The Berlin International Film Festival has announced the first six films that’ll be competing in the 63rd edition, running February 7 through 17, plus the first title set for the Berlinale Special program.
Gloria (Chile/Spain). By Sebastián Lelio (La Sagrada Familia, Navidad, El año del tigre). With Paulina García and Sergio Hernández. World premiere. Juan Sarda for Screen: “Gloria tells the story of an old woman who dreams about a last love and visits singles parties. [Her] troubled romance with another elder will make her face her last years with different expectations.”
Nugu-ui Ttal-do Anin (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon) (Republic of Korea). By Hong Sang-soo (Night and Day, Hahaha, In Another Country). With Eun-chae Jung, Sun-kyun Lee. World premiere. This is Lee’s third collaboration with Hong after Lost in the Mountains and Oki’s Movie.
Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradise: Hope) (Austria/France/Germany). By Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days, Import Export, Paradise: Love, Paradise: Faith). With Melanie Lenz, Vivian Bartsch, Joseph Lorenz, and Michael Thomas. World premiere. The third film in Seidl’s Paradise trilogy “shows a young woman, overweight and curious. While her mother goes to Kenya, she spends her holidays at a dietary camp somewhere at the Semmering. There she falls in love with the 40 years older doctor. She loves him with the exclusiveness of a first love. He however fights it—knowing that this cannot happen.” Stills.
Poziţia Copilului (Child’s Pose) (Romania). By Călin Peter Netzer (Maria, Medal of Honor, Zapada mieilor). With Luminiţa Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, and Florin Zamfirescu. World premiere. FilmNewEurope: A “contemporary drama focusing on the relationship between a mother and her 32-year-old son. After the accidental killing of a boy in a car crash, the mother tries to prevent her son being charged for the death, and she refuses to accept that her son is a grown-up man.”
Promised Land (USA). By Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, Milk). With Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Hal Holbrook. International premiere. First reviews.
The Croods, animated film in 3D (USA). By Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon). With the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds. World premiere / Out of Competition. A “prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures—and their outlook is changed forever.”
Unter Menschen (Redemption Impossible), Documentary (Germany). By Christian Rost and Claus Strigel. World premiere. “40 chimpanzees, four women, and the great themes of our civilization: guilt, responsibility, redemption. The moving adventure of former lab animals.” Trailer (in German).