More sneak peeks today at the lineup for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, running from February 6 through 16 (earlier: rounds 1 and 2). “Cinema is being rethought, with the mid-length format in particular seeming to offer new artistic freedoms with a true disregard for uniformity,” begins the Berlinale, announcing new exhibition spaces and a special focus on mid-length films for the 9th edition of Forum Expanded. “A newly created set of screenings throws light on this development and includes films by Laura Mulvey, Marc Lewis and Faysal Abdullah, Omer Fast, Dani Gal and Amie Siegel.”
There’ll be a group exhibition at St. Agnes, a former parish hall and future premises of Galerie Johann König, and a “Think:Film” conference at the Berlinische Galerie, where newly discovered material from the estate of Jack Smith will also be shown. “The program includes footage of drag performer and Andy Warhol superstar Mario Montez who died in September 2013.”
The Berlinale’s also announced the first six titles slated for the Perspektive Deutsches Kino program:
Jöns Jönsson’s Lamento, winner of the First Steps Award, “a quiet, touching film that revolves around survivor’s guilt (starring Gunilla Röör) following a suicide.”
Till Kleinert’s Der Samurai, “a nightmarish thriller” seeing its world premiere as a Perspektive Midnight Movie.
Johannes Naber’s Zeit der Kannibalen (Time of the Cannibals), “an exciting and scathing cinematic feat that paints a picture of global economy in its worst human perversions, with hearty helpings of sarcasm and black humour (starring Devid Striesow, Sebastian Blomberg and Katharina Schüttler).”
Georg Nonnenmacher’s Raumfahrer (Space Travelers). “The observation slit in a prison transport bus gives texture to the thoughts of its passengers.”
Franziska Schönenberger and Jayakrishnan Subramanian’s Amma & Appa, a documentary focusing on the directors’ wedding plans that “spotlights the clash of Bavarian and Indian value systems that must be faced with sensitivity and humor.”
Oskar Sulowski’s Die Unschuldigen (The Innocents). “Told entirely from the perspective of a six-year-old boy (Juri Winkler), the film is a fragmentary look at the problems of its adults (Clemens Schick, Iza Kala) and their reflections on the child.”
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