Natalie Gravenor | Monday April 20th, 2015 | 2
Now in its 11th year, achtung berlin – new berlin film award presents the cream of the local Berlin-Brandenburg cinematic crop. The 2014/2015 harvest yields a robust selection. Fiction films by newcomers and emerging auteuers alike make their mark, such as Bastian Günther who after his acclaimed indie HOUSTON revisits the postindustrial wilderness of the US in his genre-defying “California City“ – competing for Best Fiction Film here in Berlin while screening at the renowned doc fest Visions du réel in Nyon, Switzerland. Or German Film and Television Academy graduate Anna Sofie Hartmann’s “Limbo“, an austerely beautiful and haunting love story between a high school student and a new female drama teacher. Hartmann shot the film in her native Nakskov, a small town in Denmark whose main landmarks are sugar beet fields and refineries. Berlin filmmaking is truly international.
The documentaries in the 2015 festival edition focus on developments in Berlin post 1989. “Foto: Ostkreuz“ is a portrait of the photo agency of the same name which became the „East German Magnum“, assembling the top photographers who had worked in both official and unofficial contexts in the GDR and now provided invaluable documents of the joys, confusing and pain and German reunification. “Das Gelände“ is a longterm study of the areal in central Berlin which housed facilities of inhumane Gestapo interrogations, then was no man’s land before the Topography of Terror, a unique memorial and educational facility about Nazi crimes against humanity was erected there. Tomorrow, the awards in 12 categories will be announced. All year round, realeyz.tv presents highlights of the festival’s history on the achtung berlin channel.