Cinephil in Berlin 2020

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A film by Victor Kossakovsky

Executive Produced by Joaquin Phoenix

Where his prior film, the acclaimed epic AQUARELA, was a reminder of the fragility of human tenure on earth, in GUNDA, master filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky reminds us that we share our planet with billions of other animals. Through encounters with a mother sow (the eponymous Gunda), two ingenious cows, and a scene-stealing, one-legged chicken, Kossakovsky movingly recalibrates our moral universe, reminding us of the inherent value of life and the mystery of all animal consciousness, including our own

Sun 23 Feb – 12:30 – CinemaxX 7 – WORLD PREMIERE
Mon 24 Feb – 11:15 – CinemaxX 5 – EFM screening
Mon 24 Feb – 20:00 – Cubix 6
Tue 25 Feb – 9:15 – CinemaxX 15 – EFM screening  
Fri 28 Feb – 12:30 – Zoo Palast 1
Sun 1st March – 10:00 – Urania

93′ | No Dialogue | Norway, USA 2020

Produced by Sant & UsantAnita Rehoff Larsen Co-Produced by Louverture Films – Joslyn Barnes, Susan Rockefeller With the support of Norwegian Film Institute, Fritt ord Foundation, Empathy Arts In Association with Storyline Studios, Hailstone Films



A film by Bill and & Turner Ross

In the shadows of the bright lights of Las Vegas, it’s last call for a beloved dive bar known as the Roaring20s. That’s the premise, at least; the reality is as unreal as the world the regulars are escaping from. Bloody Nose,Empty Pockets is a mosaic of disparate lives, teetering between dignity and debauchery, reckoning with the past as they face an uncertain future, and singing as their ship goes down. Filmmaking duo Bill and Turner Ross (Western, 2015 Sundance Film Festival) return with an elegiac portrait of a tiny world fading away but still warm and beating with the comfort of community. Their beguiling approach to non fiction story telling makes for a foggy memory of experience lost in empty shot glasses and puffs of smoke.

The Hollywood Reporter

“Is the movie fiction? Yes, technically.
Is it a nonfiction? Not exactly. Is it “real”? Absolutely.”


Sat 22 Feb – 9:30 – CinemaxX 10 – EFM screening
Mon 24 Feb – 19:00 – CinemaxX 3 – Intl’l Premiere
Tue 25 Feb – 16:15 – Cubix 7
Wed 26 Feb – 14:30 – Colosseum 1
Thu 27 Feb – 12:45 – CinemaxX 11 – EFM screening
Fri 28 Feb – 16:00 – CinemaxX 4

98′ | English | USA 2020

Produced by Department of Motion PicturesMichael Gottwald & Chere Theriot  In Association with XTR



A film by Ai Weiwei 

Ai Weiwei’s Vivos captures the human impact of Mexico’s ongoing crisis of forced disappearances against the background of Mexico’s “war on drugs.” In 2014, a bus of college students from the Ayotzinapa College in the Mexican state of Guerrero was attacked by masked assailants. Six students were killed, dozens wounded, and 43 forcibly disappeared by drug cartels; the crime was covered up by the state. Through the poignant stories of families seeking justice for the disappeared,Vivos depicts the psychological and emotional toll of endemic violence on Mexican society


Wrenching. Stirring

Screen International

Touching, compassionate, socially conscious.
The Hollywood Reporter

Tue 25 Feb – 9:15 – CinemaxX 11 – EFM screening
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112′ | Spanish, English | Germany, Mexico 2019

Fart Foundation Presents an Ai Weiwei Production

Self Portrait

Göteborg 2020 WORLD PREMIERE 

Directed By Katja Hogset, Margreth Olin, Espen Wallin 

Norwegian artist Lene Marie Fossen is an up and coming, talent in the world of photography. Critics claim she is among the best still photographers of our time. At the same time she appears to be dying from anorexia. She stopped eating at ten years old. Over time the disease has gained control over her body and poisoned her thoughts. Her sensitivity made her ill, but will that also be what saves her?

Mon 24 Feb – 9:30 – CinemaxX 17 – EFM screening

77′ | Norwegian | Norway 2020

Produced by Margreth Olin, Speranza Film with the support of Norwegian Film Institute, The Freedom of Expression Foundation, Extrastiftelsen, Viken Filmsenter, Fond for Lyd Og Bilde, NRK


IDFA 2019 –  World Premiere 

Directed by Tonje Hessen Schei

iHUMAN is a political thriller that explores the creeping expansion of artificial intelligence under an illusion of democracy and freedom of choice. The film follows pioneers on the front lines of the invisible AI revolution, exposing how this technology is being developed and implemented. In iHuman, some of the brightest minds in the AI industry decrypt a roadmap to our future.
Who is really holding the code?

Tue 25 Feb – 11:00 – CinemaxX 18 – EFM screening

99′ | English, Chinese |  Norway 2019

Produced by Up North Film Co-produced by Made in Copenhagen, Think-Film Impact With NRK, ZDF/Arte

My Rembrandt


Written and Directed by Oeke Hoogendijk

Aristocrats cherish, experts rule, art dealers hunt, collectors crave and museums battle for Rembrandt. 350 years after the grand master of intimacy’s death, entire nations are more than ever obsessed with the his paintings. My Rembrandt is an epic art thriller into the super exclusive world of the Old Masters collectors.

Mon 24 Feb – 13:45 – CinemaxX 1 – EFM screening

95′ | English, French, Dutch | Netherlands 2019

Produced by Oeke Hoogendijk, Frank van den Engel – A Discours Film Production 



VENICE 2019 – Official Selection   
TIFF 2019 – Official Selection
ZURICH IFF 2019 – Golden Eyes Award WINNER! 
LA ROCHE SUR YON 2019 –Special Award WINNER!
SEMINCI 2019 – Best Director WINNER!  
CINEMED, Montpellier – Best Documentary – WINNER!
VERZIO IHRFF  – Best Documentary – WINNER!
IDFA 2019 

Directed by Alexander Nanau

In 2015, a fire in Bucharest’s Colectiv club leaves 27 dead and another 180 injured. Soon, more burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. Following journalists, whistle-blowers, burn victims and government officials, Collective is an uncompromising look at the impact of investigative journalism at its best. 

Mon 24 Feb – 16:50 – CinemaxX 19 – EFM screening

109′ | Romanian, English | Romania, Luxembourg 2019

Produced by ANP In coproduction with Samsa Film Luxembourg, HBO Europe With the support of Romanian Film Centre, Luxembourg Film Fund, Sundance Documentary Fund With the participation of MDR, RTS, RSI, Yes Docu


TRIBECA 2019 – WINNER Best Editing

Directed, Written, Produced by David Rothbart 

In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his family began filming their daily lives in America’s most dangerous neighborhood – just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol. They’ve been filming ever since. Made in a unique collaboration with filmmaker and journalist David Rothbart, and spanning two decades, 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation’s ongoing crisis through one family’s raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga.  

Mon 24 Feb – 12:20 – dffb Atelier Studios – EFM screening

95′ | English | USA 2019

Produced by Alex Turtletaub, Michael B. Clark, Marc Turtletaub, Rachel Dengiz 
Executive Producers: Cheryl Sanford, Jennifer Tiexiera

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