Just got back…from travels around Europe…specifically the Berlinale Talent Campus.
A really unique experience that I highly recommend…a week of film film film, workshops, meeting and mingling with incredibly talented people from every place imaginable. Inspiring, energizing, educational and super fun. While there I was contacted by Christoph from RADIUS Magazine, a new online publication to produce a short film for them. It features a wonderful Persian dancer Modjgan Hashemian from Berlin. The encounter added a special sweetness to my whole experience…you might enjoy it.
Otherwise, I was a bit disenchanted with the films at the Berlin film festival, in general from the films I saw the quality was poor…however, I did catch a gem, Death For Sale by Moroccan director Faouzi Bensaidiwho is also a character in the film. An intense complex plot with brilliant cinematography, engaging acting and beautiful tunes.
One of the most intriguing workshops was a discussion with Nuri Bilge Ceylan in who (i’m paraphrasing) makes films so as to solve his life situation, to understand something through film, by making a film that relates to something that’s important to him at that moment.