Section by section, the lineup for the 65th Berlinale (February 5 through 15) is filling up fast. Click this handy little tag to see all the announcements so far. Today, Panorama‘s completed its narrative feature selections; Berlinale Classics, a sub-program of the Retrospective has announced screenings of five new restorations; we’ve got shorts to catch up with; and there’s a enticing exhibition of posters to note as well.
So, with most quoted descriptions coming from the festival:
PANORAMA NARRATIVE FEATURES
Muayad Alayan’s Al-Hob wa Al-Sariqa wa Mashakel Ukhra (Love, Theft and Other Entanglements). With Sami Metwasi, Maya Abu Alhayyat, Riyad Sliman, Ramzi Maqdisi and Kamel Elbasha. World premiere.
Anucha Boonyawatana’s Onthakan (The Blue Hour). With Atthaphan Poonsawas, Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang and Duangjai Hirunsri. World premiere.
Marco Berger’s Mariposa (Butterfly). With Ailín Salas, Javier De Pietro, Julián Infantino and Malena Villa. World premiere.
Chang Tso-Chi’s Zui Sheng Meng Si (Thanatos, Drunk). With Lee Hong-Chi, Chen Jen-Shuo, Huang Shang-Ho, Lu Hsueh-Feng and Wang Ching-Ting. World premiere.
Étienne Faure’s Bizarre. With Pierre Prieur, Adrian James, Raquel Nave and Rebekah Underhill. World premiere. “Faure places teenage Maurice in a tender and playful environment, a commune of sorts, in Brooklyn.”
Lirio Ferreira’s Sangue azul (Blue Blood). With Daniel de Oliveira, Caroline Abras, Sandra Coverloni and Rômulo Braga. International premiere. “In the magnificent visuals of a fairy tale, the film tells of a family torn by strife and how, bit by bit, its members find their way back to each other. In doing so they disclose secrets whose consequences only become evident as things unfold.”
Takeshi Fukunaga’s Out of My Hand. With Bishop Blay, Duke Murphy Dennis and Zenobia Kpoto. World premiere. “About a worker on a Liberian rubber plantation who wants to get away from a life overshadowed by civil war and so moves to New York.”
Tudor Giurgiu’s De ce eu? (Why me?). With Emilian Oprea, Mihai Constantin, Andreea Vasile, Dan Condurache and Liviu Pintileaska. World premiere.
Alanté Kavaïté’s Sangailė (The Summer of Sangailé). With Julija Steponaityté, Aisté Diruté, Juraté Sodyté and Martynas Budraitis. European premiere.
Josh Kim’s How to Win at Checkers (Every Time). World premiere.
Natalia Kudryashova’s Pionery-geroi (Pioneer Heroes).With Natalia Kudryashova, Daria Moroz, Aleksei Mitin and Aleksandr Userdin. World premiere.
Hicham Lasri’s al bahr min ouaraikoum (The Sea Is Behind). With Malek Akhmiss, Hassan Badida and Yassine Sekkal. European premiere.
Mitchell Lichtenstein’s Angelica. With Jena Malone, Janet McTeer, Ed Stoppard and Tovah Feldshuh. World premiere. A “wicked and whimsical sociological study, psychodrama and horror story.” Official synopsis: “In Victorian England, sexual repression opens a rift between young couple Constance (Jena Malone) and Joseph (Ed Stoppard) after the birth of their daughter Angelica. When a supernatural predator begins to disrupt the household late at night, Constance puts her trust in charismatic spiritualist Anne Montague (Janet McTeer).”
Micah Magee’s Petting Zoo. With Devon Keller, Austin Reed, Deztiny Gonzales and Kiowa Tucker. World premiere. “Sets its protagonist in Texas, where she tries to maintain her autonomy despite daily adversities.”
Anna Muylaert’s Que Horas Ela Volta? (The Second Mother). European premiere.
Hamed Rajabi’s Paridan az Ertefa Kam (A Minor Leap Down). With Negar Javaherian and Rambod Javan. World premiere.
Gabriel Ripstein’s 600 Millas (600 Miles). With Tim Roth, Kristyan Ferrer, Harrison Thomas, Noé Hernández and Armando Hernández. World premiere. A “young gunrunner, en route from Texas to Mexico, suddenly finds himself stuck with a US task force veteran (Tim Roth). Trying to get rid of the guy, turns into the biggest adventure of the young man’s life.”
Juan Schnitman’s El incendio (The Fire). With Pilar Gamboa and Juan Barberini. World premiere. “Lucía and Marcelo are thirty years old. They are carrying a hundred thousand dollars in cash to pay for their new house. But something comes up for the real estate agent and the signing of the papers is postponed. Tense and filled with frustration, they head back to their old apartment and put the money away in a safe place. Marcelo says to her: ‘Relax, today’s just another day.’ Throughout the 24 hours of wait, the true nature of the love between Lucía and Marcelo unveils, as well as the crisis they are in.”
Sibs Shongwe-La Mer’s Necktie Youth. With Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Bonko Cosmo, Emma Tollman, Jonathan Young and Colleen Balchin. World premiere.
Sebastián Silva‘s Nasty Baby. With Kristen Wiig, Sebastián Silva, Tunde Adebimpe, Mark Margolis and Reg E. Cathey. International Premiere.
Chico Teixeira’s Ausência (Absence). With Matheus Fagundes, Irandhir Santos, Gilda Nomacce, Thiago de Matos and Francisca Gavilán. International premiere.
Rosa von Praunheim’s Härte (Tough Love). With Luise Heyer, Hanno Koffler, Katy Karrenbauer, Marion Erdmann and Andreas Marquardt. World premiere. “Tells the story of karate world champion Andreas “Andy” Marquardt, who also appears in this hybrid feature, and accompanies the audience on his journey from a childhood of abuse to an adulthood of violence. Ultimately he evolves into a man who cares (albeit rather gruffly) about others.”
Jürgen Böttcher’s Jahrgang 45 (Born in ’45, 1966). World premiere of the digitally restored version in 4K DCP.
Richard Brooks’s In Cold Blood (1967). World premiere of the digitally restored version in 4K DCP.
Ewald André Dupont’s Varieté (1925). World premiere of the digitally restored version in 2K DCP. Music and performance: The Tiger Lillies.
Guy Hamilton’s Goldfinger (1964). International premiere of the digitally restored version in 4K DCP. “Sir Ken Adam, two-time Academy Award winner and production designer of the film – and to whom the special exhibition Bigger Than Life is currently dedicated at the Deutsche Kinemathek—Museum für Film und Fernsehen in Berlin—will attend the screening and introduce Goldfinger personally.”
Ula Stöckl’s Neun Leben hat die Katze (The Cat Has Nine Lives, 1968). World premiere of the digitally restored version in 2K DCP.
Architektura, Ulu Braun, Germany, 15’ World premiere (WP).
Bad at Dancing, Joanna Arnow, USA, 11’ (WP).
Blood Below the Skin, Jennifer Reeder, USA, 32’ (WP). Offers “a glimpse of the tender and tangled web of love and dependency between a mother and her daughter that goes beyond the traditional allocation of roles.”
Chitrashala (House of Paintings), Amit Dutta, India, 19’ (WP).
Däwit (Daewit), David Jansen, Germany, 15’ (WP).
Dissonance, Till Nowak, Germany, 17’ (WP).
Hosanna, Na Young-kil, South Korea, 25’ German premiere (DP).
La Isla está Encantada con Ustedes (The Island is Enchanted with You), Alexander Carver and Daniel Schmidt, USA / Switzerland / Australia, 28’ International premiere (IP).
El Juego del Escondite (Hide & Seek), David Muñoz, Spain, 23’ (WP). “Muñoz visits a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon.” The film “relates directly to the question of what enables a refugee to remain the subject of his or her own narrative.”
Kamakshi, Satindar Singh Bedi, India, 25’ (WP).
Lama? (Why?), Nadav Lapid, Israel, 5’ (IP). “What images have the power to dispel the pleasure found by some in being a soldier? Israeli director Nadav Lapid asks himself this question and then discovers an image that is able to do exactly that.”
Lembusura, Wregas Bhanuteja, Indonesia, 10’ (IP).
Lo Sum Choe Sum (3 Year 3 Month Retreat), Dechen Roder, Bhutan, 20’ (WP).
maku (veil), Yoriko Mizushiri, Japan, 6’ (WP).
The Mad Half Hour, Leonardo Brzezicki, Argentina / Denmark, 22’ (WP).
Mar de Fogo (Sea of Fire), Joel Pizzini, Brazil, 8’ (WP).
Of Stains, Scrap & Tires, Sebastian Brameshuber, Austria / France, 19’ (IP).
Pebbles at Your Door, Vibeke Bryld, Denmark, 18’ (WP).
Planet Ʃ, Momoko Seto, France, 12’ (WP).
San Cristóbal, Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo, Chile, 29’ (WP).
Shadowland, John Skoog, Sweden, 15’ (IP).
Snapshot Mon Amour, Christian Bau, Germany, 6’ (WP). “In Japan, there’s a new term since Fukushima: ‘atomic divorce.’ It is what the many divorces are called that have been filed all over Japan in the aftermath of the catastrophe. Christian Bau attempts to capture this phenomenon.”
Superior, Erin Vassilopoulos, USA, 16’ (IP).
Symbolic Threats, Mischa Leinkauf, Matthias Wermke and Lutz Henke, Germany, 16’ (WP). A documentary on “the raising of white flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge last summer in New York City—which can be seen as either an affront or a chance.”
Take What You Can Carry, Matt Porterfield, USA / Germany, 30’ (WP). “Tells of a young woman who is a foreigner in Berlin—and in doing so portrays Generation Y, with performance group Gob Squad as its mouthpiece.”
The, Billy Roisz and Dieter Kovačič, Austria, 13’ (WP).
YúYú, Marc Johnson, France / Spain / USA, 15’ (WP).
And finally for now, an exhibition of 50 film posters designed by Margrit and Peter Sickert will be on view at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele from February 3 through 15. “From the 1960s to the 1990s, the graphic designer couple created over 300 film posters for films by Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Alexander Kluge, among others. In doing so, the Sickerts significantly shaped the public face of the New German Cinema. Their international work includes posters for films by directors such as Martin Scorsese, Ettore Scola and William Friedkin.”