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Direct from the Berlinale

MUBI Special

The Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale, taking place in the bustling German capital every February, is one of the world’s premiere movie events, with an electric red carpet competition, diverse programming sections, yearly retrospectives, and bold gallery exhibitions. To celebrate the 70th edition of the Berlinale MUBI is exclusively presenting a series of highlights from the 2019 festival.


Bernd Schoch Germany, 2019

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Before it reaches your plate, most food goes through a remarkable and frequently distressing journey. Olanda expands on just this: the people, the economy, and the search involved in the picking and selling of mushrooms. From this ennobled livelihood, a great, detailed world sprouts before us.

Talking About Trees

Suhaib Gasmelbari Sudan, 2019

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Suhaib Gasmelbari’s charming portrait of a group of friends reveals the power of filmmaking and moviegoing in Sudan, where both are politically difficult to realize. With a comic twinkle it offers insight into a cultural landscape rarely explored while celebrating a passion for cinema to endure.

The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea

Syllas Tzoumerkas Greece, 2019

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Generally, you have us already at “cop movie,” but this film’s proposal is even more tantalizing: A mystery in a part of Greece rarely seen in cinema, with Dogtooth and The Lobster’s Angeliki Papoulia as an out-of-control police chief. A unique, unpredictable take on a small town gone corrupt.

So Pretty

Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli United States, 2019

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We can only welcome with open arms a film that celebrates community with such freedom and warmth. So Pretty is a breath of fresh air, a lo-fi ode to the fluidity of bodies, a gem of utopian scope that resets gender politics with the unassuming power of the everyday: the love story we need right now.

The Red Phallus

Tashi Gyeltshen Bhutan, 2018

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This visually breathtaking debut from Tashi Gyeltshen is as powerful as it is striking. Swiftly dismissing the notion of being only an exotic view of Bhutan, Gyeltshen and actress Tshering Euden craft a moving story of a rural teenager’s resilience in the face of the stifling oppression of misogyny.

The Children of the Dead

Kelly Copper, Pavol Liska Austria, 2019

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Our series of gems from last year’s Berlinale begins with this deliciously ghoulish provocation about the return of the repressed. American theater directors have adapted an Austrian epic into a ribald, darkly comic mashup of Styrian tourism, silent cinema, zombies, Super 8, and latent fascism.

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