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62nd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1

A few nuggets on display at the Berlinale

By Stefan Steinberg, February 24, 2012

This year’s Berlinale jury, headed by veteran British director Mike Leigh, awarded the festival’s principal prizes to a number of interesting and significant works.

The death of Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos

“I no longer deal with politics, with generalisations. I have stopped understanding them.”

By Stefan Steinberg, January 27, 2012

In many respects Angelopoulos expresses the artistic and political crisis of a generation of intellectuals who tragically failed to come to grips with the traumas of the past century and the extraordinary social and intellectual challenges of the new.

60th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5

Romania, Bosnia, and the problems of immigrants

By Stefan Steinberg, March 11, 2010

Romanian cinema has won a reputation in the last few years with a series of films by younger directors attempting to come to grips with the consequences of the introduction of the capitalist free market following the collapse of Stalinism.

60th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3

Kanikosen: a Japanese “proletarian novel,” updated

By Stefan Steinberg, March 3, 2010

This is the third in a series of articles on the recent Berlin International Film Festival, February 11-21.

The 59th Berlinale—Part 1

Lagging alarmingly behind the times

By Stefan Steinberg, February 19, 2009

Perhaps most striking about the latest Berlinale was the absence of any comprehension of the urgency of the current crisis. None of the burning issues at the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century were adequately addressed at the festival.

The 48th Berlin International Film Festival

A number of valuable new works

By Stefan Steinberg, March 3, 1998

At first glance the Berlin International Film Festival presented a bewildering array of films from dozens of countries. A perusal of the reviews and documentation was necessary to determine which films appeared to go beyond mere Hollywood-type entertainment and offer fresh and challenging material.