Siberia

Siberia – Berlinale 2020 Review

Abel Ferrara’s latest film blends a quintessential man vs. nature struggle and the age-old search for life’s meaning with a heavy dose of metaphysics. Siberia, however, does nothing narratively or...
Exile

Exile – Berlinale 2020 Review

The most effective horror comes from the unknown. In Visar Morina’s dramatic thriller, Xhafer is a Serbian pharmaceutical engineer who now lives in Germany with his wife and three children. One day, he finds...
Suk Suk

Suk Suk – Berlinale 2020 Review

Pak (Tai Bo) is a taxi driver entering his twilight years yet still providing for his family. A long-closeted gay man, he spends his lunch breaks cruising in parks and public bathrooms. When he meets retiree...
Hidden Away

Hidden Away – Berlinale 2020 Review

Biopics are tricky; there is a balance to strike between comprehensively covering the subject's entire life and picking a dramatically satisfying theme and tone. Hidden Away reaches for the former but brings...
Marighella

Marighella – Berlinale 2019 Review

Democracy only returned to Brazil in 1989, but the threat of another backslide into authoritarianism is dangerously imminent today. Far-right agitator Jair Bolsonaro was elected president in January 2019 and...
Berlinale Synonymes

Synonymes – Berlinale 2019 Review

Many films have explored the physical, mental, and emotional toll of starting a new life – whether by choice or force – in a foreign country. Joining this particular brand of coming-of-age story is...
Woo Sang

Woo Sang – Berlinale 2019 review

The opening line of Woo Sang must be one of the boldest in recent memory. As the camera sweeps ominously across a modern cityscape, narrator and grieving father Yoo Joong-sik (Sul Kyung-gu) drops his...