In the inner sanctum at the film Market I nurse a fresh orange juice (which cost almost twice as much as a beer!) and do some research regarding the films that I want to try and catch. For the moment I’m just waiting and watching, like all good hunters should, I’ll scope the joint and start to make my move on Monday. I’m also procrastinating because it’s frightening.
At a festival like this the problem is the sheer volume of films being screened. It’s really difficult to know what to go for. My technique involves reading whatever literature is lying around, industry rags and of course looking out for good names you’ve seen before -the fact is though, you’ll end up watching some crap as well as genuine gems.
Here are the things that I think look interesting and will try and see if I don’t run out of money.
MAMMOTH Lukas Moodysson
I SKONI TOU CHRONOU (The Dust Of Time) Theo Angelopoulos
LA TETA ASUSTADA (The Milk Of Sorrow) Claudia Llosa
DER KNOCHENMANN (The Bone Man) Wolfgang Murnberger
MITTE END AUGUST Sebastian Schipper
MENTAL (Seishin) Soda Kazuhiro
WINTERSTILTE (Winter Silence) Sonja Wyss
LA SIRENA Y EL BUZO (The Mermaid And The Diver) Mercedes Moncada Rodriguez
THE EXPLODING GIRL Bradley Rust Gray
ADAM RESURRECTED Paul Schrader
THE STRENGTH OF WATER Armagan Ballantyne
MARY AND MAX Adam Elliot
I get my first tickets for the Berlinale Shorts V tonight and Adam Resurrected, which is directed by Paul Schrader and apparently features ‘a career resurrecting performance’ from Jeff Goldblum. I don’t know if he really needs to resurrect his career but either way it sounds interesting. Goldblum plays a Jewish cabaret star who survives the holocaust by performing like a dog for Willem Dafoe’s evil Nazi officer. Probably not a laugh-a-thon but an irresistible cast.
The shorts screening is pretty good but a typically mixed bag -predictably almost all of them are depressing. There’s a short Q&A after each film with the directors, which is also pretty cool as it breaks things up and gives you more of an insight into the work. Highlights include; a good animation from the UK about the nature of memory, a touching Swedish film about a couple dealing with the husband’s dodgy lungs (that’s really about the nature of love after passion) and a totally insane French film, which comprises of seven single shots of someone trying, and failing, to launch a car into space -very silly and almost annoying.
After the films I received an email inviting me to my first meeting on Monday! Good, time to get serious.
Meanwhile, while my Spin Doctor and my Hostess arrive from Paris and we head out into the sprawling Berlin night to get dinner and find some more dancing, could be dangerous! Wish me luck.
Tomorrow, my first three Talent Campus Lectures plus Adam Resurrected.
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