Movies which premiered at the Berlin film festival over the last years throughout their different sections: competition, berlinale special, panorama, generation and forum.
As a movie lover, I have nothing against Andrei Tarkovsky, a master of slow cinema and a deeply philosophical inquirer into the meaning of existence. It's just that it gets boring when he is cited constantly whenever people bring up Russian and Soviet Cinema. To inspire you to look beyond a stereotyped vision of Russian cinema and towards more nuanced portrayals, it's worth taking a look at these fine, diverse selections written below.
“Times a bitch,” Robin Scherbatsky would famously say in How I Met Your Mother. The “right person, wrong time” trope is one of the most effective storytelling tools that inspire drama, wishful thinking and many, many tears. Here are some titles that are worthy examples of this minigenre of dramatic dramas.
War, what is it good for? Aside from creating engaging cinema, indeed, absolutely nothing. The following films serve as effectively sobering reminders of this fact.
In the recent documentary Fireball, a scientist tells Werner Herzog he is just stardust. His immortal response: "I am not stardust. I am Bavarian.” This dry wit and curiosity characterises his approach to filmmaking, which reaches for the cosmos before firmly pulling us back to earth. His 70s and 80s run is particularly well-accomplished. You could even make a case for it being one of the best of all time. To help you get acquainted with the legendary Bavarian director, read the list we have created below.
When we think about romantic films we usually go to classic ones like ”Gone with the Wind” or even modern Oscar-winners like ”La La Land”. But there’s also plenty to choose from when it comes to less conventional, more original movie romances.
With films like Bullets Over Broadway, Everyone Says I Love You, Mighty Aphrodite and Deconstructing Harry, I would argue that there's a very strong case for saying Woody Allen's 90's period was actually his strongest. There were great experiments as well as a fine synthesis of both comic and tragic forms. For the classics, you can look to Manhattan Murder Mystery; for the bloated and weird, a film like Celebrity is there for you too. But the same case can rarely be made for the 00s or the 10s. Starting with Curse of the Jade Scorpion, a certain laziness crept into Allen's work, one that rarely goes away even today. Nonetheless, thanks to his highly prolific nature, his 21st century work occasionally has some good to great gems. Here's the best of his late period work.
Are you looking for an Oscar-caliber film for your cinematic pleasure? Well then look no further than this list, wherein you’ll find 6 films directed by individuals who have either won or been nominated for Academy Awards at some point in their careers. They could be recents or oldies, but either way, when you see these peoples’ names on a film, you’ll know you’ll get something you’ll remember.
Vive La France. Vive the country that basically invented cinema and has produced some of the medium's best work ever since. If you're interested in getting to know French cinema or are bored stiff by the Hollywood machine you could do worse than checking out these classics.
It is painful that Latin American films don’t have the limelight they deserve. This part of the world has some of the most exciting, unique, and urgent voices –showcasing themes as varied as personal identity, sexism, armed conflict, migration crisis and historical weight– that are constantly ignored in the name of more commercial and well-known directors. Fortunately, Eyelet has a rich selection of Latin American films. Here are six titles that can get you started.
The debate still rages about when cinema technically started, but it's safe to say that it has evolved into probably the most exciting, innovative and populist art-forms in the world. To celebrate the diversity and breadth of cinematic contributions over more than the past 100 years, we have selected one film per country per decade for you to get the best possible overview.
The genre of horror has changed radically in the last few years. And out of it has come a series of films which have challenged genre boundaries and found huge critical acclaim. These are movies which abound in atmosphere and dark chills, but they are also ambitious to make you think deeply about what really frightens us.
Very few doesn’t love some kind of animal - if you’re not best friends with the common cat or dog you’re probably into tropical or farm animals. In any case there’s plenty of celluloid for the animal lover. Some might be upsetting while others more uplifting.
When you are looking for some of the finest films ever made, you should never just confine yourself to feature-length movies. In fact, some of the best films ever made can be enjoyed within your lunch break. To celebrate the best that the short film form has to offer, take a look at this list of fantastic films that clock in at under an hour.
Music and movies are the best combination, inextricably linked since the first silent movie accompanists. But Rock n Roll provides more than just a soundtrack. It's an attitude, an energy, a narrative all its own. With these six films you can explore rock and its effect on film and on society.
We look to films for universality soaked in specificity: stories that anyone can relate to, but are rich in the actual details that make a life interesting. That's especially true when it comes to the coming-of-age movie. So often hewing to formula, it helps when these films manage to create a certain feeling or vibe that really evoke the pains, trials and tribulations of growing up and learning more about how the world really operates. To celebrate how experiences can be so different yet contain similar emotions, we've picked six films from around the world. Their stories and situations might be different, but often the emotions are the same.
Many now-famous directors have debuted at the Cannes Film Festival: Agnès Varda, François Truffaut, Jim Jarmusch, Claire Denis, etc. It's the festival where you witness the history of cinema. For that reason, I'm sharing with you the list of the best debuts that had their premieres in Cannes.
We weren't sure it was going to happen, but for those vaccinated, boosted, tested, masked-up and socially distanced, the Berlinale is forging ahead this year for its 72nd edition, featuring new films by Claire Denis, Denis Côté, Ulrich Siedl and Hong Sang-soo. With so many films available to see, the Berlinale can often be an overwhelming festival. Nonetheless, if you are passionate about international cinema and want to know which films from previous editions are simply unmissable, it's worth checking out the choice picks written for you below.
Films that are great on their own but had one standout scene where you had to stop and reconsider your life choices. Eye bleach required. Light, cryptic spoilers ahead.
Movie and cinema lovers will be well aware that the last couple of years have been a little difficult for all. Many movies which were destined for large scale releases either crept out in the lulls or missed out on a release altogether. They might not all be masterpieces but these are big movies, featuring big stars, that nearly disappeared completely due to the pandemic.
I've always been attracted to films that are set over very limited periods of time. For some reason, they always seem to shine with more intensity than a film where the days can roll on with ease. A limited time-frame gives every decision the character makes a feeling of precariousness, as if it could change their whole life forever. And in the films in the list below, spanning from social dramas to thrillers to kids movies, it often does. Take a look at these six films, which although are set over a short period of time, often feel like they encompass an entire character's worldview.
Probably the most influential and praised actor-director of the silent generation (although the purists usually go for Buster Keaton instead), Charlie Chaplin is simply pure joy in cinematic form. Known for playing variations of The Tramp — with an iconic moustache, hat and suit, as well as a silly walk — you can't really talk about cinematic history without including his manifold contributions. If you want to dive right into his work, you are in the right place as this guide has been created to give you the essential overview.