Berlinale 2016 Day 1 or ‘We’re all Africans really’
Welcome to 66th Annual International Film Festival Berlin! With 20 minutes delay the jury and their beautiful president Meryl Streep and her jury entered the press conference. Meryl Streep, Lars Eidinger, Nick James, Brigitte Lacombe, Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher and Małgorzata Szumovska. Most of the questions went to Meryl Streep and were about women in business and being bosses or leaders. And yes, she likes it to be the boss.
She wants conclusion and thinks the world leaders genders should be fifty-fifty. It’s the first time Meryl Streep works as a juror and she’s happy that her team is dominated by women. She already got Lars Eidinger under her thumb. And yes, she was a little bit bitchy! Being asked if she’s happy to discuss with a photographer like Brigitte Lacombe, she laughed and said, that Brigitte doesn’t talk that much. She’s living in New York for 30 years now and barely speaks english. Meeeeaow!
Former Viva boy Tobi Schlegl asked Lars Eidinger why there aren’t any people of color in the jury and Eidinger needed a thought. Streep just said: “Take a look around yourselves, folks!” And than Eidinger said, that the thinks that there aren’t that many people of color in Berlin if you walk around and watch. A journalist from Africa (already saw him last year, he’s a very polite movie lover) told the jury, that in 20 years of his work no African ever sat in the jury, but he doesn’t mind, because this festival still is very international. Well, I think, that’ pretty interesting dued to the fact that the Berlinale is known for being the most political festival of Europe!
“I’ve played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures,” Mery Streep said, when asked about diversity. “There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, and after all we’re all from Africa originally. Berliners, we’re all Africans really.”
The great Polish director Szumovska thinks their work will be like holidays because when do you find time talking about what you love? And yes, being a part or even the winner of this competitions pushes your work. And yes, actors and actresses judge about other artists work all the time (Eidinger). And at least Streep said, that she may not know so much international films, she barely can watch the one’s her friends are in, she doesn’t care about the nationality. The works needs to touch her heart.
After that nice press conference all of us ran to the cinema to watch this years opener “Hail, Caesar!” by the Coen Brothers and Oh my God!?! What was that?! I don’t know when I’ve been that entertained. This movie has everything: great photography, a thrilling story and great actors and actresses. It’s about Mr. Mannix, the leader of the Capitol Film studios, who has to take care of his sheep and keep the ship on course. And that ain’t easy with all the dumb starlets and bitchy directors. It takes place in the 1950’s, the look is unique and lovingly. Nearly every cliché finds it place, a homage to the old times.
I don’t want to spoil you, but every single actor/actress is great, especially Channing Tatum as a dancing sailor! I am gonna drop some names if you don’t mind: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes and Alden Ehrenreich. You should watch this movie, it’s worth it. Unfortunately I missed the press conference, because of the delay the room was already full. But I saw Tilda Swinton afterwards and she looked adorable.
“Já, Olga Hepnarová/I, Olga Hepnarová” by Tom Weinreb and Petr Kazda, the opener of the section Panorama.
This black and white movie is a touching biopic about the Czech massmurderer Olga, who killed eight people by driving into them at a bus stop. She’s the last woman of the CSSR sentenced to death, although the judge knew about her bad mental condition. This movie is breath taking beautiful, especially the leading lady Michalina Olszanka. She performs Olga as an introverted, clumsy and angry lesbian tomboy who simply doesn’t fit in and can’t bond with anyone. After a heartbreaking affair she gets in the free fall and decides to kill people instead of killing herself. It’s heavy. Sometimes you get bored and annoid by her self pity, but she simply was mad and tried to find help, but noone really could.
The performance of the polish Olszanska is outstanding and she’s so beautiful (beautiful heartmelting psycholesbians, that’s sooo new)! A must see!