Berlin Film Festival 2011

Part One: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater and Wim Wenders in a Cinematic Odyssey

For today's exclusive story, NOWNESS contributors and filmmaking partners Carlo Lavagna and Roberto de Paolis set out to chronicle the 61st annual Berlin International Film Festival—and came away with a highly imaginative tribute to the host city itself. Lavagna's girlfriend, aspiring filmmaker Claude Gerber, joins the intrepid duo as they hop from Berlin’s infamous nightclubs to Treptower Park’s abandoned funfair, encountering famous friends along the way: filmmaker Miranda July, in town to promote her second feature, The Future, and the movie's lead actor, Hamish Linklater; eccentric artist Julius von Bismarck; and maverick German director Wim Wenders. Soundtracked by Marlene Dietrich and Düsseldorf electropunk outfit D.A.F., the short film is stocked with cinematic riffs: "The opening scene mimics Truffaut's The 400 Blows," says Lavagna, "except the Eiffel Tower is replaced with the TV tower in Alexanderplatz." Check back tomorrow to see the filmmakers' interview with Wenders, for whom Berlin is the ultimate home. "Wim told us he tried to live in LA, in San Francisco, but they were all too beautiful to be true,” says De Paolis. "He said he loves Berlin because it's too true to be beautiful." 

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  • ciddurban
    Loved it but my heart fell at the sight of Jafars empty chair.
    • Posted By ciddurban
    • April 13, 2011 at 7:25PM
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  • sniffart
    I like the no agenda approach of your videos, but please buy a microphone:)
    • Posted By sniffart
    • March 27, 2011 at 4:59PM
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  • Stacey Kelly
    "He said he loves Berlin because it's too true to be beautiful." --such a great concept. also i am so amused by that guy's "media helmet." great vid.
    • Posted By Stacey Kelly
    • March 10, 2011 at 3:29PM
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