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on Feb 13, 2008

Indiewire and Daily Motion cover the premiere of Filth and Wisdom, Madonna’s directorial debut which has just unspooled in Berlin.

From the Indiewire report by Brian Brooks and Eugene Hernandez:

Her first feature may have been made relatively under the radar — at least for a woman of her stature — but iconic actress/author and all around uber pop star, now turned filmmaker, Madonna nevertheless made quite a splash in Berlin today. She landed on the cover of local tabloids ahead of the world premiere of her directorial debut Filth & Wisdom at the Berlinale tonight and huge crowds gathered wherever she went in public, from throngs of journalists at a press conference, a mob around the big screen TV broadcasting the live Q &A, a sea of fans outside the Berlin fest headquarters and later at the Zoo Palast theater. indieWIRE spent some quieter moments with Madonna during one of the few one-on-one interviews she gave earlier today.

Set in London, the film, which Madonna said was originally envisioned as a short, ultimately evolved into an 85-minute movie. It revolves around three friends desperate to better their lot in life, who must duel with the reality of their circumstances. While causing a stir at the Berlinale, the film is screening in the fest’s more artsy and understated Panorama section, alongside many other films from first-timers. Early word after today’s press screening seemed positive among those who caught the showing, with some saying that it exceeded their expectations.

A clip from the film that premiered on Indiewire is embedded below.

indieWIRE SNEAK PEAK: Madonna’s “Filth and Wisdom”
by indiewire
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