I never believed the people who said: ‘Berlin is like New York’. But last night I had my first “almost like NY” moment in Berlin – funnily created by some French guys, when I went to the CROP THE BLOCK film night at Urbanspree. The atmosphere totally reminded me of the awesome Rooftop Filmfestival nights I experienced in New York - only in cold this time.
CROP THE BLOCK is a French blog that features local indiependent filmmakers and their view on the city they live in. The blog started in Paris but was lately launched in Berlin as well. The guys behind the site choose local filmmakers who create videos about their neighborhood to show new and interesting sites about the city they live in. (Head over to a.muse to read a great Interview with Adrien, one of the founders) I really enjoyed seeing the different views on the city I live in. It was also very interesting do check out the choices the filmmakers made, portraying Berlin in ways I had never thought of. I especially liked the approach of Martin Mostert, who has clearly a talent for filming the right moment. He showed the atmosphere on a summer day in Görlitzer Park and managed to portrait the energy during the long and never ending summer days so well, that I can't wait for the winter to be finally over.
I also enjoyed the short film by Sarah Jane Scott and Clara Andres, who showed the life at Pannierstraße, a place I’ve never visited. I loved their classic, narrative black and white approach that allows the viewer to catch a glimpse on the things that go on in a small croissant bakery. The short and weird impressions and interactions just left me smiling, wanting to take a stroll in this part of the city. There were many more films shown yesterday, so just head over to check them out at CROP THE BLOCK.
Crop the Block makes you want to go on a field trip in your own city, to discover things you didn't even know existed. Follow them on Facbeook to check out the next dates for film nights.