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2024 Berlinale: Festival Review Listing Recap

2024 Berlinale: Festival Review Listing Recap

Before we put our focus on the upcoming edition of the Cannes Film Festival, we look back at our coverage of the Berlinale – a competition that many would agree was subpar and sidebar selections that did indeed offer some gems. Mati Diop’s Dahomey (read review) claimed the top prize and Behtash Saneeha & Maryam Moghaddam’s My Favourite Cake (read our ★★★★review) was the overall critical darling among critics. This year Our Nicholas Bell was also part of’s FIPRESCI grid (worth noting that they have a grading system that is less precise and incompatible with our grading system) and we’ve also added Screen Daily’s chart for further comparison – see after the jump below. Here is how our Nicholas Bell vibed with the competition films and beyond:

The Devil’s Bath (Des Teufels Bad) (review)
Pepe (review)
Shambhala (review)

A Traveler’s Needs (review)
Arcadia (review)
Architecton (Review)
Comme le feu (review)
Matt and Mara (review) (KJ*)
Some Rain Must Fall (review)
Who Do I Belong To (review)

A Different Man (review)
Dying (review)
The Editorial Office (review)
The Great Yawn of History (review)
Small Things Like These (review)
Vogter (review)
Une famille (review)

The Empire (review)
Gloria (review)
Langue Étrangère (review)
My New Friends (review)
Reas (review)
Through Rocks and Clouds (review)

Another End (review)
From Hilde with Love (review)
La cocina (review)
My Summer with Irène (review)

Black Tea (review)
Suspended Time (review)

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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