What I Watched at the Berlin Film Festival (while others were too busy complaining to be bothered)

Here's my summary report for Spout. The reports elsewhere of the festival's crappiness were somewhat exaggerated, and symptomatic of complacency on the part of several unintrepid critics and journalists. Really, why waste readers' time by saying that the festival was a waste of your time? Like you expect us to feel that much pity about you being flown out, put up and paid to write about your awful experience? And what does that say about you that you, a professional film watcher, can't be bothered to go out and find the good stuff? Personally, it really wasn't that out of the way to discover some great films. Even with the not-so great films, there were interesting things to be said of them. To that point, here are capsules on all 30 films I watched in Berlin, spread over three entries on The Auteurs Notebook, and ranked within each. Vive la cinema!

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