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Berlin: 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' Wins Golden Bear, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Takes Jury Prize & Richard Linklater Best Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2014 10:07 AM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
The curtain has been drawn on another year at the Berlin Film Festival, and in 2014, it looks like Hollywood made a bigger impression than usual when it came to the awards. While the big prize went to one of the three Chinese films in competition, elsewhere American indie faves took home some major trophies.

Interview: Jack O'Connell On '71,' 'Starred Up,' Working With Angelina Jolie & Getting Spray Tanned For '300' Sequel

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 12, 2014 1:04 PM
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'71 Jack O'Connell
It’s February 2014 and it’s more than likely that, if you live in America, you’d have a hard time picking Jack O’Connell out of a line-up. But by year’s end we’ll wager that will have changed as by then, if there’s any justice in the world both “Starred Up” the fantastic prison drama that we caught in Goteborg, and “‘71” which has proven one of the biggest hits of the Berlinale will have made it across the Atlantic, to be followed by “Unbroken” the Angelina Jolie-directed bestseller adaptation that has “prestige project” and “potential award magnet” writ large on it already. And that’s not even mentioning an abs-bearing, sword-brandishing role in the “300” sequel. Once all of this exposure hits, O’Connell may feel like an overnight sensation, but as the 23-year-old reminded us during our very enjoyable Berlinale interview, he’s been at this for nearly a decade now.

Berlin Review: '71' Starring Jack O’Connell An Outstanding, Bloody, Meditation On The Personal Cost Of Conflict

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 7, 2014 5:03 PM
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'71 Jack O'Connell
While the odds of seeing two truly extraordinary, brutal but brilliant British films in as many weeks are fairly long, the chances of both films starring the same relative unknown, in two similarly impressive yet fundamentally different performances, must be exponentially smaller. But we should buy a lottery ticket, because in the wake of David Mackenzie’s tremendous “Starred Up” (review here), a new film from debut feature director Yann Demange has had its world premiere here at the Berlin Film Festival. And it also places at its moral, physical and psychological center a role for Jack O’Connell, the rising star who knocked us sideways in the former film, and did it all over again here.

Exclusive: Poster War Drama '71' Starring Jack O'Connell, Premiering At The Berlin Film Festival Plus Pics & Clip

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2014 12:05 PM
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'71 Jack O'Connell
While he might not be gracing the cover of magazines just yet, but the time 2014 is over, Jack O'Connell should be. The actor has steadily been earning buzz from his breakout role on "Skins," his appearance in "This Is England" and his star-making turn in the forthcoming prison drama "Starred Up" (read our rave review here). And with roles in "300: Rise On An Empire" and Angelina Jolie's awards season contender "Unbroken," you're going to see a lot more of him over the next twelve months. And at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival, a new movie is arriving providing a fresh showcase for his talent.

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