How to Read a Film? Film Critics Meeting Filmmakers

13.02.2014 - Edwin , Dietrich Brüggemann, Diego Lerer, Stephanie Zacharek, moderated by Dana Linssen

“I have a strong need in my work to be criticized and to know where I was wrong or right, but with evidence.” (Jean-Luc Godard) Do filmmakers need criticism? Are film critics writing to filmmakers? And are filmmakers listening? Critics Diego Lerer, Stephanie Zacharek and Dana Linssen will discuss with filmmakers and Berlinale Talents alumni Dietrich Brüggemann (Stations Of The Cross, Berlinale Competition 2014) and Edwin (Postcards From the Zoo, Berlinale Competition 2012) about the influence criticism has on filmmakers' work and how it might change their own thinking about their films.



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Indonesian director and writer. After several award-winning short films, his feature debut BLIND PIG WHO WANTS TO FLY won prizes in Rotterdam and Singapore. His second film POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO premiered in the Berlinale Competition in 2012. He is a member of the Berlinale Shorts jury in 2014 and is currently working on his third feature.

Dietrich Brüggemann

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Berlin-based director, writer and musician. After several acclaimed short films and music videos his feature debut NINE SCENES premiered in the Berlinale section Perspektive Deutsches Kino in 2006. His next film RUN IF YOU CAN would open the same section in 2010, followed by his successful ensemble comedy MOVE. His latest feature STATIONS OF THE CROSS premieres in the Berlinale Competition in 2014.

Diego Lerer

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Film critic and journalist, he was the editor of the Cinema section of Clarín newspaper in Argentina from 1992 until 2012. He runs a film website called Micropsia and also works as a freelance film critic and a programmer for the Rome Film Festival. He’s the co-author and co-editor of the book “Nuevo Cine Argentino” and he’s the President of FIPRESCI Argentina. In 2014 he will make his first film, WHERE ELEPHANTS DIE, co-directed with Michael Wahrmann.

Stephanie Zacharek

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Now the chief film critic for The Village Voice, she was the senior writer and film critic for for many years. Her writing on books and pop culture has also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and Sight & Sound.

Moderated by

Dana Linssen

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Dana Linssen is a film critic, philosopher and writer from the Netherlands. She is the editor in chief of de Filmkrant magazine; long-term film critic for NRC Handelsblad; founder of The Slow Criticism Project, an ongoing series of publications, discussions, conferences and interventions as a counterbalance to the commodification of film criticism; and curator of the Critics’ Choice at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Furthermore she is a recipient of the Louis Hartlooper Prize for Film Journalism and currently a graduate student in Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam.