BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

Right.

Where to even start?

As you might know, and everyone else on the planet, my country aka England, otherwise known as the UK!!?§#!!

Will be leaving the European Union (EU) on March 29th, 2019.

With perhaps a two weeks grace and a new date on October 31st (Halloween) – previously April 12th, (to think of a different Brexit plan) if the withdrawal agreement is rejected by MPs’ in the House of Commons in a few days.

In a few days!

That is, THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE – BREXIT DAY!

Or in the unlikely event that our Prime Minister – Theresa May – does win the support of the Commons when the Brexit deal goes to MPs’ in a few days, then the UK will continue to be an EU member state until May 22nd 2019, to allow necessary withdrawal legislation to be passed.

BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do! Brexit ©AFP

And what a soap opera we’ve found ourselves in!

And why?

Why?

BREXIT!

Article 50 & Brexit in the UK. Everything you need to know! ©Claudio Cadei – CartoonMovement

You know, that time when we triggered that awful document, otherwise known as Article 50, and found ourselves on the road to drifting apart from the EU because we wanted to rule and govern ourselves away from the European tyrant of Brussels.

Oh wait!

We haven’t actually done that.

Now that Brexit & Article 50 has been triggered, as an island nation. We’re out. Alone.

What we have done is to show the world how ridiculous the whole thing is, how utterly clueless we are about what Brexit actually means and how we’ve reduced ourselves to not the Great Britain – the land of fairness, truth and civilised common sense – that we all love and know, but it’s buffoon of an uncle – David Cameron – and the out-of-touch mad aunt – Theresa May – and have become the laughing-stock of our European cousins who are utterly baffled as to why Brexit is even happening.

Brexit! At first, it was quite funny!

At first, it was quite funny.

Brexit! I’m livid with anger and sadness!

Until it wasn’t.

Many people’s lives are affected by Brexit and everything it entails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even I was affected!

After the very disappointing result of the Brexit Referendum in 2016, many of my fellow British citizens began to wonder whether the discussions and talks would lead to a better understanding of British / European relations, or a hardline stance.

Should I be British or European? Can’t I be both!

Luckily, I had the foresight to listen to my instinct and apply for British-German dual nationality just a mere three months after the Referendum took place!

How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!

In fact, as a Brit Abroad albeit a British-German Expat myself, I literally have to explain Brexit to my German friends, colleagues, neighbours, the casual passer-by, and the German press, each and every day!

I literally have to explain Brexit to the German press, each & every day!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner & Kay S. Abaño [www.kayabano.com]
Talking to the German press at Sputnik Kino, for Die rbb Reporter in Berlin!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner / Kay S. Abaño [www.kayabano.com]

Here’s where I talk about it on Die rbb Reporter | rbb – Briten in Berlin und Brandenburg – Deutscher Pass statt Brexit-Chaos or Brits in Berlin and Brandenburg – German passport instead of Brexit-Chaos.

Recording was at the British Shorts Film Festival that took place at the Sputnik Kino in Berlin.

The film is in German, but there’s a possibility to subtitle it, and I guess you can use Google to translate it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was also in the German newspaper – Der Tagesspiegel – (Berlin-Brexit Stories #2 on 15th January 2019 – 17:56), as well as on TV!

If you want to know about Britain, Brexit and British Expats in Berlin / Germany, follow the links indicated.

Let’s Remain! ©John Keeble/Getty Images – AP

And you know what?

Nobody knows why we even have Brexit.

Even worse.

Nobody knows what’s going to happen!

I mean.

NOBODY!

I certainly don’t!

Do you?

I practically live on Twitter these days and the Deal or No Deal palaver is a chaotic mess.

Most importantly, it’s awful and scary for the 100,000+ British expats who live in Germany, the 1.5 million+ British expats who live in Europe, and the 3 million+ European expats who live in the UK.

If you speak / understand German, watch the video below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And let’s not even get into the issue of Northern Ireland, otherwise known as the border that separates Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, or better still the Backstop!

Let’s not go there!

Watch this video instead!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regardless, of what has happened, I’m still a very proud British person.

There is no doubt in my mind that regardless of the dismal politics, I love both England – my original birth country, and Germany – my adoptive new country, and I don’t see why I should have to choose, as I have spent a lot of my life and money, in both.

In fact, I’ve written about both how to be British and how to be a German.

And, I’m not alone!

Put the kettle on. We’re going to be here all day! How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

Basically, I can be both British and German, and to effectively have the best of both worlds!

And while the UK is still in the EU, I certainly can!

And if you fit all the criteria, so can you.

Click here for all the details on how to be a German and on how you can apply for dual citizenship, if you’re British and live in Germany!

If you’re British, & have the opportunity to apply for European citizenship anywhere in the EU, do so as quickly as possible! ©Dr. Meddy – The Cartoon Movement

Now for British citizens living on the European continent, and European citizens living in the UK, what’s next, is a constant worry, and I attend many a meeting, press sessions and network groups, on this very question.

If you are British, and have the opportunity to apply for European citizenship anywhere in the EU, do so as quickly as possible as the clock is ticking, and even though there might be an extension on March 29th, April 12th, May 22nd, or even October 31st, those dates will be upon us sooner than you or anyone else anticipated, and then it will be too late.

If you’re a British national of Irish descent or anybody born in Northern Ireland, you have the right to acquire Irish citizenship, so if there’s a whiff of Irishness in your ancestral tree, go and get it!

I can’t tell you what to do and where to choose, but I can give you some simple tips and guidelines as to how to apply for German citizenship, if you’re British.

If you’re not going down that road, read on:

WHAT DO I DO IF I’M BRITISH AND HAVE NO WAY TO OBTAIN DUAL CITIZENSHIP, PERMANENT RESIDENCE OR ANY OTHER THING?

I’m not a lawyer, so you should seek legal advice!

Don’t panic! Here’s what to do!

Before we go any further, let me make it clear that I am not a lawyer, so if you need legal advice, go ahead and contact an expert specialised in naturalisation / citizenship matters. This post is based on information that was personally sent to me by the British Embassy in Berlin, the updates for British citizens living in Germany / British citizens who live in the EU / other parts of Europe, and my personal experience as a British Expat in Berlin. I assume no liability for the accuracy of the enclosed data.

Right, now that’s out of the way, let’s go on.

BRITAIN IS LEAVING THE EU – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Brexit! Britain is leaving the EU – What you need to know!

There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Germany while the UK remains in the EU.

While the government continues to negotiate EU Exit, you should:

VISAS AND RESIDENCY:

You need your passport if you want to live in Germany & you must register within 14 days of arrival if you want to stay longer than 3 months!

You must register at your local Einwohnermeldeamt (registration office) within 14 days of arrival if you are staying in Germany for more than 3 months.

In some places the Einwohnermeldeamt is known as the Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR), Bürgerbüro or Bürgeramt. When you change address in Germany you must deregister from your old address and register at your new one.

  • An overview of all Einwohnermeldeämter is available here
  • The UK and EU have agreed the full legal text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement in principle. The agreement on citizens’ rights would allow UK nationals to stay in their Member State of residence after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019
  • The German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community published a website with information for UK nationals in Germany on 21 December 2018
  • In all EU Exit scenarios, UK nationals living in Germany will need to apply for a residence permit from their local Foreigners Authority (Ausländerbehörde).
  • Some Foreigners Authority Offices are already planning a procedure for voluntary registration/application before the UK’s exit from the EU
  • Read guidance on German Foreigners Authorities

FOR BRITISH CITIZENS WHO LIVE IN BERLIN, PLEASE READ!!

Love conquers all. We had controlled rent, but we didn’t have a bathroom in Berlin!

According to the Berlin Foreigners Authority, up to 8,000 of approximately 18,000 UK nationals living in Berlin, have registered with them online. This is the first step of the application process for a residence permit, which all UK nationals in Berlin will need to acquire after the UK has left the EU.

  • If you are a British citizen and also hold the citizenship of any EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you DO NOT need to make an application
  • If you are a British citizen or live with a British family member, you must register
  • No additional documents are required at the moment
  • Online registration and application submission is free of charge
  • There will be a fee after your application has been processed
  • Everyone who has registered via the online application form will be contacted and invited for an appointment from April 2019 onwards
  • Should the UK’s departure from the EU be stopped, all data gathered by the Berlin Foreigners Registration Office on the online form will be deleted immediately
  • NOTE: After completing your online registration you must save a copy of the confirmation and print it out. This confirmation serves as proof of your registration and your lawful residence in the territory of Germany. Don’t forget!
  • Print it out!
Bring along all your documentation! How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

APPLYING FOR GERMAN-DUAL CITIZENSHIP:

  • If you would like to apply for German dual citizenship, please read my article on how to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Dual Nationality first!
  • Here are the official conditions to apply for German citizenship
  • In the UK, there are no restrictions on dual nationality however, Germany only allows dual nationality in exceptional cases, including for EU citizens. According to the draft national Brexit law, in a deal scenario, UK nationals who have applied for German naturalisation and fulfilled all conditions before the end of the implementation period (31 December 2020), would not have to give up their UK nationality in order to obtain German nationality. Phew!
  • In addition, as part of it’s no deal preparations, the German cabinet on 12 December 2018, adopted a draft Social Security Transition Brexit law, which would ensure that any UK national who has applied before 29 March 2019 for German citizenship and met all conditions on that day, but whose application has not been processed yet, would still be able to retain his or her UK nationality when accepting German nationality
  • After the transitional period, it is likely that any UK Citizen who applies for German citizenship will not be able to retain their dual citizenship, and will then have to choose one or the other
  • Get on it with it then, and quickly!

HEALTHCARE:

BREXIT and healthcare! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!
  • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019, your access to healthcare is likely to change. The NHS has more information about healthcare for UK nationals living in and visiting Germany
  • The UK government has or is seeking agreements with countries, including Germany, on healthcare arrangements for UK nationals after 29 March 2019
  • The Federal Ministry Labour and Social Affairs has detailed information about German social security, including health insurance. This document details out the different health insurance systems, who is insured and for which treatment
  • If you are resident in Germany, you must register with a Krankenkasse (health insurance company) – in the usual way through your employer – to access healthcare
  • You can choose to be either state insured (gesetzliche Krankenversicherung) or privately insured (private Krankenversicherung), if your income allows it
  • All employees are allowed to choose their own health insurance provider. You can also ask your employer’s HR department for healthcare information
  • You can find information about English-speaking doctors in Germany in the link
  • You should also check your prescriptions are legal in Germany

  • Up to 29 March 2019, you should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC. Your UK-issued EHIC, will be valid only until 29 March 2019
  • If you plan to visit Germany on or after 29 March 2019, you should continue to buy travel insurance for the health treatment you may need, as you would for any non-EU country

S1 FORM – HEALTHCARE PAID FOR BY THE UK:

BREXIT and healthcare! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!
  • You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Germany and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit
  • You will need an S1 form. You can apply for one by calling +44 (0)191 218 1999
  • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, your S1 form may no longer be recognised after 29 March 2019. The German government has prepared a Brexit social security law, which would come into effect in this case. In addition, seeking private insurance also remains an option

WORKING IN GERMANY:

BREXIT! – Working in Germany! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!
  • If you are employed by the German civil service as a Beamte/r, you will need permission to continue your employment after the UK has left the EU. Please see this change to the law governing civil servants and contact your employer
  • If you live abroad and require a Police Certificate from the UK, apply to the ACRO Criminal Records Office
  • A German criminal record check (Führungszeugnis) can be ordered from the local registry office (Meldebehörde). This will be sent directly from the German Ministry of Justice

EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

I’m an MA graduate from the University of Chester. Whoopee!
  • In a no-deal Brexit scenario, if you are a student or trainee receiving a support loan in Germany (BAföG) you can still receive the loan until the end of the course, as long as the course started before 30 March 2019. Contact the Federal Ministry for Education and Research for more information.
  • The European Commission has published guidance on professional qualifications
  • Where UK nationals have already been recognised by an EU country as holding valid professional qualifications, this will remain valid after the UK leaves the EU. The Commission has advised holders of qualifications obtained in the UK before the UK leaves the EU to obtain recognition in a EU27 Member State before 29 March 2019
  • Find information on where to request a recognition of your qualifications in Germany
  • For more information read studying in the European Union after Brexit

MONEY AND TAXES:

How I got scammed in Berlin!

The UK’s exit from the European Union will not change existing double taxation arrangements for UK nationals living in Germany. The UK has a double-taxation agreement with Germany to ensure people do not pay tax on the same income in both countries.

PENSIONS:

BREXIT & Pensions! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

The UK Government will continue to pay state pension, child benefits, and disability benefits to eligible UK nationals in the EU after the UK’s exit from the EU.

SOCIAL INSURANCE / BENEFITS:

BREXIT & Social Insurance / Benefits! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

You might be entitled to German benefits, including:

DRIVING IN GERMANY:

BREXIT & Driving in Germany! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

Holders of UK driving licences who are resident in an EU country should exchange their UK licences for a driving licence from the EU country they are living in before 29 March 2019.

VOTING:

BREXIT & Voting! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

I don’t know about you, but the civil right to vote is so important.

But once the UK leaves the EU, UK nationals will no longer be eligible to vote in local and European elections. The UK pushed hard in negotiations for the right to stand and vote in local elections for UK nationals living in the EU, and EU citizens in the UK, but they will not form part of the Withdrawal Agreement.

PASSPORTS:

A British passport will still be valid as a document. @Reuters

The rules of travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. If your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected. You should use this tool to check your passport is still valid for your trip before booking travel.

  • Adult and child passports should have at least 6 months remaining from your date of travel
  • If you renewed your passport early, extra months would have been added to your new passport. These extra months will not count towards this, so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel

RETURNING TO THE UK:

Article 50 & Brexit in the UK. Everything you need to know! ©AFP / Getty Images

If you get utterly fed up and decide to return to live in the UK permanently, and it’s not a crime to do so, it’s important you tell the German authorities.

  • You must deregister with your local Einwohnermeldeamt (registration office)
  • You must inform your health insurance (Krankenkasse) of your move
  • You must inform your bank and other financial services
  • You must let local service providers know
  • To move your pension back to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre
  • You will also need to contact the pension services in Germany

SOME VERY IMPORTANT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

If you want to be a German, ask more questions! How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

I’M BRITISH AND I LIVE IN GERMANY. SERIOUSLY, WHAT NOW?

The Tall Young Gentleman and the Boy Scouts of America – Troop 46 – Berlin. Having German, British, American & French dual citizenships / double nationalities, works just fine!

If the Withdrawal Agreement is implemented, a 21-month transitional period will begin once the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019. The transitional period will end on 31 December 2020. During this transitional period the UK will in principle, be treated like a member state of the European Union thus, EU rules on freedom of movement will continue to apply during this period.

WHAT HAPPENS IF BRITAIN LEAVES WITHOUT A DEAL?

 

 

 

 

 

In the event of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, no British citizen of course, will be required to immediately leave Germany.

Germany is planning to implement a three-month transitional period, which may be extended. During this period all British citizens who are entitled to freedom of movement within the EU and their family members will be able to continue to live and work in Germany as before, without a residence permit.

However, in order to be able to stay in the long-term, all British citizens will be required, before the end of the transitional period, to apply to the competent foreigners’ authority for a residence permit and, if they have not already done so, to register with the registration authority at their place of residence. They have permission to stay in Germany while their application is being processed.

I HAVE A BRITISH PASSPORT, CAN I STILL TRAVEL THROUGH EUROPE WITHOUT A VISA, AFTER BREXIT?

Get a train ticket and travel through Europe!

Umm!

It depends!

The European Commission has proposed granting British citizens visa-free travel to the EU for short stays (of up to 90 days in any 180-day period) that is, on the condition that the UK grants visa-free travel for all EU citizens too.

However.

If there is still No-Deal, British tourists face having to apply for a visa at a cost of up to €60 or £52, to visit most of mainland Europe!

This might come to pass if UK citizens wish to enter the Schengen area because of heated discussions mired in a dispute with Spain over whether the British overseas territory Gibraltar could be described as a “colony” or not!

If no solution can be found, the UK will be left in legal limbo as it is not on the list of countries where a visa is required to visit the EU, nor on a list of countries with an exemption!

It could mean UK citizens heading to Europe for Easter having to pay for a Schengen visa or be left waiting for a bilateral deal.

In a tit-for-tat move, EU citizens coming to the UK would face a similar scheme. Further down the line, the EU is proposing an electronic visa waiver system valid for three years at €7.

There is still the issue of how travellers will be treated when they arrive in Europe.

As of now, Portugal is the only EU state so far that has said it will create a third lane at airport passport control to speed Brits through. Without a deal, British visitors face having to queue with all other non-EU passport holders.

I HAVE GERMAN AND BRITISH CITIZENSHIP. DO I HAVE TO GIVE ONE OF THEM UP?

I love both England – my original birth country, and Germany – my adoptive new country, and I don’t see why I should have to choose! ©Reuters

Nope!

As a German citizen you are naturally permitted to reside in Germany without a residence permit. Even if you are a citizen of another EU member state, you are still entitled to freedom of movement. And that does not mean that you have to give up your British citizenship.

I’D LIKE TO STUDY IN THE UK. WHAT RULES WILL APPLY TO ME?

An English Education – The misadventures of a post-graduate student at the University of Chester.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs’ has information supplied by Wales, Northern Ireland, England and Scotland about the possible consequences the UK leaving the EU will have, as regards to tuition fees and student finance for students from EU member states wishing to study in the UK.

There is no further information as of now.

WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO DO AN ERASMUS SEMESTER IN THE UK AFTER BREXIT?

If you’re an Erasmus student, you can travel even cheaper!

At this point in time it is still impossible to say whether the UK will stay in the Erasmus+ Programme and what the UK’s future status will be. That will all depend on the outcome of the withdrawal negotiations between the EU and the UK.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ORDERLY AND A DISORDERLY BREXIT?

BREXIT! March for your rights!

Aha!

On 29 March 2017, the British Prime Minister – Theresa May – notified the European Council of the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the European Union. This launched the official process of the UK’s exit from the EU, including negotiations on a withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK.

There are two very different possible scenarios:

If a withdrawal agreement is ratified, then a transitional period will enter into force, ending on 31 December 2020. During this transitional period, the UK would continue to comply with EU rules and pay its financial contributions to Brussels. However, the UK would no longer be represented in any of the EU’s bodies.

After the end of the transitional period, new rules would govern the UK’s relationship with the EU.

On 15 January 2019, the British Government failed to win a vote in the House of Commons on the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, this means that the British Parliament has not agreed to the deal currently on the table.

If no withdrawal agreement is ratified (hard Brexit / no-deal Brexit), the UK will automatically cease to be a member of the EU.

As of 30 March 2019 (two years after triggering Article 50 to launch the Brexit process), the EU would have to treat the UK as a third country and the EU rulebook (“acquis”) would no longer apply to the UK.

This would have wide-ranging consequences for citizens, businesses and public administration. The UK would no longer be part of the European Single Market and would have to trade under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules instead.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY APPLICATION FOR NATURALISATION?

Oh no! I’ve got to do the Naturalisation Test, & learn stuff!

Applicants who file an application for naturalisation before the date on which the UK leaves the EU but who do not receive a decision until after Brexit, are to retain their previous German or British nationality if they have fulfilled all the other criteria before the Brexit date. Multiple nationality will be accepted in such cases.

WILL AIRLINES IN THE UK STILL BE ABLE TO FLY TO GERMANY? AND WILL GERMAN AIRLINES BE ALLOWED TO FLY TO THE UK?

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In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK will automatically leave the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) on the day it leaves the EU. Discussions are currently being held on what measures can be taken to avoid the resulting disruption to air traffic.

In December 2018, the European Commission put forward a proposal for a regulation which grants British airlines air traffic rights for flights from the UK to the EU and vice versa – up until 30 March 2020. The condition being that the UK grants European airlines the same rights. Consultations on the proposal are still ongoing in the EU.

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WHAT’S THE “BACKSTOP” THAT EVERYONE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT, IN A VERY WORRIED WAY?

 

 

The backstop is a fall-back solution in the event that, after the UK leaves the EU and the transition period ends, no solution can be found by which to avoid a hard border between the Republic of Ireland (an EU member state) and Northern Ireland (part of the UK).

The backstop agreement (officially the Northern Ireland Protocol) is intended to protect the Good Friday Agreement, which brought peace to Ireland after The Troubles.

Up until 1998, the British part of Ireland was ravaged by the bloody Northern Ireland conflict. The signing of the Good Friday Agreement, 20+ years ago, marked the end of that conflict.

Reconciliation between the conflicting parties was also helped by the fact that European integration meant that the border between the British and Irish EU partners ceased to be of relevance.

With the UK’s exit from the EU, the question has arisen as to what to do about this in order to avoid a return to a “hard border” on the island.

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR THE UK TO EVER REJOIN THE EU?

BREXIT! The UK can ALWAYS rejoin the EU. But it won’t be easy!

Of course!

However, under Article 50 paragraph 5 of the Treaty on European Union, Britain would be subject to the very long and complex procedure for joining the EU.

And each and every EU member state would have to agree to the UK rejoining the EU once again!

Oops!

I’m exhausted.

That’s it for now!

See you in Berlin!

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BREXIT! DON’T PANIC IF YOU’RE BRITISH & LIVE IN GERMANY. HERE’S WHAT TO DO!

BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

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BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

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BREXIT! Don’t panic if you’re British & live in Germany. Here’s what to do!

Are you British? What does Brexit mean to you?

Do you want to be a German citizen? Are you looking to change nationalities because of Brexit? Have you applied for Double Nationality / Dual Citizenship, or are you going the whole hog?

How has Brexit affected you as a British person living in the EU?

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The top 20 favourite festival films you should really watch in 2019!

The top 20 favourite festival films you should really watch in 2019!

Wow!

The last two months have been busy!

I went to Norway.

I was in the newspaper.

I was on TV.

And I went to not one film festival, but two!

Two (2) films festivals!

Whaaaat?!$!

A Beginners’ Guide to the 69th Berlinale. Yes! The Berlin International Film Festival 2019 is finally here!

The Berlin International Film Festival otherwise known as the Berlinale and the glamour it brought, is now over!

And what a wonderful time we had!

We had a long, fantastic fortnight of films, films, and yes more films!

In fact, my eyes have literally sunk into my head from watching so many.

And will I do it all over again next year?

You betcha!

At Sputnik Kino for Die rbb Reporter in Berlin!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner / Kay S. Abaño [www.kayabano.com]
Victoria smiling for Die rbb Reporter in Berlin!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner / Kay S. Abaño [www.kayabano.com]

In fact, only a few weeks ago I was telling you all about how I could afford to travel all over Europe, rush through Bruges in Belgium, get scammed in Berlin, be utterly bored by Romania, proud as punch to be invited for the Royal Reception of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, asked to explore Sweden, Latvia and Estonia on a press trip, and got completely lost and trapped in India!

With family in tow!

And just the other week, I was in the German newspaper – Der Tagesspiegel – (Berlin-Brexit Stories #2 on 15th January 2019 – 17:56), and I’m going to be on TV again on 13.03.19!

It’s going to be in connection with Brexit and British Expats in Berlin / Germany.

And just like last time, a TV crew contacted me, and asked if they could follow me about for, you know, a typical day in the life of a travel, expat, lifestyle British blogger!

Recording was at the British Shorts Film Festival that took place at the Sputnik Kino in Berlin.

The programme was to be shown on – Die rbb Reporter | rbb – Briten in Berlin und Brandenburg – Deutscher Pass statt Brexit-Chaos or Brits in Berlin and Brandenburg – German passport instead of Brexit-Chaos on 20.02.19 at 21:00.

UPDATE: The rbb Brexit reportage has been postponed to: 13.03.19 at 21:15!

Save the Date!

I’ll write more about it after the programme has aired.

In March!

Yay!

 

Victoria – The British Berliner at the British Shorts Film Festival!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Berlin – January 2019
I went to the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, otherwise known as the Berlinale and I went to the British Shorts Film Festival.

Both of them take place in Berlin

And both of them are film festivals very much worth going to.

For more information and a description of the Berlinale. Click here!

For more information and a description of the British Shorts Film Festival. Click here!

WHAT IS THE BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL / BERLINALE?

The new 69th Berlinale 2019 Film Programme!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Berlin – Feb 2019

Well, the Berlinale is simply, the world’s largest public film festival which provides an audience of interested film-goers, a city full of excitement, a diverse cultural scene, fascinating new films, up and coming artists, and an opportunity to see, talk to, and take close-up pictures, of international stars in the movie world!

The public programme of the Berlinale shows about 400 films per year of mostly international or European premieres of every genre, length and format!

The Berlin International Film Festival is a source of inspiration in the global film community, encouraging the influx of film programmes, workshops, panel discussions, joint projects, and other creative outlets and networking possibilities.

And with more than:

  • 332,403 sold tickets
  • 18,080 professional visitors
  • 130 countries
  • 3,688 journalists
  • Art
  • Glamour
  • Parties
  • Networking
  • The Business of Film-Making

 

I’m actually in the video above. This was the first “star” Press Conference at the Berlinale, and I’m standing right behind the journalist who asked Bryan Cranston that super interesting question!

You simply can’t go wrong!

That’s right.

From the 7th of February to the 17th February, 2019, Berlin was packed solid, with members of the film industry.

The Berlinale is not only an independent film festival with a difference, but also a film festival that ordinary people can actually visit.

Yes, that means YOU!

I’m a Corporate Training Manager, I’m married and have a teenage son, so I always have to get smart and creative.

During the week, I was very busy with my job working at H&D – An HCL Technologies CompanyH&D Business Services GmbH, and didn’t watch any films at all during the week and only went to screenings on Thursday – late night – and then really went crazy over the weekend!

I must be bonkers!

Jonas Dassler – Der Goldene Handschuh | The Golden Glove – Competition 2019
©Gordon Timpen / 2018 bombero int./Warner Bros. Ent.

Here are ALL the films that I watched in alphabetical order!

  1. Bait
  2. Berlin Bouncer
  3. Buoyancy
  4. Busong
  5. Di jiu tian chang – So Long, My Son
  6. Divino Amor – Divine Love
  7. Easy Love
  8. Elternschule – Parents’ School
  9. Estou Me Guardando Para Quando O Carnaval Chegar – Waiting for the Carnival
  10. Der Goldene Handschuh – The Golden Glove
  11. Die Kinder der Toten – The Children of the Dead
  12. Four Quartets
  13. Für Frauen. 1. Kapitel: For Women – Chapter 1
  14. Heimweh nach Rügen oder Gestern noch war ich Köchin – Homesick for Rügen or Yesterday, I Was a Cook
  15. Hölmö nuori sydän – Stupid Young Heart
  16. Kids
  17. Kislota – Acid
  18. Liberty
  19. Mid90s
  20. Miss World
  21. Monștri – Monsters
  22. Mr. Jones
  23. Šavovi – Stitches
  24. Sie – She
  25. Skin
  26. So Pretty
  27. Staff Only
  28. Story
  29. Systemsprenger – System Crasher
  30. Styx
  31. Tattoo
  32. Temblores – Tremors
  33. The Biggest Little Farm
  34. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
  35. To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón – The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea
  36. Weil du nur einmal lebst – Die Toten Hosen auf Tour – Die Toten Hosen – You Only Live Once
  37. When Tomatoes Met Wagner
  38. Where We Belong

In my opinion, every film was brilliant, and none were duds!

So without further ado, here are the films that I think are going to be the next big thing.

In no particular order!

THE TOP 20 FESTIVAL FILMS YOU SHOULD REALLY WATCH IN 2019!

Jonah Hill – Hollywood Actor and Director having fun on the Red Carpet at the Berlin International Film Festival with his film – Mid90s!
© Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

In the flurry of excitement and talented art, I managed to watch 38 films in just seven (7) days.

Thirty Eight!

I admit. It was a little exhausting but some films were long and some weren’t.

HITS FOR EVERYONE!

The top 20 favourite festival films you should really watch in 2019!
  1.  THE BOY WHO HARNASSED THE WIND
Chiwetel Ejiofor & Maxwell Simba – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
©Ilze Kitshoff – Netflix

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is adapted from the bestselling book by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

It follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba), who is thrown out of the school he loves, when his family can no longer afford his tuition fees.

Using the school library, he finds a way, by using his father’s – Trywell (Chiwetel Ejiofor) – to build a windmill which then saves his village in Malawi, from hunger and famine.

This film is the real-life story of a the young boy who saved a village, and the author of the actual book!

The film is acted, written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave, Mary Magdalene), so you know it’s going to be quality, and I can tell you that there was not a dry eye in the room, and various sounds of sniffing and blowing of handkerchiefs!

It’s produced with the help of Netflix.

Watch it!

2.  MID90s

Na-Kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, Ryder McLaughlin & Sunny Suljic – Mid90s
©2018 Jayhawker Holdings

Mid90s is a coming-of-age movie above Stevie.

Stevie is 13, but looks far, far  younger, and is desperate to hang out with the big boys.

His older brother bullies him, and his single mother is rarely at home.

When Stevie meets a group of cool dudes at the local skateboard shop, everything changes and it’s not long before Stevie smokes his first cigarette…

I won’t tell you what happens except to say that the writer and director – Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) – has paid great attention to detail in order to resurrect the 1990’s for his directorial debut.

His story of a teenager’s difficult search for recognition and the right friends unfolds with great ease and plenty of music.

Think back to the 90’s with mixtapes, VHS camcorders, Nintendo PlayStation, songs of Nirvana, Cypress Hill, Seal, etc. and a good dose of nostalgia.

You’ll love it!

3.  MR. JONES

Mr. Jones at the Berlinale – the Berlin International Film Festival – Competition 2019 by Agnieszka Holland starring James Norton
© Robert Palka Film Produkcja

Mr. Jones is made by Academy Award nominee Agnieszka Holland who brings to the screen the extraordinary untold story of Gareth Jones.

Gareth Jones was an ambitious young Welsh journalist who not only became the first foreign journalist to cover the story of Hitler, but also travelled to the Soviet Union in 1933 and uncovered the appalling truth behind the Soviet “utopia,” otherwise known as the rapid modernisation of the Soviet Union, and Stalin’s regime.

In fact, he even attempted to get an interview with Stalin himself!

On closer detail, all isn’t as it seems and he witnesses crimes against humanity which he diligently reports, and which are all denied and ignored by Western media.

He does however, meet a young writer called George Orwell who goes on to become famous for writing a most famous and yet still contemporary, allegorical novel inspired by Gareth Jones’ story – Animal Farm.

Not much is known about Gareth Jones.

Until now.

So what happened to him?

Watch the film at a cinema near you, and find out?

4.  SYSTEMSPRENGER – SYSTEM CRASHER

Helena Zengel – Systemsprenger | System Crasher
©Peter Hartwig / kineo / Weydemann Bros. / Yunus Roy Imer

Systemsprenger | System Crasher is a film about Bernadette, or Benni – a delicate-looking girl with unbridled energy. She is a ‘system crasher’.

This term is used to describe children who break every single rule; children who refuse to accept any kind of structure, and who gradually fall through the cracks in Germany’s child and welfare services.

In fact, there was even talk of sending her to a children’s home in Africa!

No matter where this nine-year-old is taken in, she is booted out again after a short time. And that is exactly what she is after, because all she really wants, is to be able to live with her mother again. A woman who is totally unable to cope with her daughter’s unpredictable behaviour.

This multi-award-winning script, has created a dramatically intense film about one child’s overwhelming need for love and security and the potential for violence that this engenders.

At the same time, it depicts the tireless attempts of teachers and psychologists who use respect, trust and confidence to create a way forward for children who threaten to destroy others and themselves, as a result of their unpredictable outbursts.

This film is sad and somewhat disturbing, but with a potential for hope.

If you can get your hands on it, it’s well worth watching for the brilliant performance of the young actor – Helena Zengel!

5.  THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM

The Biggest Little Farm – Emma the pig, Greasy the rooster – Culinary Cinema
©John Chester

The Biggest Little Farm is a documentary about the complexity of nature and our relationship to it.

It follows two dreamers –  John and Molly Chester – and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land.

When the barking of their beloved dog – Todd – leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete co-existence with nature. The land they’ve chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from brutal drought.

Cameraman, director and newly minted farmer John Chester, spent eight daunting years chronicling the hard and passionate work involved in realising their utopia. His footage also includes some remarkable nocturnal shots of their animal companions and the planting of 10,000 orchard trees, over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind – including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster.

Just as the farm’s ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, their plans of perfect harmony takes a series of unfortunate wild turns that will lead them to life, death, the depth of despair, and everlasting hope that it’ll somehow come together.

I loved it!

I think you will too!

HITS FOR FILM NERDS

The top 20 favourite festival films you should really watch in 2019!

If you’re really into independent or international films, then the following list will please you, and whet your appetite, for good quality film-making.

Films that don’t need to worry about whether the audience will “get it” or appeal to 12-year-old boys.

In short, intelligent films!

Here goes:

6.  WHEN TOMATOES MET WAGNER

Alexander with aunties Niki, Stavroula, Agathi, Katina & Olga – When Tomatoes Met Wagner – Culinary Cinema 2019
©Myrto Papadopoulos

When Tomatoes Met Wagner is a funny and uplifting story of how two enterprising Greek cousins – Christos and Alexansdros – and five village women, attempt to tackle the world vegetable market by selling their own home-grown tomatoes!

It’s a quirky and inspiring tale of how a tiny rural village  – Elias in Greece – with a population of just a mere 33 elderly inhabitants – respond to  the new reality of how we eat and grow our food, by engaging in organic farming to overcome the Greek financial crisis!

And not by the use of any added ingredient, but by literally, the sound of music!

The brains behind this inspiring idea is Alexandros who uses stories of legend and history to market their products, encourage people from all over the world to visit Elias, and is utterly convinced that playing the music of Wagner in the tomato fields, helps crops grow healthy in a natural way.

With the help of his cousin Christos, a traditional farmer, they soon turn his land to the cultivation of organic tomatoes with the help of five (5) elderly women from the village who pasteurize, label and hand package their crops, as tomato paste and organic meals.

Soon, the little jars find their place on the shelves of organic stores across the world.

It’s funny, warm, original, and heart-breaking all at the same time.

You. Have. Got. To. See. This. Film.

7.  DIE KINDER DER TOTEN – THE CHILDREN OF THE DEAD

Greta Kostka & Andrea Maier – Die Kinder der Toten | The Children of the Dead
©Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion

In the film Die Kinder der Toten|The Children of the Dead, tourism is booming at the Pension Alpenrose.

After dying in an accident, Karin returns as one of the undead. In a cinema owned by a Nazi widow where the past is mourned, she brings the non-living back to life.

In her 666-page ghost novel “The Children of the Dead”, Elfriede Jelinek allows the deceased to rise again, as a parade of zombies in a supermarket!

The film flutters between past and present. The present – a coach load of Dutch tourists and Syrian refugees. The past – hunters and zombies with swastikas and Jewish concentration camp victims, walking around, hand-in-hand!

The directorial duo from the Nature Theater of Oklahoma used amateur actors and Super 8 film in the original Styrian setting in Austria, using silent film, complete with Austrian brass-band music.

It’s a strange home-made horror movie, in which the vulgar and the ridiculous meet.

Terrific!

8.   BAIT

Edward Rowe & Isaac Woodvine – Bait
©Early Day Films Limited

Bait is a black-and-white film shot on hand-processed 16mm with close-ups of fish, nets, lobsters, wellington boots, knots, catch baskets, and even sounds of the bare gravel of fisher folk trudging across the pebbles on the beach!

The location is placed in an idyll Cornwall fishing village where the locals are no longer able to support themselves in the traditional way of fishing, but have had to resort to more lucrative ways via selling their homes, or catering to the interests of day-trippers, on sailing trips around the cove.

This has created tension between the weekend London city-folk and the now far-poorer original village locals, who have been priced out of the market or have to contend with empty buildings that they can no longer afford to live in, depicting images of historical reference and the tradition of social realism in British cinema.

I enjoyed it very much and if you’re a film nerd, you probably will too!

9.   TO THÁVMA TIS THÁLASSAS TON SARGASSÓN|THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA

To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón | The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea
©Kiki Papadopoulou

To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón | The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea is about Elisabeth – the police chief of the Greek coastal town of Mesolongi.

She drinks too much, constantly swears and is sleeping with a married doctor. Her transfer from Athens to the tiny fishing village ten years ago still rankles with her, and her adolescent son – Dimitris – has to learn to live with it.

Rita comes from Mesolongi and works in a factory; her brother is a local celebrity who makes her join him on stage during his club appearances. Rita is very unhappy and a death tears apart the already fragile network of relationships between the villagers, revealing an even more damaged structure beneath.

Angeliki Papoulia’s brilliant performance and the surprisingly shocking plot of the film serves up a small-town nightmare, garnished with eels and several layers of interpretation.

Highly recommended!

10.  K I D S

Kids – Director – Michael Frei
©Michael Frei

 

Kids is an experimental project about the psychology of the group dynamic.

Who is steering the crowd? What if it is heading in the wrong direction? Where does the individual end and the group begin?

It’s a witty black-and-white animated short film, an interactive piece of animation and a computer game set up that has animated figures running up and down the screen before they splat!

It’s hilarious and I absolutely loved it!

FILMS I REALLY, REALLY LIKE!

Put the kettle on. We’re going to be here all day!
How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

I’m very into British / Irish, Asian and East European films, as they’re all quite gritty, weird and obscure. This year, I watched quite a few German films.

And surprisingly, I liked them!

11.   DER GOLDENE HANDSCHUH|THE GOLDEN GLOVE

Jonas Dassler – Der Goldene Handschuh | The Golden Glove
©Gordon Timpen / 2018 bombero int./Warner Bros. Ent.
The rather handsome Jonas Dassler as himself! – Der Goldene Handschuh | The Golden Glove
©Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

The Der Goldene Handschuh|The Golden Glove is set in Hamburg – St.Pauli – in the 1970’s.

At first glance, Fritz «Fiete» Honka is a pitiful loser.

The man with the broken face binge-drinks his nights in his local neighborhood dive, the «Golden Glove», chasing after lonely women. None of the regulars suspect that the apparently harmless Fiete, is actually a monster.

Fatih Akin’s horror film is based on a true story and Heinz Strunk’s 2016 crime novel.

It’s the story of Fritz Honka, a serial killer who hid, mutilated, chopped up, and murdered numerous women, and his favorite bar, the «Golden Glove», where schmaltzy German songs move the pub punters to tears, and drinking is a reflex against pain in post-war Germany.

It’s a horrific story, but the attention to detail is amazing. As well as the make-up!

Go see it!

12.   BERLIN BOUNCER

Sven Marquardt of Berghain – Berlin Bouncer
©Flare Film GmbH

Berlin Bouncer is a documentary about three legendary bouncers – Frank, Sven and Smiley!

Back in the day, I used to be a hard-core clubber and one of the clubs mentioned – Berghain – was my regular weekend spot for techno vibes in the Berlin capital!

Of course, in those days, we expat locals knew Berghain as OstGut – it’s original name!

This film chronicles an exciting piece of Berlin’s cultural history – from the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall up to the pulsating present, so is it any wonder that I very much wanted to see the film!

In the late 1980s, Frank Künster came from West Germany to Berlin which was a special territory due to the fact that Berlin was divided by the Red Curtain into East and West, and was actually in the middle of East German territory (Brandenburg), Smiley Baldwin, an American G.I., who was one of the American soldiers who came over to guard the border to East Berlin, and sort of never left, and Sven Marquardt, a young punk and photographer, in East Berlin.

In fact, out of the three, Sven Marquardt is most easily recognisable as his usual garb is black leather, black boots, silver jewellery, long salt and pepper hair, and a well-groomed beard half-covered by a face full of tattoos and piercings. I live in Prenzlauerberg, and I sometimes used to see him at the tram stop!

Berlin Bouncer – the story of three legendary bouncers – Sven, Frank and Smiley!

Once the Berlin Wall fell, it was not long before all three found themselves caught up in the city’s wild nightlife of the 1990s, where they soon became the legendary ‘guardians’ of the city’s hippest clubs.

This film is a behind-the-scene look of how they all got started, what it was like at the time, the diversity of life in Berlin and their own real-life story now that they’re pushing 50, all appropriately accompanied by the infectiously pounding club sounds which have become a kind of second heartbeat not only for the protagonists of the film, but before the audience, and myself, who were in the scene when Berlin was the techno capital of the world.

And it still is!

Our film screening venue at the Berlinale was so packed that people were sitting on the floor!

It’s going to be shown at cinemas in Germany, so if you happen to be here, watch it. If not, look for it wherever.

You’ll love it!

13.   BUOYANCY

Sarm Heng – Buoyancy
©Rafael Winer

Buoyancy is about Chakra – a 14-year-old boy from Cambodia.

Chakra has a hard life toiling in the rice fields, along with his parents and siblings, when a friend tells him about the possibility of earning money in a factory. He then decides to secretly leaves home, in search of a better life.

Unfortunately, he is deceived, falls into the clutches of human traffickers, is sold to a Thai broker and enslaved on a fishing trawler. As fellow slaves are tortured and murdered around him, he decides his only hope of freedom is to become as violent as his captors.

Buoyancy is the first feature film of Rodd Rathjen’s, and in fact, the screening that I saw was the first public film screening that it has ever done. Ever!

The film is a brutal, yet realistic depiction of the current situation of Cambodian and Myanmar forced labourers.

This film isn’t pretty and spares no-one, but it’s very gripping, with a passionate message of social injustice and a touching and shocking coming-of-age story about a young boy, and humanity put to the test.

Go and see it!

  1.    DI JIU TIAN CHANG|SO LONG, MY SON
Yong Mei & Wang Jingchun – Di jiu tian chang | So Long, My Son
© Li Tienan / Dongchun Films

 

Di jiu tian chang|So Long, My Son is a film that traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political and human upheaval in China.

Part melodrama, part critique of the times, this film takes us from China’s turbulence from the end of the Cultural Revolution in the 1980’s, to the prospering turbo-capitalism of today.

Yaoyun and his wife Liyun’ were once a happy family – until their young son drowned playing by a reservoir. Following the loss of their child, the two families separate.

And so Yaojun and Liyun leave their home and plunge into the big city, although nobody knows them there and they cannot understand the local dialect, and their adopted son – Liu Xing – does not offer them the comfort they had hoped for either.

Yet even as their lives diverge, a common search for truth and reconciliation around the tragedy remains and they decide to return back to their roots.

This film was impressive. I didn’t understand how the adopted son came into the story and even though I nodded off a little, I happily sat and watched it for 3+ hours!

I would happily sit back and watch it again!

  1.    FÜR FRAUEN. 1. KAPITEL|FOR WOMEN – CHAPTER 1
Für Frauen. 1. Kapitel For Women | Chapter 1 – West Germany 1972 – Ulla Lange, Helga Freyer, Edda Hertel & Janine Rickmann
©Deutsche Kinemathek / DFFB

Equal pay for equal work! Stand up for your rights!

This was said by four (4) female employees at a West Berlin supermarket, who felt heavy pressure both at work and at home, and who went on strike to demand the same salary that their male colleagues got.

This 1972 documentary film Für Frauen. 1. Kapitel For Women | Chapter 1 was scripted and acted by the performers themselves who were not professional actors but simply, supermarket sales assistants and housewives!

And you get to see customers smoking in the shop, long hair on both sexes, extremely tight trousers, very short dresses, men refusing to lift boxes as “it’s women work” and sadly, the pinching and grabbing of bottoms as well as sexist jokes, as women walk by.

That notwithstanding, the film is quite funny and was digitally restored in 2018.

If you can get your hands on it, it’s a historical treasure!

FILMS THAT I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN, BUT DIDN’T!

The top 20 favourite festival films you should really watch in 2019!
  1.   37 Seconds by HIKARI – Japan 2019

17.  8 Tage|8 Days by Rafael Parente and Peter Kocyla – Germany 2018

18.   Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg. Begegnungen zwischen dem 1. Mai und dem 1. Juli 1990|Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – Encounters between 1st of May and 1st of July 1990 by Petra Tschörtner – Germany 1990

19.  Gully Boy by Zoya Akhtar – India 2018

20.  Guo chun tian|The Crossing by Bai XuePeople’s Republic of China 2019

FILMS THAT WERE A WASTE OF MY TIME!

 

  • MONȘTRI|MONSTERS 
Judith State – Monștri | Monsters
©Luchian Ciobanu

 

Monștri | Monsters is about a marred couple in Romania.

It’s a relationship drama of loneliness, sex and the current emotional state of a couple, over 24 hours!

Dana’s loneliness is palpable when she, instead of going home, decides to switch off her phone and pay the taxi driver for a whole night of merely driving around and through Bucharest.

Meanwhile, her husband goes to the gym and meets another equally married man for sex in a strangers’ apartment.

The next morning, Dana and Andrei meet in their marital bed and spend the day together. Perhaps for the last time.

A man and a woman lost in their relationship.

I’ve seen it all before.

Blah! Blah! Blah!

  • ELTERNSCHULE|PARENTS’ SCHOOL
Elternschule | Parents’ School – Lola at Berlinale
Jörg Adolph, Ralf Bücheler

I have mixed feelings about Elternschule | Parents’ School.

This film is a documentary that portrays several families seeking psychiatric treatment at a German clinic.

This is a last resort to deal with their seemingly unresolvable parenting issues and both Ralf Bücheler and Jörg Adolph deliver a chilling insight into our society, and its troubled relationship with its children.

It was interesting in itself but I don’t think it had any place in this film festival, and all I could think of was, “I could be watching something else!”

Ahem!

Me at the Berlin International Film Festival aka the Berlinale!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Berlin – February 2016

In watching a festival film, you get to see a large variety of international locations and settings, and a better intimate view with acting and scenes, that are much more realistic than in films with a Hollywood budget!

The Berlin International Film Festival, otherwise known as the Berlinale, is a special treat for the public.

See you next year!

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THE TOP 20 FESTIVAL FILMS YOU SHOULD REALLY WATCH IN 2019!

The top 20 favourite festival films you should really watch in 2019!

This article is not sponsored and even though I received press accredited rates for tickets, all opinions and the impressive festival films that I saw, are my very, very own!

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I went to Norway. Watch out for the details!

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The top 20 favourite festival films you should really watch in 2019!

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The top 20 favourite festival films you should really watch in 2019!

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