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Another article from the Berlinale Talent Campus…
(L-R: Josef Fares, Damian Harris, Vinzenz Hediger, Hiam Abbass and Newton I. Aduaka. Photo from Berlinale Talent Campus website)
Senses and Sensibilities: Documentaries for the Big Screen panel included: John Akomfrah, Dominique Cabrera, Sandi DuBowski, Miroslav Janek.
“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.
Well, I braved the crowd of sharp-elbowed journos and got into the first screening of this little film… more to come after I’ve reviewed it for the Talent Press. Let’s just say, it’s very… British. With a dash of Cock-er-ney Guy Ritchie stuff. Hm… draw your own conclusions. It’s probably not fair of me to say too much before its premiere tomorrow at 10:30am in the Panorama section, so you’ll just have to wait. Sorry!