Akira Kurosawa

The 20 Most Anticipated Movies of Berlinale 2018

By Redmond Bacon

It’s nearly that time of the year again, when the whole movie world descends upon the German capital of Berlin to watch hundreds of films, cut deals and party. It may be the coldest time of the year for a festival in the grey city, but that won’t stop thousands of people from attending.

With over 400 films expected to be screened at the festival, it is hard to say which one will prove the favourite with critics — the average critic only able to see about around ten to twenty percent of films available. That’s why we have created this list to help show you what films we think are worth looking out for.

There are a great crop of auteur filmmakers showing films at the festival, with Wes Anderson, Hong Sang-soo, Lav Diaz and Steven Soderbergh all screening their latest works.

In addition, there are intriguing first-time films spanning any genre you can think of across the Competition, Forum and Panaroma categories. Read on for the essential films to watch at Berlinale, including some that may even be featuring in contention at next year’s Oscars!

1. Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)

The latest film from Wes Anderson is opening the Competition and is probably the most anticipated film of the entire festival. Returning to the stop-motion animation techniques that made Fantastic Mr Fox such a success, The Isle of Dogs boasts an all-star cast of Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, and many, many more.

Set in Japan, and telling the story of a boy looking for his dog, this delightful-looking tale is going to be a tribute to the films of Akira Kurosawa. Probably the odds-on favourite to win the Golden Bear.

2. Grass (Hong Sang-soo)

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The 15 Most Hypnotic Movies of All Time

By Diamantakos Yannis


A hypnotic atmosphere is a challenging task for a filmmaker to achieve. One must have a vision and a truly unique style of filmmaking to have the audience intrigued and have them lose themselves in awe while watching a movie. Most of these movies are dark, eerie and ominous while maintaining an irresistible charm that keeps the viewer captivated. Sort of like a succubus.

Nonlinear plots, allegories, and surreal imagery are a must in these kinds of films, creating a different realm to get lost in while encouraging a lot of discussion with their ambiguity.

Nothing and everything shown should be taken for granted as everyone can have their own theories and different meanings for what they experience and that’s the quintessence of cinema. If it makes the audience feel and think is has fulfilled its purpose.

15. Dreams (1990)

According to master director Akira Kurosawa, the making of the movie ”Dreams” was a lifelong goal. It is a personal movie, and like “Ran” (1985) and “Kagemusha” (1980), it incorporates his own paintings and dreams into actual images. Kurosawa even made an exact replica of his childhood home in a section of the film. It is a movie that vaguely unravels Kurosawa’s psyche.

The familiar themes of his movies, like samurais, battles, ordinary life struggles and really complex narratives are replaced by serene imagery, Japanese tradition and folklore, and urban legends accompanied by a wonderful soundtrack.

The movie is an anthology of eight different short stories tackling themes of spirituality, life and death, and nature all presented masterfully by Kurosawa’s unparalleled aesthetic taste. Creatures from Japanese mythology and folklore like kitsune (fox), oni (demons) and yuki onna (snow woman) appear in the stories as manifestations of human emotions.

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