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The Souvenir – Review

This review was originally published as part of our Berlinale festival coverage on 25/02/2019. Based on the filmmaker’s experiences when she attended film school in the '80s, The Souvenir is fascinated with...
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...
Berlinale Ringside

Ringside – Berlinale 2019 Review

Sports documentaries have been done to death, but when a compelling, relatable tale of athletic redemption meets an expert storytelling team, the result is a surefire hit. Ringside – following two teenage...
Photograph

Photograph – Berlinale 2019 Review

Ritesh Batra excels at slow-burn romance and proves this once again in Photograph. Returning to his native Mumbai after several English-language projects, his latest film draws on the foundation of his 2013...
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Flesh Out – Berlinale 2019 Review

“He said I’m not fat,” says Verida to her horrified friend in Flesh Out. The man who has insulted her so much is her fiancé, for whom the young Verida is trying to gain as much weight as possible...
Berlinale Dafne

Dafne – Berlinale 2019 Review

For a film set in motion by a death, Dafne bursts with life. The titular heroine (Carolina Raspanti) suddenly loses her mother in the film’s opening minutes – the accident is never fully explained, but...
Hormigas

Hormigas – Berlinale 2019 Review

Hormigas – or El despertar de las hormigas (The Awakening of the Ants) – is a quietly emancipatory film from Costa Rican writer-director Antonella Sudasassi Furniss, following the daily existence of her...
Une Colonie

A Colony – Berlinale 2019 Review

School can be a hostile environment – particularly for those who don’t quite fit in. A Colony centers around Mylia (Émilie Bierre), whose entry into high school marks the end of childhood and the...