For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
Sorry, this special is not available in your country
See what’s playing

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

MUBI Special

As one of the premier and most attended festivals in the world kicks off this February, we’re excited to rediscover some of our personal highlights from recent and older Berlinale editions. Our rich selection spotlights career breakthroughs—including those of Fatih Akin, Asghar Farhadi and Sebastián Lelio—three renowned classics, a 18th century-set historical drama and an Austrian take on revenge. In between these titles, we’re honored to celebrate the visionary talent of Wim Wenders and his iconic Wings of Desire, the new restoration of which premiered at last year’s festival. Happy viewing!

Head-On

Fatih Akin Germany, 2004

With the Berlin Film Festival opening today, we are proud to present this Golden Bear winner: a raw, emotional love story by acclaimed director Fatih Akin! Both epic and intimate, and as direct and forceful as its title, it captures irony and complexity in the way only the best humanist drama can.

Palermo or Wolfsburg

Werner Schroeter Switzerland, 1980

To celebrate the landmark Berlin Film Festival, we are thrilled to present another winner of the Golden Bear award! Transgressive director Werner Schroeter portrays the rigid order of German society with this story of migration, xenophobia and artistic stiflement in the face of economic progress.

A Separation

Asghar Farhadi Iran, 2011

Asghar Farhadi took home the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear, and his first Academy Award, for this intricate relationship drama, a film that disentangles the lives its two protagonists have had together. Deeply involving, and as chaotic and complicated as life itself, A Separation is a triumph.

Gloria

Sebastián Lelio Chile, 2013

Sebastián Lelio’s breakout success is a spinning, invigorating and heart-warming film which told the world that middle-aged women could be the most complex and touching characters in cinema. Let yourself be seduced by the enchanting Paulina García, and her fierce performance as Gloria.

Revanche

Götz Spielmann Austria, 2008

We continue our Berlinale series with Revanche, winner of four awards at the festival and nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar! The sinuous plot of this gripping neo-noir thriller involves a gangster, his girlfriend and a policeman, brought to life by astounding performances.

The Rules of the Game

Jean Renoir France, 1939

A hugely influential social satire that flits swiftly and effortlessly between comedy and drama, Jean Renoir’s canonical classic strings together expertly crafted and supremely entertaining set pieces, skewering high-society at the eve of the second World War. No less than a masterpiece.

Victory Day

Sergei Loznitsa Germany, 2018

With three stellar films made in 2018, Sergei Loznitsa’s most surprising is this enthralling view of a celebration of the Soviet victory in World War 2. Your eyes dart across the wide, colourful images as they capture the tremendous variety and depth of meanings it still has for today’s Russians.

The Silence of the Lambs

Jonathan Demme United States, 1991

Disturbing and captivating in equal measures, The Silence of the Lambs ranks as one of the best psychological thriller-horrors of all times. Winning 5 Oscars (including Best Film, Director, Actor and Actress!), this now cult film stars Jodie Foster, as well as Anthony Hopkins at his most terrifying.

Life is too short for bad films

Every day we hand-pick a beautiful new film and you have a whole month to watch it, so there’s always 30 perfectly curated films to discover.