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Northzone Festival



Bill Skarsgård in “Behind Blue Skies”. Photo: Göran Hallberg/Nordisk Film

Northzone is a film and music festival celebrating the innovative scene of the nordic countries. This years edition features talents from Sweden, Finland and Iceland on screen and stage.

“Behind Blue Skies” (“Himlen är oskyldigt blå”), a thriller set in the Stockholm archipelago the summer of 1975, will open the film section of the festival on Friday. The movie is directed by Hannes Holm, with Bill Skarsgård in the lead. The music will kick off tonight with the Finnish-German electro duo Millennium.

The festival has several venues throughout the city, among them Festsaal Kreuzberg and Roter Salon. You’ll find the full program on the Northzone website.


Golden Bear to “Caesar Must Die”


All the Winners at the 2012 Berlinale

The Berlinale Palast at Potsdamer Platz (file). Photo: Esbjörn Guwallius/Berlinow

The Golden Bear for Best Film went to the Italian film “Caesar Must Die” by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.

The festival catalogue describes “Caesar Must Die”:

“The performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar comes to an end and the performers are rewarded with rapturous applause. The lights go out; the actors leave the stage and return to their cells. They are all inmates of the Roman maximum security prison Rebibbia. One of them comments: ‘Ever since I discovered art this cell has truly become a prison’.

Filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani spent six months following rehearsals for this stage production; their film demonstrates how the universality of Shakespeare’s language helps the actors to understand their roles and immerse themselves in the bard’s interplay of friendship and betrayal, power, dishonesty and violence.”

Here are some of the other winners at this year’s Berlinale:

The Jury Grand Prix-Silver Bear
“Just The Wind” by Bence Fliegauf

Silver Bear for Best Director
Christian Petzold for “Barbara”

Silver Bear for Best Actress
Rachel Mwanza in “War Witch” (by Kim Nguyen)

Silver Bear for Best Actor
Boe Følsgaard in “A Royal Affair” (by Nikolaj Arcel)

Silver Bear for an outstanding artistic contribution
Lutz Reitemeier for the photography in “White Deer Plain” (by Wang Quan’an)

Silver Bear for Best Script
Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg for “A Royal Affair”.

The members of the 2012 International Jury at the Berlinale were Mike Leigh (President), Anton Corbijn, Asghar Farhadi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jake Gyllenhaal, François Ozon, Boualem Sansal, and Barbara Sukowa.

Meryl Streep (file). Photo: Esbjörn Guwallius/Berlinow

Meryl Streep was awarded the Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the International film festival in Berlin Tuesday.

The Berlinale is showing a retrospective of some of the best of Meryl Streep’s work in recognition of her Golden Bear.

Update: Video!

Via The Local

Film scenery in Babelsberg. Photo: Thomas Amm/flickr[source]CC BY 2.0

A couple of years ago, Quentin Tarantino put Studio Babelsberg on the international film scene once again with the production of his Academy Award-winning “Inglorious Basterds”.

Babelsberg has managed to survive both the Nazi and communist regimes, and seen icons such as Marlene Dietrich and Alfred Hitchcock pass by. In recent years stars like Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Liam Neeson, and Tom Cruise have all made films at the studios, located a few kilometers south of Berlin.

Studio Babelsberg celebrates its 100th birthday in February this year.

Via The Local

Uwe Ochsenknecht is also a well known singer. Here on poster for a concert in 2009. Photo: erix!/flickrCC BY 2.0

One of Germany’s more well known actors, Uwe Ochsenknecht, has moved to Berlin. He’s now living in an Altbau in Helmholzkiez in Prenzlauer Berg with his girlfriend Kirsten.

For an international audience Ochsenknecht is probably most known for his appearance in the cult movie “Das Boot” (1981) and the comedy “Schtonk!” (1992).

Via BZ Berlin

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