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All the Great Films I Did NOT See at the Berlin Film Festival

In filmmaking on February 17, 2008 at 11:58 am

One strange thing about attending one of the top film festivals in the world: I hardly saw any films.

Over the course of 1 week, I saw a grand total of 3 films. I quickly learned that I was not alone in being an anti-film buff at the Berlinale.

The modern film festival is no longer simply an event for movie lovers. The Berlinale film screenings are but one component of a whole array of parallel events, including the European Film Market, the Berlinale Talent Campus and Berlinale Co-production Market. Each event is a mini ecosystem in itself with its entourage of attendees, patrons and micro-celebrities.

Lost in the labyrinth of events, parties and dinners, I saw many great movie posters at the Berlinale but very few films.

One of the films I missed is the Italian movie, Caos Calmo, directed by Antonello Grimaldi. I saw the Caos Calmo poster everywhere I went but did not catch the film.

Caos Calmo Poster

Ironically, I came home to Singapore and discovered on the Internet how Caos Calmo has found resonance with the Italian zeitgeist with its quiet desperation and existential angst.

What on earth would we do without the World Wide Web?

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  1. guilty of only watching 2 films at the berlinale.

    it was good to meet you and hopefully we get to see more of each other in other festivals and aim to watch more than we did in berlin.

    hahahaha. promises and resolutions. always a good sign. never to be kept.

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