As an exclusive video report from the 63rd Berlinale, one of the world’s premier film festivals, Keyframe Daily Editor David Hudson and Video Essayist Kevin B. Lee meet up with Christina Nord, film critic of the Berlin-based daily newspaper Die Tageszeitung, to discuss the festival’s highlights at the halfway mark.
Two filmmakers making their inaugural bid among the Berlinale competition lineup drew much attention during the festival’s early rounds. Gold, the first international production by Berlin-based filmmaker Thomas Arslan, offered a distinctly German take on the Western genre and stirred much discussion among the Berlinale crowd. An even more polarizing response was generated by Québécois director Denis Côté’s Vic and Flo Saw a Bear. David and Kevin both rave about it while Christina is severely put off by the film’s shock ending. Christina shows more enthusiasm for The Strange Little Cat, a remarkable feature made by a 30 year-old Berlin film student that is also Kevin’s pick for best of the Berlinale.
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David and Kevin’s ratings of all the films they’ve seen at this year’s Berlinale, as well as ratings of 16 other film critics, can be accessed on a nifty grid found at the website berlinale.cc. And of course follow David on Keyframe Daily (both on Fandor and on Twitter) for the latest updates from the festival.