If you are at Potsdamer Platz, right by its Kinematek and Berlinale’s many cinemas, sulfuric water vapor seeps up from the ground. Is this stink of rotten eggs signifying this year’s film festival? Some believe that the majority of the festival’s competition films are B-films. A total of 400 films were screened, half a million cinema visits were expected, and it all cost 25 million euros.
However, it is not stars and red carpet that interest us here at Modern Times Review. This year’s Berlinale featured 101 documentaries. As IDFA‘s Orwa Nyrabia said during a packed seminar on fiction and/or reality, a pretty girl always has an ugly girlfriend. Next to doll-like too perfumed stars, next to the «beauty» of fiction, we also need some of the sometimes perspiring-smelling or ugly reality.
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