I’M YOUR MAN (Berlinale 2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Maria Schrader’s I’m Your Man is a classic girl-meets-boy romcom, except that boy is a bot. And a German-speaking Dan Stevens shaped bot called Tom, at that. A fun movie with a perhaps surprisingly emotional punch, I’m Your Man is surely the high-tech feel-good romcom of the year.

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Women Filmmakers Highlight Berlinale 2021 – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Following demands in recent years for film festival culture to frankly lift its game when it comes to raising the visibility of women filmmakers in particular, the 2021 Berlinale will showcase both highly anticipated women-directed films and lesser-known curios alongside a number of male-directed films centering on women in front of the camera. Highlights include world premieres of Lina Roessler’s Best Sellers with Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza, and Natalie Morales’s Language Lessons starring herself and Mark Duplass. Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman is one of the most highly-anticipated films of the entire festival.

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Maria Schrader on UNORTHODOX, Directing and Global Influence – Loren King interviews

Coming from the art house film world where small indies struggle for attention an audiences, Berlin-based actor/director Maria Schrader marvels at Netflix’s instant global reach. “I realized how in an instant [it creates] buzz in many countries and then suddenly everyone is watching. This is actually the most incredible thing — that women wearing burkas are seeing [Unorthodox] in Arabic countries. It is amazing.”

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UNORTHODOX – Review by Susan Granger

Inspired by Deborah Feldman’s 2012 memoir, this revelatory four-part mini-series follows the religious rebellion of 19 year-old Esther “Esty” Shapiro (Israeli actress Shira Haas) as she escapes from her strictly traditional husband and family in Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidic community to fly to Germany with only a passport and some cash.

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UNORTHODOX – Review by Martha K Baker

Netflix’ four-part series about a young woman seeking liberation fromNew York’s Hasidic community is positively riveting. The series, impressively directed by Maria Schrader, is based on the memoir by Deborah Feldman entitled, significantly, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots.

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