Class Ber­lin fes­ti­val at­tracts the films, stars

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

With all the Os­car buzz about the place, the Ber­lin Film Fes­ti­val has found it­self fight­ing for cov­er­age.

The award­ing of the Golden Bear, the top prize, to Paolo and Vit­to­rio Ta­viani’s Cae­sar Must Die took many crit­ics by sur­prise, but all but the most scep­ti­cal of ob­servers cel­e­brated the re­turn of two for­got­ten mas­ters. This is the most con­spic­u­ous suc­cess for the broth­ers since their Padre Padrone took the Palme d’or at Cannes a full 35 years ago.

Cae­sar Must Die, a quasi-doc­u­men­tary, fol­lows in­mates at a high se­cu­rity prison as they seek to stage a pro­duc­tion of Julius Cae­sar.

“We hope that when the film is re­leased to the gen­eral public,” said Paolo Ta­viani, “that cin­ema­go­ers will say to them­selves or even those around them . . . that even a prisoner with a dread­ful sen­tence, even a life sen­tence, is and re­mains a hu­man be­ing.”

The Grand Jury Prize went to Bence Fl­ie­gauf’s Just the Wind, about the mur­der of Ro­many peo­ple in Hun­gary.

Are they cloning Meryl Streep? As well as at­tend­ing ev­ery awards cer­e­mony on the planet, Streep pot­tered along to Ber­lin to pick up a life­time achieve­ment award. Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Robert Pattinson also turned up to wave at the crowds and soak up the fa­mous Ber­li­nale at­mos­phere.

The Ber­lin event may seem a lit­tle bit less prom­i­nent these days, but it re­mains the largest pub­li­cally at­tended film fes­ti­val in the world. So there. were be­ing asked to present a prize.

By the way, are we go­ing to keep pre­tend­ing that the Mup­pets re­ally ex­ist? Yes, we are. So shut up.

Sib­ling suc­cess: Vit­to­rio and Paolo Ta­viani ac­cept their Golden Bear for Cae­sar Must Die

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