International Film Festival: Paper Essay

I would like to turn your attention to The International Filmfestival AROUND THE WORLD IN 14 FILMS that will take place from November 25th to December 3rd 2011 at the cinema Babylon Mitte.

The Babylon Mitte is one of the oldest still active cinemas of Berlin and the only one surviving that was a premiere theatre during the silent film era. During the nazi period it served as a hiding place for enemies of the regime. The Filmfestival AROUND THE WORLD IN 14 FILMS will bring together 14 extraordinary independent films from 14 regions around the world.From South America to Africa, through different parts of Europe to the Near East, through the Middle East and Central Asia to parts of the Far East, and on to North and Central America: 14 films representing 14 different, personal, artistic visions of 14 areas of the world. Each of the 14 films will be presented by another leading German director, who will introduce both the film and the director (if he is in attendance), and then moderate a discussion with the audience and the director immediately after the film.Already shown and praised at various international film festivals such as San Sebastian, Toronto, Locarno and Venice, most of them yet still without German distribution, these films have been all but unavailable to audiences in Berlin. AROUND THE WORLD IN 14 FILMS gives the unique chance to discover, to discuss, to enjoy these new jewels of world cinema.

I think the are many sight to see films, but I would like to recommend you two of this films. Elena The first film is a russian film „Elena“ by Andrei Zvyagintsev.He focuses on family as microcosm. Elena and Vladimir’s is a midlife marriage; both have distinctly less than laudable adult children.

He is wealthy, reserved, distant; she is caring, uneducated, middle-class at best. Though not without affection, their marriage seems based on routine and quiet, on his wealth and her service. And the second film is a only one german film at festival, „Kriegerin“ Ist about Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, she hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country.She provokes, drinks, fights, and her next tattoo will be a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The only place she feels at home is the Neo-Nazi gang she belongs to, where hate, violence, and heavy parties are the daily rules. When 14-year-old Svenja joins the group, Marisa appears like a role model to her.

.. But when Marisa meets a young Afghan refugee her own convictions slowly start to evolve. “ (director David Wnendt, slightly altered)


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