Posts Tagged ‘Peter Kern’

Berlin 2010 Preview: Panorama Main/Special, Part One

February 5, 2010

According to the program notes, Berlin’s Panorama section is meant to present “an overview of trends in art-house world cinema.” That’s shorthand for “this is where we put stuff we like, but which is unlikely to attract the attention of a Competition film.” The films found in the Main and Special programs highlight international and independent productions in need of wider distribution. This year’s batch includes India’s first legally gay film, a Brazilian action film and Kevin Spacey moving in with his daughter. Read to the end, because there’s a trick in this line-up’s tail. Click on the titles to see trailers.

Read the first part of our Berlin Competition preview.
Read the second part of our Berlin Competition preview.

Arekti Premer Golpo (Just Another Love Story)

A gay director and his bisexual cameraman learn that it’s hard to make a documentary in Calcutta. Star Rituparno Ghosh is better known as a director, having won the National Film Award for Unishe April. According to director Kaushik Ganguly, this is the first gay picture to be shot in India after the decriminalization of homosexuality.


A straight fitness trainer named Kafka and a gay businessman have a fraught affair. This is the second film in a stylish autobiographical trilogy by Hong Kong IT-whiz-turned-filmmaker Scud (Permanent Residence), which also starred model Byron Pang.


Trailerama: Blutsfreundschaft (Initiation)

May 11, 2009

There are many who would argue that Helmut Berger shouldn’t be let in front of a movie camera. But the star of The Damned (and Lucino Visconti’s boyfriend) carries a lot of history. It’s used to effect in this Austrian drama, where his octogenarian dry cleaner falls for a 16-year-old estate thug. The kid’s neo-Nazi activity reminds Berger of his own fascist past and the one that got away. Directed by former Vienna Boy’s Choir member Peter Kern, who received a German film award for his role in Syberberg’s 1977 Hitler – A Film From Germany.