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Shakin’ That Ass: Two Dancers @ The Day Watch Party In Berlin

As the Tom Paxton song goes, wasn’t that a party? Hell yes, that was indeed a party. So much so that there’s not a lot of it I remember, what with the flowing Möet and chilled vodka shots. It was for a Russian film screening at Berlin, Day Watch (Fox Searchlight, June), written and directed by Timur Bekmambetov but beyond that, I can’t tell you much. Although there did seem to be a few Russian mafia-looking types around. Then again, I’ve never really seen one, so what do I know? Oh, and then there were the dancers. I figured since I am about to post some stills from the party @ Flickr.com, I might as well put up a little video, too!

Berlin 07: What Was She Thinking?

Emmanuelle Béart’s official Berlinale portrait on display at the Berlinale Palast, main theater of the Berlin International Film Festival:

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Or as I like to call it, “Please sir, can I have some more?” She’s a fine actress and quite attractive, but, erm, not in this pic. That said, André Téchiné’s Les Témoins (The Witnesses) is a fine film. Review coming soon!

Bacall, Ironically Speaking….

logo_57_IFB.gifLauren Bacall, one of my favorite actresses of all time, was here in Berlin to support her most recent film The Walker, by Paul Schrader, and according the IMDb had some choice words to say about the current state of filmmaking, calling it mediocre, among other things and blaming the fall off on TV. “I think unfortunately in television sometimes they want to do good work,” said bacall, according tot he siter, “but a lot of the time they’re doing terrible work and I think that has affected movie making badly. … It’s all about ratings now and everything. It should be about the work, and it’s not.”
Why is this ironic? Well, The Walker is one of the worst films I’ve seen in years and may be Schrader’s worst ever, that’s why!

Berlin 07: Some Pix For Starters

Well, I’m 5 days into the Berlinale and I’ve seen 10 films, putting my cume for the trip at 33. I doubt I am going to make my stated goal of 50, alas. There’s just too much to do here in Berlin to make seeing 4 or 5 films a day possible, unless that’s all you do and well, even with my newfound responsibility, I gotta be me!

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indieWIRE’s editor in chief Eugene Hernandez, publicist Gary Springer and Berlinale competition filmmkaer Ryan Eslinger chill at the Norwegian Film Institute party on Saturday night. Eslinger’s film When A Man Falls in the Forest premiered this morning.

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