Getting Ready for Berlinale 2009
It’s February, and you know what that means if you’re a cinephile: Time again for the Berlinale, one of the oldest film festivals in the world. The opening-night world premiere at this 59th edition, screening in just a couple of hours, is Tom Tykwer’s action thriller The International, starring Clive Owen, Ulrich Thomsen, Naomi Watts, and Armin Mueller-Stahl. I’ll miss the ceremonies and (thankfully) the red-carpet entourage, but I do have a nice flat in Kreuzberg for a week, beginning Friday, and plan to cover as much of the festival as possible in that time. Some films I’m looking forward to seeing are Lukas Moodysson’s Mammoth, Sally Potter’s Rage, Costa-Gavras’s Eden Is West, Andrew Bujalski’s Beeswax, Catherine Breillat’s Bluebeard, and a handful of new titles from South Korea: Members of the Funeral, The Day After, and Land of Scarecrows.
Oh yes—and then there’s Claire Denis’ sensuous, blissfully low-key 35 Rhums, which I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and can’t wait to feast my eyes on again.
Stay tuned for updates, a few scene-setting dispatches, and with any luck, a couple of full-fledged reviews. In the meantime, the indefatigable David Hudson will be offering a bounty of links, articles, and quick takes over at The Daily @ IFC.com, as always.