‘Mammoth,’ ‘Rage’ land with a thud at Berlin

Posted by · 6:42 am · February 9th, 2009

Oh dear. Colour me very disappointed indeed. “Mammoth,” Lukas Moodysson’s would-be entry into the mainstream, had me so hopeful — not least because it features Gael Garcia Barnal and Michelle Williams, arguably the two most exciting actors of their generation. But judging from a hostile crowd reception and cool-to-icy reviews, it appears the film isn’t […]

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Berlin fest gets under way

Posted by · 6:25 am · February 6th, 2009

As far as press coverage goes, the Berlin Film Festival tends to get a bit drowned in the flurry of Oscar season, so you could be forgiven for failing to notice that it actually kicked off last night, with the world premiere of Tom Tykwer’s corporate thriller “The International.” Sadly, as I suspected, the film […]

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Frears’ ‘Chéri’ to premiere at Berlin

Posted by · 4:07 am · January 16th, 2009

New works from Costa-Gavras, Bertrand Tavernier and Andrzej Wajda are among the 14 titles that have just been added to the Competition programme at next month’s Berlinale, meaning 25 of the 26 slots have been confirmed. The most high-profile inclusion, however, is Stephen Frears’ period romance “Chéri,” which was at one point mooted as a […]

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