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.
- Day 8 - Thursday, February 13
directed by Richard Linklater
"It's lovingly assembled and acted with such grace and ease that it scarcely looks like acting at all."Xan Brooks (The Guardian)
"Favouring naturalistic warmth over clichéd melodrama and realism of performance above all else, Linklater's Boyhood is an utterly enrapturing marvel."Daniel Green (CineVue)
"Casting any six-year-old must have been a gamble but Linklater hit the jackpot with Coltrane, whose subtle style suits the naturalistic dialogue perfectly."Amber Wilkinson (The Telegraph)
"Linklater has an especially sharp eye—and ear—for objects, sounds, tunes and phrases that define a particular moment even as he’s living it, and he applied this unique sense of his for over a decade while making Boyhood."David Hudson (Keyframe)
No Man's Land
directed by Ning Hao
"Engagingly cast with assorted character plug-uglies giving their all, the film goes gangbusters at the start, but once it hits the desert roads, the action really has nowhere much to go."Jonathan Romney (Screen Daily)
"It’s familiar genre stuff but Ning takes such pleasure in exploiting its conventions the end result is a darkly humorous comment on disintegrating morality and unchecked, rampant selfishness."Elizabeth Kerr (The Hollywood Reporter)
"Delivers white-knuckle suspense and mean action sequences spiked with an undercurrent of misanthropy and outrage."Maggie Lee (Variety)
Screening tomorrow at the Berlinale (Friday, February 14):
- Beauty and the Beast by Christophe Gans (Out of Competition)
- The Little House by Yoji Yamada (In Competition)
- Macondo by Sudabeh Mortezai (In Competition)
See our other coverage of the 64th Berlinale:
- Day 1: (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
- Day 2: ('71, Jack, Two Men in Town)
- Day 3-4: (Beloved Sisters, The Monuments Men, Stations of the Cross, History of Fear, Nymphomaniac)
- Day 5: (Life of Riley, In Order of Disappearance, Blind Massage)
- Day 6: (Praia do futuro, Stratos, Inbetween Worlds)
- Day 7: (Aloft, Black Coal Thin Ice, The Third Side of the River)