With a third of the Berlinale Competition already behind us, here’s where the competition stands on the Screen International Jury Grid:
Isle of Dogs leads
Wes Anderson’s daring, dark and marvelous film leads the poll with a very good 3.1 score, remaining unchallenged so far with 6 films screened. (We gave it an A)
Transit, the early frontrunner for the Golden Bear, disappoints with a measly 2.2 score. If it still ends up winning the Golden Bear, it will be one of the lowest reviewed films in years. (We gave it a B)
The Heiresses surprises
The Heiresses, a fantastic drama from Paraguay, remains the stand out surprise of the festival so far. The film seems to be among the least divisive films so far. (We gave it a B+).
Damsel and Eva are almost panned
[author title=”Mina Takla” image=”http://”]Mina Takla is a foreign correspondent for AwardsWatch and the co-founder of The Syndicate, an online news agency that offers original content services to several film brands including Empire Magazine’s Middle East edition and the Dubai Film Festival. Takla has attended, covered and written from over 10 film festivals online including the Dubai International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Cannes, Venice and Annecy Film Festivals. He has been following the Oscar race since 2000 with accurate, office-pool winning predictions year after year. He writes monthly in Empire Arabia, the Arabic version of the world’s top cinema magazine and conducts press junkets with Hollywood stars in the UK and the US. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Marketing from Australia’s Wollongong University and is currently based in Dubai, UAE.[/author]