Cate Blanchett enchanted the audience yesterday - first at the Talents at HAU when she talked about her new film, and then at the screening of Tár at the Berlinale Palast. And with this highlight, the Berlinale is coming to an end.
Today is the last day in the Competition, where the Chinese animated film Art College 1994, the French documentary Sur l'Adamant and last but not least the German entry Bis ans Ende der Nacht are in the running. Tickets are still available for many films. On the Berlinale website you can find an overview of what you can still buy a ticket for. For example, you can still see the Australian competition film Limbo with Simon Baker or the entertaining documentary And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine.
And today there will be a big party at the Volksbühne when the Teddy Award will be presented to the best queer film of the festival. Tomorrow it will be time: at the big gala we'll find out who gets to take home the coveted bears. The jury is always good for a surprise, so it is difficult to predict. So we remain curious ...
20.000 especies de abejas
One of the candidates for the Golden Bear is the Spanish competition entry 20,000 especies de abejas.
A name is identity: No, the name should no longer be Aitor, and the nickname Cocó doesn't feel right either. A child searches for its identity and encounters a lack of understanding in the family. The parents' marriage seems to be in crisis, the mother is trying to work as an artist again and has problems of her own. The whole family struggles with problems and long-suppressed feelings. The aunts cannot accept that Aitor wants to wear a dress to the cousin's christening. Only the great aunt, a beekeeper and bee healer, listens and sees the crisis the child is actually in.
The film 20,000 especies de abejas also takes a lot of time to look and listen. It sensitively shows the portrait of a child and its family in crisis. It is a quiet film that makes you listen and watch carefully. In the end, however, it remains a little too predictable in its twists and turns.