces together an ambitious patchwork documentary on Paris’s deprived suburbs, crafting an interlacing which questions humanity, time and modern-day collective identity
The Girl and the Spider - by Ramon Zürcher
The Girl and the Spider
by Ramon Zürcher
BERLINALE 2021: Swiss filmmaker Ramon Zürcher, here joined by his twin brother Silvan as co-director, continues his innovative mode of storytelling in this awaited follow-up to The Strange Little Cat
Taste - by Lê Bảo
Taste
by Lê Bảo
BERLINALE 2021: Lê Bảo causes a stir with his first feature, which is astonishing for its visual and atmospheric character and which offers a realistic-oneiric immersion bordering on contemporary art

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Swiss films berlin 2021

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The Fam - by Frédéric Baillif
The Fam
by Frédéric Baillif
BERLINALE 2021: In Fred Baillif's touching film, it's time to become one of the girls
What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? - by Alexandre Koberidze
What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?
by Alexandre Koberidze
BERLINALE 2021: Georgian director Alexandre Koberidze's second feature is an idiosyncratic mix of styles, genres and forms that incredibly wraps into a coherent 150 minutes of cinematic joy
Brother's Keeper - by Ferit Karahan
Brother's Keeper
by Ferit Karahan
BERLINALE 2021: Turkish director Ferit Karahan's second feature is a technically accomplished but conceptually flawed and often tone-deaf drama that tackles the issues of cruelty and authority
Petite Maman - by Céline Sciamma
Petite Maman
by Céline Sciamma
BERLINALE 2021: Céline Sciamma moves with her fifth film, delivering a simple story that hits so close to home it might as well be a long-lost friend
Azor - by Andreas Fontana
Azor
by Andreas Fontana
BERLINALE 2021: Andreas Fontana offers a captivating first feature following in the wake of a Swiss banker who is plunged into a labyrinthine mission navigating society’s noxious upper echelons
Drift Away - by Xavier Beauvois
Drift Away
by Xavier Beauvois
BERLINALE 2021: Xavier Beauvois signs his name to an intimate story which also sounds a social alarm in an artfully pared-down film bursting with heart about a gendarme on the Normandy coast
District Terminal - by Bardia Yadegari, Ehsan Mirhosseini
District Terminal
by Bardia Yadegari, Ehsan Mirhosseini
BERLINALE 2021: Set in a war zone, this Iranian-German film by Bardia Yadegari and Ehsan Mirhosseini is draining to watch, but offers some unexpected dark poetry and sunshine
Who We Were - by Marc Bauder
Who We Were
by Marc Bauder
BERLINALE 2021: Marc Bauder’s ambitious documentary about the global humanitarian and environmental crisis conveys the same old bad news but from a slightly new angle
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Interviews

Jacqueline Lentzou  • Director of Moon, 66 Questions
Jacqueline Lentzou • Director of Moon, 66 Questions
BERLINALE 2021: We talked to the Greek filmmaker to try to unpick her daring approach to her first feature, screening in Encounters
Ferit Karahan  • Director of Brother's Keeper
Ferit Karahan • Director of Brother's Keeper
BERLINALE 2021: We talked to the Turkish director about his social drama with tragicomic elements, based on his own experience in a boarding school for boys
Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas  • Director of The World After Us
Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas • Director of The World After Us
BERLINALE 2021: Idealism, ambition and love blend together in a seductive first film which explores the precarious predicament of young people in Paris whilst flirting with autofiction
Ignacio Segura  • Distributor, DeAPlaneta
Ignacio Segura • Distributor, DeAPlaneta
The general manager of the Spanish firm talks about their editorial policy, the country’s market and the difficulties undergone during the health crisis
Andreas Fontana  • Director of Azor
Andreas Fontana • Director of Azor
BERLINALE 2021: We talked to the Swiss director about his mystery-drama feature, inspired by real historical events that shook Argentina in the 1980s
Gustav Lindh  • Actor
Gustav Lindh • Actor
BERLINALE 2021: We discuss fiction, reality, acting, challenges and dream directors with the young Swedish actor
Igor Drljača  • Director of The White Fortress
Igor Drljača • Director of The White Fortress
BERLINALE 2021: The Bosnian director tells us about his work with professional and first-time actors in his latest film, a realistic portrait of contemporary Sarajevo
Yngvild Sve Flikke  • Director of Ninjababy
Yngvild Sve Flikke • Director of Ninjababy
BERLINALE 2021: In her first feature, the Norwegian director raises some questions about motherhood
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