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Maurice Dekkers' Ants on a Shrimp: René Redzepi and the Creation of a Dream

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.28.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

"When you get close to the raw materials and taste them at the moment they let go of the soil, you learn to respect them." -- René Redzepi I've disc...

Sayed Kashua's The Writer: What If the Ultimate Conflict Could Be Resolved by a TV Show?

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.31.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Sayed Kashua, left, and his TV alter-ego Kateb, played by Yousef Sweid, in a still from The Writer Ask me who my favorite contemporary writer is, and...

Pivot TV's Truth and Power: 'To Be More Informed Is To Be More Powerful'

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.23.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

"... I feel lucky to have been able to pursue my dreams and I hope that my contributions will in some small way lead to a sustainable world of peace a...

Strike a Pose: Thanking Madonna, 25 Years Later, for Releasing the Truth

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.21.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Do you have what it takes to be your true self? In a beautiful, touching, perfectly made documentary titled Strike a Pose, filmmakers Ester Gould and...

Hotel Dallas: The Power of Cinema Blended with the Humor of Art

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.19.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

When I first watched Sherng-Lee Huang's and Livia Ungur's fantastical film Hotel Dallas, I was reminded of that Salvator Dalí and Walt Disney collaboration Destino.

Kirsten Dunst Frumps it Down for Midnight Special Yet Remains a Superstar

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.15.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Jaeden Lieberher and Kirsten Dunst in a scene from Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special Apart from being a striking style icon, Kirsten Dunst is also a dam...

Actor Michael Shannon Redefines Fatherhood, Good & Evil in Midnight Special

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.13.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Ladies, get a hold of some waterproof mascara, 'cause you'll need it! In Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special, actor Michael Shannon gives everyone a daddy...

Rachid Bouchareb at Berlinale: 'Peace Should Be a Subject Taught in Schools'

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.07.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Pauline Burlet in a still from Road to Istanbul, photo Roger Arpajou Many of the films at this year's Berlinale redefined the meaning of parenthood f...

A Sartorial Road to The Oscars with Nominee Basil Khalil

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.02.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Basil Khalil and Best Actor nominee Eddie Redmayne When English-Palestinian filmmaker Basil Khalil heard that he'd been nominated for an Oscar, the f...

'We Are Facing a Disaster': Berlinale Winner Gianfranco Rosi Talks Fuocoammare

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.25.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Can a film change the world? If we believe in the power of one, that ability each human being carries around to make the environment around them better by simply adjusting their behavior, then films have the potential to change the world.

Trump and Clinton Take Command of U.S. Presidential Race

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

As I predicted months ago, it's likely to be Donald John Trump vs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a genuine Battle of New York, in the U.S. general election. There are still primaries to go before we sleep, but as South Carolina and Nevada voters proved Saturday night, the likely trend line is not breaking.

The Berlinale Diaries 2016: Fuocoammare, Hedi and the Winners, Scoring One for Humanity

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.22.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

A still from Gianfranco Rosi's Fuocoammare, featuring Samuele Pucillo Every year, at every festival, there is a film that shuts it down for me. I cou...

Berlinale: The Best and Wurst of It

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 02.22.2016 | Entertainment
James Marshall Crotty

The Berlinale is widely considered - along with Venice, Cannes, Sundance and Toronto - among the five most important film festivals on earth.

The Berlinale Diaries 2016: Road to Istanbul, a Chef and His Ants, Michael Moore, Alex Gibney & Truth and Power

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.20.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Michael Moore in Where to Invade Next, photo © Dog Eat Dog Films I'm haunted by an idea that Algerian-French filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb put out ther...

Meryl Streep On The Biggest Surprise Of Her Career

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 02.16.2016 | Fifty

Meryl Streep is one of the most revered actresses of all time, and yet, the 66-year-old revealed she wasn't always sure her career would enjoy such lo...

7 Practical Tips for Attending a Film Festival

Adam Groffman | Posted 02.15.2016 | Entertainment
Adam Groffman

Wait, what?! It's the first Saturday of the Berlinale--three days into the festival. George Clooney has already charmed the crowds and the journalists...

The Berlinale Diaries 2016: The Maestro, the Enigma, a Saudi Love Story & the Madonna Dancers

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.16.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

So far at Berlinale, there have been groundbreaking films, films about love, films about current affairs, movies about the past and some looking to the future. Some push the boundaries of reality, while others really stick our noses into the nitty gritty of surviving.

The Berlinale Diaries 2016: Redefining What Love Is, at the Movies

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.15.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Berlin, so far, has been cathartic for me. I've watched a movie, The Dreamed Ones by Ruth Beckermann, that reinvents the idea of romance and takes it to a cerebral level, thus suggesting the concept that in order to love, we don't have to be next to a person, it's enough to feel them to carry them in our heart.

The Berlinale Diaries 2016: And So It Begins, with a 'Hail, Caesar!'

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.13.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

The Coen brothers are always interesting, their cinematic choices bold and featuring hidden messages. Hail, Caesar! is no different; there are so many sub-themes and inside jokes in the film, it would take at least three viewings to get about half of them.

Weapon of Peace: A Talk With Odessa International Film Festival's Julia Sinkevych

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.26.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Putting a film festival together is never an easy task. There are flight and hotel arrangements to be made, films to secure from their sales agents, celebrities to invite and locations to be booked.

The Ghost of Festivals Past

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 06.16.2016 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

In the days before streaming gave you access to lost and found cinematic treasures, the Jerusalem Cinematheque brought all the classics, art-house films and even the quality Hollywood gems to the public.

Things Come Apart So Easily: Asghar Farhadi's About Elly

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

One of the signs that our future may turn out to be OK after all for me is watching the upward trend on the types of films that secure distribution in the U.S.

(VIDEO) How Viewster Picks Video For Nerdy Millennials

Andy Plesser | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
Andy Plesser

BERLIN -- Outside of some key markets, few may have heard of Viewster. But the Zurich- and Berlin-based VOD service has more than 20 million unique mo...

The Berlinale Diaries: Woman Power, the Eyes of a Thief Have It and Darren Aronofsky

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

This year's Berlinale is certainly woman-centric. There are exceptional leading ladies commanding the red carpet as Juliette Binoche did on opening night, in her tuxedo-inspired white gown and fresh make up.

Best of Berlinale: A Conversation With Simon Curtis on Woman in Gold

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.12.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

In his director's statement for the stunning new film Woman in Gold, which world premiered at this year's Berlinale as part of their Special Gala line-up, Simon Curtis writes "the film is about identity and asks the question, are you where you're from or where you are?"