Saturday, August 27, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

Bowie, 1947-2016

'Look up here, I'm in heaven. I've got scars that can't be seen'.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Viva Europa! - screening tonight at Brotfabrik Berlin, 21.30hrs

VIVA EUROPA! (English below)

Deutschland 2009 - 80 Minuten - R: Edwin Brienen - K: Alexander du Prel - M: Joachim Witt - mit Godehard Giese, Agnieszka Rozenbajgier, Laura Tonke, Joachim Witt, Vlad Chiriac, Hendrik Arnst, Ecki Hoffmann, Mario Mentrup, Jonas von Lingen, Radoslaw Sierpien, Sebastian Šuba.

Der 9. November 2009, exakt 20 Jahre nach dem Mauerfall: Zirkusclown Jonathan wird gefeuert; klassische Unterhaltung hat ihre Bedeutung verloren. Verzweifelt wandert Jonathan durch die Berliner Strassen und trifft die polnische Prostituierte Olga. Das ungleiche Paar verbringt die Nacht schließlich in einem Hotelzimmer, in dem beide auf ihr vergangenes Leben, sowie die Veränderungen des seit 20 Jahren geeinten Europa zurückblicken ... eine filmische Metapher auf die dunkle Seite der Wiedervereinigung, voller Absurdität und Horror. In Anwesenheit von Edwin Brienen!

The film is set twenty years after the events of November 9th, 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall. Circus clown Jonathan (Godehard Giese) loses his job. He meets Olga (Agnieszka Rozenbajgier), a Polish prostitute on the run from her pimps. They spend the night together in a hotel room and recapitulate twenty years of European unity. After a confrontation with the pimps, Olga and Jonathan learn to know the dark side of ‘new Europe’. In the presence of director Edwin Brienen.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bye, Mimi

Legendary Dutch actress Mimi Kok died two days ago from lung disease at the age of 80. She played a role in Edwin Brienen's debut film Terrorama! Mimi was one of Edwin's childhood heroes. The absurdism of her recurring tv-character Gé Braadslee (together with husband Waldo van Dungen/Sjef van Oekel) opened up a surreal world of art and disorder, and gave a new meaning to the concept of political (in)correct taste. Mimi will be dearly missed.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Soiled Sinema review Ulli

"Why Ulli Wanted to Kill Himself on Christmas Eve is the perfect cinematic Xmas feast for both anti-Santa-ists and subversive cinemaphiles alike".

American Soiled Sinema reviews Brienen's 2005 Christmas Comedy!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Flyer 'Warum Ulli...' - screenings Berlin 9-15 December

Berlin-Film-Katalog created a flyer (PDF file) to promote this month's screenings of Warum Ulli sich am Weihnachtsabend umbringen wollte. A special re-release premiere (introduced by film critic Jan Gympel) takes place on Monday, December 9th, 19:30 Hrs at Brotfabrik Kino, Berlin. From 12 December on, the film will be showned daily at 22:00 Hrs.

You can download the original PDF file here:

Friday, November 29, 2013

Cinema re-release 'Ulli' for christmas

December sees the re-release of Edwin Brienen’s one-time christmas comedy Why Ulli Wanted to Kill Himself on Christmas Eve. Shot in a record time of just 13 days, the film did hit German theatres about two months after its pre-production status.

October 2005. Brienen, who just filmed Last Performance during the summer of that year, had the insane plan to produce (shooting, editing, post-production) a feature film in just three ‘til four weeks. He involved an ensemble of actors (lots of new ‘family members’ here such as Laura Tonke and Hendrik Arnst, next to the familiar faces of Brienen starlets Esther Verkaaik and Eva Dorrepaal), and December 15th, Ulli celebrated its premiere in eight German theatres countrywide.

The film received raving critics from the German press: “Small pearls of tragicomic characterizations, concerning lack of relationships and the inability of them” (tip Magazine), “a modern update of Fassbinder” (zitty), “wonderfully poetic” (Cinerama) or “one of the most entertaining German films since years” (Neue Szene). 

Thanks to an initiative by Berlin-Film-Katalog, this black comedy is now back in a director’s cut at Berlin’s Brotfabrik Kino. December 9th at 19.30 hrs, film critic Jan Gympel will introduce the new version to an audience, in the presence of Edwin Brienen. For other screening dates (the whole week and after), check out the website of Brotfabrik: