Saturday, February 15, 2014

2014 Berlin International Film Festival: Award Winners

The closing ceremony of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, was held Saturday evening in the storied Berlinale-Palast at Potsdamer Platz.

The winner of the 2014 Golden Bear for Best Feature Film is Black Coal, Thin Ice from Chinese director Diao Yinan. The film's star Liao Fan, also received the Silver Bear for best actor.

The best director Silver Bear was awarded to American director Richard Linklater for Boyhood.

The best actress award went to Haru Kuroki for her role in the Japanese film The Little House.

Read on for the full list of award winners from the 64th Berlinale:

Friday, February 14, 2014

2014 Berlin International Film Festival: Day 9

Berlinale Palast

Recap of the ninth and final day of competition at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin), which runs until February 16.

Screening In Competition today:

  • Beauty and the Beast by Christophe Gans (out of competition).

    The latest from French fantasy/genre director Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf), is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, starring Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux.

    Official Synopsis:
    1810. After losing his fortune at sea, a ruined merchant is forced to retire to the countryside with his six children. Among them is Belle, his youngest daughter, who is full of joy and grace.
    On an arduous journey, the Merchant discovers the magical realm of the Beast, who sentences him to death for stealing a rose.
    Belle, who blames herself for her family’s terrible misfortune, decides to sacrifice her life in place of her father’s. However,it isn’t death that awaits Belle in the Beast’s castle, but rather a peculiar life of magic, joy and melancholy.
  • The Little House by Yoji Yamada.

    82-year-old Japanese director Yoji Yamada (recipient of the 2010 Berlinale Camera), returns to the competition lineup for the 5th time in his lengthy career, with The Little House. A family drama set before and during WWII, based on the Kyoko Nakajima novel of the same name.

    Official Synopsis:
    A furtive love affair that began under the roof of a little house. After 60 years, a closely guarded secret is finally revealed...
  • Macondo by Sudabeh Mortezai.

    German-Iranian documentarian Sudabeh Mortezai presents her feature-length fiction debut in competition at the Berlinale. A drama named after the tough ethnic neighbourhood in the suburbs of Vienna where the film takes place. The story follows an 11-year-old Chechen refugee living with his mother and two younger sisters detailing their lives as foreigners in a new society.

    Official Synopsis:
    Ramasan has a lot of responsibility for an 11-year-old. In traditional Chechen society, he is now considered the man of the house in charge of his mother and two younger sisters. His world is now centered in Macondo, a tough ethnic neighborhood in the industrial suburbs of Vienna.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Berlin International Film Festival: Day 8

Recap of the eighth day of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin), which runs until February 16.

Screening In Competition today:

  • Boyhood by Richard Linklater.

    American director Richard Linklater (winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director in 1995 for Before Sunrise, and last year's recipient of the Berlinale Camera Award), returns to the competition with Boyhood (his 17th feature), an epic undertaking that took 12 years to complete. The ambitious project starring Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and Ellar Coltrane, follows a young boy as he grows up between the ages of 6-18.

  • No Man's Land by Hao Ning.

    Another newcomer to the Berlinale competition, Chinese director Hao Ning enters with his sixth feature film. Filmed in 2009 and delayed by censors until now, No Man's Land is a violent and visually compelling self styled homage to the westerns of Sergio Leone, set in the Gobi desert.