Berlin Film Festival

Eight under-the-radar gems from the Berlin Film Festival 2019

By Adam Woodward

Highlights from across this year’s Berlinale, including a hallucinatory war thriller and a metaphysical farce.

Varda by Agnès – first look review

By Ian Mantgani

The first lady of French cinema offers a final, typically fascinating self-portrait.

Amazing Grace – first look review

By Ian Mantgani

Sydney Pollack’s long-lost concert doc shows the Queen of Soul at the height of her pop fame.

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael – first look review

By Ella Kemp

This portrait of the work of film critic Pauline Kael is a perfect reminder of why movies matter.

The Operative – first look review

By Ian Mantgani

Diane Kruger and Martin Freeman star in this intriguing tale of espionage in modern-day Tehran.

Watergate – first look review

By Ian Mantgani

Charles Ferguson’s mammoth chronicle of President Nixon’s downfall manages to be at once too detailed and too superficial.

Mr Jones – first look review

By Ian Mantgani

Agnieszka Holland’s biopic of Welsh journalist Gareth Jones is one of the most powerful films at this year’s Berlinale.

Fourteen – first look review

By Ian Mantgani

American filmmaker Dan Sallitt delivers a delicate, subtly devastating portrait of friendship and depression.

Light of My Life – first look review

By Lou Thomas

Casey Affleck directs this father-daughter survival drama set in a world without women.

The Kindness of Strangers – first look review

By Ian Mantgani

This year’s Berlin Film Festival gets off to an inauspicious start care of Lone Sherfig’s fusty New York ensemble drama.

Touch Me Not – first look review

By Elena Lazic

Adina Pintilie’s Golden Bear winner comprises superficial images of unsimulated sex and people with disabilities.

Generation Wealth – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Documentarian Lauren Greenfield speaks to the wealthy and the weary in this bold, personal meditation on money and obsession.

Madeline’s Madeline – first look review

By Ian Mantgani

Josephine Decker returns with a commanding, emotionally bracing study of teenage psychosis.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Gus Van Sant reunites with Joaquin Phoenix for an oddball comedy-drama about disability and addiction.

Unsane – first look review

By Matt Thrift

Steven Soderbergh’s unconventional iPhone movie is one of his strangest offerings to date.

L’Animale – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

A teenage girl on the cusp of adulthood begins to question what she wants out of life in this surprisingly nuanced Austrian drama.

U-July 22 – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Esteemed Norwegian director Erik Poppe dramatises the real-life mass shooting on the island of Utoya in this problematic thriller.

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