Posts Tagged ‘Philip Scheffner’

Berlin 2010 Preview: Forum, Part 3

February 11, 2010

Yeah, so the Berlin Film Festival has probably started already. This may still be of use to somebody. The Forum section is traditionally populated by newbies and experimental filmmakers. This year, several themes have emerged, among them the importance of labor and the plight of women in the modern economic system. The third part of our Forum preview has a particularly feminist bent, with documentary filmmakers tackling life in both ultra-Orthodox Israel and ultra-crazy North Korea. After it all, though, we end with a zippy Taiwanese comedy about a guy who just wants to visit his Parisian girlfriend. Click on the titles to watch trailers.

Click here to read the first part of our Forum preview.
Click here to read the second part of our Forum preview.

Pus (Haze)

A handgun and a photograph lead a young DVD pirate to become involved in a troubled couple’s lives. Director Tayfun Pirselimoglu situates this noir threesome in the industrial outskirts of Istanbul, where the atmosphere is as potent as Eraserhead’s distillation of Philadelphia.

Putty Hill

American filmmaker Matt Porterfield uses the day before a junkie’s funeral to scrutinize the rest of the family. In a faux documentary style, Porterfield creates deft sketches of put-upon skate punks and their impressively inked parents.


Trailerama: Der Tag des Spatzen (The Day of the Sparrow)

January 27, 2010

In November 2005, director Philip Scheffner opened up his newspaper and was struck by two articles. The first described the shooting of a sparrow in the Netherlands. The second noted the death of a German soldier in a suicide attack. Struck by this juxtaposition, Scheffner has made a nature documentary that is also a war film, filming birds from the Baltic Sea to the heart of Germany. He calls it “politischer Naturfilm.” The imagery is eerie and beautiful. As his journey continues, the watcher becomes the watched. Due to have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.