December Film Recommendations

Im Keller

 Im Keller

Directed by: Ulrich Seidl

The Austrian provocateur is at it again with his documentary focused on what people do  in their basements. Based on Seidl’s previous work expect things to get bizarre and uncomfortable.

 In cinemas: December 4th




Blue Ruin

With: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray

Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier

A vagabond (Macon Blair) living in his car and subsisting on the bare minimum gets the news he has been dreading for years: the man who killed his parents has been let out of prison. Though inexperienced in matters of weaponry and overt violence he is dead-set on exacting vengeance. The film is an unnerving, spare, and satisfying film with a deft filmmaker at the helm.

In cinemas: December 11th

Winter Sleep

With: Haluk Bilginer, Demet Akbag, Melisa Sözen.

Directed by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), a well-off middle-aged former actor, owns a hotel in rural Turkey and has difficulties navigating his relationships with his recently divorced sister Necla (Demet Akbag) and his much younger wife Nihal (Melisa Sözen). Though director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or winning film is over three hours long and dialogue-driven, it is anything but a slog.

In cinemas: December 11th

Life Itself

Directed by: Steve James

A documentary about the life and career of the most famous film critic of our age: Roger Ebert.

In cinemas: only has one screening on December 11th at Hackesche Höfe Kino.

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Clouds of Sils Maria

With: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloe Grace Moretz

Directed by: Olivier Assayas

At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal is to take on the role of Sigrid, and maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself. (synopsis from

In cinemas: December 18th


With: Nicholas Brendon, Emily Baldoni

A group of eight friends have a dinner party while a comet passes over their corner of the world. Em (Emily Baldoni), who is interested in astronomy, tells her group that strange things often happen when comets are close. Sure enough, they also occur in the film but it is best to keep things vague. Coherence is a prime example of what one can do with virtually no budget, one set, and a good idea and on a side note it is great to see Nicholas Brendon (Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) act again.

In cinemas: December 25th

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