Julide Tanriverdi

Julide Tanriverdi left her native Berlin in September, 1996, to become a New York correspondent for Axel Springer, the prominent German publishing conglomerate. She has contributed to Bild (largest daily newspaper in Europe), Bild am Sonntag, Die Welt, Berliner Morgenpost and Hamburger Abendblatt. In 2002, she left Axel Springer to become New York Bureau Chief for Gala, the German weekly entertainment magazine (similar to PEOPLE). She covers film festivals, including the Berlinale, Sundance and Toronto Film Festival, on a regular basis, interviews Hollywood stars and filmmakers and does reports from film sets.

 

Articles by Julide Tanriverdi

 

Angela Robinson on PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN — Julide Tanriverdi interviews

angela robinson on set with cameraProfessor Marston and the Wonder Woman” tells the story of the man who created the female superhero. Consider it the other Wonder Woman movie, and it’s an indie. Like most indies it took writer/director Angela Robinson some time to get her movie made. She worked on the script on nights and weekends for over four years. Then it took another four years to get the film financed. Robonson had been a lifelong fan of Wonder Woman and was obsessed not only with the superhero but also with her creator, William Moulton Marston. He led a fascinating double life because he was hiding his polyamorous relationship with his wife and mistress. Interviewed by AWFJ.org at the Toronto International Film Festival, Angela Robinson spoke about why she needed to tell the Marston family story on screen. Continue reading…

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TIFF 2017: Best and Noteworthy Films — Julide Tanriverdi comments

tiff logoIt’s the one question that people keep asking you after you return from a film festival: Which movie did you like best? That is obviously not always easy to answer since there is a vast selection (this year TIFF showed more than 200 films). I was able to watch only 21 of them within a week. These are my personal picks. Continue reading…

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TIFF 2017: Of Evil Mothers, Courageous Women and Oscars Buzz!– Julide Tanriverdi reports

tiff logoActresses showed impressive range in a variety of roles at this year’s TIFF. Sure, people were talking about the incredible performance of Gary Oldman in The Darkest Hour as Winston Churchill during during the festival. After all that’s what one does during a 10 day long festival – talk movies and performances. We can all agree more or less that we can mark a big X in the yet to be released Oscar nominations for Best Actor Oldman. But more often than not, the true rage at TIFF 17 was about great Oscar buzz-generating performances by women in a wide variety of movies. Continue reading…

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TIFF’s Kathleen Drumm on the 2017 Festival’s ‘Share Her Journey’ Initiative — Interview by Julide Tanriverdi

tiff kathleen drummThere is always talk that there are not enough women in Hollywood. The latest study from the Center for the study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University revealed at the beginning of the year that only 7 percent of all directors working on the 250 highest-grossing domestic releases in 2016 were female – shockingly a decline of two percent compared to numbers in 2015 and in 1998. How is this possible? Why are we always talking and writing about this if there is no improvement? But change might be in the air – at least in Canada. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT DECEMBER 2016: Maren Ade, Director and Producer, TONI ERDMANN — by Julide Tanriverdi

awfjspotlightsmallsmallmaren-ade2The German filmmaker Maren Ade is making waves with her third feature Toni Erdmann which caused a sensation at the Cannes Film Festival. Now it opens in theaters and this is a movie no one should miss. Read on…

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Ethan Hawke on How River Phoenix Inspired a Chapter in His Children’s Book – Julide Tanriverdi reports

Who knew Ethan Hawke had an aversion to rules? Speaking to New York Magazine film critic David Edelstein Sunday as part of Vulture Festival, the acclaimed actor confessed that he once was “allergic” to them. Which is precisely why he ended up writing the book Rules for a Knight for his four children. It all started when Hawke had trouble introducing some house rules at home. Read more>>

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Lucy Lawless Says ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ Is ‘Feminist-Approved’ – Julide Tanriverdi interviews

Lucy Lawless has been a feminist pop culture icon for 20 years – and she’s still making projects we’re excited about. We got the inside scoop on her latest project – plus old favorites – during a roundtable interview at San Diego Comic Con. Though Lawless pointed out that there were other strong female characters before Xena: Warrior Princess, we have to say that Xena makes Jon Snow look like a pretty-haired boy with a sword in comparison. Read more>>

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SPOTLIGHT April, 2015: Susanne Bier, Director

awfjspotlightsmallsmallThere are not many women who can claim an Oscar win for their film, but Susanne Bier, this month’s SPOTLIGHT, is one among the very few.

bier2withoscarthisSusanne Bier won both the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2011 for In A Better World. ‘
That two tier triumph boosted her recognition on the global moviemaking map and put her on Hollywood’s A-List for good.

In Denmark, her home country, she had already become a filmmaking luminary long before that, an acclaimed member of the famous Danish Dogme group.

And of course there’s the little fact that her 2006 film After The Wedding also had been nominated for an Oscar. Read on…

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TIFF 2014 Top Picks – Reviews by Julide Tanriverdi

My personal viewing program at TIFF 2014 included 32 films, and of those, I’ve picked five as my top favorites. Add them to your viewing list as they open in time for the upcoming awqrds season.
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TIFF 2014, An Overview – Julide Tanriverdi Reports

It was that time of the year again. Film lovers came in droves to Toronto to spend the last few sunny days of summer inside theaters. The Toronto International Film – TIFF for short – showed over 350 films. Usually known for their distinguished selection that paves the way to the award season, this year they were a little bit overshadowed by other festivals. Cannes, Venice and Telluride showed many of the highly anticipated films already and very few movies celebrated their world premiere on Canadian soil. Read on…

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SPOTLIGHT June, 2014: Shailene Woodley, Actress, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

awfjspotlightsmallsmallThis month, AWFJ’s Spotlight focuses on Shailene Woodley, the versatile young actress who followed her commanding turn in Divergent with a bravely tender performance in The Fault in Our Stars. Woodley’s adored by teenage girls for whom she provides a strikingly appealing and positive role model. Read on…

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May 2014 SPOTLIGHT: Amma Asante, Filmmaker, BELLE

awfjspotlightsmallsmallThis month, AWFJ’s Spotlight is focused on Amma Asante, the filmmaker whose femme-centric cinema successes include the lavish period drama, Belle, opening in May, 2014.

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Asante’s second feature actually started with a postcard of a painting that shows two women — one black and one white — dressed in elegant 18th Century garb.

The image, along with the first draft of the script for Belle, was sent to Amma Asante by producer Damian Jones, who’d been so impressed by the filmmakers first feature, the BAFTA-winning A Way of Life, that he wanted her to direct this lavish period drama about a mixed race woman of means living among the English aristocracy during the 18th Century.

Asante was immediately intrigued. She had long dreamed of doing an Austenesque movie with a black female lead. When this opportunity knocked, she oped the door. And in came Belle. Read on…

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April, 2014 Spotlight: Scarlett Johansson, Actress, UNDER THE SKIN

awfjspotlightsmallsmallThis month, AWFJ’s Spotlight is focused on Scarlett Johansson whose bold career choices include edgy April opener Under the Skin.

It took British director Jonathan Glazer a decade to make Under the Skin. Scarlett Johansson stuck with him all the way. Read on…

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March 2014 Spotlight: Thelma Schoonmaker, Film Editor, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

awfjspotlightsmallsmallThis month, AWFJ’s Spotlight is focused on Thelma Schoonmaker, film editor extraordinaire. With her sharp eye for the best take and a talent for making any scene look really bad-ass, Schoonmaker brilliantly showcased her skills in The Wolf of Wall Street. Read on…

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WHEN WOMEN BEHAVE LIKE MEN: A French Short Film Portrays A Chilling Matriarchal World – Commentary by Julide Tanriverdi

French filmmaker Eléonore Pourriat made her 10 minute short film Oppressed Majority (original title Majorité Opprimée) five years ago. It won an award at a festival in Kiev and then was more or less forgotten. Six days ago she decided to put it on YouTube – and since then, the film has been viewed more than 3.5 million times and counting. Read on…

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Laura Linney: “I Favor Whistleblowers” – Interview by Julide Tanriverdi

Laura Linney is clearly in a good mood and ready to chat about The Fifth Estate, the new film in which she co-stars with Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl. Read on…

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TIFF 2013: Naked Men and Wonderful Dames – Report by Julide Tanriverdi

Nuts, protein bars, gummi bears and coffee. Lots of coffee. These are the things that the survival kit of a festival visitor in Toronto might contain. I know mine does. There is so little time and so much to watch!

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TIFF 13 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Reviews by Julide Tanriverdi

After living like a mole for a week – mainly sitting in air-conditioned, obviously dark theaters – I can answer the most frequently asked question after returning from a festival: What did you like, what was your favorite?

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TIFF 2013: Naked Men and Wonderful Dames – by Julide Tanriverdi

Nuts, protein bars, gummi bears and coffee. Lots of coffee. These are the things that the survival kit of a festival visitor in Toronto might contain. I know mine does. There is so little time and so much to watch!

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TIFF 13 – Toronto International Film Festival gets Cumberbatch-ed – by Julide Tanriverdi

An ad for the Toronto International Film Festival (in short TIFF) says “Find out who this Benedict Cumberbatch guy is”

Indeed, the 38th festival which kicks off on September 5th will introduce the British actor to everyone who missed the big hype during summer when he was seen as the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Michelle Rodriguez Talks RESIDENT EVIL and More – Interview by Julide Tanriverdi

Michelle Rodriguez is nibbling on a piece of cheese. It’s early in the morning in San Diego and she is promoting Resident Evil: Retribution, another installment of the successful movies based on a super violent video game. Michelle is dressed in her usual black pants and shirt. She has this infectious laughter when she talks – which makes her sympathetic as hell. Known for her tough girl and super badass roles, she sat down and explained why it’s unlikely that she will wear a dress in a movie….

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MAGIC MIKE – Review by Julide Tanriverdi

It’s 92 degrees in New York. The air is sizzling with heat, everyone in the city is a little shiny from perspiration. And there it is – the perfect movie for the sweatfest: Magic Mike! Delicious looking men for every taste – Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer – are served like ice cream in a parlor, dressed only in a thong.

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An Oscar For Jack (Uggie) Russell? – Commentary by Julide Tanriverdi

These days the best actors have four legs and the shiny fur of a Jack Russell terrier!

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