By Gareth Jones BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. director Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" which portrays an American family over a 12-year-period as the two children mature into young adults has emerged as a leading contender for the top award at this year's Berlin film festival. More than 160 minutes long, the film delighted viewers at Thursday's showing at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and drew glowing praise at both the post-screening news conference and on social media. Linklater, best known for his romantic trilogy "Before Sunrise", "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight", said it was a "leap of faith" to embark on such a long-term project. Everything about it was just unlike anything I've ever experienced." The film focuses on Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, from about the age of 6 until he leaves for college at 18.
By Michael Roddy BERLIN (Reuters) - British film director Ken Loach, receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Berlin film festival on Friday, said the more ambitious his films were in trying to push a social or political agenda, the less successful they were in achieving that aim. Loach, 77, who in his five-decade career has frequently crossed swords with the British establishment and is a fervent opponent of what he sees as "wars of intervention and imperialism" by the United States and Britain, told a festival news conference that one of his greatest successes came with "Cathy Come Home" in the mid-1960s. The Oxford University graduate began his film career in what was known at the time as "kitchen-sink" realism and his films have often focused on outcasts, social problems and on occasion on the British role in Ireland. It's more like contributing to a discussion and adding one small voice to the rest of the noise that is out there." Asked about some of his more recent films, Loach said he had particularly enjoyed "Looking for Eric", his 2009 movie about a postman who idolizes Eric Cantona and receives "life coaching" from the French footballer known for his philosophizing.
BERLIN (AP) — Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" already looks sure of one honor among the competitors at this year's Berlin International Film Festival: for the movie that took longest to make. The American director, who presented the film Thursday, started making it in 2002. It follows a boy (Ellar Coltrane) from first grade to college, watching him make his way to adulthood as his divorced parents — played by Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke — muddle their way through parenthood and a series of relationships.
US director Richard Linklater drew a rapturous reception at the Berlin film festival Thursday for his groundbreaking coming-of-age movie "Boyhood", made over more than a decade with the same actors. It stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as divorced parents who had their two children, Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and Samantha (Linklater's own daughter Lorelei), before they were ready. Arquette's character Olivia raises the children on her own in Texas with a revolving cast of unfit stepfathers while Mason Senior, in "cool dad" mode, breezes in and out of their lives in his vintage car.
The film about the life of the iconic rapper, slain in 1996, is back on track with Singleton as director and producer. According to Variety, Singleton has returned to the film project, which was relaunched last September, after letting it go two years ago. The "Boyz N the Hood" (1992) and "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003) director will rewrite the script of the feature jointly developed by Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett Furla Films.
By Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - An overweight detective with a drinking problem and a fresh divorce stumbles through the snow to catch a killer armed with ice-skates, showing China has no need to envy the Nordics when it comes to crime in a cold climate. Not Arizona but China again, showing it may have something to teach Quentin Tarantino when it comes to spaghetti Westerns. The thriller "Black Coal, Thin Ice" and the darkly funny "No Man's Land" are among three Chinese films competing for the top Golden Bear award at this year's Berlin film festival. Berlin jury member Tony Leung, star of arthouse hits such as Wong Kar Wai's "In the Mood for Love" and Hong Kong thrillers like the triad movie "Infernal Affairs", said Western audiences would be seeing "more and more Chinese movies".
By Alex Dobuzinskis and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comic showman Sid Caesar, a pioneer of American television sketch comedy as the star and creative force of "Your Show of Shows" during the 1950s, died on Wednesday at age 91, according to his friend and former collaborator Carl Reiner. Reiner told Reuters he learned of Caesar's death from a mutual friend, actor and writer Rudy De Luca, who had recently visited Caesar at his Los Angeles-area home. While he enjoyed a career on TV, film and stage that spanned six decades but was marred by years of substance abuse, he is best-known for his work with comedienne Imogene Coca on the landmark "Your Show of Shows," which aired on NBC from February 1950 to June 1954. One of the most ambitious and demanding of all TV enterprises, "Your Show of Shows" was 90 minutes of live, original sketch comedy airing every Saturday night, 39 weeks a year.
By Michael Roddy and Sarah Marsh BERLIN (Reuters) - A "New Age" healer whose estranged son is a falconer are the odd couple at the heart of an English-language movie by Peruvian director Claudia Llosa that marked a coming-of-age moment for Latin American cinema at the Berlin film festival on Wednesday. In a year when space blockbuster "Gravity" is tipped to bring Oscar glory to Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, smaller international productions with strong Latin American artistic input are increasingly making their mark. This time her film is in English, reflecting a trend not only in Latin American movies, where the financing may come from American, European and other international sources. The film was shot in Canada and billed as a French, Spanish and Canadian production, with an international cast including Irish actor Cillian Murphy as the falconer, the American actress Jennifer Connelly as his mother and French actress Melanie Laurent as a documentary journalist.