The 2014 Berlin Festival opened with Wes Anderson’s long-expected The Grand Budapest Hotel, while Lars Von Trier’s controversial The Nymphomaniac, screening out of competition, caused a lot of media buzz because of the provocative attitude of Trier and lead actor Shia LaBeouf.
Some of the lesser known highlights of this year’s Berlinale are the new experimental film “darkroom” by the obscure Austrian avant-garde filmmaker Billy Roisz, Michel Gondry’s ( who is also in the Jury for the main competition) animated documentary about Noam Chomsky Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy, Richard Linklater’s 12-year-spanning Boyhood, and several other short films.
Lars Von Trier drew a lot of public attention after showing up with a T-shirt with the Cannes festival logo saying “Persona non grata”—referring to the scandal at Cannes in which he proclaimed himself a fascist (humorously?) and was later denied presence. Lead actor Shia LaBeouf wore a paper bag on his head saying “I am not famous anymore.” He walked out of the official press conference after enigmatically quoting Eric Cantona’s “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.”
Day 6 Berlin Film Festival Program Overview and Inbetween Worlds by Feo Aladag.
Day six of The 2014 Berlinale just began with the press conference of the Austrian war movie Inbetween Worlds (Zwischen Welten) by Feo Aladag. Aladag won the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010 with When We Leave (Die Fremde). The movie was shot in Afghanistan and follows the lives of German soldiers. Follow filmslie.com’s live coverage of the press conference.