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Berlinale 2020. Undine by Christian Petzold won the Critics Award. The jury, headed by French critic Michel Ciment, wrote: “At the same time a myth inspired film and a complex portrait of a modern woman, with an outstanding performance by Paula Baer. The poetry of the fairy tale is transformed into striking images by cinematographer Hans Fromm.” More

Berlinale Talent Press 2020. Selected by an international jury, eight film critics were invited to Berlin to review films and events across the festival. Under the tutelage of prominent film critics they share their impressions and insights through their articles. Read their thoughts and ideas on film criticism and on the Berlinale program.


The situation of film festivals changes almost daily. Some festivals postponed their dates. Others were cancelled. Or they moved online.

Annecy. At the 60th Annecy International Animation Film Festival (June 15–20, 2020, online), the critics’ jury awarded the FIPRESCI Prize to the Canadian short The Physics of Sorrow by Theodore Ushev. www.annecy.org

Sofia (Bulgaria, postponed to June 25 – July 5, 2020). The festival moved online. So did our jury: Petra Meterc (Slovenia), Hector Llanos Martinez (Spain), Rossen Spassov (Bulgaria). www.siff.bg  

Perm. The International Documentary Film Festival in the Russian City at the foot of the Urals, named after the legendary American pioneer of documentary film making, Robert Flaherty (“Flahertiana”), moved to December 11 – 17, 2020. www.flahertiana.ru

The Fantasy of Movies. Rifkin’s Festival, Woody Allen’s new film, will open the San Sebastian Film Festival on September 18. It will be the world premiere. “The film […] was shot last summer in San Sebastian and other nearby towns”, as the festival informs. “It tells the story of a married American couple who go to the San Sebastian Festival and get caught up in the magic of the event, the beauty and charm of the city and the fantasy of movies.”

Lisbon. The next edition of Doclisboa (Oct 22 – Nov 1) will have a cycle dedicated to the theme of work, by directors such as Harun Farocki, Helke Sander, Hervé Le Roux… The film production during the Portuguese revolutionary period will also be highlighted. www.doclisboa.org