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Exclusive: Wes Bentley Takes Target Practice In Clip From 'Things People Do' Premiering At The Berlin Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 10:05 AM
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Things People Do, Wes Bentley
You may not know the name Saar Klein, but you've undoubtedly seen his work. He's the Oscar nominated editor behind Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" and Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous," who has a notable filmography that also includes "The New World" and "The Bourne Identity." However, he's transitioning to the director's chair, and his debut feature film "Things People Do," will be premiering at the Berlin Film Festival.

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.

Exclusive: Feel The Terror In Trailer For 'History Of Fear' Premiering At The Berlin Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2014 4:00 PM
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History Of Fear
We may not have known the name Benjamín Naishtat before today, but you can bet it's one we'll keep an eye on. The filmmaker is headed to the Berlin Film Festival with his debut feature film "History Of Fear," and it speaks to its promise that the movie has landed a competition slot. Today, we have the exclusive trailer for the film to share with you why Naishtat may be one to put on your radar.

Exclusive: Watch The Trailer For Animated/Live Action Doc 'Last Hijack' Premiering At The Berlin Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2014 2:12 PM
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Last Hijack
Part of the reason why Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" was so effective both as a drama and thriller was that it took the time to humanize the antagonists of the film. Less villains and more the product of the society and circumstances they found themselves in, the pirates who board the ship in the film—led by a commanding, Oscar nominated turn by Barkhad Abdi—are complex characters, part of a system that in many ways, is their only means of survival. And now the forthcoming documentary "Last Hijack," premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, is going to dig deeper into what it means to be Somali pirate, and we have compelling, exclusive trailer.

The 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 Berlin Film Festival

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 4, 2014 1:18 PM
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Berlin 2014 preview
This Thursday, just a few scant weeks after Sundance has rolled up its red carpet, we’ll be plunging into Europe’s first major festival. The Berlin Film Festival, aka the Berlinale, has (like everything else) a lower profile than Cannes and perhaps a less glamorous aura than Venice. But, in a way, that counts toward its specific identity: with the European Film Market (which is one of the three biggest in the world) and the Talent Campus, a major program of workshops and masterclasses attended by students and professionals alike, from all disciplines, from all over the world, the Berlinale feels more businesslike and no-nonsense, less seduced by the glitz of the industry than by the actual films, and by fostering the talents that make them.

Exclusive: Posters & Photos Of Director Josephine Decker's Berlin Double Bill Including Film Starring Joe Swanberg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2014 10:03 AM
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Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Joe Swanberg
Most directors would be happy with just getting one film screened at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival, but filmmaker Josephine Decker has two unspooling — “Thou Wast Mild & Lovely” and “Butter on the Latch.” And Christoph Terhecte, Lead Programmer of the Berlinale Forum Section where the films will play, has a simple reason why both movies are getting space: "I haven't seen such a powerful filmmaking in a long time."

Exclusive: Jennifer Connelly Has A Visitor In Clip From Claudia Llosa's 'Aloft' Premiering At The Berlin Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2014 12:25 PM
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Aloft, Jennifer Connelly
For those who have been keeping an ear to the ground, Claudia Llosa is a filmmaker that has been making some serious noise. Her debut "Madinusa" first made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006, going on to play around the world, picking up the FIPRESCI Prize of International Critics at the Rotterdam Festival among other prizes. Three years later she returned with the acclaimed "The Milk Of Sorrow," which received the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival. She's headed back to the festival shortly, once again in competition, with her latest, "Aloft." And it will be one to keep an eye on.

Martin Scorsese Doc On New York Review Of Books, First Two Eps Of 'House Of Cards' S2 Added To Berlin Line-Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2014 9:38 AM
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House Of Cards, Season 2
We're barely unpacked from the Sundance Film Festival, and already, the Berlin Film Festival is upon us. Kicking off next week, it's the first big Euro festival on the calendar, and as such, it's bringing the big guns. With Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" and Lars von Trier's director's cut of "Nymphomaniac Part One" among the bigger ticket items (with a line-up that also includes: "Boyhood," "Snowpiercer," "Two Faces Of January," "American Hustle" and more), organizers have put some impressive finishing touches on the schedule.

'Snowpiercer' Heads To Berlin Film Festival, Check Out New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 8:44 AM
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Snowpiercer
Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" continues to roll out around the world... except in territories where The Weinstein Company has distribution rights. With no U.S. release date and the battle of the theatrical cut of the movie still presumably unresolved, perhaps this is a sign that there's hope on the horizon?

New Pics From Berlin Additions 'Two Faces Of January' With Viggo Mortensen & 'A Long Way Down' With Aaron Paul

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2014 9:24 AM
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The Two Faces Of January
While we're currently in the thick of the Sundance Film Festival, which is in full swing today, we're keeping one eye on the Berlin Film Festival where in a just a few weeks, a whole new batch of movies will arrive to command our attention. And today organizers have revealed a strong handful of new movies set to be unveiled as part of Berlinale Special sidebar.

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