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11 tips for Berlinale films worth seeing

Highlights at the Berlinale Summer Special

Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin
Berlinale Film Festival

On 9 June the Berlinale Summer Special starts, where you can satisfy your film hunger in 16 open-air cinemas all over the city. And as usual in February, this very special event will also feature an exciting selection of very different films, whether sophisticated arthouse cinema, great children's films or promising first works by new talents.

We have already taken a look at the programme and present eleven films that sound particularly promising.
Have fun at the cinema.

Tip 1: Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc

The Golden Bear: In March, the International Jury awarded its Golden and Silver Bears to the films in competition. The Golden Bear went to the critically acclaimed Romanian film Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc. Let's see if the satirical comedy about a teacher who is doomed by a private video will also delight the audience.

Tip 2: The Mauretanian

The Berlinale Summer Special opens with the thrilling courtroom film The Mauritanian starring Hollywood stars Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch. Based on true experiences, it tells the story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian who is arrested as an alleged terrorist and held at Guantánamo Bay without trial. Jodie Foster as his lawyer and Benedict Cumberbatch engage in a thrilling duel.

Tip 3: Nebenan

The Berlin film: Daniel Brühl plays himself in a wonderfully self-deprecating way. As successful Berlin actor Daniel, he gets involved in a conversation in the corner pub that he can't get out of and that changes everything. It's about gentrification, the still-living past - and of course about Berlin.

Tip 4: French Exit

Michelle Pfeiffer plays an impoverished widow who moves to Paris with her son. The film is screening as a Berlinale Special Gala and promises not only elegant setting and a great look, but also polished dialogue and great acting.

Tip 5:  I’m no Angel

Unfortunately, the retrospective has been postponed - except for one screening - but the film I'm no Angel is an absolute highlight.  Starring the incomparable Mae West, I'm no Angel is proof of how free and bold Hollywood could be. Mae West not only shines as a sexy lion tamer, but also wrote parts of the script herself and sings her own songs. And Cary Grant is in it too!

Tip 6: Beans

The twelve-year-old Mohawk girl Tekahentahkhwa, called Beans, lives in Quebec when there are clashes between the Mohawk and the government in 1990. Against the backdrop of peaceful protests that are violently put down, Beans tries to stand up for her rights and go her own way. The film is not only an emotional coming-of-age story, but also a gripping plea against racism and exclusion. Incidentally, the film won the Crystal Bear for the Best Film of the Children's Jury in the Generation Kplus competition.

Tip 7: Petite Maman

With her previous film Portrait de la jeune fille en feu, director Céline Sciamma delighted audiences and critics alike. Her latest work, Petite Maman, is about growing up, life and death, blurring the boundaries between reality and fantasy and developing its own poetic charm.

Tip 8: Ghasideyeh gave sefid

Iranian films have always been a discovery and competition winner at the Berlinale in recent years, such as the films by Jafar Panahi, the acclaimed Nader and Simin or There is no evil last year. The latest Competition entry Ghasideyeh gave sefid (Ballad of a White Cow), which tells the story of a woman who has to fend for herself after the execution of her husband, is certainly worthwhile.

Tip 9: Ich bin Dein Mensch

Dan Stevens' Tom is the perfect partner - thanks to artificial intelligence, the humanoid robot is supposed to work just right living together with scientist Alma. But will the experiment really go well? Director Maria Schrader explores this question in the comedy laced with quiet melancholy, whose lead actress Maren Eggert won the Silver Bear for Best Acting Performance

Tip 10: Courage  

"It takes courage to survive in a country like Belarus". This is shown in the impressive film Courage about three theatre people in the midst of the mass protests since the last presidential elections. Not light fare, but a film that gives courage.

Tip 11:  Le monde après nous

The Panorama contribution Le monde après nous is in the tradition of the Nouvelle Vague and Eric Rohmer's light summer films. It is about being young, the first big love, life in Paris - and of course a lot of cigarettes are smoked.

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doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog.