“I’m just a twat from Leytonstone,” says Damon Albarn in the documentary BANANAZ (Ceri Levy, UK, 2008), which had its world premiere last night in Panorama Dokumente. The quote is typical of the film’s filthy, silly humour, which also encompasses a giant penis and fart gags. BANANAZ is able to take such an intimate look at its subject, the animated band Gorillaz, thanks to the director’s friendship with the group. It is this quality that was missing, or felt manufactured, in Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones pop promo, SHINE A LIGHT (USA/UK, 2008), which opened this year’s Berlinale.
Johansson, Cruz Expected at Berlin Fest
Sunday, January 20, 2008
(01-20) 12:40 PST BERLIN, Germany (AP) —
Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana and Natalie Portman are among the stars expected to attend the Berlin Film Festival next month.
Penelope Cruz and Daniel Day-Lewis, who won a Golden Globe as best dramatic actor, also are expected, festival director Dieter Kosslick told The Associated Press. He said Johansson’s appearance at the Berlin festival would be her first.