Berlin!

Wednesday February 17th 2010


We’ve been trying to ignore all the stuff what’s been going on in Berlin because we’re jealous that we’re not there we’ve got better things to write about, but the time has come to make our position known.

And so I hand you over to our anonymous (because he’s secretly Lars Von Trier) correspondent at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival:

5 CRAP THINGS ABOUT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

1. It’s really fucking cold.

2. There’s ice everywhere, and I fell over.

3. Chairkickers – they’ve followed me from screening to screening, bugging the fuck out of me. Just SETTLE DOWN!

4. Getting stuck on the opposite side of the road from the cinema I needed to be in while a seemingly endless street parade playing an unholy mix of Oompah/House hybrid crawled by.

5. That Banksy film is here. And there are new films by Thomas Vinterberg and Michael Winterbottom. And Nine is the festival’s special 60th birthday screening. What kind of celebration is that?

Bonus Crap Thing: I didn’t see Shutter Island.

5 AWESOME THINGS ABOUT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

1. It’s in Berlin, which is amazing.

2. Dunkin Donuts is actually a viable public meal option here.

3. Brill cinemas – the Astor Film Lounge (pictured above – which I almost didn’t get into due to above parade), Cinestar 7, Arsenal, the Zoo Palast, the International which has great curtains.

4. The audiences, who are really enthusiastic. Which may explain aforementioned chairkickers. Although they may simply be tossers.

5. Films. Notably:

Animal Kingdom
Dog Pound
Winter’s Bone
Amer
True Legends

Cotton (aka The Last Exorcism)
Rebecca Hall in Please Give
Greta Gerwig in Greenberg
The restored Metropolis.
(All 147 minutes of it.
With a live orchestra.
And no-one behind me kicking my chair.)

Bonus Awesome Thing: Shutter Island opens soon.

That’s your lot.

We be international.