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...
Pinocchio

Pinocchio – Berlinale 2020 Review

While it may seem like Matteo Garrone is independently hopping on the recent live action Disney remakes train, the history of Pinocchio stretches back much further than the 1940 animated film – though this...
Undine

Undine – Berlinale 2020 Review

Anyone familiar with European folklore will have an idea of where Christian Petzold’s latest feature may end up. But as this modern fairy tale opens, Undine is not a water spirit – yet. She is a state...
Cow

First Cow – Berlinale 2020 Review

Some films need no special tricks or thrills to captivate, and Kelly Reichardt’s latest is a near faultless example. Following a loner cook and a Chinese immigrant who form a loving alliance in their travels...
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...
Wildland

Wildland – Berlinale 2020 Review

The titular Wildland evoked by Jeanette Nordahl’s feature is both the expansive Danish scenery and the inner workings of family dysfunction. After her alcoholic mother dies in a car accident, Ida is sent to...
Min

Minamata – Berlinale 2020 Review

With today’s headlines, there could be a strong film made from the historical investigation, aided by an American ex-war journalist, into the widespread mercury poisoning wrought by the Chisso Corporation in...