My Attorney advises me over breakfast that I misspelt the word Attorney quite horrifically yesterday and spends several minutes playing Eternal from Youtube on his laptop. Embarrassing in many ways.
We’re sitting in a cafÃ© in North Berlin, my Attorney, my designer-in-chief and my tactical consultant, and it washes over me like a wave -I love this city. It’s the kind of place where you even get a choice over how long the toilet flush lasts -brilliant -it’s very free, very open, excited about new ideas and a hell of a lot of fun.
I scan the numerous festival brochures, cross-referencing booklet against booklet against booklet. This could be less complicated I’m sure. To make things worse every film that I read the synopsis of seems to be massively depressing. I’m aware that most of these films will be truly amazing, but what’s with this unwritten rule that says; if you want to make a ‘good’ film it has to be depressing. Abortion, war, murder, people coming to terms with death, people unable to communicate, mad people, angry people -sorry, I’m getting carried away. You take my point though, why can’t more happy, hopeful, uplifting cinema be considered part of the canon of ‘arthouse’.
I say all that but really I’m salivating at the thought of how many great films I’m going to see during the festival. I suppose I should give you a short breakdown of what’s showing, I don’t want to -but I will. As I think I mentioned, this year’s jury is headed by Tilda Swinton – as in slightly frightening, androgynously sexy and outrageously talented (I even like her in The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe wait, should I be admitting I’ve seen that?).
The films that are in competition are as follows:
LILLE SOLDAT (Little Soldier) Annette K Olesen
DARBAREYE ELLY (About Elly) Asghar Farhadi
GIGANTE AdriÃ¡n Biniez
ALLE ANDEREN Maren Ade
STORM (Sturm) Hans-Christian Schmid
MAMMOTH Lukas Moodysson
THE MESSENGER Oren Moverman
CHERI Stephen Frears
FOREVER ENTHRALLED Chen Kaige
HAPPY TEARS Mitchell Lichtenstein
IN THE ELECTRIC MIST Bertrand Tavernier
KATALIN VARGA Peter Strickland
LA TETA ASUSTADA (The Milk Of Sorrow) Claudia Llosa
MY ONE AND ONLY Richard Loncraine
RAGE Sally Potter
RICKY FranÃ§ois Ozon
TATARAK (Sweet Rush) Andrzej Wajda
THE MESSENGER Oren Moverman
Looks like an interesting bunch! I’d love to give you a hot tip but I don’t have one. I’ll bring you more on these films as I get it.
News (well sort of)
HERZOG AND LYNCH!
Found in Screen International
Werner Herzog is set to team up with David Lynch (Yeeeeeeeeees!) to shoot a psychological horror based on true events surrounding a San Diego man who acted out a Sophocles play in his mind and killed his mother with a sword (We love a bit of matricide). The film is called My Son, My Son, What Have You Done and is set to star Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloe Sevingy and Udo Kier. Sexy times!
Unsurprisingly critics panned Tom Tykwer’s Clive Owen and Naomi Watts action flick, which opened the festival last night. News is also out that Tykwer will be working with the Wachowski brothers for his next two films. I’m really excited about that no really oh god I’m so excited
There’s probably loads of other news but that’s all I’m giving you today -I don’t want to spoil you.
I spend the afternoon researching companies and send out 10 emails to ask for a meeting. This kind of thing makes me nervous as hell. After I’ve contacted four companies I realize that I’ve been spelling Berlinale without the ‘R’ -shucks! Not a great first impression, we’ll find out if I’ve scuppered my chances over the next few days.
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