Berlinale: There really was something behind the films at the Berlinale this year.

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Published: 2020-03-01

If you are at Potsdamer Platz, right by its CinemaxX and Berlinale's many cinemas, sulfuric water vapor seeps up from the ground. Is this stink of rotten eggs signifying this year’s film festival? Some believe that the majority of the festival’s competition films are B-films. A total of 400 films were screened, half a million cinema visits were expected, and it all cost 250 million euros.

However, it is not stars and red carpet that interest us here at Modern Times Review. This year’s Berlinale featured 101 documentaries.. As Orwa Nyrabia (IDFA) said during a packed seminar on fiction and reality, a pretty girl always has a nasty girlfriend. Next to over-perfumed barbecue-like stars, next to the "beauty" of fiction, we also need a part of the sometimes sweaty or ugly reality.

Welcome to Chechnya

For example, we see this ugly reality in Welcome to Chechnya , where President Ramzan Kadyrov systematically pursues LGBTQ+ individuals. LGBTQ+ individuals. . Where gays and lesbians are regularly chased or killed. «We have no gays,» Kadyrov said, recommending families to «clean up» as this is a «shame so strong that it needs to be washed away with blood.» But this «stench» to be washed away is his fiction – Kadyrov has an inhuman morality. But this «stench» to be washed away is his fiction – Kadyrov has an inhuman morality. Kadyrov has an inhuman morality.

Or, what about the clip of the woman being pulled out of a car, then having the skull crushed by a family member?
family member?

Director David France Director David France also stood behind important issues with How to Survive a Plague on HIV / AIDS. But in his new film, the reality shown is more brutal. Via some inserted cellphone recordings he found, we get to see a real rape, where a screaming man…

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