Two weeks in Berlin zipped by. By the end of my first day I could pronounce ‘Straße’ properly, which helped a lot when asking Germans for directions (extremely friendly people, btw). By day three I realized I could never go back to eating North American bread again. European/German bread appears to have been planted by some super-intelligent alien species, because there’s no way in hell we mere earthlings came up with something that delicious with that much complexity (of all the things to praise, bread was my number-one game-changer, followed by the abundance of movie palaces all over the city).
I came to Berlinale for the first time this year because I was accepted into the Berlinale Talent Campus program as part of the Talent Press. It was my first real international film festival. I watched 23 films in the span of 10 days and wrote reviews and articles for 5 days straight with the help of my Talent Press mentors and organizers (http://www.talentpress.org). I didn’t get a chance to see everything (e.g. CAESAR MUST DIE, SISTER). I only really liked about half of the list here. Some of these films I will need to revisit because of festival fatigue (e.g. KEYHOLE, BESTIAIRE). TABU and BARBARA are likely to be in my top 2012 list, but it’s too early to tell for films 3-10.Read less