France's The Nun and Chile's Gloria won praise in Berlin on Sunday, while footage from Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac was screened for a select crowd of buyers and Canada's Vic + Flo ont vu un ours took its bow as the country held its annual party at its embassy.
Friday's screening of David M. Rosenthal's A Single Shot had Berlinale insiders buzzing, while Saturday's premieres included two European standouts that took inspiration (of sorts) from American Westerns: Boris Khlebnikov's A Long Happy Life and Thomas Arslan's Gold starring Nina Hoss.
Joseph Gordon Levitt charmed audiences with his directorial debut Don Jon's Addiction starring Scarlett Johansson, while non-stars and improvisation ruled the day in Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's trilogy finale Paradise: Hope at the Berlinale on Friday.
The director discussed his highly anticipated new kung fu film, which will open the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival tonight, at a press conference alongside stars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi. Wong is also serving as the jury president at this year's festival.
Mira Fornay's My Dog Killer, Daniel Hoesl's Soldier Jane, and Mohammad Shirvani's Fat Shaker received Rotterdam's Hivos Tiger Awards, honoring first or second time filmmakers, while Dutch and Saudi features prevailed in other categories.
Though everyone knew who'd walk home with prizes from the NY Film Critics Circle, last nite's ceremony wasn't fully scripted, with emotional acceptances, a dash of heckling & a pair of filmmakers called upon to defend their award-winning work amidst a storm of controversy.
In our first FIlmLinc Digest of the year, we look forward to a new season of cinema with anticipatory lists and film resolutions, along with a piece on perhaps the most controversial Christmas Day release in recent history: Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.