LONDON FILM SCHOOL ALUMNI FILMS AT BERLINALE

In years prior the Berlinale has proven to be a successful venue for the work of LFS alumni and staff. Just last year, Gonzalo Maza, an LFS MA Screenwriting graduate, won the Silver Bear for Best Original Screenplay for his film, 'A Fantastic Woman', which he wrote with his writing partner and director of the film, Sebastián Lelio. Whilst, Rafael Kapelinski, LFS' MA Filmmaking Term 1 and 2 course tutor took home the top prize for the Generation 14plus competition at the 67th Berlinale.
 
This year, there are a total of four feature length films being shown at the festival. With the beginning of the festival just two days away, check out these profiles on our LFS alumni, their projects, and where to catch their work at the Berlinale!
 
(Film still from Babak Jalali's 'LAND'. Director of Photography Agnes Godard)
 
Alumnus: Babak Jalali
LFS Programme: MA Filmmaking
Film: 'Land'
About: Born in Gorgan, Iran, 1978. Babak Jalali is a director/ producer/ editor based between London, Paris and Rome. He was raised primarily in London and gained a degree in East European Studies and an MA degree in Politics before attending London Film School. He was selected in the 12th session of the Residence of the Cannes Film Festival in 2006/2007. His debut feature film Frontier Blues premiered in competition at Locarno and received multiple awards at international festivals. Jalali's second feature film Radio Dreamswon the 2016 Hivos Tiger Awards Competition in Rotterdam.
 
Filmography
2005 Heydar, an Afghan in Tehran
2009 Frontier Blues
2016 Radio Dreams
2018 Land
 
About 'Land'
Year: 2018
Language: English
Runtime: 111 min
Additional: Crew includes Executive Producer and Co-Producer: Gabriel Stavenhagen (graduated 2012 from MA Filmmaking), Producer Gineva Elkann (graduated 2005 from MA Filmmaking)
 
'Land' screening dates at Berlinale
Feb 18, 7.30pm @CinemaxX 7
Feb 19, 10.45pm @CineStar3
Feb 20, 7.45pm @Cubix 7
Feb 22, 2.00pm@ Cubix 9
Feb 24, 7.00pm @Zoo Palast 2
 
(Film still from Johannes Schaff's 'SYMPHONY OF NOW')
 
LFS Programme: MA Filmmaking
About: Johannes Schaff was born in Munich. He later moved to London for his undergraduate in English Literature and Art History from Goldsmith University before attending London Film School for his MA in filmmaking. Schaff has since directed three short films. 
 
Filmography
2010 The Hunt
2010 Siesta with Georgia & Chris
2017 Das Wassup
2018 Symphony of Now

About 'Symphony of Now'
Year: 2018
Language: German
Runtime: 65 min
Additional: In the feature-length film ‘Symphony of Now’, urban panoramas, personal ciphers and night-time stories unfold.
 
'Symphony of Now' screening date, one day prior to the Berlinale opening
Feb 14, 8:00pm @ Audi MediaCenter
 
(Film still from Marcelo Martinessi's 'LAS HERDERAS'. Director of Photography Luis Armando Arteaga)
 
LFS Programme: MA Filmmaking
About: Born in Asunción, Paraguay in 1973, he is a director and screenwriter. He studied communication in his hometown, followed by film at London Film School. His short films, which revolve around literature and memory, have screened at festivals including the Berlinale and Clermont-Ferrand. He was executive director of his country’s first public television station from 2010 up to the coup d’état in 2012. His attempt at coming to terms with the ensuing political chaos gave rise to his short film La Voz Perdida (The Lost Voice), which won Best Short at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. Martinessi developed cinema workshops for children living on the streets of Asunción creating with them Calle Ultima (2011). 
 
Filmography:
2009 Karai norte; Short Film
2011 Calle última; Short Film
2013 La voz perdida (The Lost Voice); Short Film
2018 Las herederas (The Heiresses)

About 'Las Herederas'
Year: 2018
Language: Spanish
Runtime: 95 min
Additional: As part of the World Cinema Fund, catch a Director’s Talk with LFS alumnus Marcelo Martinessi on 21 Feb, 10.30am – 2.30pm. Following its screening, there will be a talk about the WCF-supported film 'Las herederas' ('The Heiresses', Berlinale Competition 2018) with Martinessi.
 
'Las Herederas' screening date at Berlinale
16 Feb, 3.30pm, Berlinale Palast
17 Feb, 9.30am Friedrichstadt-Palast
17 Feb, 1pm Haus der Berliner Festspiele
17 Feb 8.00pm Hebbel am Ufer
25 Feb, 7:00pm Haus der Berliner Festspiele 
 
(Film still from Isabel Coixets 'The Bookshop'. Director of Photography Jean-Claude Larrieu)
 
Alumnus: Chris Curling
LFS Programme: MA Filmmaking
Film: 'The Bookshop'
About: Chris Curling is a film producer who honed his talent for storytelling through the medium of drama and film while at Cambridge University. He has directed award-winning documentaries and directed his debut feature film, Dark City, prior to transitioning over to producing. Curling now works at Zephyr Films and has helped bring to screen The Last Station, Hannibal Rising, and many more.
 
Filmography:
1997 My Son the Fanatic
2007 Hannibal Rising
2009 The Last Station
2013 The Zero Theorem
2018 The Bookshop

About 'The Bookshop'
Year: 2017
Language: English
Runtime: 110 min
 
'The Bookshop' screening date at Berlinale
15 Feb, 6.30pm, CinemaxX 9
15 Feb, 6.30am CinemaxX 5
16 Feb, 9:00pm Friedrichstadt-Palast
17 Feb 9.30am Zoo Palast 1
17 Feb 3.30pm Haus der Berliner Festspiele
25 Feb, 6:15pm Berlinale Palast
 
About Berlinale (2018)
The 68th annual Berlin International Film Festival is scheduled to take place from 15 to 25 February 2018. German filmmaker, Tom Tykwer will serve as a jury president.