We’re this close to wrapping Sundance 2014 and a Rotterdam entry’s on the way. But first, a bit of news from other festivals. The full program for the 64th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival (February 6 through 16) went live yesterday, accompanied by a flurry of further announcements. For starters, from now through November, we’ll be able to watch a selection of works from past Berlinale Shorts programs.
The Berlinale Classics lineup of restorations is set: Robert Wiene’s Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1920), Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Yasujiro Ozu’s Akibiyori (Late Autumn, 1960), Satyajit Ray‘s Nayak (The Hero, 1966), Helma Sanders-Brahms’s Deutschland, bleiche Mutter (Germany, Pale Mother, 1980) and Derek Jarman‘s Caravaggio (1986).
The biggest, splashiest news has to be that Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s Untitled New York Review of Books Documentary will be screened as a work-in-progress. “Making use of rare footage and photographs to provide historical context, the film includes writers like James Baldwin, Susan Sontag, Noam Chomsky and Norman Mailer; along with new footage of Joan Didion, Michael Chabon, Mary Beard, and Timothy Garton Ash; giving us a portrait of a magazine that has been on the vanguard of provocative ideas and commentary for over 50 years.”
And the Berlinale Camera will be presented to Karl Baumgartner, one of Germany’s leading producers and independent distributors.
At Cineuropa, Bénédicte Prot takes a deep, deep breath and writes: “The Max Ophüls Festival, which each year since 1980, reveals the best talents of young German-speaking cinema (rewarding filmmakers such as Hans Weingartner, Benjamin Heisenberg, André Erkau and Maximilian Erlenwein), took place from January 20 to 26 in the town of Saarbrücken, a few kilometers from the French border, and the Max Ophüls Prize was this year awarded to Love Steaks by Jakob Lass, a film which takes places in a luxury hotel where a female chef apprentice and a newcomer in the spa and well-being department develop a relationship, from their encounter in an elevator, that goes from hatred to love.”