Another German Premiere took place in Berlin, CLOUD ATLAS (ger: Der Wolkenatlas), with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry together with Hugo Weaving, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, the directors Tom Tykwer and Andy & Lana Wachowskiand, plus the producers Stefan Arndt and Grant Hill. So this time, the red carpet was filled with celebrities.
CLOUD Atlas is a science fiction drama movie adaptation from the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell. It is, with a budget of $102 million, one of the most expensive independent films of all time and the most expensive German movie production ever made. The movie was filmed in Studio Babelsberg in Germany near Berlin.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day around the globe and everyone is celebrating this special day with lots of green and lots of beer. Also for the first time, landmarks throughout the world have been illuminated green to mark the day, for example, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Niagara Falls, the London Eye, the Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai, the Cibeles fountain in Madrid, the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, the Table Mountain in Cape Town and the Television Tower in Berlin.
Berlin had his very own St. Patrick’s Day parade and about one thousand Irish tourists and locals marched to bagpipe music through the city.
A new exhibition has started last Friday in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, about 450m away from Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz.
This year, Berlin celebrates 200 years of the Humboldt University, 300 years of the Charité, 300 years since the first statute and first publication by the Academy of the Sciences and, one year later, 100 years of the Max Planck and Kaiser Wilhelm Society and the 350th birthday of the Berlin State Library.
The exhibition, called “WeltWissen – World Knowledge”, is the high point of the Berlin Year of Science. For the first time since the Reunification, the city as a whole takes a look from a united perspective at the history and present situation of its sciences.
I watched the second Anime during this years Berlinale, the world premiere of Welcome to the Space Show or Uchuu Show e Youkoso / 宇宙ショーへようこ if you are more familiar with the Japanese title.
A tiny mountain village in a remote woodland region. Five primary school kids have come together in this idyllic spot in order to spend their summer holidays at a camp. At first the children enjoy carefree days amidst unspoiled nature far away from adult supervision. But their life changes dramatically when they come across what they believe to be a small dog, badly in need of help.
The creature turns out not to be a dog at all but an alien on an important mission. It seems there is a mysterious substance on earth that is coveted throughout the universe.
The movie was produced by the same guys who brought you R.O.D -Read or Die-, Ishihama Masashi Masunari Kouji, Hideyuki Kurata and Tomonori Ochikoshi, all of them were parts of the audience.
There was only one thing I found a bit disturbing, I watched the movie in three languages, Japanese language, English subtitle and… a German translator for every single sentence and also totally emotionless.
But overall It was a really great movie with an interesting science-fiction story and cute characters.