Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Berlin- Final Day

My last day in Berlin included a visit to the Film Museum, which has extensive exhibits on the restoration of METROPOLIS, Marlene Dietrich and Romy Schneider - it wasn't as serious a film museum as I expected, but interesting nonetheless. Here are my final two reviews:

My first true enjoyable film experience at the Berlinale came via Nicole Holofcener's latest New York upper middle class-set comedy, with a great cast, sharp script and a wonderful heart at its centre. Top marks particulary to Rebecca Hall who looks very unglamoruous and plain despite her obvious great looks. The first half of the film is as good as anything in Woody Allen's classic era, and the second half fails to live up to that promise. Overall really good though. Celeb PS: I spotted PLEASE star Catherine Keener at the Banksy screening.

This portmanteau film was produced to commemorate 100 years of the Mexican revolution and includes contributions from most of Mexico's top filmmakers (excluding the Hollywood exiles). Like all compilation films, this is a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly, my favorites being Carlos Reygada's and Diego Luna's contributions. Celeb PS: while trying to get into the first screening, Gael Garcia Bernal walked past us....

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