“Call me old fashioned, I like a bunch of strangers coming into a dark room watching light on the screen and having something happen” – Willem Dafoe

Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival

Last two days at this year's @berlinale !

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The 68th Berlinale is over and the highlight video is out. It’s a political affair in a political city. And that’s what makes it so special.

Here are my personal highlights from this year. Korea has established itself as the leading country of new cinema in Asia overtaking Japan, that seems a little stuck in previous success. I watched all the Korean films: Last Child, Old Love and Grass. Coinciding with the magic in Pyeongchang gave the experiences an extra dimension.

Walking the red carpet with my hero Ryuichi Sakamoto was a personal highlight, though, and his two new documentaries are masterpieces.

With Ryuichi Sakamoto on the red carpet at the @berlinale.

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The Erik Poppe dramatization of the Norwegian terror incident is a very important movie. At our screening, he made a speech afterwards. This speech should be shown as a video preamp to all future screenings. The message is clear. Right wing terror (along with traffic in Berlin!) is one of the biggest dangers in the world today.

Trailers from my highlights:

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