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Film Review: 'Hedi Schneider is Stuck'

German humor is a distinctly conflicted concept in “Hedi Schneider is Stuck,” an improbably wry, compassionate character comedy about that least chucklesome of topics: clinical depression. 670 more words

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Film Review: 'Zurich'

An arrestingly broken-backed story structure offers more surprises than the story itself in “Zurich,” Dutch helmer Sacha Polak’s grim but glisteningly crafted sophomore feature. Confirming the promise of her remarkable 2012 debut “Hemel” without quite advancing upon it, this bisected study of a young woman cast adrift — physically and psychologically — by personal tragedy unfurls its tale of woe in furtively non-linear fashion, but it shouldn’t take viewers long to surmise the root of her trauma. 627 more words

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Film Review: 'The Misplaced World'

The 2015 Berlin Film Festival wasn’t an auspicious one for the storied veterans of the 1970s New German Cinema (notably Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog), and that downward trend continued apace with Margarethe Von Trotta’s “The Misplaced World.” A middle-aged soap opera that strains credibility so often as to make Nicholas Sparks seem a master of neorealism, Von Trotta’s sudsy tale of long-lost loves and unearthed family secrets swirls around the director’s trademark themes of sisterhood and female solidarity, but never comes to life on a dramatic or psychological level. 646 more words


Film Review: 'Greenery Will Bloom Again'

As the son of a WWI vet, Ermanno Olmi has a personal connection to the “war to end all wars.” Perhaps that’s why his “Greenery Will Bloom Again” is so reverential — reverential to the point of being frozen. 621 more words


Film Review: 'A German Youth'

Prominent shorts helmer Jean-Gabriel Periot makes a welcome transition to feature-length documentaries with “A German Youth,” a thought-provoking look at the Baader-Meinhof group and the political debates of the era. 686 more words


Berlin Winner 'Taxi' Bought for U.S. by Kino Lorber

Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi” on the heels of the film winning the Golden Bear and the Fipresci International Critic’s Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. 229 more words