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Berlinale 2020 : The steadfast Hillary Clinton visits

February 27, 12 noon (Cubix 6), from March 8 on Sky

Who do you want to be the next US president? A political professional like Hillary Clinton knows how to keep a low profile diplomatically. "The main thing is that the current incumbent comes away," she said at the press conference on the documentary "Hillary" about her amazing life. Otherwise you have to wait and see who will be nominated. Her controversial remarks from 2016 about former rival and possible Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders (“Nobody likes him”) can be seen in this film. No wonder that this press conference shortly before Super Tuesday is not just about the art factor of the exciting four and a half hour film.

After all, she says that it is now more natural for women to run for candidates than when she ran to become US president. She is also asked about the Weinstein case and expresses herself diplomatically: “The jury's verdict speaks for itself.” Only when it comes to Putin does she become crystal clear. "He understood me perfectly." He wanted her defeat because he knew that she wanted to strengthen the Western alliance. She is very concerned about what is currently happening in the democracies: "We have to look carefully."

If you want to make the world a better place, you have to go rocky roads. Hillary Clinton is promoting it. She herself had to overcome many difficult paths. The former US Secretary of State has polarized and repeatedly faced severe hostility and injustice. And yet it did not make her bitter. “I loved, I was loved. Everything else is background music, ”she says quite apolitically towards the end of the entertaining documentary that premiered on Monday evening in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

2500 hours of film material evaluated

Director Nanette Burstein has evaluated 2,500 hours of footage, from the 2016 election campaign tour, when it went against Donald Trump, but also from older footage from his youth, the time as First Lady in Arkansas and finally in the White House during her husband Bill Clinton's presidency 1993 to 2001. The fact that the four-part series is so exciting is also due to the editing technique, the speed of which is adjusted to the reception habits of the smartphone generation. Life itself also writes the most exciting scripts. Historical scenes from her life, some with music, alternate with close-up shots of friends, companions and journalists who comment on life situations.

In between, Hillary Clinton's face can be seen in close-up. She sat on a chair for 35 hours and let Burstein question her and confidently reports on her life. To stand by the fine wrinkles is also practiced feminism. She once denounced that she had to spend 60 to 90 minutes on hair and make-up every day while the male candidates only had to jump in the shower. Why did she polarize? She didn't want to please, she just always wanted to be good, didn't want to meet expectations. A lot of people don't like that.

“You have to take criticism seriously, but never personally,” she admonishes a group of schoolgirls at one point. "That would shake your self-confidence." One of the many lessons of her rollercoaster life. Even for the future mother-in-law, she was a shock the first time they met. She wore thick glasses, no make-up, and she hadn't shaved her legs either. And that at a time when girls in high school were still careful not to get better grades than boys so that they would not be classified as unmarried. Even the TV presenter, who asked the newly minted First Lady of Arkansas, who was then still called Hillary Rodham, why she didn't have her husband's name, had no children and also went to work, had little understanding. The fact that she earned three times as much as her husband as a lawyer is not even mentioned.

Courage and fighting spirit in extraordinary portions

Hillary Clinton describes how she stopped talking to her husband during the Lewinsky scandal and decided in the end to stay with him. That's exactly what many of them could never forgive her, says one of the contemporary witnesses.
It's kind of a breathless movie because so much has happened in Hillary Clinton's life. Even the struggle for good health insurance for all Americans in the 1990s was chalked up to her. She seems happiest during her time as Foreign Minister, when she traveled to more countries than any of her colleagues before. Women just have to be better over and over again. During the presidency election campaign, it was noticeable that there were a large number of little girls who looked up at her in admiration. That may be because Clinton was ahead of her time.

“Justice doesn't come by itself,” she says. When you are in the eye of a political storm, it is important to be surrounded by people who really mean something to you. She was blessed with such people. The film also shows the contrast between everything the current president got away with in the election campaign and the sometimes far-fetched scandal of her own life. "She was neither as good nor as bad as was said about her." This inscription should be on her tombstone. It feels strange that everyone thought they knew her, she says at the press conference. “I am a person with views and feelings, with weaknesses and strengths.” Courage and fighting spirit in extraordinary portions are also part of it. The film reveals that.

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