Daily | Berlinale 2015 Lineup, Round 1



The Berlinale‘s begun rolling out the lineup for its 65th edition, beginning with the first seven titles in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino program.

Nikias Chryssos’s The Bunker “creates a world of its own, somewhere between an absurd comedy, a horror film, a melodrama and a B movie,” the festival tells us. The official synopsis: “A young student seeks quiet and solitude to focus on an important work but ends up as the teacher of a peculiar boy who is home-schooled by his parents in an isolated bunker mansion.”

With Spiderwebhouse, Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt “turns a social drama into a modern, black-and-white fairy-tale that hovers on the line between reality and childlike fantasy. A single mother (Sylvie Testud) who fails to live up to the role model of a loving and caring mother, and so disappears for a time, triggers a tale about the strong bond that develops between her three left-behind children.”

Jakob M. Erwa’s HomeSick “combines, among other things, some of the elements of a thriller with impressionistic arthouse cinema.” It’s the story of an ambitious student cellist who, invited to a competition in Moscow, begins to senses the tension within her affecting her everyday life.

In Carolina Hellsgård’s Wanja, Anne Ratte-Polle “plays a 40-year-old woman who after years in prison is suddenly thrown back into life and then—far removed from crime and drugs—seeks a new life for herself.”

Michael Krummenacher’s Sibylle “is a mix of drama, mystery, psychological thriller and horror film.” Synopsis: “Sibylle, a pragmatic architect, mother and wife, witnesses a fatal accident of a woman her age while on vacation in Italy. Devastated by this the perception of her life and her family starts to change. Something inside of her has been set in motion that seems to endanger everything which she has defined herself by…”

Anatol Schuster’s A Perfect Place “examines how places and spaces have lives of their own.”

Janna Ji Wonders’s I Remember is inspired by “both a short story written by Zoran Drvenkar and a piece by singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine, titled ‘I remember.’ She has relocated the song’s nostalgic atmosphere to Bolinas and Bodega Bay, the costal towns in California where she grew up.”

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