Though attendance was bigger than ever at the Berlin Film Festival, the competition was the dullest in a decade, according to Goldmann. A couple of new films from Israel were among the highlights.
The documentary program provides some of the Berlin Film Festival’s greatest highlights this year — but there are some misfires as well. A.J. Goldmann tries to separate the milk from the duds.
The 66th Berlin International Film Festival features a plethora of Jewish and Israeli films. Notable among them: Tomer Heymann’s “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now” about an HIV-positive Israeli reconciling with his religious family.
French documentary filmmaker and producer Claude Lanzmann will be honored at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, where he spoke about filming his famous “Shoah” documentary.
After an impressive few years of Israeli films showcased prominently at the Berlin Film Festival, there was a conspicuous dearth of Israeli fare this year.
“Nazis on the moon” sounds like a punchline. But it’s actually the premise of the most talked-about feature at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. The plot of Finnish entry “Iron Sky” revolves around “a group of Nazis who escape to the moon at the end of World War II to plan a new assault,” according to BBC News. “Added to the farce is a US President with more than a passing resemblance to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, and a navy cruiser called the USS George W Bush.”
On February 22, this year’s annual benefit for Theater For The New City’s Emerging Playwrights Program at the National Arts Club honors acting couple Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, which seems only natural. In 2005, Wallach released his delightful autobiography “The Good, the Bad and Me: In My Anecdotage,” but at 94, Brooklyn-born Wallach is neither in his dotage nor his anecdotage.