Festival report: 58th Berlin International Film Festival (7-17 February)

Festival report: 58th Berlin International Film Festival (7-17 February)

It doesn’t happen often that The Hollywood Reporter trades in its usual slangy reverence for the hand that feeds it, but during the 58th Berlin International Film Festival it accused the aging festival of playing it safe especially when it comes to the competition and the art-house minded Forum sidebar ("…a section for poseurs.") Ouch. Thessa Mooij was in Berlin to see whether the festival, like its neighbouring competitor Rotterdam, has indeed been coasting for too long.

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Omkara

Bollywood Othello Goes Native in Uttar Pradesh: Released throughout the UK last Friday (28 July 06), Bollywood’s take on Othello, Omkara, joins the ranks of recent productions still faithful to masala formats, but exploring themes beyond the Mumbai dream factory. Thessa Mooij, Kamera’s New York correspondent, saw the film n New York, where a large Indian-American community can be counted on for strong box office openings.

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55th Berlin Film Festival

55th Berlin Film Festival

With the Golden Bear going to a South African film for the first time ever, this year’s Berlinale made it clear that African-made and African-themed productions are really starting to get noticed. Thessa Mooij reports from the German capital

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The 42nd New York Film Festival

The 42nd New York Film Festival

Seeking solace from the antics of a freshly re-elected George Dubya, Thessa Mooij and Marina Gorbunova bring us an exclusive report from this year’s New York Film Festival. At least some things Stateside seem to be moving in the right direction…

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Screenwriting for the 21st Century

Screenwriting for the 21st Century

For budding screenwriters, there are endless self-help manuals and guidebooks on the shelves, all of which seem to promise the secrets of writing a successful screenplay and selling it to Hollywood. Thessa Mooij reviews the latest addition to the market

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Tribeca Film Festival 2004

Tribeca Film Festival 2004

Tribeca might not be as well-known as New York’s larger and more mainstream film festivals, but its profile is growing fast – which makes this year’s lacklustre selection all the more disappointing, says Thessa Mooij

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Rotterdam Film Festival

Rotterdam Film Festival

With so many film festivals on the European circuit, programmers are finding it increasingly difficult to make their event stand out. In a so-so year at the Rotterdam Film Festival, Thessa Mooij found the best new work came from the Balkans

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The 41st New York Film Festival

The 41st New York Film Festival

L.A. may be in love with the movies, but the movies have always been in love with New York. At the 43rd official celebration of cinema in the Big Apple, Thessa Mooij found the first film festival which gave her nightmares

which gave her nightmares

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Mystic River

Mystic River

Believe it or not, Clint Eastwood has been directing for over thirty years, and Mystic River is his 24th film behind the camera. Thessa Mooij reviews another provocative and thoughtful drama from the man with no name

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The Tribeca Film Festival 2003

The Tribeca Film Festival 2003

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert de Niro to revitalise the Tribeca area of New York after the events of September 11th. Now with a new director at the helm, Thessa Mooij reports on the festival’s second year

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