Berlinale Movie review: The films from the East

A debut for Kazakhstan

This year, the first Kazakh film (“Harmony Lessons”) was in competition at the Berlinale.

With “Harmony Lessons” for the first time ran a competition at the Berlin film from Kazakhstan, the debut of young director Emir Baigazin. In sophisticated imagery, that makes conscious a cool distance from the events, he tells of an idiosyncratic, obsessive pupil who is bullied by his classmates. Chief action is increasingly brutalized and refers to the state of a society that has no values no morals.

A debut for Kazakhstan

This year, the first Kazakh film (“Harmony Lessons”) was in competition at the Berlinale.

With “Harmony Lessons” for the first time ran a competition at the Berlin film from Kazakhstan, the debut of young director Emir Baigazin. In sophisticated imagery, that makes conscious a cool distance from the events, he tells of an idiosyncratic, obsessive pupil who is bullied by his classmates. Chief action is increasingly brutalized and refers to the state of a society that has no values no morals.

Green, who takes a Silver Bear for Best Director with home, remembered with emotion at its very first festival – 13 years ago with his indie gem “George Washington”, at the Berlinale. Thus, a circle has closed for him. Gorgeous Paulina Garcia as “Gloria”
Her big moment: Paulina Garcia gets the Silver Bear by Andreas Dresen

A favorite of the festival, the gorgeous Chilean actress Paulina Garcia, was awarded the Silver Bear for her portrayal of “Gloria” about a woman in her late 50, which will not put up with her loneliness and still goes in search of love. Inspired by Andreas Dresen and from the hand of this German director and jury member, Garcia received the bear.

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