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Berliner Schule is dead – long live Berliner Schule

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Berliner Schule 1From November 20 to December 6, MoMA will host The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule. These films were created in the aftermath of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, during the unification process of East and West Germany. Beyond presenting a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of independent filmmaking by Berlin based auteur filmmakers, the films of the  Berliner Schule give an insight into contemporary German cultural identity.

The Berliner Schule or Berlin School is probably easier to define by what the filmmakers and their films do not have in common versus what they do. None of the directors of the Berliner Schule are from Berlin but hail from much smaller West German towns.

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Bisque Rage: Video going berserk

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Bisque Rage Vol.6 Berlin is an all-day Berserk video challenge on June 14th that plans to gather 150 berserk filmmakers from all around Europe to shoot and make some original, creative and experimental moving content in just 9 hours. 

After a big success in Sweden, Korea, Switzerland, France and Denmark it was about time to take the sixth challenge to Berlin. Leo Marthaler is one of the organizers. Stephanie Tendler got the load-down.

S2S: If you could participate this Saturday what would the theme of your film be? 

Leo Marthaler: BB (The Barefoot Basterds) – It would definitely involve explosions, Currywurst and machetes, and it would be a love story, I like that … A man meets a girl and explosions. Kind of like Lola Rennt.

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Berlinale 2014

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BerlinaleI was asked to review one of the films I have recently seen at the Berlin Film Festival Berlinale 2014 by my dear friend Stefanie Tendler. At first, I was not sure which one I should pick, but leaving the Friedrichstadtpalast on Saturday with a feeling of grief, my gut feeling told me “Jack was going to be just the right kind of film to tell you about.

A German production set in Berlin seemed perfect for S2S and most definitely stands for that kind of quality and beauty of German film that will hopefully make it across the German borders. If you are familiar with Berlin, you may recognize some of the places shown in “Jack.”  However, as joyful as it may be to see your city as the setting of a film, the story told could have happened anywhere. Jack, our protagonist is around 10 years old and takes care of his younger brother Manuel. His mother is loving and caring when she actually spends time with her children, but often too busy and generally overwhelmed, she is not dedicating enough time to them. She places the burden of all responsibilities on the shoulders of her oldest son.

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