The lineup for the Competition of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, running February 7 through 17, is now complete. 24 films in all, 19 competing. The previously announced titles are listed below, but you might also want to see the first six as they were revealed in December, followed by nine more last week. Today’s additions:
Before Midnight (USA / Greece). By Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, School of Rock, Me & Orson Welles). With Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy. International Premiere, screening out of competition.
Dark Blood (The Netherlands). By George Sluizer (Utz, The Vanishing, The Commissioner). With River Phoenix († 1993), Judy Davis, Jonathan Pryce, Karen Black. International Premiere, out of competition. From the press kit: “Dark Blood was filmed in Utah and ended ten days before the end of shooting due to the sudden and unfortunate death of River Phoenix. In 1999 Sluizer found out that the insurance company wanted to destroy the footage and decided to save the material. He got the unedited footage out of the storage and shipped it to the Netherlands. When George Sluizer, after an acute aortic dissection, faced death himself in 2008, he decided to edit the ‘unfinished’ long feature Dark Blood…. With a contribution of the Netherlands Film Fund, private funding, investments of Sluizer Films and donations via Cinecrowd, the editing and post-production started in January 2012. After investigating various options how to fill in the missing scenes George Sluizer chose a simple and effective solution. He narrates the missing story parts with his own voiceover. ‘It’s a complete film,’ George Sluizer says, ‘it has a beginning and it goes to the end, like it should.'”
Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn (A Long and Happy Life) (Russian Federation). By Boris Khlebnikov (Koktebel, Svobodnoe plavanie, Sumasshedsay a pomoshch). With Alexander Yatsenko, Eugene Sitiy, Anna Kotova. World Premiere.
Night Train to Lisbon (Germany/Switzerland/Portugal). By Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror, The House of the Spirits, Goodbye Bafana). With Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent, Jack Huston, Martina Gedeck, August Diehl, Christopher Lee, Charlotte Rampling. World Premiere, out of competition.
Prince Avalanche (USA). By David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls, Pineapple Express). With Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch. International Premiere.
Uroki Garmonii (Harmony Lessons) (Kazakhstan/Germany). By Emir Baigazin (feature debut). With Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Andassov. World Premiere.
Vic+Flo ont vu un ours (Vic+Flo Saw a Bear) (Canada). By Denis Côté (Les états nordiques, Curling, Bestiaire). With Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer, Marc-André Grondin. World Premiere.
W imię… (In the Name of) (Poland). By Małgośka Szumowska (Stranger, 33 Scenes from Life, Elles)
With Andrzej Chyra, Mateusz Kościukieiwcz. World Premiere. Synopsis from the Polish Film Institute: “Father Adam takes over a small parish in the middle of nowhere. He organizes a community centre for boys with troubled pasts. His energy appreciated, the locals accept him as one of their own. Everybody wants to be close to him, feeding off of his vitality and power, but no one knows he harbors his own secret. After meeting an eccentric and silent young man, a local pariah, Father Adams is forced to confront a long forgotten burden and passion. As the villagers’ worst suspicions are validated, Father Adam becomes the obvious enemy.”
The previously announced titles:
Camille Claudel 1915 by Bruno Dumont, France – WP
The Croods by Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, USA (animated film in 3D) – WP (out of competition)
Elle s’en va (On my Way) by Emmanuelle Bercot, France – WP
Epizoda u životu berača željeza (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker) by Danis Tanovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina/France/Slovenia – WP
Gloria by Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain – WP
Gold by Thomas Arslan, Germany – WP
La Religieuse (The Nun) by Guillaume Nicloux, France/Germany/Belgium – WP
Layla Fourie by Pia Marais, Germany/South Africa/France/Netherlands – WP
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman by Fredrik Bond, USA – IP
Nugu-ui Ttal-do Anin Haewon (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon) by Hong Sangsoo, Republic of Korea – WP
Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradise: Hope) by Ulrich Seidl, Austria/France/ Germany – WP
Pardé (Closed Curtain) by Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi, Iran – WP
Poziţia Copilului (Child’s Pose) by Călin Peter Netzer, Romania – WP
Promised Land by Gus Van Sant, USA – IP
Side Effects by Steven Soderbergh, USA – IP
Yi dai zong shi (The Grandmaster) by Wong Kar Wai, Hong Kong, China – IP (out of competition), opening film