Berlin Film Festival

Matt and Mara – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

A teacher stuck in a rut finds her routine disrupted when an old friend from college reappears.

Sasquatch Sunset – first-look review

By David Jenkins

This delightful anthropological comedy from the Zellner brothers documents an eventful year in the life of four ambling Sasqatch.

A Traveller’s Needs – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Isabelle Huppert proves she’s one of the great comic performers in this delightfully meandering character piece from Hong Sang-soo.

Hors de Temps – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Olivier Assayas offers a wistful, meandering and amusingly philosophical exploration of life during the Covid-19 lockdown.

A Family – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Author and regular Claire Denis collaborator Christine Angot creates a harrowing portrait of a family collectively suppressing its traumas.

Dahomey – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Mati Diop offers a creative and moving guide to discussing anti-colonialist action in her very fine follow-up to 2019’s Atlantics.

L’Empire – first-look review

By David Jenkins

A lunatic piece of sci-fi social realism in which Bruno Dumont brings flying churches and sexed-up aliens to France's Opal Coast.

The Cats of Gokogu Shrine – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

In the Japanese costal town Ushimado, a colony of stray cats eke out a fraught existence alongside the human residents, documented by filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda.

Love Lies Bleeding – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

A drifting bodybuilder and a reclusive gym employee fall hard for each other with devastating consequences in Rose Glass's explosive thriller.

The Outrun – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Saoirse Ronan stars as a young woman battling alcoholism on the Orkney Isles in Nora Fingscheidt's adaptation of Amy Liptrott's bestselling memoir.

Crossing – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

A retired Georgian teacher sets out to reunite with her estranged niece in Istanbul in Levan Akin's compassionate third feature.

La Cocina – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Alonso Ruizpalacios's bilingual drama takes place during the chaotic lunch rush of a Times Square restaurant, where tensions flare between front of house and kitchen staff.

Cuckoo – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Hunter Schafer stars in Tilman Singer's second film, about strange occurances at an Alpine resort.

A Different Man – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Sebastian Stan and Adam Pearson are an excellent double act in Adam Schimberg's effective sophomore feature.

Berlin announce exciting 2024 competition line-up

By David Jenkins

Outgoing artistic director Carlo Chatrian delivers the world cinema goods for his final edition at the helm.

Notre Corps – first-look review

By Carly Mattox

Set within a Parisian gynecological clinic, Claire Simon's powerful documentary focuses on the myriad stories of patients who seek advice and care.

Suzume – first-look review

By Alicia Haddick

Makoto Shinkai's third feature continues his fantastical vision with a teenage girl who accidentally opens a magical portal, but fails to make the same impact as Your Name and Weathering With You.

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