Berlinale 2015: Everything was not fine!

Planning the screenings! As I was browsing the film catalogue in the plane, on my way to Berlin for the second Berlinale in a row, one thing was absolutely certain: that the 65th edition of the festival would be completely different from the previous one! If 2014 was dominated by an overflow of worldwide scope…

Cobain: Montage of Heck

– The amazingly inspirational animation of Hisko Hulsing and Stefan Nadelman acompanying archive recordings of Kurt Cobain’s early years, bringing to life less known incidents. – The visualization of Cobain’s scattered notes and sketches that reveal nuggets of his musical genius and artistic nature and the way the director literally brings them to file. –…

The Fire (El Incendio)

– The brutal realism of the violent sex scene in the garage, shot with great intimacy by Juan Schnitman. – The gradual scaling of the tension between the couple and how this leads toy the violent outburst of Marcelo highlighting simultaneously the anew stimulation of Lucia. – The extreme camera movement as the couple exits…

45 Years

– The low lighted but chilling performance of Charlotte Rambling in the role of the insecure wife haunted by ghosts of the past. – The parallelism of the attic as a place that hides a human’s fears. It might not be a real monster hidden in there, but a dark secret of the past can…

Queen of the Desert

– The magnificent landscape shots of the vast desert, as Werner Herzog could not help it but include some documentary like footage in his feature film. The only thing missing there was his smooth narrating voice. – Nicole Kidman was given the burden of the whole film upon her shoulders and she absolutely nailed it…

Taxi

– The comforting feeling that despite the house arrest and the 20 years ban of shooting films that Jafar Panahi was sentenced to by the Iranian government, he always finds the way to bend the rules and expand the borders of the cinematic medium with new films. – However this film merely achieves to capture…