Berlin International Film Festival 2012

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Keyhole Keyhole
Keyhole and I, Anna
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Country: US, China; Year: 2011; Director: Alison Klayman; Stars: Changwei Gu, Ai Weiwei, Evan Osnos, Ying Gao, Tehching Hsieh, Huang Hung, Zuzhou Zuoxiao, Yanping Liu, Danqing Chen, Inserk Yang), Official Site
Renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations and increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government.
Anton Corbijn Inside Out (Country: Netherlands / Belgium / Ireland; Year: 2012; Director: Klaartje Quirijns; Writer: Klaartje Quirijns, Thomas den Drijver; Stars: Anton Corbijn, Bono)
Documentary following the work and life of an extraordinary photographer
As Luck Would Have It (La chispa de la vida) (Country: Spain, France; Year: 2011; Director: Álex de la Iglesia; Writer: Randy Feldman; Stars: Salma Hayek, José Mota, Fernando Tejero, Blanca Portillo, Juan Luis Galiardo)
Can a freak accident help a washed-up ad executive help to care for his family?
Bliss (Glück) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Doris Dörrie; Stars: Alba Rohrwacher, Vinzenz Kiefer, Matthias Brandt, Oliver Nägele)
A pair of lovers find themselves caught between their tenuous feelings of trust, long lost tenderness and a wretched situation.
Death Row (On Death Row) (Country: USA / UK / Austria; Year: 2012; Director: Werner Herzog)
Series of portraits of inmates on Death Row.
Side By Side Side By Side
Side By Side and Michael
Death Row. Portraits: James Barnes, Hank Skinner (Country: USA / UK / Austria; Year: 2012; Director: Werner Herzog)
Series of portraits about inmates on Death Row in Texas.
Death Row. Portraits: Linda Carty, George Rivas and Joseph Garcia (Country: USA / UK / Austria; Year: 2012; Director: Werner Herzog)
Series of portraits about inmates on Death Row in Texas.
Don - The King Is Back (Country: India / Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Farhan Akhtar; Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Om Puri, Lara Dutta)
Shah Rukh Khan is back as charming gangster Don, in this Bollywood blockbuster full of showpiece and spectacle which culminates in Berlin.
Farewell To The Frogs (Abschied von den Fröschen) (Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Ulrike Schamoni)
Tribute to director and producer Ulrich Schamoni.
In the Land of Blood And Honey (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Angelina Jolie; Writer: Angelina Jolie; Stars: Rade Serbedzija, Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Branko Djuric, Nikola Djuricko, Dzana Pinjo, Jasna Beri, Fedja Stukan, Goran Jevtic, Jelena Jovanova, Ermin Bravo, Dolya Gavanski, Vanessa Glodjo, Irena Mulamuhic, Alma Terzic)
During the Bosnian conflict, an army officer encounters a woman he was enamoured with prior to the war - only now, she is his prisoner.
Young Adult Young Adult
Young Adult and Marley
I, Anna (Country: UK, Germany, France; Year: 2012; Director: Barnaby Southcombe; Writer: Elsa Lewin, Barnaby Southcombe; Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Gabriel Byrne, Hayley Atwell, Eddie Marsan)
A detective falls for a woman who may be mixed up in a murder case.
Keyhole (Country: Canada; Year: 2011; Director: Guy Maddin; Writer: Guy Maddin, George Toles; Stars: Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Brooke Palsson, Kevin McDonald)
A criminal undertakes a surreal and supernatural journey through his own house.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Country: UK; Year: 1943; Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger; Writer: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger; Stars: James McKechnie, Neville Mapp, Vincent Holman, Roger Livesey, David Hutcheson, Spencer Trevor, Roland Culver, James Knight, Deborah Kerr, Dennis Arundell, David Ward)
Powell & Pressburger's great classic about a life well-lived
Marley (Country: UK / USA; Year: 2011; Director: Kevin Macdonald; Stars: Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Rita Marley, Cedella Marley, Junior Marvin, Lee Perry, Cindy Breakspeare)
A documentary charting the life of the famous reggae star.
Michael (Country: Austria; Year: 2011; Director: Markus Schleinzer; Writer: Markus Schleinzer; Stars: Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger)
A look at the day to day life of an unremarkable man who is keeping a ten year old boy prisoner in his basement.
Winner of Max Ophuls prize
Anton Corbijn Inside Out Anton Corbijn Inside Out
Anton Corbijn Inside Out and Death Row
Oktober (Oktjabr) (Country: USSR; Year: 1928; Director: Sergej Eisenstein; Stars: Vasili Nikandrov, Vladimir Popov, Boris Livanov, Nikolaj Podvojskij, Eduard Tissé)
Commissioned by the Executive Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution. The film reconstructs the trajectory of the Russian Revolution and comments on events through the use of suggestive montage and ironic imagery.
Reporting... A Revolution (Althawra... Khabar) (Country: Egypt; Year: 2012; Director: Bassam Mortada)
Made in just eighteen days, this is the biography of a nation and six courageous young reporters.
Side By Side (Country: USA; Year: 2012; Director: Chris Kenneally)
Documentary exploring the science behind the development of digital cinema technology and its effects.
Sons Of The Clouds, The Last Colony (Hijos de las nubes, la última colonia) (Country: Spain / USA; Year: 2012; Director: Álvaro Longoria)
Highlighting the lives of the Sahrawi people who, often forced into exile, vacillate between desperation and militancy.
The Story Of Film: An Odyssey 1 + 2 (Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Mark Cousins)
Mark Cousins' series on the history of cinema.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and As Luck Would Have It
The Story Of Film: An Odyssey 3 + 4 (Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Mark Cousins)
Mark Cousins' series on the history of cinema.
Young Adult (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Jason Reitman; Writer: Diablo Cody; Stars: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Collette Wolfe, Jill Eikenberry, Richard Bekins, Mary Beth Hurt, Kate Nowlin, Jenny Dare Paulin, Rebecca Hart, Louisa Krause, Elizabeth Ward Land, Brian McElhaney, Hettienne Park), Official Site
Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

Portrait of a lady and a city Fabien Constant on Sarah Jessica Parker and the team behind Blue Night

Style and grace Kate Novack and Andrew Rossi on The Gospel According To André

On the road again Kent Jones on Tribeca award winner Diane

Putting island in doc Gabrielle Brady on the challenges of shooting Island Of The Hungry Ghosts

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