Are you an indepedent film fan and have ever wondered how films are perceived out of the "indie sphere" aka the real world ? Or, honestly, you've never asked yourself this question, because you think indie films are awesome and that people really need a "proper film education"?
Since I chose not to be at the Berlinale this year, I thought I owed you something new. And warning: This is for entertainment purpose only!
Austria | 2019 | World Premiere
Directed by Marie Kreutzer (Die Vaterlosen, Was hat uns bloß so ruiniert)
Starring: Valerie Pachner, Pia Hierzegger, Mavie Hörbiger, Michelle Barthel, Marc Benjamin, Axel Sichrovsky, Dominic Marcus Singer, Meo Wulf
Lola is a successful management consultant and seems to have everything under control. Her professional as well as her private life. But she has a dark secret. Nobody knows about her sister Conny and the history of mental illness that runs through her family. As circumstances force Lola to reconnect with her sister, she's on the edge of going down the rabbit hole.
"Childhood patterns among sisters, efficiency versus illness, women's love, men versus women - Marie Kreutzer has taken on too much in her naturalistic drama." - Gunda Bartels, Der Tagesspiegel
"A concentrated, withdrawn, at times very atmospheric psychogram of a management consultant on the verge of a nervous breakdown, which ultimately provides simply not enough new impressions or its duration of 108 minutes ." - Christoph Petersen, Filmstarts
There is little to none interest for the film outside of Austria.
Germany | France | 2019 | World Premiere
Based on a novel by Heinz Strunk
Directed Fatih Akin (Gegen die Wand, Aus dem Nichts)
Starring Jonas Dassler, Margarethe Tiesel, Hark Bohm
Director Fatih Akin is no stranger to the Berlinale. He's made film history with Gegen die Wand and Aus dem Nichts.
This time, the director chose a horror thriller, written by author Heinz Strunk and based on a true story of Fritz Honka, a serial killer in the red light district of Hamburg (Germany), in the 1970s.
"The Golden Glove” may not celebrate its subject, but the intimate examination it offers him is itself a privilege — one for which this ugly, unenquiring film scarcely makes a case." - Guy Lodge, Variety
"And so it grinds on, to its grim conclusion. Jonas Dassler, in heavy facial prosthesis as the hideous Honka, does an honest job in the role and the film is technically accomplished. But there is something meagre and futile about it." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Der Goldene Handschuh seems to be a litte bit more popular among Google users. This is also palpable through the numbers an reviews outside of Germany, which are much easier to find.
France | Canada | 2018 | German Premiere
Directed by François Ozon (8 Frauen, In ihrem Haus)
Starring: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Éric Caravaca, François Marthouret, Bernard Verley, Martine Erhel, Josiane Balasko, Hélène Vincent, François Chattot, Frédéric Pierrot
Director François Ozon is a household name in the French cinema. This time the director chose the difficult topic of child abuse within the Catholic Church.
After 30 years, a child abuse victim, try to alarm his diocese after having realized, that a priest who used to abuse him, still is entrusted children.
"A measured, intelligent treatment of a festering issue that remains oddly unemotional." David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"François Ozon might be known for his kinky thrillers, but his journalistic "Spotlight" riff nails the Catholic Church to the cross." - David Ehrlich, IndieWire
Probably due to the topic and well-known director, the film is geographically - this has nothing to do with the search volume - quite popular on the internet right now,
Germany | Serbia | 2019 | World Premiere
Directed by Angela Schanelec (Der traumhafte Weg, Marseille)
Starring Maren Eggert, Franz Rogowski, Lilith Stangenberg, Jakob Lassalle, Clara Möller
As the 13 year old Philipp comes back to his family after a runaway, he doesn't even mention it. His worried mother and teachers think it has something to do with the death of his father. However, his inexplicable behaviour makes his mother questions her whole life.
"The anger of this opaque film’s heroine, faced with a runaway son and a broken bicycle, is not explained by its disconnected scenes and incongruous donkeys" Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Taking its cue from the punctuation in its title, Angela Schanelec's latest auteur puzzle is elegant and entirely elliptical." - Guy Lodge, Variety
Not particularly popular, I Was At Home, But seems to be looked for only in Germany, its country of birth.
Tukey | Germany | Netherlands | Greece | 2019 | World Premiere
Directed by Emin Alper (Tepenin Ardı – Hinter dem Berg, Abluka – Jeder misstraut jedem)
Starring: Cemre Ebüziyya, Ece Yüksel, Helin Kandemir, Kayhan Açikgöz, Müfit Kayacan, Kubilay Tunçer
Three sisters working in host families are forced to go back to their father in Anatolia after every one of them has apparently done something wrong.
"Unlike Alper’s previous feature “Frenzy,” with its clear parallels to the political situation today, his latest is a hermetic drama lacking any perceptible alternate reading. " Jay Weissberg, Variety
A disconcerting story with the cruelty of a fairy tale." - Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
Outside of Germany and the Turkey, people don't seem to look for A Tale of Three Sisters, which has received a rather mixed reception among critics.
Canada | 2019 | World Premiere
Directed by Denis Côté (Bestiaire, Vic + Flo haben einen Bären gesehen)
Starring: Robert Naylor, Josée Deschênes, Jean-Michel Anctil, Larissa Corriveau, Rémi Goulet, Diane Lavallée, Hubert Proulx, Rachel Graton, Normand Carrière, Jocelyne Zucco
Set in a small town in Quebec, the film depicts the story of the inhabitants of the town who are struggling after the mysterious circumstances of Simon's deadly car accident, the teenage son of a family from the neighborhood.
"Inviting mystery, ambiguity, and a pervasive sense of unease, Ghost Town Anthology is an entrancing yet unsettling allegory that builds like the pressure of an approaching storm that never quite arrives." - Patrick Gamble, CineVue
"“Ghost Town Anthology” lacks the human touch it needs to satisfy beyond its symbolism, but if Côté’s 96-minute curio takes far too long to thaw, it’s never more spookily enthralling than in its final moments." - David Ehrlich, Indie Wire
Same here. No big interest for the Canadian film outside of Germany. This can have more than one explanation. Among others, that the film had its world premiere at the Berlinale.
Clearly Der Goldene Handshuh. Concerning the search volume. That's the clear winner. Let's see now who is going to take the Golden Bear home.
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