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Gay PH indie in Berlin fest hailed as ‘powerful’

JAY ALTAREJOS (left) takes in an interview with a foreign journalist in Berlin.

Filipino filmmaker Joselito “Jay” Altarejos hailed his Berlin experience as “exhilarating and heartwarming,” despite the freezing weather in Germany.   Altarejos’ “Unfriend” had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (also known as the Berlinale) last Feb. 8. He attended the top-tier fest with lead actor Sandino Martin, producer Mark Fabilla and cinematographer [...]

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LaBeouf makes a scene at Berlin film festival

Actor Shia LaBeouf poses for photographers, with a paper bag over his head that says “I am not famous anymore,” on the red carpet for the film “Nymphomaniac” at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.  AP PHOTO/AXEL SCHMIDT

Actor Shia LaBeouf hit the Berlin Film Festival in memorable style Sunday, first walking out of a press conference for the film “Nymphomaniac Volume I” and then apparently wearing a paper bag over his head at the red carpet premiere.

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Hoffman superior spy in ‘A Most Wanted Man’

In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, cast member Philip Seymour Hoffman poses at the premiere of the film "A Most Wanted Man" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. Hoffman's new movie is a psychological thriller about terrorism, but he says it also has something to do with hitting a midlife crisis, and that's what really drew him to the role. He plays a German operative heading up an anti-terrorism team in Hamburg, Germany. AP

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s new movie is a psychological thriller about terrorism, but he says it also has something to do with hitting a midlife crisis — and that’s what really drew him to the role.

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Justin Bieber’s pet monkey becomes ‘German’

In this April 2, 2013 file picture, Capuchin monkey "Mally" sits on the head of an employee in an animal shelter in Munich, Germany. Justin Bieber's pet monkey is set to become the property of Germany. Mally the Monkey was seized by German customs March 28 when Bieber failed to produce required vaccination and import papers for the animal after landing in Munich. He said the customs authority will formally transfer ownership of the animal to the German state on Tuesday May 21, 2013. AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File

Justin Bieber’s pet monkey, which was seized by German customs in March, officially became German property Tuesday after the Canadian pop sensation failed to claim the animal, officials said.

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Justin Bieber’s monkey to become German property

Justin Bieber’s pet Capuchin monkey 'Mally’ sits on the head of an employee in an animal shelter in Munich, Germany. AP

Justin Bieber’s pet monkey is set to become the property of Germany.

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PH short wins in Germany


Filipina filmmaker Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo’s short film “Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong (Waiting to Whisper)” won honorable mention at the Exground Film Festival held in Weisbaden, Germany on Nov. 25. “Our film was among the top three in the fest,” Bernardo, who attended the event, wrote on Facebook. The short film won best screenplay in this year’s Cinemalaya.Bayani San Diego Jr.

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German composer Hans Werner Henze dead at 86

In this Sept. 11, 2012 file picture German composer Hans Werner Henze is photographed at the Saxony State opera in Dresden, Germany. German avant-garde composer Hans Werner Henze's publisher says he has died at 86. Schott Music said that Henze died on Saturday Oct. 27, 2012 in Dresden. It didn't disclose the cause of death. Henze's work over the decades straddled musical genres. He composed stage works, symphonies, concertos, chamber works and a requiem. He once said that "many things wander from the concert hall to the stage and vice versa." Henze was born July 1, 1926 in Guetersloh in western Germany. After studying and starting his career in Germany, he went to live in Italy in 1953. AP

Hans Werner Henze, one of Germany’s foremost composers, died at the age of 86, his publisher Schott Music announced on Saturday.

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Huppert’s Filipino kidnap drama premieres at Berlin fest

Actor Sid Lucero, actress Isabelle Huppert and director Brillante Mendoza, from left, pose during the the photo call of the film “Captive” at the 62th edition of the Berlinale, in Berlin Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012.  AP PHOTO/MICHAEL SOHN

Isabelle Huppert stars as an aid worker snatched by Islamic extremist group Abu Sayyaf in Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s “Captive,” which premiered at the Berlin film festival Sunday.

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Main line-up at 62nd Berlin film festival includes Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Captive’

Brillante Mendoza. AFP FILE PHOTO

Organizers of the 62nd Berlinale on Tuesday unveiled the complete line-up of the first major European film festival of the year with 23 productions screening in the main showcase.

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Brillante Mendoza flick entered in Berlin film festival

Brillante Ma. Mendoza INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

After nearly three decades, a Filipino film, Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Captive,” will compete in the main section of the Berlin International Film Festival, which will be held in the German capital on February 9-19 next year.

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Berlin film fest picks Brillante Mendoza movie for line-up

Brillante Mendoza  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Berlin film festival unveiled its first selections Monday including a 9/11 drama starring Tom Hanks and new pictures from China’s Zhang Yimou and Filipino art house star Brillante Mendoza.

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