Two Bear-winning films explore the austerity of modern life and the suppression of the animal side of human nature.
Daniel Tkatch was born in Kazakhstan, studied physics, art history and philosophy in Israel, Germany and Belgium, currently based in Brussels. He pursues a research in philosophy at KU Leuven, while covering cross-national political issues and developments in visual arts as a freelance journalist. Winner of the German-Polish Journalism Award 2014.
What should be the role of an international film festival in these confusing and insecure times? Berlin’s recipe for addressing contemporary challenges
If you’ve ever wondered what post-postmodernism might look like, 2016 gives you a pretty damn good idea.
On the role of engaged art in an increasingly globalized world and old and new Jerusalems. An interview with the Nazareth-born filmmaker Elia Suleiman (1960), President of the Jury at this year’s, 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival.
Would the British vote to leave the EU had there been a pan-European public sphere? Would nationalist and populist arguments have the same appeal in Britain and other European countries? An interview with the realists behind Politix EU
Containing terror with security measures only goes so far.
An article with the same title as this one was published in the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s English-language daily a day after the terrorist attacks in Brussels. The author, Yossi Melman, describes the attacks as “the result of years of negligence” and “a colossal security and intelligence failure.” According to Melman, Europe missed the opportunity to profit from Israel’s security-related know-how. The author is both right and wrong.
Udi Aloni’s new feature film, the winner of this year’s Berlinale Panorama Audience Award, is one of two Israeli films at the festival having the word “junction” in their title. Can one see this as a sign that Israel is standing at an important crossroads in its history? Katoikos.eu spoke to the director and the Palestinian leading actor, Samar Qupty.
“May you live in interesting times,” says a Chinese curse. Yet, reaching adulthood in “interesting times” might be an even grimmer fate. Jan Gassmann’s documentary Europe, She Loves pays a tribute to European youth’s lost years.
The Berlinale’s main award ceremony took place on Saturday, 20 February 2016, at 7.00 pm (CET) — see www.berlinale.de
- The Golden Bear went to Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), a documentary by Gianfranco Rosi about the Italian island of Lampedusa, which has become synonymous with the hardships and the hopes of refugees.
- The Silver Bears went to Death in Sarajevo by Danis Tanović, who received the Grand Jury Prize; A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery directed by Lav Diaz received the Alfred Bauer Prize for a Feature Film That Opens New Perspectives; Mia Hansen-Løve received the Silver Bear for Best Director for her film L’ avenir (Things to Come); …