Joan's Berlinale 2017 Blog - Day 2

Posted 13 February 2017

on body and soul

First up today was the wonderfully off-beat, slaughter-house romance ON BODY AND SOUL, from Hungarian filmmaker Ildiko Enyedi. This surprisingly funny and moving tale of love between a very unlikely couple and the dreams that they have, is not like anything I've ever seen before. I'd love to see it again and will now have to seek out Enyedi's previous films as her style and tone are right up my street.

THE DINNER is a very star studded affair, with Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney and Rebecca Hall playing a family on the brink, of sanity, decency and morality. An adaptation of a Dutch novel, this could be set anywhere and with flashes of AN INSPECTOR CALLS, it feels like a theatre stage might be more suited. Although everyone in the film does it proud, I can't shake the feeling that there isn't a single decent human being amongst them and I am not terribly keen on spending time watching them interact. Perhaps this will work better on a second viewing but the moral bankruptcy is too much for me today.

After a break and a very depressing Albanian film, DAYBREAK, it's off to the Friedrichstrasse cinema for the repeat of the festival opener DJANGO. Not to be confused with the blood-soaked fiasco that was DJANGO UNCHAINED, this biopic of Django Reinhardt is a very moving and incredibly watchable film, full of beautiful music.  Although the Nazis do get a little comedic (which bothers me somewhat) this story is gripping and the music at the end had me in tears.

Now for something very, very different and off to the beautiful Kino International I go. As per usual, I like to have one treat screening, this year it comes early in the form of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD new 4K restoration. It is beautiful! Terrifying of course and a really delight to see it in a room where over half the audience hadn't seen it before. Would be great to see this restoration get a UK release, fingers crossed!

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