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BORIS WITHOUT BEATRICE A Film by DENIS CÔTÉ
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VoD players creating ‘nightmare’ for market Where To Invade Next
Michael Moore invades world BY JEREMY KAY
Bloom has sold out the majority of territories on Michael Moore’s documentary Where To Invade Next ahead of its Berlinale Special Gala screening on February 17. Alex Walton and his team have closed deals on the Oscar winner’s latest polemic with Dogwoof for the UK, Madman for Australia and New Zealand, and Falcom for Germany and Switzerland. Elsewhere, rights have gone in Scandinavia and Iceland (Scanbox), Benelux (Dutch FilmWorks), CIS (Paradise), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Japan (Kadokawa), the Middle East (Front Row), Italy (Good Films) and South Korea (Pancinema). Deals were also closed in Spain (Avalon), Hong Kong (Edko), former Yugoslavia (Discovery and Cinemania), Greece (Odeon), Israel (United King) and Thailand (Movies Matter (Documentary Club). The film premiered at Toronto in September. Former Radius copresidents and co-founders Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League hold US rights.
BY JEREMY KAY AND ANDREAS WISEMAN
Multi-platform distribution is wreaking havoc on international buyers who have seen the value of their rights dwindle as US distributors turn their backs on wide theatrical release strategies in favour of VoD and streaming. The concern is one thread in a tapestry of gripes voiced by an international industry facing change. Economic woes in Asia and Latin America, plus consolidation in the sales agency business as companies struggle to find commercial product, continue to create
ago via A24 before moving on to the company’s broadcast partner DIRECTV. “It’s a nightmare,” said one buyer. “We’re bound by hold-back clauses and the US can compress their windows… so you get a theatrical international release going out when the movie might already be on Netflix in the US.” Meanwhile, the closure of eOne Features’ London-based sales division heralds more drastic news to come: there are now five fewer sales operations in London than there were two years ago. » For full story, see ScreenDaily.com
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Losange finds Haneke’s Happy End BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
Les Films du Losange is launching Michael Haneke’s next film, Happy End, here at EFM. It will be the film-maker’s first theatrical feature since Oscar and Palme d’Or winner Amour. The $13.6m (¤12m) production will shoot in northern France this summer. “We are pleased to work again with our usual partners X Filme and Wega Film,” said Haneke’s long-time producer, Margaret Ménégoz of Les Films du Losange.
Celluloid swoops for Huntress BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW George Clooney and wife Amal attend the international premiere of the Coen brothers’ Berlinale opener Hail, Caesar!
Alone finds company in UK Picturehouse Entertainment and Altitude Film Distribution have struck a deal for UK rights to Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin, ahead of the film’s world premiere in Competition here on Monday. The deal was negotiated between Altitude Film Entertainment’s Will Clarke, Picturehouse’s Clare Binns, producers Paul Trijbits and Christian Grass, and Alison
challenges. The changing release paradigm is causing plenty of headaches and the culprits are not just deep-pocketed Netflix and Amazon Studios. Thomas Augsberger of Eden Rock Media, who buys for Telemünchen/Concorde, said films that go out on VoD in the US can affect the value chain for an international buyer. “We can’t secure theatrical exhibition as well as we would otherwise; sometimes not at all.” Low-performing releases are not helping, such as Charlize Theron crime drama Dark Places, which grossed $208,000 a year
Thompson from sales outfit Cornerstone Films, which handles international rights. Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Brühl star in the drama, based on the true story of a couple who conducted anonymous protests against the Nazi regime. Picturehouse and Altitude previously teamed for titles such as The Connection and Green Room. Andreas Wiseman
Railway Man’s Teplitzky boards Winston Churchill biopic BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
The upcoming Winston Churchill biopic starring Brian Cox as the wartime leader has attached Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) as director. Churchill will also star Miranda Richardson as the prime minister’s wife and Stanley Tucci as US General Dwight D Eisenhower. The film is set across the tense five days leading up to the D-Day landings.
Teplitzky replaces Brian Welsh on the project, which was written by historian Alex von Tunzelmann and is produced by Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter of London’s Salon Pictures. Embankment is handling world sales at EFM. Teplitzky is due to shoot Churchill in May before he takes on Brendan Gleeson crime comedy Mr. Cranky, which was announced by Screen earlier this week.
Celluloid Dreams has snapped up international rights to Otto Bell’s The Eagle Huntress, following its Sundance debut. The Paris-based firm is selling all territories around the world with the exception of North America, Latin America, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Asia, the rights to which have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. The documentary centres on a Mongolian girl who strives to become the first female champion falconer in 2,000 years. Morgan Spurlock and Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley are executive producers. The deal was brokered by CAA.
Kids love UK, France deals
Clapper finds Fortitude
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Signature Entertainment and Factoris Films have acquired the UK and French distribution rights respectively to coming-of-age drama Kids In Love, starring The Revenant’s Will Poulter and Blue Is The Warmest Colour’s Alma Jodorowsky. Model-turned actress Cara Delevingne, Sebastian De Souza and Jamie Blackley co-star. Barnaby Thompson and Ben Latham-Jones produce, with Chris Foggin making his directorial debut. The screenplay is by Preston Thompson and De Souza. Poulter plays a young man who is drifting through his gap year when a chance encounter with a beautiful woman (Jodorowsky) swerves his life radically off course. Carnaby will host an industry screening of Kids In Love here at EFM today.
Fortitude International has boarded comedy package The Clapper, to star Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried, and is in talks with international buyers here. The film marks director Dito Montiel’s follow-up to drama thriller Man Down and is based on his novel of the same name about a member of an infomercial audi-
ence whose life becomes complicated when he has his 15 minutes of fame. Robin Schorr produces The Clapper with Helms and his Pacific Electric partner Mike Falbo, along with Montiel, who broke out with his 2006 Sundance special jury prize-winner A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints. WME and UTA Independent Film Group represent North
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American rights to the project. Fortitude International’s slate includes sci-fi drama Marjorie Prime with Jon Hamm, Lois Smith, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins; comedy The Brits Are Coming with Uma Thurman, Tim Roth and Sofia Vergara; and Drunk Parents starring Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek, which started production last month in New York.
Voltage Pictures is at EFM talking up Bedeviled, a supernatural thriller from Abel and Burlee Vang. Berlin buyers will see footage of the story about a seemingly harmless Siri-like app that manipulates the deepest fears of users to scare them to death. Jeremy Kay
WestEnd lands Glee star’s Hollow thriller By Andreas Wiseman
WestEnd Films has boarded international sales on thriller Hollow In The Land, with Glee star Dianna Agron leading the cast. Writer-director Scooter Corkle’s feature debut follows a young woman who attempts to uncover the truth about her brother’s involvement in a brutal murder.
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Screen can also reveal the first still from the film, which co-stars Shawn Ashmore and Rachelle Lefevre. Producers are Jesse Savath and Marlaina Mah, and executive producers are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Daniel Levin and Christopher Ferguson. The film, shot in Canada, is in post-production. WestEnd is
showing a promo at the EFM. Agron recently appeared in the features Tumbledown, Bare and Zipper. She next stars in the indies Headlock, A Conspiracy On Jekyll Island and Novitiate. WestEnd’s EFM lineup also includes Berlinale title Shepherds And Butchers and Baltasar Kormakur-produced Mules.
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Porn doc sells for Wide House
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Wide House has scored sales of Italian porn industry documentary Porno e Liberta. Donau Film has acquired German and Austrian rights. Scandinavian rights have gone to Njutafilms. Carmine Amoroso’s film traces the growth of Italy’s porn industry from the 1970s onwards, interviewing pornographers such as Riccardo Schicchi and touching on issues such as censorship, sexual revolution and the popularisation of some of its stars, such Ilona Staller, aka Cicciolina, who was elected to parliament in 1987. In other deals, Johan Grimonprez’s arms-trade exposé Shadow World, based on Andrew Feinstein’s factual bestseller The Shadow World: Inside The Global Arms Trade, has sold to Italy’s I Wonder. There will be a buyersonly screening of the film at EFM on Saturday.
UK actors David Oakes and Simon Callow are among the cast of Anastasia Elena Baranoff and Elena Vladimir Baranoff ’s $3m adaptation of 19th-century Russian writer Nikolai Gogol’s short story The Portrait. Oakes (The Pillars Of Earth, The White Queen) will appear as the portrait painter Andrei Chartkov, opposite Russian actor Stan-
islav Ryadinskiy (Pechorin) as writer Alexei Pravdin in the Baranoffs’ feature debut, which they will produce through their company Tempera Movement. The UK and Russian cast is yet to be finalised, but will also include actress-director Louise Salter and rising star Oliver Dench, great-nephew of veteran actress Judi Dench. The UK’s John Lee will serve as DoP.
Principal photography is scheduled to commence in the summer at locations in Russia. Anastasia Elena Baranoff said that both Russian and Englishlanguage versions will be created, and a theatrical distributor for Russian and the CIS territories is set to be secured. The Baranoffs are looking for a sales company to represent the film on the international market.
Future Shock! has Gravitas in US By Andreas Wiseman
Metrodome International has struck a North American deal with Gravitas Ventures on documentary Future Shock! The Story Of 2000AD, about the comics label that spawned sci-fi characters including Judge Dredd. Following berths at Fantastic Fest and Edin-
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burgh, the film was acquired by Film4 for UK TV rights. A Stanton Media/Deviant Films Production, the film is directed by Paul Goodwin and produced by Sean Hogan and Helen Mullane. Metrodome’s slate also includes The Hatton Garden Heist and The Hippopotamus.
Emperor offers buyers Heaven By Liz Shackleton
Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) is launching sales on sexual harassment drama Heaven In The Dark, starring Karena Lam and Jacky Cheung. Adapted from the play French Kiss by Candace Chong, the film tells the story of a woman who shares a kiss with a pastor and then files sexual harassment charges against him. The pastor loses his faith as a consequence of her actions, while the woman attempts to find salvation in religion. The film, which is scheduled for Hong Kong release on March 24, marks the feature debut of Lam’s husband Yuen Kim Wai, a commercials and music-video director. Although not yet released, the film has already picked up best actress (Lam) and best actor (Cheung) nominations at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards, which take place on April 3.
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By Jeremy Kay
Biggest inspiration? I started off as a dancer and worked in a dance company. For me dancing was a way to express my feelings and emotions, and this led me to pursue acting. Biggest challenge? Playing a blind girl in my first film, Salvo. It won the Critics’ Week grand prix at Cannes in 2013. Next up? I’m working on a project called Non é Un Paese Per Giovani directed by Giovanni Veronesi. I play a girl who is funny but has a melancholy side to her. Sarah Cooper
Mongrel International has closed key deals on Peter Greenaway’s Walking To Paris, about the early life of acclaimed 20th-century sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Epicentre has acquired the film for France and Film Coopi for Switzerland. Walking To Paris recreates the year-long trek on foot from Romania to the French capital by Brancusi. Emun Elliott stars with Carla Juri, the breakout lead from 2013 comedy drama Wetlands. Greenaway and his crew are preparing to resume shooting summer sequences after filming winter scenes in Italy and Switzerland late last year.
Biggest inspiration? When I was eight I was fascinated by film posters. My mum told me the people in those posters were actors, and it was then that I started to dream of being one. Walking To Paris
Walking To Paris marks the 14th collaboration between Greenaway and Kees Kasander, who produces alongside Andrea de Liberato, Emanuele Moretti and Julia Ton. The producers have earmarked an autumn release for the European co-production between
Minerva thriller Falchi takes flight By Melanie Goodfellow
Minerva Pictures is launching sales here on Toni D’Angelo’s Italian crime drama Falchi. Budgeted at $1.7m, the film is due to start shooting on April 4 in Naples for seven weeks. Koch Media Italia has acquired Italian rights for a November release. Fortunato Cerlino (Gomorrah) and Michele Riondino (The Young Montalbano) will play Peppe and Francesco, two flawed but dedicated officers who work together in the ‘falchi’ — or falcon — squad, tackling organised crime. Other cast members include
Claudio Amendola (Suburra), who will play the unit’s chief, and Stefania Sandrelli, who will play a Naples figure known as Lady Arianna. Gianluca Curti, president of Rome-based Minerva, described the drama as “Johnnie To meets Michael Mann,” mixing “an auteur element with action”. Curti will produce alongside Gaetano Di Vaio of Bronx Film. Other titles on Minerva’s EFM slate include Deep In The Wood, which revolves around a child’s disappearance, and Mimmo Calopresti’s drama One For All.
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Big break? The Weakness Of The Bolshevik, , for which I won a Goya best new actress award. Manuel Martin Cuenca, the director, gave me this big opportunity and taught me most of the things I know now. Next up? I’m in the next project from Mélanie Laurent. Sarah Cooper
Everybody’s Fine for Edko remake By Liz Shackleton
Battlecreek breaks Berlin Paris and Los Angeles-based Breakaway Media is to begin talks here on Alison Eastwood’s gothic romance Battlecreek. Anthea Anka wrote the screenplay. Bill Skarsgard, Paula Malcomson, Claire van der Boom and Delroy Lindo star. Jeremy Kay
Hong Kong’s Edko Films has added Zhang Meng’s Everybody’s Fine, a remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s Stanno Tutti Bene, to its Berlin slate. Zhang Guoli (Back To 1942) stars as a widower who embarks on a road trip to reconnect with his four adult children and discovers their lives are far from perfect. The children are played by Chen He (Running Man), Yao Chen (Monster Hunt), Shawn Dou (Wolf Totem) and Ye Qianyun. Scripted by Liu Ya and Song
Xiao, the film is a more commercial turn for Zhang Meng, who is known for arthouse fare such as The Piano In A Factory. Tornatore’s 1990 original starred Marcello Mastroianni, while a 2009 Hollywood remake featured Robert De Niro as the concerned patriarch. Edko is also launching sales on romantic comedy Finding Mr Right 2, which reteams director Xue Xiaolu with actors Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo. The 2013 original was a huge hit in China. The sequel, in post-production, is set in Las Vegas and Macau.
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Usain Bolt is no stranger to the bright lights. However, a new documentary about the star sprinter reveals the hard graft that will go into the six-time Olympic champion’s preparations for the Rio Olympics this summer. “You will see everything about me as an athlete and a person,” Bolt says, speaking exclusively to Screen. “Nothing is off limits and the crew have already been following me everywhere I go. They started filming early last year and have been with me off and on since then.” Directed by Gabe and Ben
Turner and produced by Leo Pearlman — the UK trio behind Manchester United documentary Class Of ’92 and box-office hit One Direction: This Is Us — the team is spending time with Bolt in between races, around the warmup zone and athletes’ village. The team has rights to all the footage from Bolt’s races and the athlete himself has been shooting his own behind-the-scenes footage. He even took a video camera onto the podium to collect his 100m gold medal at the Beijing World Championships. Bolt has said in the past that the Rio Olympics could be his last.
Portrait of the artist Aaron Brookner discusses Uncle Howard, his intimate portrait of the late film-maker, Howard Brookner BY TOM GRATER
US film-maker Howard Brookner burst onto the New York art scene with his celebrated 1983 documentary Burroughs: A Portrait, about Beat Generation author William S Burroughs. As his career moved into the mainstream with Bloodhounds Of Broadway (1989), starring Madonna, the film-maker was secretly battling Aids. After putting aside his medication to complete the film, his health deteriorated and he died a month prior to the film’s Cannes premiere. Now, Brookner’s nephew — film-maker Aaron Brookner, who
spent time on the set of Bloodhounds — has uncovered neverbefore-seen footage of the late director’s time with Burroughs, as well as other archival footage, to put together Uncle Howard, his intimate and loving portrait. While still in development, the film was selected for the Berlinale talent project market in 2013. “They almost never take documentaries but they chose us,” says Brookner, citing how the film’s vibrant footage of the 1970s and ’80s New York scene — featuring Burroughs alongside the likes of Jim Jarmusch, Frank Zappa and
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Those thoughts are far from the Jamaican’s mind, however. “I have to focus on this year and take it from there. My coach said that, if I had the desire, I could go on to 2020.” Bolt is also trying to block out the noise around the ongoing scandals that continue to beset his sport. “It is up to the authorities to punish the cheats and they need to step up and take action,” he says. “All I can do is continue running clean and showing people that anything is possible.” Independent handles world sales and is hosting a promo screening today.
Madonna — gave it commercial appeal. “A lot of people saw the potential magic of the project,” he says, referring to partners including Creative Europe and Criterion. The latter helped with the initial restoration of archival footage Brookner unearthed from the basement of Burroughs’ old Manhattan apartment, dubbed the Bunker, which held a trove of 192 16mm negative rolls, nearly all in remarkably good condition. Uncle Howard premiered at Sundance and is receiving its European premiere here in Panorama. Brookner is developing a TV miniseries based around his uncle’s life on the drug-fuelled New York scene with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (Babel), and the team is seeking co-producers at EFM. » See review, page 18
Hollywood’s pre-eminent renaissance man — Columbia University professor, former Focus Features CEO and three-time Oscar nominee — is in Berlin for the European premiere of his directorial debut, Indignation. Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon star in the Philip Roth adaptation about a Jewish boy from New Jersey who attends a midwestern university during the Korean War. Summit Entertainment acquired North American rights following the Sundance world premiere. FilmNation handles international sales and Indignation screens in Panorama Special on Sunday. Had you wanted to direct for a long time? It was something that grew on me. It was a dawning realisation after I found myself unemployed and an empty-nester with my youngest daughter going to college. What was it like to be on the other side? There’s no existential difference from making movies at Focus for so long. It’s a team effort. Before that, I pieced together movies at Good Machine. But it had been
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Uncle Howard Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan Uncle Howard begins as a slightly tentative film about a nephew’s quest to discover more about his adored film-maker uncle, Howard Brookner. But it grows into a perceptive, poignant documentary that looks at many things. Uncle Howard packed a lot into his short life before dying at the age of 34, including a close relationship with, and film about, William S Burroughs, and an all-star Hollywood musical, Bloodhounds Of Broadway (1989). The viewer doesn’t feel his personality in as much as witness the hole his killer, Aids, has left in today’s cultural landscape. Uncle Howard should be greeted by warm reviews and a welcome from the global festival circuit, especially LGBT sidebars. A showcase theatrical outing is possible in upscale markets, primarily New York. Uncle Howard would indeed be proud. The film starts out with nephew Aaron Brookner trying to unlock some of his uncle’s cinematic legacy — physical canisters of film and memorabilia stored in the apartment Burroughs used to call the Bunker in New York’s Bowery, a trove guarded jealously by the poet John Giorno. These concern his uncle’s documentary, Burroughs: The Movie (1983), about the legendary grandfather of the counter-culture, William S. The camera mopishly trails Aaron around as
Sand Storm Reviewed by David D’Arcy Sand Storm is a grim coming-of-age story set in a Bedouin village in southern Israel. The setting is anything but romantic, and women born there should not expect much. This drama about women in an Arab culture, made by an Israeli woman with Israeli money, is a natural for festivals and a limited theatrical run in Europe (especially France) and the US. In the eye of the film’s storm is clever, darkeyed Layla (newcomer Lamis Ammar), who lives with her family in a makeshift house in southern Israel. We see a busy road and a railroad track in the distance, but things in the village don’t get more modern than that. Layla covers her hair, yet she is looking beyond her family upbringing. As the film opens, Layla is driving home with her father, Suliman (Haitham Omari), to his wedding with his second wife. Her mother, the stern Jalila (Ruba Blal-Asfour), is humiliated into helping organise the wedding with Suliman’s dull, chubby new bride, also dancing to celebrate the marriage and washing their
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Panorama Documents US-UK. 2016. 96mins Director Aaron Brookner Production company Pinball Europe International sales ICM Partners, pvs@ icmpartners.com Producer Paula Vaccaro Executive producer Jim Jarmusch Cinematography Andre Döbert, Gregg de Domenico Sound Diana Sagrista, Alberto Muñoz Editor Masahiro Hirakubo
Panorama Isr. 2016. 87mins Director/screenplay Elite Zexer Production company 2-Team Productions, Yehoshua Rabinovich Fund for Arts — Tel Aviv, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund International sales Beta Cinema, beta@ betacinema.com Producers Haim Mecklberg, Estee YacovMecklberg International sales Beta Cinema, beta@ betacinema.com Cinematography Shai Peleg Editor Ronit Porat Main cast Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Haitham Omari, Khadija Alakel, Jalal Masarwa
the viewer begins to wonder where this shakily shot documentary might be going. And as Aaron finally gains access to the Bunker, there’s a suspicion he may end up gorging on some delicious old ’80s footage of Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol and their compatriots and leave his uncle as a footnote. Far from it, though. Soon enough Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo, who both worked on Burroughs: The Movie, turn up, and Uncle Howard begins to come alive — helped, almost eerily, by the fact his nephew looks uncannily like Howard. Footage of Burroughs, wandering around the Bowery melds into photos and reminiscences of the muchloved Howard, a man who lived his 34 years to the full. To be fair, the full force of Howard’s per-
sonality doesn’t always come across in the film, but the hole he left is plain to see. Howard wasn’t a simple man. He bought heroin for Burroughs, and shot it up for at least a time. He made another film about the theatre impresario Robert Wilson (Robert Wilson And The Civil Wars, 1987), which was also loved by critics. He fell in love and lived with his boyfriend Brad Gooch, who contributes, but had at least one affair with a woman. Few enough people have seen Brookner’s documentaries or even Bloodhounds Of Broadway. This lack of renown makes Uncle Howard feel like a film you don’t know, although it is clear from the outset that Aaron’s inspiration is long gone and the world he lived in has sadly faded away.
clothes after the big event. A maze of drying laundry, hanging on lines that look like fences outside the family’s house, indicate what the future holds for the women there. Subservience is enforced once again when Jalila, who answers Layla’s mobile phone, learns her daughter has a special friend, Anuar (Jalal Masarwa). It doesn’t help that the young man from university has dazzling eyes and a winning smile. At stake is the honour of Layla’s father, who was manoeuvring to marry her off to a local family. Zexer’s version of the honour story, within sight of the modern world, unfolds in a village that has not benefited from Israel’s high living standards. We do not see any Israelis in the entire film, although we do hear about them bulldozing Bedouin homes. Layla’s dilemma is the predicament of a culture that lives alongside Israelis, but makes most of its own rules. As Layla, Ammar carries herself with a selfconfidence that is tested, to her chagrin, when her hopes collide with tradition. Veteran actress Blal-Asfour imbues fatalism in her every glance. Masarwa, as Anuar, has mischievous eyes that promise more than a girl can find in village life. We will be seeing more of this actor.
Sometimes Sand Storm has the leaden feel of a parable, in contrast to the more playful, much-praised Saudi drama Wadjda (2012), which set a young girl’s aspirations against her father’s marriage to an additional wife. It is lightened a bit by Khadija Alakel, playing Tasnim, Layla’s spirited younger sister, who spies on the family’s goings-on with a naughty irreverence. She watches the stormy drama unfold from behind an arabesque-patterned grille, an indication that her spirit may also be reined in. DoP Shai Peleg works wonders in natural light, even at night, cutting away from the conflicts to the endless tasks that women perform, as men meet and make deals with each other.
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The Lovers And The Despot Reviewed by David D’Arcy The Lovers And The Despot is almost as crazy as The Interview, but it’s a true story. This jaw-dropping tale of how the late North Korean dictator and film fanatic Kim Jong-il ordered the kidnap of a famed South Korean actress and her ex-husband, a leading director from Seoul, places screwball intrigue and storybook lustre inside the frame of Cold War tabloid melodrama. It seems like pure improbable invention, until you see the pictures and hear the audiotapes. This documentary by Robert Cannan (Three Miles North Of Molkom) and Ross Adam should be a hit at festivals, with a cult following at arthouses (Magnolia has picked up domestic rights). VoD could be strong. Choi Eun-hee and Shin Sang-ok were the radiant couple of South Korean cinema in the 1960s, but their marriage was on the rocks by the mid-1970s and Shin, who was losing money running a studio, took up with a starlet. Just at that time, Kim Jong-il decided to enliven North Korea’s dull and ideologically straitjacketed films. Choi, lured to Hong Kong in 1978 and tricked by a North Korean agent, was kidnapped, drugged and spirited to Pyongyang. Shin, dead broke, was also nabbed when he went to Hong Kong with his business partner (another North Korean agent). He spent four years in a North Korean prison before Kim reunited the former couple and revived their careers — on his turf and on his terms. They eventually escaped, but not before things got a lot stranger, as Choi and Shin became the new faces of North Korean cinema. Alongside their adventures is the film’s portrait of the unhinged Kim. If much of this intrigue sounds like pastiches from movie scripts, it is. Shin, who died in 2006 and Chun, still alive and speaking about those years, both viewed their ordeals as film plots. Their abductions by a violent, star-obsessed film nerd have echoes of The King Of Comedy and Austin Powers — such strong echoes that the documentary often feels like a mockumentary. There is a nostalgic elegance to the rich archival footage from the early days of South Korean cinema, while on the other side of the DMZ, huge crowds applaud the young Kim, marching in unison and turning somersaults to celebrate him. That generic footage has been seen in other docs on North Korea, but the visual textures of The Lovers And The Despot, edited by Jim Hession — and the Kim audio tapes — make for vibrant cinema.
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Panorama Documents UK. 2015. 94mins Directors Robert Cannan, Ross Adam Production companies BFI, Creative England, BBC Storyville, Hellflower, Tigerlily Films Producer Natasha Dack Ojumu International sales Submarine Deluxe, info@ submarinedeluxe.com Executive producers Lizzie Francke, Richard Holmes, Nick Fraser, Kate Townsend, Sheryl Crown, Maggie Monteith, Victoria Steventon, Cristina Ljungberg, Sandra Whipham Editor Jim Hession Music Nathan Halpern Sound designer Al Sirkett
It’s not strictly ‘much ado about nothing’, more a case of ‘no big deal’, judging by the impassivity of well-heeled slacker Vicente as he gets into deep water in Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’s drama. That unfrazzled quality is key to a film that protests abuse of privilege in Chilean society. But Fernandez Almendras also targets a more general spiritual malaise, one arguably endemic to affluent communities today. Simple but confident execution and narrative tautness make this a highly involving package. While it is not quite distinctive enough for solid commercial prospects, Fernandez Almendras’s reputation — on the rise since his debut Huacho screened in Cannes in 2009 — should give this partly crowdfunded venture some modest festival clout, while casting of a hip and handsome youth contingent will not hinder its travels. Saturnine, floppy-fringed Agustin Silva (brother and regular collaborator of Nasty Baby director Sebastian Silva) plays Vicente, Vicho for short, whose misadventures start one day on the beach. There he gets chatting with free-spirited Ana (Isabella Costa) and her more uptight friend Francisca (Geraldine Neary), and finds himself tagging along for a night of partying, along with their friend Manuel (Samuel Landea). Everything ambles along in low-key fashion until, some 25 minutes into the film, something bad happens — though Vicho, half asleep, manages to miss it. Now Much Ado About Nothing takes a very different tack, as Vicho realises he has been present during a hit-and-run, and that his new, rich and politically connected pals are closing ranks and scapegoating him. As he tries to establish the facts, Vicho is helped by his divorced mother (Paulina Garcia) and his lawyer uncle (Alejandro Goic). Throughout this crisis, Vicho seems blithely detached, continuing to dally — not altogether gallantly — with his on-off girlfriend. That carelessness towards others seems typical of his peers, and an emphasis on text messaging and tweets that flash on-screen suggests a finger pointed at social media for cauterising the emotions of the YouTube generation. The on-screen text is the film’s biggest liability, sometimes diluting the narrative directness, while final-act captions commenting on the courtroom hearing we are watching flout the ‘show-don’t-tell’ imperative. The film’s English title is also misleading; the original Spanish (Aqui no ha pasado nada) simply and more trenchantly means “nothing happened here”.
Panorama Chile-Fr-US. 2015. 96mins Director Alejandro Fernandez Almendras Production companies Jirafa, Brisa Films, Arizona Productions, Motivo Films Producers Augusto Matte, Pedro Fontaine Executive producers Felipe Aichele, Gregory Costa, Ilan Numhauser International sales Film Factory Entertainment, email@example.com Screenplay Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, Jeronimo Rodriguez Cinematography Inti Briones Production designer Valentina Silva Editors Soledad Salfate, Alejandro Fernandez Almendras Music Domingo GarciaHuidobro Main cast Agustin Silva, Paulina Garcia, Alejandro Goic, Luis Gnecco, Daniel Alcaino, Isabella Costa, Geraldine Neary, Samuel Landea
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Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures Reviewed by Wendy Ide
Girl Asleep Reviewed by Sarah Ward The teenage coming-of-age genre has become so steeped in supernatural romance, dystopian action and gross-out gags that — on film, at least — the period of blossoming maturity it depicts has almost been stripped of its wonder. Stage-to-screen adaptation Girl Asleep offers an antidote, embracing the magic and mystery of growing up. Director Rosemary Myers and writer Matthew Whittet have transferred their 1970s-set production from its stage origins at Adelaide’s Windmill Theatre to make their film debuts. It is to their credit that the familiar remains fresh here, particularly when dealing with circumstances as routine and frequently seen as high school and the turmoil of chasing boys. Artscope, the speciality label of Memento Films, picked up the film prior to its Berlinale bow and it should find an audience in festival and specialised play. Original cast members Eamon Farren, Amber McMahon and Whittet himself star. The writer’s attention-grabbing role as the Driscoll family patriarch offers a goofy guiding hand through the adolescent awkwardness and anarchy on-screen and off. His greatest masterstroke is as a writer, though, ensuring Girl Asleep feels like an upbeat yet emotionally accurate reflection of its 15-year-old protagonist, Greta Driscoll (Bethany Whitmore). The film starts on her first day at a new high school. She befriends the earnest Elliott (Harrison Feldman), a fellow outsider who clearly wants to be more than just a pal; and tries to avoid the cool clique of Jade (Maiah Stewardson) and her flunkies Amber and Saph (twins Grace and Fiona Dawson), who prove committed to adding a hellish tinge to Greta’s high-school experience. That Greta’s various woes all flare up at her birthday bash is far from surprising for anyone familiar with the genre — but how she reacts exposes the feature’s willingness to move beyond its purposeful appropriation of teen tropes and dive headfirst into the weird and wonderful side of growing up. Mid-gathering, she retreats into her bedroom, closes her eyes and awakens into a dream-like world. There, the movie earns its title, as Greta wanders through an alternative reality populated by the meek Abject Man (Whittet), hostile Frozen Woman (McMahon) and the warrior-like Huldra (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) — in other words, her inner fears and strengths personified. In wading through Greta’s woes as stripped down to their most elemental forms, Girl Asleep provides one of the most visually striking manifestations of a girl’s passage to maturity in recent years.
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Generation 14plus Aus. 2015. 77mins Director Rosemary Myers Production companies Soft Tread Enterprises, Windmill Theatre International sales Artscope, sales@ memento-films.com Producer Jo Dyer Executive producer Teena Munn Screenplay Matthew Whittet Cinematography Andrew Commis Editor Karryn de Cinque Production design Jonathon Oxlade Main cast Bethany Whitmore, Harrison Feldman, Matthew Whittet, Amber McMahon, Eamon Farren, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Imogen Archer, Maiah Stewardson, Grace Dawson, Fiona Dawson
“Look at the pictures” squawks a furious senator, brandishing a wad of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs in his meaty fist. Eyes popping, outraged to the point of aneurysm, he provides persuasive support for the theory of writer and Drummer magazine editor Jack Fritscher, voiced later in the film, that the penis is the most terrifying thing in the world. And “look at the pictures” is exactly what codirectors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato encourage us to do in this confrontational and illuminating film. This frank but accessible documentary couldn’t be more timely, coming as it does just before joint retrospective shows co-curated by the J Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art are set to open in March. The resurgence of interest in Mapplethorpe’s life and work should ensure both festival exposure and some theatrical interest. The in-yourface approach to the male appendage characterised by Mapplethorpe’s more personal work might limit the film’s television sales however. This is not the first time Bailey and Barbato have explored sexually explicit material; Inside Deep Throat looked at the enduring legacy of the seminal adult movie, and more recently the pair documented the latest business venture by Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. This perhaps explains their deft balance of the more extreme elements of Mapplethorpe’s life. They don’t shy away, for example, from his recreational activities at notorious S&M club The Mine Shaft, where he found his thrills and his models. But for every shot of traumatised male genitals, there’s a wryly amusing anecdote from one of the extended circle of colleagues, friends, lovers and models who are only too happy to talk at length about the ferociously driven Mapplethorpe. Interviewees include Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry; writers Fran Lebowitz and Bob Colacello; models David Croland and Robert Sherman; friend and supporter Sandy Daley, porn actor Peter Berlin and Mapplethorpe’s younger brother Edward, also a photographer. Also present is Mapplethorpe’s own voice: in archive material from interviews recorded at the height of his success, he is enigmatic, softly spoken, charming but unknowable. Fortunately, the input of the eloquent, brilliant, bitchy circle of friends with which he surrounded himself creates a portrait of the man that is every bit as candid as his work.
Panorama Documents US. 2016. 108mins Directors Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato Production companies HBO, World Of Wonder Productions International sales Dogwoof Global, email@example.com Producers Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Mona Card Cinematography Huy Truong, Mario Panagiotopoulos Editor Langdon F Page Featuring Jack Fritscher, David Croland, Debbie Harry, Fran Lebowitz, Robert Sherman, Edward Mapplethorpe
Maggie’s Plan Reviewed by Tim Grierson
Miles Ahead Reviewed by Graham Fuller First-time feature director Don Cheadle has made an invigoratingly bold attempt to structure his film about Miles Davis as an extended visual and narrative equivalent of modal jazz, the form the legendary trumpeter pioneered on his groundbreaking 1959 LP ‘Kind Of Blue’. No-one, of course, need recognise this strategy to appreciate the passion of Cheadle’s portrayal of the volatile Davis and that of Emayatzy Corinealdi as his muse and abused first wife, Frances. The framework for the film’s modal experiment is the increasingly dark and turbulent progression of Davis’s relationship with Frances, whose career as a dancer he curtailed after their 1958 wedding. Recalled by the melancholy Davis and depicted in flashbacks, their courtship and early marriage is the lost paradise he grieves for as he searches for a missing session tape in the film’s improvisatory, less successful, present-tense story, set in 1979 toward the end of his six-year musical hiatus. The improvisation incorporates rapid cutting, freeze frames and the use of polaroids and photos (to telegraph Davis’s transition from bed-hopper to bridegroom). Driving the movie, this present-day strand is its wild equivalent of a Davis solo. Unfortunately, it is played as a rarely funny deadpan comedy, one peopled with musicbiz sharks, dealers and groupies. Whether serene or searing, Davis’s playing and moments of band leadership rise above the moral morass these bottom-feeders represent, and which sucked him down prior to his early 1980s resurrection, but their presence in the film leaves a sour aftertaste. The search for the tape regrettably frames Davis in a New York City buddy caper with Ewan McGregor’s journalist, replete with a car chase and gun battle. A key flashback depicts the unprovoked police assault and arrest of Davis outside the Birdland jazz club in August 1959. The film does not show how lastingly disturbed Davis was by being racially targeted, but hurtles on to the end of his and Francis’s marriage in a bout of domestic violence. A more patient examination of Davis’s life might have probed the psychological causes of his selfmedicating with sex and drugs — and how his addictions fostered his mid-1970s creative block. Miles Ahead is too frantic to replicate the grace and power of Clint Eastwood’s Charlie Parker biopic Bird. However, since actors directing their first features tend towards the unadventurous, Cheadle should be applauded for dispensing with a safety net. Miles Ahead indicates he has an exciting future on both sides of the camera.
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Berlinale Special Gala US. 2015. 100mins Director Don Cheadle Production companies BiFrost Pictures, Crescendo Productions, Naked City Films, Sobini Films International sales IM Global, sales@ imglobalfilm.com US distributor Sony Pictures Classics Producers Darryl Porter, Vince Wilburn Jr, Daniel Wagner, Robert Ogden Barnum, Don Cheadle, Pamela Hirsch, Lenore Zerman Executive producers Mark Amin, Steven Baigelman, Cheryl Davis, Erin Davis, Robert Lewis Screenplay Steven Baigelman, Don Cheadle Cinematography Roberto Schaefer Editors John Axelrad, Kayla M Emter Production designer Hannah Beachler Music Robert Glasper Main cast Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Michael Stuhlbarg
Film-maker Rebecca Miller’s dramas are often populated by volatile individuals, but what if they instead snuck off into a witty, rambunctious farce? Maggie’s Plan is a conscious change of pace from the writer-director, and once the viewer is acclimatised to the rhythms of this offbeat romantic comedy, it becomes an engaging yarn from a storyteller who always sees her characters as complex and often deeply flawed. The Maggie of the title is played by Greta Gerwig, who has decided she wants to have a child, even though she has had no luck in relationships. After finding a sperm donor, she meets John (Ethan Hawke), a professor and aspiring novelist. Although he is married to the severe, intellectually intimidating Georgette (Julianne Moore, deploying a dynamite Danish accent), John is drawn to Maggie, and she to him — and they quickly declare their love. Maggie’s Plan then flashes forward three years, revealing that Maggie and John have married and had a daughter. But as Maggie begins to worry their relationship is foundering, she becomes friends with Georgette, which stirs a plan Maggie believes will make everyone happy. Based on an idea from an unpublished novel by Karen Rinaldi, Maggie’s Plan has the clever repartee, New York settings and modern-day malaise that are trademarks of Woody Allen and Noah Baumbach comedies. At first Miller, a novelist as well as a film-maker, might seem to be merely copying these directors’ styles, but eventually the intricacy of her construction begins to assert itself, producing plentiful rewards. At its core, the film is about Maggie’s early assertion that she does not want to be at the mercy of destiny, choosing to have a baby on her own rather than wait for Mr Right. But that plan goes by the wayside once she falls for John, and Miller shrewdly suggests they are rushing into things, the flash forward into the future not so much a happy ending as it is a new landscape where the old anxieties still linger. John Lennon once sang that life was something that happens while we’re busy making other plans, but Maggie’s Plan would argue that the plans we make never quite fix the problems that inspired them. By now, audiences are used to seeing Gerwig play insecure, brainy New Yorkers, but if she is merely honing her shtick in Maggie’s Plan, it still has plenty of juice to it.
panorama Special US. 2015. 97mins Director Rebecca Miller Production company Round Films, Rachael Horovitz Productions, Freedom Media, Locomotive, Hyperion Media, Franklin Street Capital International sales Protagonist Pictures, info@protagonistpictures. com US sales Creative Artists Agency, firstname.lastname@example.org; Cinetic Media, john@ slosslaw.com Producers Rachael Horovitz, Damon Cardasis, Rebecca Miller Screenplay Rebecca Miller, based on a story by Karen Rinaldi Cinematography Sam Levy Editor Sabine Hoffmann Production design Alexandra Schaller Music Michael Rohatyn Main cast Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Travis Fimmel, Ida Rohatyn, Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore
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KEEPER OF DARKNESS GENRE HORROR DIRECTOR NICK CHEUNG (Hungry Ghost Ritual) CAST BAI BAIHE (Go Away Mr. Tumor) NICK CHEUNG, AMBER KUO (Au Revoir Taipei)
Streetwise exorcist Fat becomes an overnight sensation when his extraordinary exorcism is recorded and gone viral, which catches not only a lot of attention from the media, but also the underworld.
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The follow-up to the highest-grossing HK film of 2012, the story continues as the conspirator behind the disappeared police vehicle is behind bar. But the true motive remains unclear, until the resurface of a retired police chief who unveils an unprecedented scheme to corrupt the police force.
FINDING MR. RIGHT 2 GENRE ROMANCE DIRECTOR XUE XIAOLU (Finding Mr. Right, Ocean Heaven) CAST TANG WEI (Lust Caution), WU XIUBO (Finding Mr. Right, The Four)
The creative team and cast behind the blockbuster romantic comedy recreate their chemistry for this modern-day love tale set in glittering Las Vegas and Macau.
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THE BODYGUARD GENRE ACTION DIRECTOR SAMMO HUNG (Ip Man 2) CAST SAMMO HUNG, ANDY LAU (Infernal Affairs)
A lone retired bodyguard befriends a young girl whose life is threatened when her father falls in with the Russian crime world. When the girl disappears, the bodyguard sets out on a ruthless trail to take down the mob and rescue the girl.
EVERYBODY’S FINE GENRE DRAMA DIRECTOR ZHANG MENG (The Piano in a Factory) CAST ZHANG GUOLI (Back to 1942) YAO CHEN (Firestorm) SHAWN DOU (Wolf Totem)
A remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Stanno Tutti Bene”, the film follows a widower who embarks on an impromptu road trip to reconnect with each of his grown children, only to discover that their lives are far from perfect.
GENRE FANTASY ADVENTURE DIRECTOR RAMAN HUI (Shrek the 3rd) CAST BAI BAIHE (Go Away Mr. Tumor) JING BORAN (Rise of the Legend)
GENRE MUSICAL DIRECTOR JOHNNIE TO (Drug War) CAST CHOW YUN FAT (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) SYLVIA CHANG (Mountains May Depart) TANG WEI (Lust Caution)
The highest-grossing Chinese film of all time, this epic adventure is set in a fantasy world where humans and monsters battle to rule the land, until the birth of the new monster king who would ultimately bring balance to the new world.
Billion-dollar company Jones & Sunn is going public. Chairman Ho has promised CEO/mistress Chang to become a major shareholder of the company. As the IP team enters the company to audit, a series of inside stories start to be revealed.
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All in the family A string of debut features mark the Hong Kong-China entries for this year’s Berlinale, while action titans Benny Chan, Sammo Hung and Dante Lam are lining up for EFM. Liz Shackleton reports
BERLINALE LINE-UP Crosscurrent Dir Yang Chao
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s the European Film Market gets under way in Berlin, mainland China will be in the midst of its biggest boxoffice season of the year, Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival), a time of big-budget, star-studded and mostly family-oriented local films. Mainland audiences get a week off work during the holiday, which this year runs February 8-13, while Hong Kong enjoys a three-day public holiday. In mainland China, several local films opened ahead of the holiday on January 29, but the weekend belonged to Oriental DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 3, which grossed an impressive $58m in its opening three days. Released in English and separately animated Mandarin-language versions, the film had a mostly clear run on its second weekend, but faced stiff competition on February 8, the first day of the Chinese New Year holiday, when three huge local films opened. After three days on release, Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid had grossed a mighty $117m, according to EntGroup figures, followed by Wong Jing’s From Vegas To Macau 3, starring Chow Yun Fat, with $65m and Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King 2, starring Aaron Kwok and Gong Li, with $60m. The Mermaid stars Deng Chao and Zhang Yuqi in a sci-fi fantasy about a tycoon whose plans to drive marine wildlife away from his island development are thwarted by
a mermaid. Following these three juggernauts, films scheduled for just after the holiday include Fruit Chan’s Kill Time (February 14), romantic omnibus Run For Love (February 14) and Netflixbacked Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny (February 19). Holiday haul This bumper crop of releases follows a busy Christmas period, which although not an official holiday in China, is still a peak box-office season. Released on December 18, Mojin — The Lost Legend, backed by Wanda, Huayi Brothers and Enlight Pictures, grossed $259m, while Huayi Brothers’ Mr Six, directed by Guan Hu and starring director Feng Xiaogang, opened a week later and took $139m. Following hits such as Monster Hunt, Lost In Hong Kong and Goodbye Mr Loser, the strong end-of-year results pushed the market share of local films to 62% of China’s $6.78bn (RMB44bn) annual boxoffice haul. While local films are undoubtedly improving in terms of storytelling Mojin – The Lost Legend and special
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effects, they’re also helped by the fact Hollywood blockbusters are kept off Chinese screens during key box-office periods. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened on January 9, squeezing in between the year-end and Chinese New Year blackouts, and grossed a respectable if not eye-popping $124m. However, blackouts don’t apply to Kung Fu Panda 3, as it was produced by DreamWorks Animation’s Shanghai-based joint venture, so has been classified as a local production. With the rewards so high at home, it’s not surprising that mainland producers are not overly focused on international markets — and the style and genres of their output reflects this. However, the overseas sales of Chinese films grew 48% to $415m in 2015. Hong Kong producers continue to lead the way in putting together films with international appeal — recent big sellers include Bill Kong-produced Monster Hunt and Raymond Wongproduced Ip Man 3. The latter film has sold pretty much everywhere in the world, including Mongolia, and so far has grossed more than $26m from eight territories, not including mainland China, where it opens on March 4.
The sole Chinese-language entry in the Competition section, Yang Chao’s Crosscurrent tells the story of a boat captain tracing the Yangtze River back to its source and in the process unravelling the life story of a mysterious woman backwards over a 20-year span. The supernatural tale serves as a metaphor for changes in Chinese society. Qin Hao and Xin Zhilei head the cast of the film, which is produced by Wang Yu (I Phone You) and shot by Mark Lee Ping-bing (The Assassin). Yang Chao is known for 2004 Cannes Camera d’Or-winning drama Passages. Contact Ray Produktion, Song Yiran firstname.lastname@example.org
Dog Days Dir Jordan Schiele Pang Ho Cheung and Subi Liang’s Making Film Productions have produced this drama, which marks the feature directorial debut of Jordan Schiele, a Beijingbased short film-maker and DoP. Dog Days (San Fu Tian) follows a young single mother who teams up with a drag singer to track down her missing child and his father. Huang Lu (Blind Massage) plays the young woman and the cast also includes Tian Mu Chen (The White Lie) and Luo Lan Shan (A Touch Of Sin). The film is receiving its world premiere in Panorama. Contact Bravos Pictures, Ricky Tse email@example.com
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EUROPEAN FILM MARKET The Bodyguard Dir Sammo Hung David Linde’s Lava Bear is co-producing this Sammo Hung and Andy Lau action thriller, alongside Edko Films, Irresistible Films and Lau’s Focus Films. Martial-arts veteran Hung directs and also stars as a retired bodyguard who settles down in a small town on the Russia-China border but finds himself attempting to rescue a young girl when her father (Lau) falls in with the local crime world. The film is in post-production with a pan-Asian release scheduled for April 1. Contact Edko Films, Julian Chiu firstname.lastname@example.org
Life After Life Dir Zhang Hanyi Produced by Jia Zhangke’s Xstream Pictures, Zhang Hanyi’s debut feature Life After Life (Zhi Fan Ye Mao) is a ghost story about a dead woman who returns in the body of her son to ask her husband to replant the tree that stands in front of their now-abandoned home. But the world she returns to feels like it’s slipping into the shadows. Zhang Li and Zhang Mingjun head the cast of the film, which receives its world premiere in Forum. Contact Xstream Pictures email@example.com
Old Stone Dir Johnny Ma The feature debut of Columbia University graduate Johnny Ma follows a smalltown taxi driver driven to extremes following an accident that puts a man into a coma. The cast includes Chen Gang and Lou Ye’s producer Nai An. Produced by Wu Xianjian, Lin Chi-an, Wang Jing and Los Angeles-based Sarah Stallard, Old Stone (Lao Shi) is receiving its world premiere in Forum. Contact Wang Jing firstname.lastname@example.org
Ta’ang Dir Wang Bing Renowned documentary film-maker Wang Bing follows Myanmar’s Ta’ang people (also known as the Palaung) in his latest film, which receives its world premiere in Forum. Escaping a civil war in Myanmar’s Kokang region that has been smouldering for decades, many of the Ta’ang women and children have fled over the border to China where they struggle to find work and retain their dignity. Wang’s
credits include award-winning documentaries such as The Ditch and Three Sisters. Contact Chinese Shadows email@example.com
Trivisa Dir Frank Hui, Vicky Wong, Jevons Au Man-kit Receiving its world premiere in Forum, this Johnnie To-produced crime thriller tells the story of three notorious criminals who are rumoured to be joining forces for a heist in Hong Kong following the city’s handover to China in 1997. Although the three men are unknown to each other, they are tempted to do just that. Gordon Lam, Jordan Chan and Richie Jen play the three criminals while three of To’s protégés from the Fresh Wave programme — Frank Hui, Vicky Wong and Jevons Au Man-kit — have each directed the story of one gangster, which have then been weaved into an organic whole. The film is being lined up for local release in April. Contact Media Asia, Fred Tsui firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadly Reclaim Dir Benny Chan Sean Lau Ching-wan, Louis Koo and Eddie Peng star in the latest epic action film from Benny Chan (The White Storm, Shaolin), which is in post-production for tentative release in June. Set during the warlords era after the fall of the Qing Dynasty, the story revolves around a plucky group of villagers standing up to a cruel young general. Universe Entertainment is producing the $32m film, which has Sammo Hung on board as action choreographer. Contact Universe Films Distribution, Alice Leung email@example.com
Keeper Of Darkness Dir Nick Cheung Hong Kong actor Nick Cheung’s second horror film as director following Ghost Rituals, Keeper Of Darkness tells the story of a streetwise exorcist who becomes an internet sensation when his exorcisms go viral, attracting unwanted attention from the media and local gangsters. Cheung stars as the exorcist and the cast also includes Amber Kuo (Au Revoir Taipei) and Shi Xing Yu (Shaolin). The film has a market screening here tomorrow. Contact Edko Films, Julian Chiu firstname.lastname@example.org »
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First Strike and Rumble In The Bronx, has already filmed in China and Dubai, and will shoot the next section in India.
Dir Fruit Chan Following his critical and commercial success with The Midnight After, Hong Kong maverick filmmaker Fruit Chan has directed a thriller starring Angelababy and Ethan Juan for Emperor Motion Pictures. The story follows a girl who goes online to the ‘Witch’s Zone’ to find her late father’s favourite song and ends up unleashing a torrent of memories and clues to an unsolved murder. Produced by Li Rui, the film is scheduled for release in mainland China on February 14. Contact Emperor Motion Pictures, May Yip email@example.com
Kung Fu Yoga Dir Stanley Tong Currently in production, this CGI-heavy action adventure stars Jackie Chan as a Chinese archaeologist who teams up with an Indian professor in the quest for a legendary diamond that takes him from Western China to the Middle East and India. Indian actor Sonu Sood (Happy New Year) and Chinese actors Aarif Rahman and Zhang Yixing also star in the film, which is being set up as a China-India co-production. Director Stanley Tong, who worked with Chan on
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and Darren Wang (Our Times) also star. In post-production, the film is backed by investors including Sparkle Roll Media Corporation, Shanghai Film Group, Beijing Going Zoom Media and Shanghai New Culture Media Group.
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Dante Lam’s latest action drama is inspired by the true story of a merchant vessel operating in the Mekong River Delta in 2011 that was attacked by bandits leaving 13 people dead. Chinese authorities teamed up with police forces from Thailand, Laos and Burma to launch an investigation into the incident when a massive stash of drugs was found on board. In production for a tentative late September release, the film reunites Lam with Eddie Peng (To The Fore, Unbeatable) and also stars mainland actor Zhang Hanyu (The Taking Of Tiger Mountain). Contact Distribution Workshop, Virginia Leung firstname.lastname@example.org
Railroad Tigers Dir Ding Sheng
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Following collaborations on Police Story 2013 and Little Big Soldier, Ding Sheng is directing Jackie Chan in this $50m action comedy, which aims to revive the spirit of classic Chan comedies such as Project A and Drunken Master II. Chan stars as a railroad worker who leads a team of fearless fighters to derail the Japanese war machine in China in 1941. Young idols Z Tao (You Are My Sunshine), Wang Kai (The Golden Era)
Dir Derek Yee Tsui Hark is producing and Derek Yee directing this long-anticipated 3D martial-arts epic, starring Lin Gengxin (The Taking Of Tiger Mountain) and Peter Ho (The Monkey King). Based on wuxia novelist Gu Long’s classic, the film tells the story of an elite swordsman forced to fight a challenger who is determined to take his place. Produced by Bona Film Group and Yee’s Film Unlimited, the film is in postproduction for a provisional May release. Contact Distribution Workshop, Virginia Leung email@example.com
Three Dir Johnnie To Following his well-received foray into musical drama with Toronto title Office, Johnnie To returns to hard-boiled action with this highly anticipated crime thriller, starring Louis Koo, Wallace Chung and Vicky Zhao Wei. In post-production for a tentatively planned June release, the film revolves around a showdown in a hospital involving a criminal with a bullet in his head, a policeman about to turn rogue and a surgeon from mainland China. Contact Media Asia, Fred Tsui s firstname.lastname@example.org ■
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INTERVIEW THOMAS VINTERBERG
Home truths Thomas Vinterberg tells Wendy Mitchell about drawing on his childhood for his most personal film yet, The Commune, which reunites him with the stars of Festen and is screening here in Competition
anish film-maker Thomas Vinterberg is proud of his unusual childhood. “I grew up among genitals in a big house, and it was absolutely fabulous and wonderful,” he says with a big grin. He lived with his parents and a group of their intellectual friends in a large communal house in north Copenhagen from the age of seven to 19. “I remember it as golden, fantastical, but of course there were dramatic issues, conflicts.” He’s clear it’s not jokes about genitals, body hair and organic food that inform The Commune, which screens in Competition on Wednesday, February 17. “Most films about communes are sort of a sellout of hippy ideals and make people look like caricatures,” Vinterberg says. “I was trying to dig a bit deeper and also defend it a bit more and make as honest a portrait of that time as possible.” The project started as a stage play for Vienna’s Burgtheater in 2011. Then Vinterberg recruited Tobias Lindholm — his collaborator on Submarino and The Hunt — to co-write a film script. That close collaboration helped take it past Vinterberg’s personal stories and memories. “It’s definitely not autobiographical; I’m saying it’s ‘based on a true feeling’… This is no longer my or my parents’ story, but it mirrors an atmosphere of my childhood and I hope it’s loyal to it,” Vinterberg explains. The commune of the title is the backdrop to a family drama about a woman losing her place in her family and her daughter’s coming of age. The film tells the story of newscaster Anna (Trine Dyrholm), her professor husband Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) and their teenage daughter Freya (Martha Sofie Wallstrom Hansen), who inherit a house larger than they need and decide to invite friends to live with them. But the family dynamic changes, and Erik takes a younger lover, Emma (played by Vinterberg’s wife Helene Reingaard Neumann), leaving Anna feeling broken. “In essence it’s a story about how everybody is replaceable and how horrible that is to realise,” says Vinterberg. “But by telling that story you emphasise how important love is to us, how endearing it is to us.” Vinterberg says the commune’s members function as something of a classical choir. “Or it’s the rock band you want to be a part of. And inside of that there’s a family tragedy. Such as in Festen and The Hunt, there is this body of warmth and also a tragic spine.” The Commune reunites Vinterberg with
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Thomas Vinterberg in conversation with actress Julie Agnete Vang on the set of The Commune
Dyrholm and Thomsen for the first time since they made 1999’s Festen. “I felt all three of us came with the most embracing and generous attitude,” says the director. The two leads needed only about 48 hours of rehearsal time because the characters were so clear on the page, but the rest of the commune had more time together to be seen as a cohesive unit on screen. “Those actors had to be such a loveable family, we spent 10 days working together with drinking and rehearsals and discussing the scenes,” he says. Something to celebrate There will, inevitably, be comparisons to Festen,, not least because this is another extended, dysfunctional family coming together around a dining table. Vinterberg admits he did think of his earlier film while working on The Commune.. “I have no problem mirroring my own work from back then,” he says cheerfully. “But this film is by definition so, so far away from Dogme.” After opening in Denmark in January via Nordisk at the top of the Danish box office, earning $533,000 in its first weekend, The Commune receives its international premiere here in Compe-
‘I have no problem mirroring my own work. But this film is by definition so, so far away from Dogme’ Thomas Vinterberg
tition. It is Vinterberg’s second film to do so following Submarino in 2010 (Festen and The Hunt screened at Cannes). Sisse Graum Jorgensen and Morten Kaufmann produce for Zentropa, and TrustNordisk has sold the film to territories including the UK (Artificial Eye), Germany and Austria (Prokino), Spain (Golem), South Korea (Challan), Russia (Silver Box), France (Le Pacte), Italy (BIM) and Benelux (September). In many ways, Vinterberg’s career path means his work has come full circle. After Festen, he tried new styles of film-making with titles including the English-language, US-set teen drama Dear Wendy and the musical fantasy It’s All About Love. But with Submarino followed by The Hunt and now The Commune, his most personal film yet, “I came back to myself and had a kind of rebirth.” The Commune was a much more intimate film-making experience than directing last year’s Far From The Madding Crowd for DNA Films and Fox Searchlight in the UK. “It was a great experience,” he enthuses. “It was very, very hard work. The script contained 250 scenes compared to about 120 for a normal script. It was a large cast, large crew and many Dorset locations. It was a completely different ballgame. “I asked the producers, ‘What do you want from me?’ They said, ‘We think in your other movies you provide a great combination of grandness and believability.’ To some degree that’s what I tried to do with The Commune on a completely different scale. What I do is explore human fragility in whatever context s or language.” ■
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Argentina looks ahead ynamic change is afoot in the Argentinian film industry. A stellar order of new and established storytellers holds the reins as new national and industry leaders foster economic growth and champion local voices. The jury is still out on how helpful a government led by the country’s new president Mauricio Macri will prove to be, but since coming to power in December his centre-right administration has already removed currency controls and slashed export taxes. Alejandro Cacetta, the new head of national film body National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA), has positioned public-private ties,
multi-platform distribution and local content high on his agenda. INCAA is a co-backer with the Cannes Marché of the ever-expanding Ventana Sur. This market, along with its genre sidebar Blood Window, typifies the vital nature of the business. Argentina’s homegrown artistic minds and ambitious players such as K&S Films, Rei Cine and broadcaster Telefe continue to garner local adulation and global recognition. Director Pablo Trapero is riding high on the remarkable success last year of The Clan. Wild Tales, an Oscar nominee in 2015 and the biggest local hit since records began in 1997, has made Damian Szifron one of the most sought-after
names in Hollywood. Younger talents following in the footsteps of Oscar winners Juan José Campanella and Luis Puenzo continue to emerge. They include Santiago Mitre, Trapero’s screenwriter on Lion’s Den and Carancho, whose La Patota (aka Paulina) turned heads when he won the grand jury prize in Critics’ Week at Cannes last year. Berlin audiences will get to sample the latest festival contenders from Argentinian-born directors in Panorama: Daniel Burman’s The Tenth Man and Maximiliano Schonfeld’s The Black Frost. And with several tantalising projects in the works, 2016 looks primed to be another banner year for Argentina. Jeremy Kay, US editor
Peter Lanzani and Guillermo Francella in The Clan, the top Argentinian ﬁlm of 2015
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A breath of fresh air
Argentina is booming, with record admissions, dynamic directors making films local audiences are flocking to see, and widening global ambitions. Jeremy Kay reports
The Black Frost
ecord admissions in 2015, the massive success of Pablo Trapero’s The Clan and a positive statement of intent from the new head of the national film body all paint a promising picture of the Argentinian film business. Add to this the presence of two homegrown films in the Berlinale — Daniel Burman’s The Tenth Man and Maximiliano Schonfeld’s The Black Frost — and there are many reasons to be cheerful. Yet optimism goes hand-in-hand with an awareness that major challenges lie ahead as the industry strives to better nurture its emerging talent and compete on the global stage. When Mauricio Macri’s new government came to power in December 2015, there was initial concern the centre-right administration might reduce the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts’ (INCAA) allocation of public funds to film and TV production. Since then the focus has switched to the encouraging early steps by Argentina’s new president that could, among other benefits, ultimately strengthen local content and boost the country’s standing as a location for Hollywood shoots after recent visits by The Revenant and Focus. It has removed currency controls and cut prohibitive export taxes, with Macri showing a willingness to move quickly to revive the economy and establish accountability for a country that as recently as 2013 became the first ever to draw fire from the IMF for inaccurate data.
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‘More and more, we are starting to finance films using a hybrid model between public-private funds’ Santiago Gallelli, Rei Cine
Right: La Patota (aka Paulina)
Government finance chiefs were in New York in December to discuss debt payments that would allow Argentina back into international capital markets for the first time in a decade. “We have a more competitive economy and we have more experience in comparison to five or 10 years ago, [so] we can capitalise on… offering our services abroad,” says INCAA’s new president Alejandro Cacetta. Cacetta — buoyed by a record-breaking 51.4 million cinema admissions in 2015, up 12.7% on 2014 — is keen to broaden audiences, explore multiplatform distribution and champion local product by forging closer ties with private business. That last point will strike a chord with any Argentinian film-maker, particularly the ambitious younger generation coming through. “More and more, we are starting to finance films using a hybrid model between public-private funds,” says producer Santiago Gallelli of Buenos Aires-based Rei Cine, whose credits include Sand Dollars and Lucrecia Martel’s upcoming Zama. “We rely partly on public funds to improve our risk/reward ratio and make the scene more appealing for
private funding within our financial models and strengthen business opportunities for films that are not necessarily commercial.” Admissions for local language films in 2015 were 7.5 million for a 14.6% share of the market, down 8.4% on the previous year but still the third highest level of the past decade. More than one-third of those ticket sales went to The Clan, which drew 2.7 million admissions last year and was by far the top Argentinian release of 2015. It finished fourth overall behind Minions (5 million), Fast & Furious 7 (3.4 million) and Inside Out (2.9 million), but beat Jurassic World, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, San Andreas and Hotel Transylvania 2, among other US studio behemoths. International footprint Matias Mosteirin, managing director of K&S Films, the producer of The Clan and all-time Argentinian box-office champion Wild Tales Tales, says the company will use the success to expand its international footprint. “Longterm relationships are very important to us,” he says. A growing pipeline is the order of the day, underpinned by local ties and international relationships such as the successful collaboration with Pablo and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo. »
INCAA’S NEW BOSS Ten days into his four-year term as the head of Argentina’s national film body, Alejandro Cacetta spoke to Jeremy Kay about partnering with private investors, embracing a multi-platform future and working with the new government Alejandro Cacetta worked at Patagonik Film Group for the past nine years, serving as producer and CFO. Previously he spent ﬁve years at Pol-ka Producciones. Now he is in the hotseat as president of national ﬁlm body INCAA. The Tenth Man
What are INCAA’s goals in the years ahead? We have ﬁve clear points: create a new audience with educational programmes and analyse the best distribution platforms; generate multiplatform productions; support and assist production in the interior of our country, which in turn will generate the creation of new audiences; develop and strengthen our international relations with multilateral original productions and production services; and work with private investors to develop a more sustainable audiovisual business.
Energia Entusiasta owner Alejandro de Grazia has released Santiago Mitre’s Cannes Critics’ Week grand prix winner La Patota (aka Paulina) and Woody Allen films among others. The company also scored a big hit recently with Kryptonita — a local smash that speaks to the groundswell of support for and interest in genre in Argentina and was a talking point at the popular Blood Window sidebar at the Ventana Sur market in Buenos Aires last December. De Grazia says INCAA needs to do more to support distribution and is keenly aware of the need to exploit platforms for filmmakers. He has made serious inroads, expanding to become official aggregator of Netflix for Latin America. The point is not lost on Cacetta, who with his team will be taking a close look at digital avenues. There is no denying the march of Netflix, although INCAA launched statefunded VoD service Odéon during the reign of Cacetta’s predecessor, Lucrecia Cardoso, to promote local film. Promotion of local storytelling is a critical part of the vision and INCAA is involved in the Cinema Screens Network to operate 45 screens across the continent showing Latin American cinema. “Humanity never had an era in which making a film was so easy,” says Wild Tales director Damian Szifron. Now it is up to INCAA and the local industry to ensure the right films are made — and that those films s are seen. ■
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Does Mauricio Macri’s government pose challenges or offer opportunities? Both. We have great challenges ahead, which create new and better opportunities. We must increase the quality of our productions and the way we reach a broader audience. We have a more competitive economy and we have more experience in comparison to ﬁve or 10 years ago, so we can capitalise on both aspects offering our services abroad. Will economic circumstances allow the Argentinian ﬁlm business to grow? In general terms, yes. We have to discuss the way to invest money and create new forms of ﬁnancing within our industry. One of our goals is to have more private investment in addition to public investment. What are the strengths of the Argentinian ﬁlm industry? Our stories, our writers, directors, the experience of our producers and the quality of our technicians. What needs to improve? We need to generate a larger audience for our ﬁlms and merge our efforts in ﬁlm, TV and other platforms. It is the challenge we are proposing to the audiovisual industry. What are the production incentives for local producers? When do they come under review and will you try to increase them? The main production incentives are the subsidies that INCAA gives to producers. We will analyse and discuss our plan. I want to increase possibilities to obtain more incentives/investment coming from the private and ﬁnancial sector and work with the TV business. We want to propose synergies between our ﬁlm and TV industries and other platforms and we are talking to industry players, Alejandro Cacetta
Argentina saw a record 51.4 million admissions last year
different areas of the national government and private investors. There is a lot of work to do, but we are working hard to develop a more sustainable audiovisual industry. What is the level of local-language productions? I am collecting information now and plan to make the information public. We have produced more than 120 local ﬁlms each year. The challenge is to reach the audience for different types of productions. And international productions shooting in Argentina? Foreign ﬁlms shooting in Argentina will increase because we are more competitive now, with the adjustment of the dollar exchange rate, the elimination of ﬁnancial restrictions [currency controls] plus the great quality we have in our industry. We can receive and send money internationally, which will allow us to be more open. How has the box ofﬁce in Argentina performed in the last ﬁve to 10 years? The performance of the box ofﬁce in Argentina has increased year-by-year. Last year was our best since 1997 — we reached more than 50 million admissions. What needs to be done to give the best support to local-language ﬁlms so they can compete with Hollywood imports? We are working seriously to create and generate audiences for our ﬁlms… through education programmes and multi-platform [distribution] for different types of productions is a good example to follow. They have developed these kinds of programmes and have a strong audience for local ﬁlms; auteur ﬁlms that are less commercial but perform well. Does INCAA support diversity and women ﬁlm-makers? Yes. More speciﬁcally, there is a programme called Cine Inclusion and INCAA has supported local festivals with different proﬁles. Diversity will always be on our agenda.
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After the global success of Wild Tales, Argentinian writer-director Damian Szifron is taking advantage of the kudos. He tells Jeremy Kay about signing up for The Six Million Dollar Man remake
t is early December and a rainstorm has hijacked summer in Buenos Aires for a few hours. But, despite the weather, Damian Szifron’s office says he is still on his way to meet Screen. Five minutes later, the director of Wild Tales, Argentina’s biggest box-office hit in history, walks up in a raincoat, backpack slung over his shoulder. There are not many Hollywood film-makers who would keep an appointment on a stormy day, much less walk to the interview. “Sorry I’m late,” he says, sitting in a covered outdoor café in the salubrious Recoleta locale close to his office. Szifron orders two coffees for the table and begins to talk easily about the film that changed his career. As he is with the weather, the Buenos Aires native is phlegmatic about his professional life. His fortunes of late have shot up, yet he remains unfazed by success or the Hollywood chapters that lie ahead. After acquiring a name for himself making films and TV in Argentina in the early 2000s,
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Szifron actually quit directing for a few years. “I was getting tired of the rhythm of writing and editing and shooting and I was living that insane schedule and thought, ‘I can do this but I’m not enjoying it,’” he says. “For a film-maker there’s a point in your life when you need to do your stuff in a way that you can enjoy the process. Everything is better with freedom and control. So I stopped shooting and dedicated myself to only writing.” Ideas man Szifron discovered that writing in the bathtub seemed to do the trick. The words flowed and as he tried to write features — a western, a rom-com, a sci-fi story now set up at Media Rights Capital (MRC) as a series called The Strangers — Wild Tales bubbled to the surface. He found himself compressing story ideas and quickly realised what he had. “It was like an unwanted child that you fall in love with after it’s born,” says the 40 year old. “They all came out of frustration — I was in traffic hav-
‘I love popular films and when I do my stuff I’m always thinking of the audience, not the critics or the juries of festivals’ Damian Szifron
ing a fight with another driver; I was in line trying to buy something. I used all that fuel.” Szifron listens to music when he writes — loud rock, jazz, whatever the mood calls for. “Jazz albums were an inspiration [on Wild Tales]. John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan. You have a five-minute song, then a 25-minute song. The first story in the film is six minutes and ‘The Wedding’ is 35 minutes.” For Szifron, the asymmetry of his film is part of its anarchic allure. He is a fan of listening to albums in their entirety, and his belief in surrendering to the artist’s overarching vision resonated with what he was doing. “When you listen to an album, you understand there is another work besides the song.” He initially developed between 30 and 40 short stories and wrote about 15, distilling the “wild ones” from the selection — which is how the savage salad of vignettes got its name. He took the stories to Argentinian producer Hugo Sigman, the co-founder of K&S Films with whom Szifron had made 2006 »
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ARGENTINA DAMIAN SZIFRON
action comedy On Probation (Tiempo De Valientes). Sigman told the film-maker it had to be his next project and showed it to his friends Pedro and Agustin Almodovar. The Spanish brothers of El Deseo had been fans of On Probation and came on board. “[Pedro] didn’t intervene; he was like a godfather,” says Szifron. “He said the script is fantastic, listen to everyone and then stop and do what you need to do. When we went to Cannes [for the world premiere in 2014], he was the first in line and did a lot of interviews.” The Croisette was the start of a heady ascent that garnered international acclaim, an Oscar nomination for best foreign-language film and a record-breaking gallop to the summit of Argentina’s box-office pantheon. Wild Tales cost around $4m to produce (it is a 70-30 split Argentina-Spain co-production) and drew a record attendance for a local film in Argentina of 3,938,419 admissions, grossing $21.1m (ARS180.3m). It is the fourth biggest release in the country behind Minions, Titanic and Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. Never in Szifron’s wildest dreams did he imagine such a result. He did not expect to premiere in Cannes, either, although the film’s broad appeal is not surprising given that it wears its Hollywood heart on its (admittedly dark) sleeve. “As a film lover, I always love films that usually don’t go to Cannes and don’t win Oscars,” he says. “I love popular films and when I do my stuff I’m always thinking of the audience, not the critics or the juries of festivals. “I’m not talking to them or to my colleagues or trying to do something different. I’m thinking of my father and me, some 30 years ago, when we went to see The Terminator, Die Hard, Blade Runner and Midnight Run and being so happy inside the theatre. “We lived in downtown Buenos Aires, so we had to travel an hour or one-and-a-half hours. We went every week and sometimes we would see two or three films in a row. My father would pay money to the guys to let me into films like The Shining.” Theatre trips and watching old films on VHS provided a thrilling education for the young Szifron. He furthered his studies at La Fundacion Universidad del Cine (FUC) in San Telmo and never lost focus. His favourite cinema hails from the 1970s US scene: Jaws, The Godfather, The French Connection. Rocky, he says, wide-eyed, is “the perfect screenplay”. Hollywood heroes Szifron says he gets fired up by a good story regardless of its provenance. “The important thing is to find creative freedom. Sometimes you find that in a popular film and sometimes you see that in an independent film.” This is an interesting statement for an untamed talent embedding himself in Hollywood. The Argentinian, however, has already begun to collaborate with the US and says so far, so good. “After Cannes, I got US representation
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Ricardo Darin in Wild Tales
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[with WME] and received a lot of offers. It felt natural to me to do an American film. If you see Wild Tales and my previous films, you can tell that’s a storytelling style I’m used to. “When people advise you not to come to Hollywood, they always talk about directors who were great in their countries and went to Hollywood and didn’t make good films. But you have a lot of foreign directors who made great films — Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Vincente Minnelli, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron. For me, storytelling is international; it doesn’t belong to a country. There’s a thing that connects us all. “In terms of politics and being South American, I guess I have issues with the US, but in terms of storytelling I have a lot of admiration. They made The Godfather and that film was made inside a studio, so I see this as an opportunity to learn, to have more mediums and production values to tell a story.” As well as the sci-fi series The Stranger for MRC, Szifron is now developing an original
‘Storytelling is international; it doesn’t belong to a country. There’s a thing that connects us all’ Damian Szifron
thriller for Tristar, and making The Six Billion Dollar Man for Dimension Films. Bob Weinstein hired him to write it last year, then upgraded Szifron’s status to writer-director. Production is set to start in the autumn. “I used to love The Six Million Dollar Man [TV series] when I was a kid,” he explains. “I was developing an original concept for an original sci-fi film and I wanted to call it Cyborg, so I went online to see if the title was available and I discovered that the book on which The Six Million Dollar Man is based was called Cyborg.” He switched to a story about bionics and eventually folded it into Dimension’s remake. “I want control but I believe in collaboration,” he says. “Producers for me are not the enemy. You need them; they’re a vital organ of a film. Wild Tales had great producers.” He knows what is required to succeed in Hollywood and is willing to keep up. The question is, can Hollywood keep up with s Damian Szifron? ■
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Argentina state of the industry
Talking points Two leading Argentinian producers and a top distributor discuss the state of the local industry and reveal their international ambitions. Interviews by Jeremy Kay No Crook, No Crime
K&S FILMS Matias Mosteirin is managing director of the production company behind the two biggest Argentinian films of all time: Damian Szifron’s portmanteau Wild Tales and Pablo Trapero’s thriller The Clan. The company was founded in 2004 by president and owner Hugo Sigman with Oscar Kramer What do you look for in a film? Talented film-makers with an original voice, creativity, innovation, international appeal and a universal yet provocative approach to what makes people tick. How has the company evolved? In the past few years we have grown enormously. In fact, we are now one of the leading production companies not only in Argentina but in all Latin America. We have produced two or three films each year and nearly all have been hits at the box office and well received by critics both here and abroad. Our films have premiered in official competition
at Cannes, Venice, San Sebastian and Sundance, and screened around the world. Wild Tales was nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar and won more than 40 international awards. It attracted more than 8 million spectators across the globe. What are some of the key K&S Films relationships? Long-term relationships are very important to us. In addition to the two co-productions with El Deseo [Wild Tales, The Clan] and Telefonica [The Clan, upcoming No Crook, No Crime (Cien Anos De Perdon)], we’ve done two films with Telecinco Cinema and have also put together a strong team with other partners in Spain including Morena, Vaca Films, Ikiru and Toro Pictures. In terms of international sales, our productions have been screened the world over with excellent results and our joint work with Film Factory has proven highly beneficial. We have produced the two most watched films in the history of Argentinian film and forged local alliances with partners including Lita Stantic, Cepa Audiovisual and Diego Dubcovsky. With Dubcovsky, we
co-produced Cesc Gay’s film Truman. In recent years, K&S has also been providing a range of services for Hollywood productions in Argentina. Among others, we worked with Warner Bros on Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, and with New Regency for a few weeks on The Revenant in Argentina’s Patagonia region. Can you talk a bit more about your relationship with El Deseo? To date we have co-produced two features, Wild Tales and The Clan, and it’s been a wonderful experience. It’s a relationship based on trust and a common vision. I would call it ethical filmmaking: transparency, hard work, support for the director, bold decisions. There is nothing like finding the right partner. What does K&S have planned this year? We are releasing No Crook, No Crime by Daniel Calparsoro and The Last Hero, a documentary by Emir Kusturica on the life and work of the former president of Uruguay, ‘Pepe’ Mujica. This year, our focus is on development and production. We plan to have two movies shooting in 2016 and push three
films through the pipeline for 2017. We also hope to see a French remake of one of our films. We also want to do our first fictional TV series and make audiovisual products for digital distribution. One of our goals is to produce a regional series for Latin America. How much do your films travel internationally? Distribution overseas is one of our priorities; the mission of K&S is to produce international films. In the past few years, one of our greatest satisfactions has been working closely with distributors of our films across the world. This has allowed us to grow, learn and enjoy what we do while working with incredible teams and exceptional professionals such as Monique Esclavissat and Griselda Fortunato at Warner Bros, Sanford Panitch [now at Sony], Rebecca Kearey and Tomas Jegeus at Fox, Michael Barker and Tom Bernard at Sony Pictures Classics, Andrea Occhipinti at Lucky Red, Olivier Snanoudj at Warner Bros France, Karin Beyens at Diaphana, Loïc Trocmé at Pathé Switzerland, Gaga in Japan, Curzon UK, and many others.
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ARGENTINA STATE OF THE INDUSTRY
REI CINE Santiago Gallelli partners with Benjamin Domenech and Matias Roveda in the arthouse production company Rei Cine, which also operates Rei Distribucion. Producer credits include Sand Dollars, Villegas and 2014 Berlinale selection History Of Fear. Rei Cine’s Zama, directed by Lucrecia Martel, is expected to open this year
‘It is competitive. There are more than 10,000 people studying film in Argentina and the funds available for a first feature are rarely enough’ and more, we are starting to ﬁnance ﬁlms using a hybrid public/private model.
Is now a good time to be making ﬁlms in Argentina? We are lucky to have one of the world’s best and more inclusive ﬁlm laws, so I’d say the main achievement is to actually get to your ﬁrst feature ﬁlm as a lead producer. But it’s competitive: there are more than 10,000 people studying ﬁlm in Argentina and the funds available for a ﬁrst feature are rarely enough.
money. It is an autonomous entity that funds itself almost entirely from taxes, without direct intervention from the government. There is not any other meaningful source of public money, with the sole exception of the Buenos Aires regional tax shelter law, which was not designed for ﬁlms and can therefore be a bit tricky.
Is there adequate public support for producers? INCAA is the main source of public
What efforts are being made to provide more assistance? Finding alternatives for development
and production has become a top priority for producers in recent years. Through CAIC [producers’ trade group Camara Argentina De La Industria Cinematograﬁca], a joint effort is being made to improve this. Do you ﬁnance your ﬁlms with private money? Both international soft funding and INCAA support in Argentina are mandatory in order to get projects going and reach competitive visibility. More
Are you part of a community of like-minded young ﬁlm-makers? Absolutely. A new generation has emerged over the past few years. Nevertheless, creative content is almost entirely driven by the director. Argentina is in desperate need of a new generation of screenwriters and producers. Our main concern is to establish a dialogue with the ﬁlm authorities to shape a support policy that includes everyone and contemplates different ﬁlms and production models.
ENERGIA ENTUSIASTA Alejandro C De Grazia, founder and director of the privately owned distributor and sales agent, hails from a ﬁlm business family. His father was a director at Warner Bros Chile and CEO at United Artist/Hoyts. Energia employs 13 people and has distributed more than 300 local and international ﬁlms. Upcoming releases include Florence Foster Jenkins, Fifty Shades Of Black, Mother’s Day, Free State Of Jones, Resurreccion and La Fiesta De Mi Vida
What are the company’s biggest success stories?
In 2014, we were the top independent distributor in Argentina with more than 3 million admissions. Since 2009, no other independent company has reached that goal. We hit nearly 600,000 admissions with a local movie in 2014 called Socios Por Accidente. We hold the admissions opening record for a Woody Allen film in Argentina [Blue Jasmine] and the opening record for an Argentinian movie, Kryptonita, which debuted last year and saw more than 100,000 admissions. Last year we had great success with La Patota [aka Paulina] by Santiago Mitre, an amazing Argentinian film that won two awards in Cannes [Critics’ Week grand prix, Fipresci prize].
What sets Energia apart?
We create amazing marketing campaigns and work with local producers to boost their commercial prospects by helping them make the right choices, from cast to titles.
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How has the company evolved?
We plan to co-produce TV series and theatrical films for theatres in Argentina and VoD platforms across Latin America. What about Netﬂix?
We are expanding to be the official aggregator of Netflix for Latin America.
What is the ﬁlm business like in Argentina today?
Does INCAA provide adequate support?
Talent in Argentina is always emerging. Business is hard for the independents and it is difficult to compete with the majors. However, creativity is always the strength of the independents and great things will happen.
Regarding producers, yes. Regarding independent distributors there is more work to be done. There is a new president of INCAA, Alejandro Cacetta, and we are s very optimistic. ■
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Neelesha Barthel Maryam Zaree, Bharati Jaffrey, Fahri Yardim Yildiz Özcan Antonio Exacoustos, Josef Reidinger Christian Cloos, Doris Hepp German (OV), English (OV), Hindi (OV) with English subtitles Completed
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Kissy, a German-Indian woman in her late twenties, happily living with her seven-year-old daughter Meena in Berlin, oversees a building of rented apartments in Berlin-Kreuzberg, which has seen better days but not lost any of its charm. In the same house she also runs her cosy Café Devi. And everything is just tickety-boo, if it were not for her mega traditional grandmother, who has travelled all the way from India to Germany with the express intention of ensuring that Kissy is married with her daughter’s father, otherwise the building, along with the café, will be sold! What granny does not know, nor should she find out, is that Kissy and Robert have long since gone their own separate ways. Kissy now out of options persuades her ex to play the game. But Granny does not accept a simple, civil wedding only; it has to be absolutely a traditional Indian one. And so Kissy has to undergo exactly what she really does not want: not only getting married, but also Indian style...
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BECK´S LAST SUMMER (2015) Original Title:
BECKS LETZTER SOMMMER
DRAMA / MUSIC
Frieder Wittich Christian Ulmen, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Eugene Boateng Uli Putz, Jakob Claussen Ulf Israel, Josef Reidinger, Antonio Exacoustos, Franz Kraus German (OV) with English subtitles Completed
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Local Distributor: Wild Bunch Germany Synopsis: 17-year old Rauli is the outsider in his school until his music teacher Robert Beck discovers his outstanding musical talent: he plays the guitar and is a gifted singer. Beck is willing to manage and promote Rauli. But he follows his own hidden agenda: once a promising young musician himself, he is trying to make his comeback into music business. But also Rauli has his little secrets. There is the young waitress Lena, trying to find a balance between her tender feelings for Beck and making her own living. Rauli‘s mysterious family background. Anna Lind the incarnation of the erotic teenage queen for every teacher and pupil. And Beck‘s only friend Charlie - the gigantic AfricanGerman philosopher. All of them are on a journey to their inner selves – and they all will arrive – but not always as expected.
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ARGENTINA BUZZ FILMS
Made in Argentina From domestic crime thrillers to broad comedies about debauched youth, Jeremy Kay previews a selection of the most anticipated local productions poised for release this year At The End Of The Tunnel Dir Rodrigo Grande Leonardo Sbaraglia, one of the stars of Wild Tales, heads the cast of At The End Of The Tunnel (Al Final Del Tunel), a thriller about a man who rents a room and starts a relationship with a dancer who lives with her young child. When the newcomer discovers a crime taking place in a tunnel beneath the house, he realises there may be more to the woman than he first thought. Produced by El Arbol Contenidos and Haddock Films with Spain’s Tornasol Films. Warner Bros opens the film in Argentina on April 14.
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Prod Energia Entusiasta This broad comedy in the vein of The Hangover centres on three friends whose escapades involve girls, sex, drugs and parties. Casting will be announced shortly on what is expected to become one of the biggest local comedies of the year.
The Black Frost Dir Maximiliano Schonfeld The Black Frost (La Helada Negra) is Schonfeld’s second feature following 2012’s Germania. It explores a world where descendants of European immigrants cultivate their land and maintain traditions. One year the farmers endure a devastating frost that vanishes mysteriously when a woman arrives; she is subsequently worshipped by the locals. The film was made with support from Doha Film Institute and won the workin-progress award at last year’s Mar Del Plata film festival. It is screening in the Berlinale’s Panorama section. Contact Still Moving firstname.lastname@example.org
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Koblic Dir Sebastian Borensztein Argentinian superstar Ricardo Darin reunites with his Chinese Take-Out director on this $3.5m project, which takes place in the 1970s during Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’. Darin plays a Navy captain who refuses to fly clandestine missions dropping dissidents from planes. He lies low in a coastal city where he confronts a thuggish police chief as government agents close in. The film is produced by Pablo Bossi, whose credits include Nine Queens, with Telefe and Spain’s A Tres Media and Telefonica Studios. Koblic opens on May 12 via Disney. Contact FilmSharks firstname.lastname@example.org
No Crook, No Crime Dir Daniel Calparsoro Heist thriller No Crook, No Crime (Cien Anos De Perdon) Perdon is a SpainArgentina-France co-production, led by K&S Films, the Buenos Aires-based producer of The Clan and Wild Tales. It
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follows bank robbers caught up in a plot to steal a box that contains compromising information placed there by a politician. The film opens on March 3 via Fox. Contact Film Factory email@example.com
El Pampero Dir Matias Lucchesi Lucchesi’s production company Salta La Liebre is the Argentinian component in this Argentina-Uruguay-France drama about a dying man who finds a young female stowaway on his yacht. Through his budding friendship with the woman, the man works out what went wrong between him and his estranged son. Julio Chavez and Pilar Gamboa star. Contact UDI firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tenth Man Dir Daniel Burman Burman’s latest film is opening Berlin’s Panorama showcase, 18 years after the director did the same with his feature
debut A Chrysanthemum Bursts In Cincoesquinas (Un Crisantemo Estalla En Cincoesquinas). The Tenth Man (El Rey Del Once) paints a portrait of life in Once, the Jewish quarter of Buenos Aires. Burman won the Berlin Silver Bear in 2004 for Lost Embrace. Disney has local rights. Contact FilmSharks email@example.com
Zama Dir Lucrecia Martel The new film from the award-winning director of La Cienaga and The Headless Woman tells the story of Spanish military officer Zama, who is awaiting promotion away from a South American backwater. Realising the order may never come, he attempts to boost his reputation and finds himself in a life-ordeath hunt for a bandit who turns out to be one of his own soldiers. Zama is produced by Rei Cine with Brazil’s Bananeira Filmes. Disney is releasing the film in Argentina on June 2. Contact Match Factory s firstname.lastname@example.org ■
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Berlin venues ACUDKINO Veteranenstrasse 21 10119 Berlin AKADEMIE DER KuNSTE (HANSEATENWEG) Hanseatenweg 10 10557 Berlin Arsenal Cinema Potsdamer Strasse 2 10785 Berlin AUDI BERLINALE LOUNGE Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1 10785 Berlin
HAU HEBBEL AM UFER (HAU1, HAU2, HAU3) HAU1: Stresemannstrasse 29 HAU2: Hallesches Ufer 32 HAU3: Tempelhofer Ufer 10 10963 Berlin HAUS DER BERLINER FESTSPIELE Schaperstrasse 24 10719 Berlin
BABYLON KREUZBERG Dresdener Strasse 126 10999 Berlin
HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 10557 Berlin
BERLINALE PALAST Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1 10785 Berlin
Il KINO Nansenstrasse 22 12047 Berlin (Neukolln)
BOTSCHAFT VON KANADA Leipziger Platz 17 10117 Berlin
Kino INTERNATIONAL Karl-Marx-Allee 33 10178 Berlin
CinemaxX Potsdamer Platz Potsdamer Strasse 5, Entrance Voxstrasse 10785 Berlin
KINO UNION Bolschestrasse 69 12587 Berlin (Friedrichshagen)
CineStar in the Sony Centre Potsdamer Strasse 4 10785 Berlin CINESTAR imax Potsdamer Strasse 4 10785 Berlin CITY KINO WEDDING (in the Centre Francais de Berlin) Mullerstrasse 74 13349 Berlin
MARRIOTT HOTEL Inge-Beisheim-Platz 1 10785 Berlin MARTIN-GROPIUS-BAU (MGB) Niederkirchnerstrasse 7 10963 Berlin NEUE KAMMERSPIELE Karl-Marx-Strasse 18 14532 Kleinmachnow
Colosseum Schonhauser Allee 123 10437 Berlin
PREUSSISCHER LANDTAG (BERLIN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES) Niederkirchnerstrasse 5 10111 Berlin
Cubix Alexanderplatz, Rathausstrasse 1, 10178 Berlin
SILENT GREEN KULTURQUARTIER Gerichtstrasse 35 13347 Berlin
Delphi Filmpalast Kantstrasse 12a 10623 Berlin
SPUTNIK KINO Hasenheide 54 10967 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
DEUTSCHE KINEMATHEK Filmhaus, Potsdamer Strasse 2 10785 Berlin
TONI & TONINO Antonplatz 1 13086 Berlin
FILMTHEATER AM FRIEDRICHSHAIN Botzowstrasse 1-5 10407 Berlin FRIEDRICHSTADT-PALAST Friedrichstrasse 107 10117 Berlin GROPIUS MIRROR RESTAURANT Niederkirchnerstrasse 10963 Berlin
Zeughauskino Unter den Linden 2 10117 Berlin ZOO PALAST Hardenbergstrasse 29a 10623 Berlin
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Festival & Press
09:00 Hedi See box, right
09:30 Short Stay
(US) 61mins. Dir: Ted Fendt. Cast: Mike MacCherone, Elizabeth Soltan, Mark Simmons, Marta Sicinska, Meaghan Lydon, Dan Faro, Calvin Engime, Rob Fini. Mike still lives with his mother and spends his time drifting through the New Jersey suburbs. When a job and an apartment in Philadelphia fall into his lap, it seems like a new start. Forum press only CinemaxX 6
09:40 War on Everyone
(UK) 98mins. Dir: John Michael McDonagh. Cast: Michael Pena, Alexander Skarsgard, Theo James, Tessa Thompson, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephanie Sigman. A bitter, hyperactive, tragicomic ride with two buddy cops who give their all in the pursuit of real evil. Panorama Special press only CineStar 3
10:00 4 Kings
(Germany) Parallax Films. 99mins. Dir: Theresa von Eltz. Cast: Moritz Leu, Jannis Niewohner, Jella Haase, Paula Beer. Four teenagers — Alex, Lara, Fedja and Timo — spend Christmas in the adolescent psychiatric emergency unit. Under the care of the young psychiatrist Dr Wolff, they will have a time that none of them will ever forget. LOLA at Berlinale Zoo Palast 2
(Germany) 177mins. Dir: Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Ulrike Ottinger. Ulrike Ottinger sets out once again on a grandscale journey of discovery in the footsteps of famous world travellers. The vivid visual descriptions of past travellers and their expeditions enter into a dialogue with her own cinematic observations. Forum Haus der Berliner Festspiele
(US) Detailfilm. 102mins. Dir: Andrew Neel. Cast: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, James Franco, Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty, Virginia Gardner, Jake Picking, Brock Yurich, Will Pullen. After a party, 19-yearold Brad is the victim
(Tunisia, Belgium, France) Acrobates Films. 88mins. Dir: Mohamed Ben Attia. Cast: Majd Mastoura, Rym Ben Messaoud, Sabah Bouzouita, Hakim Boumessoudi, Omnia Ben Ghali. Tunisian Hedi’s life
of a brutal attack. The perpetrators flee and Brad’s wounds slowly heal. A few months later, he enrols at university and, following his older brother’s recommendation, applies to become a member of the elite student fraternity Phi Sigma Mu, where he again encounters grievous physical and psychological violence. Panorama Special CinemaxX 7
10:45 In the Last Days of the City
(Egypt, Germany, UK, UAE) 118mins. Dir: Tamer El Said. Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Laila Samy, Hanan Youssef, Maryam Saleh, Hayder Helo, Basim Hajar, Bassem Fayad, Ali Sobhi, Islam Kamal, Mohamed Gaber. Khalid wanders through Cairo in search of ideas for a film, as the city and his private life seem to be falling apart in equal measure. Memories of better
is dictated by his domineering mother. Just one week before he is due to marry, he meets and falls in love with a young woman. A film about departing from traditions and about the happiness and pain of freedom. Competition press only Berlinale Palast
times and conversations with friends intertwine in this homage to a metropolis on the brink. Forum press only CinemaxX 6
11:00 Hail, Caesar!
(US, UK) Video nas Aldeias. 106mins. Dir: Joel & Ethan Coen. Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum. A peek behind the scenes of 1950s Hollywood reveals the dream factory at its most highly strung. Competition (Out of Competition) Friedrichstadt-Palast
The Tenth Man
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Stoppelman, Daniel Droblas, Elisa Carricajo, Dan Breitman, Uriel Rubin, Dalmiro Burman. Ariel unexpectedly finds himself at the centre of a vibrant altruistic community in the Jewish district of his childhood where he light-heartedly gains new self-confidence from the traditions that once divided him and his father.
Cast: James Hyndman, Simone-Elise Girard, Denis Lavant, Isolda Dychauk, Dounia Sichov, Laetitia Isambert-Denis, Bruce La Bruce, Louise Laprade. Businessman Boris Malinovsky goes through his life with ruthless arrogance. But his world begins to falter when his wife falls into a depression and a mysterious stranger confronts him with questions he would rather not answer.
Panorama Special press only CineStar 3
Competition press only CinemaxX 7
(Germany, Luxembourg, France) 2014 Testfirma zweie. 110mins. Dir: Florian Gallenberger. Cast: Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey. During the 1973 Chilean military coup, Lena’s boyfriend is seized by secret police and taken to the notorious Colonia Dignidad, from which no-one has ever escaped. Lena determines to join the Colonia cult and attempt his rescue. LOLA at Berlinale Zoo Palast 2
Midnight Special See box, above
12:30 All of a Sudden
(Germany, Netherlands, France) Revolution Films. 112mins. Dir: Aslı Ozge. Cast: Sebastian Hulk, Julia Jentsch, Hanns Zischler, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Luise Heyer, Natalia Belitski, Lea Draeger, Christoph Gawenda, Atef Vogel. Thirtysomething Karsten leads a well-ordered life in a small town in Germany until one late night a wrong decision throws his whole life into question. A cycle of disappointment, hypocrisy and injustice begins. Panorama Special CinemaxX 7
(South Korea) Dir: Lee Dong-ha. Gay Korean male voice choir G-Voice its preparing for its 10-year anniversary concert. The film provides insights into Korean
16:00 A Maid for Each Festival & Press 12:00 Midnight Special
(US) Kanguruh-FilmGmbH. 112mins. Dir: Jeff Nichols. Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, Bill Camp, Scott Haze, Sam Shepard, Paul Sparks.
society, whose modern outlook on life still barely conceals its homophobia. Panorama Documents CineStar 3
13:30 A Magical Substance Flows into Me
(Palestinian Territories, Germany, UK) 70mins. Dir: Jumana Manna. At the start of the 1930s, musicologist Robert Lachmann dedicated a radio show to music from Palestine. Taking his recordings as a starting point, the director journeys through the region in search of the musical diversity of today.
A loving father and his eight-year-old son, who possesses extraordinary powers, are on the run from religious extremists and high-ranking government officials. Every mile they cover brings them closer to the boy’s destiny. Competition press only Berlinale Palast
(Germany) 84mins. Dir: Aline Fischer. Cast: Hussein Eliraqui, Oktay Inanc Ozdemir, Bodo Goldbeck, Sebastian Gunther, Denis Golme. Mohammed, 18, fled with his parents years ago from the Palestinian war zone to Germany. Now he lives alone with his brother in the parental home and tries to find his way in a world of men. Perspektive Deutsches Kino CinemaxX 5
(Germany) 100mins. Dir: David Bernet. Cast: Jan Philipp Albrecht. A compelling story of how a handful of politicians try to protect today’s society within the digital world.
(Brazil) Beauty Killed The Beast. 106mins. Dir: Marcos Prado. Cast: Marco Archer. In January 2015, Marco ‘Curumim’ Archer was executed for drug dealing. This courageous portrait of his daily routine in prison and of his life form an impressive legacy: an appeal for more self-confidence in a dehumanised world.
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Panorama Documents CineStar 7
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15:30 Dust Cloth
(Turkey, Germany) 99mins. Dir: Ahu Ozturk. Cast: Asiye Dincsoy, Nazan Kesal, Serra Yilmaz, Didem Inselel, Mehmet Ozgur, Asel Yalin, Yusuf Ancu. Nesrin and Hatun are Kurdish cleaning ladies and live in a run-down district on the edge of Istanbul, travelling into the centre to work. When Hatun’s husband disappears, she can no longer pay her bills, setting in motion a wrenching search for a way out. Forum press only CinemaxX 6
Siv Sleeps Astray
(Sweden, Netherlands) 79mins. Dir: Catti Edfeldt, Lena Hanno Clyne. Cast: Astrid Lovgren, Lilly Brown, Henrik Gustafsson, Sofia Ledarp, Barry Atsma, Valter Skarsgard, Annemarie Prins, Bianca Kronlof, Nour El-Refai. Seven-year-old Siv’s first night sleeping over at her new friend Cerisia’s place turns out to be a magical one. The unfamiliar flat is transformed into a realm of riddles and adventure, one which mirrors the little girl’s worries and desires.
(Lebanon, France, Norway, UAE) 67mins. Dir: Maher Abi Samra. Housemaids from countries of the global south are widespread in the middleclass households of Lebanon. Conversations at a domestic labour agency reveal both the clients’ sense of privilege and the exploitative conditions under which maids must work. Forum Kino Arsenal 1
Cast: Midi Z. Midi Z follows his brother into a jade region in the north of Myanmar. With mining companies out of the picture, men seek their fortune with their own hands, and opium helps them endure the harsh work. Forum CineStar 8
(Canada, UK) Fonderia Artistica Battaglia. 87mins. Dir: Mark Lewis. From famous corners of the Louvre Museum to the modernist buildings of Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil and Mies van der Rohe in Canada, ‘Invention’ takes us on a dynamic tour of fluctuating cityscapes, capturing the texture of these places, their landmarks, and the people who inhabit their streets and buildings, with images of glass, light, shifting reflections, hard concrete, spiral staircases — and paintings. Forum Expanded Akademie der Kunste
(Germany, Republic Kosovo, Macedonia, France) 104mins. Dir: Visar Morina. Cast: Val Maloku, Astrit Kabashi, Adriana Matoshi, Xhevedet Jashari. Nori, 10, and his father Gesim earn their living by selling cigarettes in pre-war Kosovo in the 1990s. When Gesim decides to flee Kosovo without Nori, the boy sets out on a perilous journey all the way to Germany.
(Germany) 98mins. Dir: Fritz Lang. Cast: Bernhard Goetzke, Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Max Adalbert, Wilhelm Diegelmann, Hans Sternberg, Carl Ruckert. A young newlywed fights for the life of her deceased bridegroom — in the Orient, Venice and China. A silent film classic, accompanied by the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and conductor Frank Strobel.
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Berlinale Classics Friedrichstadt-Palast
Europe, She Loves
(Tunisia, Belgium, France) Acrobates Films. 88mins. Dir: Mohamed Ben Attia. Cast: Majd Mastoura, Rym Ben Messaoud, Sabah Bouzouita, Hakim Boumessoudi, Omnia Ben Ghali.
Boris without Beatrice
City of Jade
(Switzerland, Germany) Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion. 100mins. Dir: Jan Gassmann. Four couples on the edge of Europe in Spain, Ireland, Estonia and Greece, whose lives reflect the sensitivities of their generation, allow us to participate in their love, sex and parties. An episodic semi-documentary portrait of their attitudes to life.
(Canada) 93mins. Dir: Denis Cote.
(Taiwan, Myanmar) 99mins. Dir: Midi Z.
Panorama Documents CineStar 7
Generation Kplus HKW
Competition Berlinale Palast
(US) 146mins. Dir: Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Sivero, Tony Darrow, Mike Starr. A loan enforcer in New York’s Mafia achieves wealth and position in the Irish-Italian underground milieu, until his star starts to fade. This realistic portrayal of a gangster’s career set the style for the genre. Homage CinemaxX 8
17:30 Festival & Press 19:15 Le Fils de Joseph
(France, Belgium) Presente Lda. 115mins. Dir: Eugene Green. Cast: Victor Ezenfis, Natacha Regnier, Fabrizio Rongione, Mathieu Amalric, Maria de Medeiros, Julia de Gasquet, Jacques Bonnaffe.
After growing up with just his mother, Vincent wants to find out who is his father. His oft-amusing investigations lead him to the God-like figure of the Paris literary world, a truly Machiavellian scoundrel. Forum CineStar 8
(Germany, Finland) 85mins. Dir: Axel Koenzen. Cast: Tommi Korpela, Ema Muntean, Archie Alemania, Manuelito Acido, Frank Lammers, Loes Luca, Teun Kuilboer, Jeanne Balibar. The Finnish captain of a container ship with an entirely Filipino crew must take responsibility when a fatal accident occurs. As he attempts to maintain a steady course, his feelings of guilt become increasingly hard to hold in. Forum press only CinemaxX 6
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(Japan) 130mins. Dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Criminal psychologist Takakura is confronted by the case of a missing family. He has no idea as yet that his investigations will also lead to his own private life. An adaptation of an award-winning Japanese suspense novel full of twists and turns. Berlinale Special Gala press only CinemaxX 9
19:00 Homo sapiens
(Austria) 94mins. Dir: Nikolaus Geyrhalter. Abandoned buildings, places and areas being reclaimed by nature, myriad locations that each carry the traces of erstwhile human existence. In precisely framed wide shots of incredible visual power, the present post-apocalypse comes into focus. Forum Delphi Filmpalast
Houses without Doors
(Israel) 88mins. Dir: Elite Zexer. Cast: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Haitham Omari, Khadija Alakel, Jalal Masarwa. Set against the backdrop of a wedding in a Bedouin village. Jalila’s husband is taking a younger woman for his second wife while her self-reliant daughter fights for the love of a boy at her university. Mother and daughter battle courageously against the rigid laws of patriarchy.
(Syria, Lebanon) 90mins. Dir: Avo Kaprealian. Cast: Avo Kaprealian. As the civil war rages, the Syrian-Armenian director films what’s happening on the streets of Aleppo from the windows of his housing block, connecting his own material with sound recordings and film images relating to the Armenian genocide.
Panorama CineStar 3
(Russian Federation) 80mins. Dir: Daniil Zinchenko. A swimming pool full of black blood, an overgrown cemetery, an underground laboratory and an 64 Screen International at Berlin February 12, 2016
endless forest form the mysterious settings for this contemporary parable, in which partisans, cosmonauts and a scientist are all in search of a mysterious elixir.
The Tenth Man
(Argentina) 80mins. Dir: Daniel Burman. Cast: Alan Sabbagh, Julieta Zylberberg, Usher Barilka, Elvira Onetto, Adrian Stoppelman, Daniel Droblas, Elisa Carricajo, Dan Breitman, Uriel Rubin, Dalmiro Burman. Panorama Special Zoo Palast 1
(Germany, France) 88mins. Dir: Volker Schlondorff. Cast: Mathieu Carriere, Marian Seidowsky, Bernd Tischer, Fred Dietz, Barbara Steele. Boarding school pupil Torless becomes witness to the abuse suffered by another pupil at the hands of sadistic classmates. Retrospektive Zeughauskino
19:15 Le Fils de Joseph See box, left
19:30 An Outpost of Progress
(Portugal) 121mins. Dir: Hugo Vieira da Silva. Cast: Nuno Lopes, Ivo Alexandre, David Caracol, Ines Helena, Antonio Mpinda, Jose Manuel Mendes, Cleonise Malulo, Domingos Sita. Two inexperienced colonial officials are transferred to a remote ivory trading post on the Congo River. As they wait for the goods to arrive, the isolation brings with it mistrust and insanity. Forum CinemaxX 4
Don’t Call Me Son
(US) Kanguruh-FilmGmbH. 112mins. Dir: Jeff Nichols. Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, Bill Camp, Scott Haze, Sam Shepard, Paul Sparks.
(Brazil) 82mins. Dir: Anna Muylaert. Cast: Naomi Nero, Daniel Botelho, Dani Nefusi, Matheus Nachtergaele, Lais Dias, Luciana Paes, Helena Albergaria, Luciano Bortoluzzi, June Dantas, Renan Tenca. Aged 17, Pierre discovers that his loving mother stole him when he was a baby. His biological parents want to catch up on the lost years as quickly as possible — but Pierre is not prepared to play the role of the ideal son.
Competition Berlinale Palast
Panorama Zoo Palast 2
Forum Akademie der Kunste
7 TH EDITION IN BRUSSELS, MARCH 30–APRIL 1 8 TH EDITION IN MONTREAL, JULY 21–24 For its 2016 return to the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, 20 projects have been selected to pitch at Frontières from Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. 12
The Ballad of Audrey Earnshaw
Bath of Blood (HUNGARY) DIRECTOR: Yvonne
Evrim Ersoy James Pearcey, Russell Would, Katherine O’Shea, Nicole McControversy, Thierry Phlips (Ne’er Do Well Productions Ltd.)
Chris W. Mitchell PRODUCER: Jan Doense, Herman Slagter (House of Netherhorror)
Chained For Life
Elin Grönblom PRODUCER: Leila Lyytikäinen (Fisher King Production Oy)
Aaron Schimberg PRODUCER: Vanessa McDonnell (Grand Motel Films)
Robert Lee PRODUCERS: Amy Darling, Thomas Robert Lee (Media Darling)
David Morlet WRITERS: Jean-Luc Cano, David Morlet, Samy Baaroun PRODUCERS: Vincent Brançon, François Cognard (To Be Continued)
Errementari (The Blacksmith and the Devil)
Ghosts of India
(SPAIN - FRANCE) DIRECTOR: Paul Urkijo
(GERMANY) DIRECTOR: Thor
Writers: Paul Urkijo, Asier Guericaechebarria PRODUCERS: Luis de Oza, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ortzi Acosta, Paul Urkijo Gorka Gómez Andreu (Kinoskopik Film Production), Rodolphe Sanzé, Laurent Fumeron (The Project)
In Vitro (CANADA) DIRECTOR:
Pascal Trottier WRITER: Svet Ruskov PRODUCERS: Casey Walker and Jay Deverett (Cave Painting Pictures)
Benjamin Viré PRODUCER: Marie Besson (Eklektik Productions)
La maison sans visage (CANADA) DIRECTOR:
Klein WRITERS: Thor Klein & Lena Vurma PRODUCER: Lena Vurma (dragonflyfilms)
Rémi Fréchette WRITER: Sophie Grech PRODUCER: Caroline Gaudette (Version 10 Productions)
Kerékgyártó Kerékgyártó, Garegin Vanesian PRODUCER: Károly Fehér (Popfilm Kft.)
The Battle of Farador
Daniel Perlmutter PRODUCERS: Laura Perlmutter & Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith (First Love Films Inc.)
Grimes & Blake at Your Service (USA) DIRECTOR/WRITER:
Glenn McQuaid PRODUCERS: Larry Fessenden, Peter Phok (Glass Eye Pix)
Édouard Tremblay Édouard Tremblay, Daniel Boulanger PRODUCERS: Sonia Despars, Marc Biron (PARALLAXES) WRITERS:
Amanda Kramer Amanda Kramer & Benjamin Shearn PRODUCER: Rebecca Rose Perkins (Rosa Lucida) EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Gil Kenan WRITERS:
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(Australia) kNow Productions. 77mins. Dir: Rosemary Myers. Cast: Bethany Whitmore, Harrison Feldman, Matthew Whittet, Amber McMahon, Eamon Farren, Tilda CobhamHervey, Imogen Archer, Maiah Stewardson. The last thing Greta wants for her 15th birthday is a surprise party. Given the choice, she’d simply run away from it all far into the forest, which is inhabited by mystical creatures and a fearless female warrior. Generation 14plus HKW
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20:15 Starve Your Dog
(Morocco) 94mins. Dir: Hicham Lasri. Cast: Jirari Ben Aissa, Latifa Ahrrare, Fehd Benchemsi, Adil Abatourab, Fairouz Amiri, Jamal Lababssi, Yassine Sekkal, Salma Eddlimi, Jalila Telmsi, Yahya Fouandi.
A dark chapter in Morocco’s recent history: brilliantly interweaved visual associations merge into a psychedelic stream of consciousness that provides an impressive commentary on the country’s troubled present. Panorama CineStar 3
(Germany) 84mins. Dir: Aline Fischer. Cast: Hussein Eliraqui, Oktay Inanc Ozdemir, Bodo Goldbeck, Sebastian Gunther, Denis Golme. Mohammed, 18, fled with his parents years ago from the Palestinian war zone to Germany. Now he lives alone with his brother in the parental home and tries to find his way in a world of men. Perspektive Deutsches Kino CinemaxX 3
(China, Canada) 80mins. Dir: Johnny Ma. Cast: Chen Gang, Nai An, Wang Hongwei, Zhang Zebin, Luo Xue’er. A motorcyclist falls into a coma following an accident. After ignoring regulations in order to save the man’s life, the taxi driver deemed responsible soon finds himself under unbearable pressure.
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Research Refugees: Duologue
(Germany) 10mins. Dir: Sophie Linnenbaum, Sophia Bosch. Perspektive Deutsches Kino CinemaxX 3
car loading station. A deliberately pared-down elegy, ‘The Yard’ depicts how a man gets sucked into the chilly working environment of unbridled capitalism. Forum press only CinemaxX 6
66 Screen International at Berlin February 12, 2016
Retrospektive CinemaxX 8
The Bacchus Lady
(South Korea) Final Cut for Real ApS. 110mins. Dir: E J-yong. Cast: Youn Yuh-jung, Chon Moosong, Yoon Kye-sang. Senior citizen So-young scrapes together just enough money as a ‘Bacchus lady’ to avoid begging. When she takes little Min-ho in under her roof, an unusual patchwork family is created for a short while.
(Germany) 84mins. Dir: Aline Fischer. Cast: Hussein Eliraqui, Oktay Inanc Ozdemir, Bodo Goldbeck, Sebastian Gunther, Denis Golme.
Panorama CinemaxX 7
(UK, US) 96mins. Dir: Aaron Brookner. Cast: William S Burroughs, Jim Jarmusch, Robert Wilson, Tom DiCillo, Sara Driver, Brad Gooch, Madonna, James Grauerholz. Aaron Brookner’s desire to preserve the legacy of his uncle, who died at the age of 34, leads to the discovery of an incredible archive documenting the cultural revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. Panorama Documents CineStar 7
20:15 Short Stay
(US) 61mins. Dir: Ted Fendt. Cast: Mike MacCherone, Elizabeth Soltan, Mark Simmons, Marta Sicinska, Meaghan Lydon, Dan Faro, Calvin Engime, Rob Fini. Mike still lives with his mother and spends his time drifting through the New Jersey suburbs. When a job and an apartment in Philadelphia fall into his lap, it seems like a new start. Forum Kino Arsenal 1
(Sweden, Germany) Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. 80mins. Dir: Mans Mansson. Cast: Anders Mossling, Axel Roos, Hilal Shoman. A poet past his prime ends up working in a gigantic
Inge Herbrecht, Gudrun Gundelach, Rolf Zacher. Abortion in the midst of the economic miracle. In 1966, this story of a young couple in Berlin touched upon a taboo subject.
Starve Your Dog See box, above
(Germany) 86mins. Dir: Ulrich Schamoni. Cast: Sabine Sinjen, Bruno Dietrich, Ulrike Ullrich,
Perspektive Deutsches Kino CinemaxX 1
21:00 The Man Who Fell to Earth
(UK) 139mins. Dir: Nicolas Roeg. Cast: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clarke, Buck Henry, Bernie Casey, Jackson D Kane, Rick Riccardo, Tony Mascia. David Bowie also pursued his playful exploration of different persona on the big screen. He plays an extra-terrestrial who, in an alienated world, seems more human than the humans. Berlinale Special Tribute Friedrichstadt-Palast
Table for Love
(Federal Republic of Germany) 95mins. Dir: Edgar Reitz. Cast: Heidi Stroh, Georg Hauke, Nina Frank, Ruth von Zerboni, Ilona Schutze. The story of a young married couple who are unable to live up to their own idealised expectation, leading to catastrophe. Retrospektive Zeughauskino
21:30 Barakah Meets Barakah
(Saudi Arabia) 84mins. Dir: Mahmoud Sabbagh. Cast: Hisham Fageeh, Fatima AlBanawi, Sami Hifny, Khairia Nazmi, Abdulmajeed Al-Ruhaidi, Turki Sheikk, Marian Bilal. Bibi, a worldly-wise lifestyle icon, meets Barakah, a civil servant from a humble background. A remarkably candid love story from Saudi Arabia. Forum Delphi Filmpalast
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The Illinois Parables
(US) 60mins. Dir: Deborah Stratman. Cast: C Felton Jennings II, Joshua Frieman, Anna Toborg, Jose Oubrerie, Daniel Verdier, David Gatten. A suite of Midwestern parables that question the historical role belief has played in ideology and national identity. Forum Expanded Akademie der Kunste
(Mexico, Poland) Acrobates Films. 86mins. Dir: Joaquin del Paso. Cast: Javier Zaragoza, Ramiro Orozco, Irene Ramirez, Edmundo Mosqueira, Delfino Lopez, Cecilia Garcia, Cesar Panini, Javier Camacho, Israel Ruiz, Regina DuPacci. Progress and productivity are foreign concepts at Maquinaria Panamericana, where
chatting is prized over working. When the boss of the small company dies and the staff realise heâ€™s been paying their wages from his own pocket, drastic measures are necessary. Forum press only CinemaxX 6
northern-born African American who studied at the University of Virginia during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Forum Expanded Akademie der Kunste
22:00 Boris without Beatrice
War on Everyone
(UK) 98mins. Dir: John Michael McDonagh. Cast: Michael Pena, Alexander Skarsgard, Theo James, Tessa Thompson, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephanie Sigman. Panorama Special Zoo Palast 1
(US) Road Movies. 10mins. Dir: Claudrena N Harold, Kevin Jerome Everson. Cast: Ricky Goldman, Richard Warner, Ryan Leach. The story of the AntiVietnam War Movement from the perspective of James R Roebuck, a
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(Japan) Barzegar Production. 72mins. Dir: Kaori Momoi. Cast: Kaori Momoi, Yugo Saso, Ayako Fujitani, Chris Harrison, Brian Sturges, Natalie Miles, Marion Fisher, Janilee Svardstal, Sarah Kei Brooks, Osode Momoi, Melody Thi, Mimosa Pagkaliwangan. An ageing prostitute accused of murder must now be assessed by a therapist. In a series of bizarre sessions, the different fragments of her memory emerge: a fatal fire, an unwanted
Festival & Press 22:00 Boris without Beatrice
(Canada) 93mins. Dir: Denis Cote. Cast: James Hyndman, Simone-Elise Girard, Denis Lavant, Isolda Dychauk, Dounia Sichov, Laetitia IsambertDenis, Bruce La Bruce, Louise Laprade.
Businessman Boris Malinovsky goes through his life with ruthless arrogance. But his world begins to falter when his wife falls into a depression and a mysterious stranger confronts him with questions he would rather not answer. Competition Berlinale Palast
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OFFICIAL & MARKET SCREENINGS OF FEB. 12TH
A film by Petr Vaclav
12/02 12.50PM CinemaxX 14(Market Screening) 13/02 8PM CinemaxX 6 (Press & Industry) 14/02 8PM Colosseum 1 (Premiere) 15/02 8PM Arsenal 1 (Official Screening) 16/02 2PM Cubix 7 (Official Screening) 18/02 4.30PM Cinestar 8 (Official Screening)
SOLANGE AND THE LIVING
A film by Ina Mihalache
A film by Tjebbo Penning
12/02 10AM CinemaxX 16
12/02 11.30AM EFM Cinemobile
BEFORE THE STREET
A film by Jihane Chouaib
A film by Chloé Leriche
12/02 6.10PM CinemaxX 14
12/02 6.45PM MGB Cinema
OFFICIAL & MARKET SCREENINGS OF FEB. 13TH
A film by Alex Anwandter
13/02 10.30PM Cubix 7 & 8 (Official Screening) 14/02 9AM CinemaxX 7 (Market Screening) 16/02 8PM CinemaxX 7 (Premiere / Press & Ind.) 17/02 10.45PM CineStar 3 (Official Screening) 18/02 8.15PM Cubix 7 & 8 (Official Screening) 19/02 10.30PM CinemaxX 7 (Official Screening)
OUR LOVED ONES
A film by Anne Émond
A film by Krishna Ashu Bhati
A film by Michael Krummenacher, Jan Gassmann, Lisa Blatter, Gregor Frei, Benny Jaberg, Carmen Jaquier, Lionel Rupp, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nölle, Mike Scheiwiller
13/02 9.15AM CinemaxX 19
13/02 11AM Kino Arsenal 2
13/02 1.10PM CinemaxX 18
wide THE INTERROGATION
A film by Erez Pery
A film by Kelly Daniela Norris and TW Pittman
13/02 5.40PM CinemaxX 12
13/02 7.30PM CinemaxX 15
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pregnancy, a violent lover, truth or lies? Forum Zoo Palast 2
The Ones Below
(UK) International Dog Productions. 86mins. Dir: David Farr. Cast: David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore, Clemence Poesy, Laura Birn. The imminent birth of a child catapults two very different couples into a psychological reign of terror. Panorama CineStar IMAX
Festival & Press 22:00 TriviSa
(Hong Kong, China) 97mins. Dir: Frank Hui, Jevons Au, Vicky Wong. Cast: Lam Ka Tung, Richie Jen, Jordan Chan, Tommy Wong Kwong Leung, Ngok Elliot, Stephen Au, Lam Suet, Vincent Wan Yeung Ming, Philip Keung, Ng Chi Hung.
TriviSa See box, left
Though unknown to one another, the notoriety of three infamous criminals has bred the rumour that they will join forces for a heist on the cusp of Hong Kong’s handover to China in 1997, so much so that they are tempted to do just that. Forum CineStar 8
22:30 The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo
(Japan) 47mins. Dir: Shinya Tsukamoto. Cast: Nariaki Senba, Nobu Kanaoka, Tomoroo Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara,
Shinya Tsukamoto. A time-travelling fantasy about a bullied boy upon whose back an electrical pylon grows. It is he alone who can save humanity from a gang of destructive vampires. Forum Kino Arsenal 1
(Belgium, France) 95mins. Dir: Rachel Lang. Cast: Salome Richard, Claude Gensac, Lazare Gousseau, Swann Arlaud, Olivier Chantreau, Jorijn Vriesendorp, Noemie Rosset, Zabou Breitman. After a job goes sour, Ana returns to Strasbourg to be close to her best friend and beloved grandmother. Moving between a hopeless affair, a self-set task and various farewells, she looks for her place in the world. Forum CinemaxX 4
Isolation of 1/880000
(Japan) 43mins. Dir: Sogo Ishii. Cast: Makoto Nittono. Revolves around the limping, sex-obsessed Teramitsu, who is preparing for the entrance exams at Waseda University in Tokyo. A lament of a man repressed that builds towards a violent outburst. Forum Kino Arsenal 1
(Germany) 99mins. Dir: Piotr J Lewandowski. Jonathan, a young farmer, devotes himself to looking after his father, who has cancer. Then his father’s boyhood friend appears and long-repressed and suppressed family secrets are revealed that broaden Jonathan’s view of the world. Panorama CinemaxX 7
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TRUSTNORDISK IN BERLIN
A flim by Pierre Deschamps
TRUSTNORDISK / SCANDINAVIAN STAND #25 / MARTIN-GROPIUS-BAU
(Sweden, US) Shochiku Co. 100mins. Dir: Sara Jordeno. Presents the world of the young black LGBT community in New York by taking a look at the balls in which the participants fight for trophies in voguing competitions and by listening to proponents talking about their dreams and lives. Panorama Documents CineStar 7
22:45 I, Olga Hepnarova
(Czech Republic, Poland, Slovak Republic, France) 106mins. Dir: Tomas Weinreb, Petr Kazda. Cast: Michalina Olszanska, Martin Pechlat, Klara Meliskova, Marika Soposka, Juraj Nvota, Marta Mazurek, Zuzana Stavna. The true story of the woman who in 1975 was the last person to be publicly executed in Czechoslovakia. Panorama CineStar 3
08:50 Little Grey Fergie — Country Fun
(Norway, Ireland) Attraction Distribution, 78mins. Dir: Peder Hamdahl Næss. Cast: Elias SovoldSimonsen, Jeppe Beck Laursen, Dagny Backer Johnsen, Stein Winge. Fergie is no ordinary farm tractor. He has a heart, a heart that beats for his friends. CinemaxX 19
09:00 A Living Promise
(Japan) Nippon TV, 120mins. Dir: Kan Ishibashi. Cast: Yutaka Takenouchi, Yosuke Eguchi, Tori Matsuzaka, Beat Takeshi. Yuma, the president of an IT affiliated company, lives only for his work. One day he hears about his estranged friend and rival’s death. CineStar 7
Market 09:00 Touched With Fire
(US) Myriad Pictures, 107mins. Dir: Paul Dalio. Cast: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby. When two bipolar poets land in the same mental
hospital, a beautiful but destructive romance develops. Swinging from fantastical highs to depressive lows, they must ultimately choose between sanity and love.
Departure is an intimate story beginning at dawn on the first day and ending at night on the sixth, charting the end of a summer, the end of a childhood and the end of an otherwise nuclear, middle-class family.
Free to Run
out of rehab, the son of an actor turned politician is forced to face himself. CinemaxX 15
Emanuel Aragao. In conflict with the traditions of his people, a native young man faces the leaders of his community.
Harry Benson: Shoot First
CinemaxX Studio 11
(US) Magnolia Pictures, 87mins. Dir: Matthew Miele. Cast: Harry Benson, Sharon Stone, Alec Baldwin, Mel Brooks. Chronicles the illustrious career of the prolific photographer who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States. Now 85, he has no intention of stopping.
Touched With Fire
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Summer of ‘92
(Denmark, UK) HanWay Films, 93mins. Dir: Kasper Barfoed. Cast: Ulrich Thomsen, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, Cyron Melville, Esben Smed Jensen. The 1992 Danish football team competes for the European Championship.
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TrustNordisk Promo Reel
(Denmark) TrustNordisk, 100mins. Dir: Fredrik Dupont.
(Germany) Beta Cinema, 100mins. Dir: Isabelle Stever. Cast: Maria Furtwangler, Mehmet Sozer, Anne Von Keller, Dorka Gryllus. A luxury hotel in a conflict zone. Development aid worker Dorothea hosts fundraising galas, schmoozing and boozing with potential donors.
09:15 Agnus Dei
(France, Poland) Films Distribution, 115mins. Dir: Anne Fontaine. Cast: Lou de Laage, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne. Poland 1945. Mathilde, a young French Red Cross doctor, is on a mission to help the war survivors. When a nun seeks her help, she is brought to a convent where several pregnant sisters are hiding. CinemaxX 2
(US) Bob’s Your Uncle, 97mins. Dir: Rob Reiner. Cast: Nick Robinson, Cary Elwes, Common, Morgan Saylor. As he fights his way in and 72 Screen International at Berlin February 12, 2016
Departure Time Was Endless
(Brazil, Germany) Rio Taruma Films, 85mins. Dir: Sergio Andrade. Cast: Anderson Tikuna, Rita Carelli, Bege Muniz,
(France, Switzerland, Belgium) Jour 2 Fete, 99mins. Dir: Pierre Morath. Tells the story of the running movement over the past 50 years: the struggle for the right to run against conservative federations, the explosion of road races and marathons, until the boom of running as a big business.
(UK, France) Mongrel International, 109mins. Dir: Andrew Steggall. Cast: Juliet Stevenson, Alex Lawther, Phenix Brossard, Finbar Lynch.
The Weather Inside
(Canada) Summerside International, 109mins. Dir: Charles Olivier Michaud. Cast: Anna Mouglalis, Pierre Yves Cardinal. Anna is an independent photojournalist investigating a human trafficking and child prostitution network in Asia. Zoo Palast Club A
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rings the bell and claims to have a package for her. Solange is formal in her response: it’s impossible.
(US) Cinema Management Group, 91mins. Dir: Bram Coppens. Cast: Wes Bentley, Jaimie Alexander, Cam Gigandet, Alexandra Breckenridge. Obsession. Desire. Betrayal. How far would you go to hide the truth?
10:15 I’m Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago
(Germany) Global Screen, 92mins. Dir: Julia von Heinz. Cast: David Striesow, Martina Gedeck, Karoline Schuch, Katharina Thalbach. Famous German TV star Hape realises he has to change his life. He takes a six-month sabbatical and embarks on a pilgrimage on St James’ Way, a spiritual path to Santiago de Compostela.
(France) Studiocanal, 81mins. Dir: Florent Emilio Siri. Cast: Franck Dubosc, Gerard Lanvin. Francois and Charlotte run an upscale hotelrestaurant. Francois is obsessively determined to garner his first Michelin star, while Charlotte, on the cusp of 40, is desperate to have a child. CineStar 6
Market 10:00 Siv Sleeps Astray
(Finland) The Yellow Affair, 94mins. Dir: Aleksi Salmenpera. Cast: Joonas Saartamo, Peter Franzen, Jani Volanen, Elena Leeve. An ambitious man in charge of the environmental permit of a huge uranium mine comes up against the charismatic mine-owner and discovers he has been led astray and that new methods they are using are causing environmental hazards. dffb-Kino
The Origin of Violence
(France) Other Angle Pictures, 111mins. Dir: Elie Chouraqui. Cast: Stanley Weber, Michel Bouquet, Richard Berry. During a trip to Buchenwald, Nathan Fabre, a young philosophy teacher discovers a picture of a Jewish prisoner who looks like his father. He decides to search in a direction that will change his life forever. EFM Cinemobile
(Canada) Filmoption International, 93mins. Dir: Sebastien Godron. Cast: Narra, Fayolle Jean Jr., Dominique Lague, Wahlee Sparks. A young hip-hop singer on the verge of fame sees his future jeopardised by a rival group on a crucial night. CinemaxX 3
(Sweden, Netherlands) Svensk Filmindustri, 79mins. Dir: Catti Edfeldt. Cast: Astrid Lovgren, Lilly Brown,
Sofia Ledarp, Henrik Gustafsson. Most things seem very strange when Siv, 7, sleeps over at her new friend Cerisia’s for the first time. CinemaxX 10
Entertainment, 87mins. Dir: Pearry Teo. Cast: Ethan Peck, India Eisley, Natalie Hall, Bruce Davison. A young man inherits a mysterious estate that holds a legendary secret within its walls. Marriott 1
(US) Forum/Office, 62mins. Dir: Ted Fendt. Cast: Mike MacCherone, Elizabeth Soltan, Mark Simmons, Marta Sicinska. Mike lives with his mom and spends his time drifting through the New Jersey suburbs. When a job and a flat drop into his lap, it looks like a new beginning. CinemaxX 6
Under the Pyramid
(Sweden, Netherlands) Idyll, 79mins. Dir: Axel Petersen. Cast: Stine Fischer Christensen, David Dastmalchian, Johan Rabaeus, Reine Brynolfsson. Art gallerist Katarina’s father Sten goes missing. The search takes her from Scandinavia to Tel Aviv and Cairo. Trying to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance disturbs the past, revealing the ugly truth behind his fortune. Zoo Palast Club B
XYZ Promo Screening
(US) XYZ Films, 60mins. CinemaxX 9
09:40 The Beginners
(Italy, France) Films Distribution, 125mins.
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Dir: Claudio Cupellini. Cast: Elio Germano, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Valerio Binasco, Elena Radonicich. Nadine and Fausto meet on the rooftop of a Paris hotel. Both are fragile, alone and obsessed with the idea of an unattainable happiness. Their love is challenged by their own individual ambition and desperation. CineStar 2
(UAE) Ambi Distribution, 115mins. Dir: Khurram Alavi. Cast: Ian McShane, Adewele AkinnouyeAgbaje, John Bentley, Jon Curry. A thousand years ago, one boy with a dream of becoming a great warrior was abducted with his sister. Zoo Palast 3
(US) Arclight Films, 95mins. Dir: Jonathan Hua Lang Lim. Cast: Jackson Rathbone, Sung Kang, Michelle Chen. CinemaxX Studio 12
10:00 4 Kings
(Germany) Global Screen, 99mins. Dir: Theresa von Eltz. Cast: Paula Beer, Jella Haase, Jannis Niewohner, Moritz Leu. Four teenagers — Alex, Lara, Fedja and Timo — spend Christmas in the adolescent psychiatric emergency unit. Under the care of the young psychiatrist Dr Wolff, they will have a time that none of them will ever forget. Zoo Palast 2
(Israel) Epic Pictures Group, 95mins. Dir: Johnathan Geva. Cast: Yoav Saadian, Bar Miniali, Idan Barkai, Makram Khoury. Adam’s older brother was killed in a car crash a year ago. His family has not been the same since. As his parents struggle to cope with their grief, Adam (10), plagued with guilt over his brother’s death, feels he is all alone in the world. But everything changes the day he meets Abulele. CineStar 8
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty
Kinokompanii, 103mins. Dir: Urmas Eero Liiv. Cast: Priit Pius, Hanna Martinson, Vadim Andreev, Liis Lass. ‘Ghost Mountaineer’ is a feature film with some hints of horror, based on actual events in Siberia back in Soviet times. A group of students on a winter hiking trip suddenly find themselves in the middle of bloodcurdling events. CinemaxX 17
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist
(Canada) MCE, 84mins. Dir: Christina Zeidler, John Mitchell. Cast: Diane Flacks, Carolyn Taylor, Vanessa Dunn, Shoshana Sperling. A fortysomething lesbian and accomplished breakup artist leaves her longstanding girlfriend to pursue a younger woman. But did she make a mistake?
Help, I Shrunk My Teacher
(Germany, Austria) ARRI Media, 101mins. Dir: Sven Unterwaldt. Cast: Oskar Keymar, Anja Kling, Axel Stein, Justus von Dohnanyi. Who will ever believe Felix that he shrunk the universally hated school principal to a height of just 15cm? Even he does not know how it happened and whether it maybe has something to do with the ghost of the school’s founder.
Siv Sleeps Astray
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(France) Pathe International, 96mins. Dir: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud. A poetic chronicle of Europe over the past 15,000 years, filmed through the eyes of animals. A natural symphony on the mysteries of the forests, plains and mountains.
Solange and the Living
(France) Wide, 67mins. Dir: Ina Mihalache. Cast: Ina Mihalache, Pierre Siankowski, Francis Van Litsenborgh, Christian Henrard. One day, while Solange is studying sheep-shaped dust formations in her apartment, a deliveryman
(UK) Princ Films, 82mins. Dir: Adrian Tanner. Cast: Alexandra Evans, Jeff Rawle, Tim Bentinck, Alastair McKenzie. In the near future, society is divided — on one side are the rich, on the other are people whose only goal is to spread the wealth. A group of hackers has one goal in mind — expose the corporate structure that rules the world.
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10:30 Fanny’s Journey
Brothers of the Night
(France) Indie Sales, 98mins. Dir: Lola Doillon. Cast: Cecile de France, Leonie Souchaud. France, 1943. The true story of Fanny Ben Ami, 13, who crossed France with 10 other Jewish children to escape deportation.
(Austria) Wildart Film, 88mins. Dir: Patric Chiha. Julio Kaczynski is destroyed by the violent death of his family. By chance, he begins to treat a patient who is part of a group called The Brotherhood.
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How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town
(Canada) Double Dutch International, 102mins. Dir: Jeremy LaLonde. Cast: Jewel Staite, Ennis Esmer, Lauren Lee Smith, Katherine Isabel. When a famous sex columnist attempts to host an orgy with old high-school acquaintances in her conservative hometown, keeping secrets becomes the least of her problems. CinemaxX Studio 11
(Spain, Sweden, France) SND — Groupe M6, 91mins. Dir: Jose Skaf. Cast: Miquel Fernandez, Aura Garrido.
Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro
Market 10:45 In Your Dreams!
(Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria) Negativ, 79mins. Dir: Petr Oukropec. Cast: Barbora Stikarova, Toman Rychtera, Klara Meliskova,
(Estonia) Filmivabrik, 82mins. Dir: Valentin Kuik. Cast: Tambet Tuisk, Roman Baskin, Eva Klemets. Conducter Paul is a born leader, authoritarian and closed in his personality. He can easily hold together his extended family and
noble Spanish woman flee through the forest of the New World in search of freedom. Their journey dissolves their differences, creating intimate bonds that will threaten their survival. Kino Arsenal 2
his orchestra. But suddenly Paul falls ill. CinemaxX 1
Jan Vondracek. Sixteen-year-old Laura joins a group of parkourists and is caught off guard by her love for Luky. Soon Laura has to decide which one to choose.
as it begins to fall apart. A tribute to the fading grandeur of a metropolis in turmoil.
In the Last Days of the City
(Egypt) Still Moving, 119mins. Dir: Tamer El Said. Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Laila Samy, Hanan Youssef, Maryam Saleh. A film-maker named Khalid wanders the streets of Cairo looking for inspiration for his film, which is an attempt to take the pulse of the city
In Your Dreams!
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(Mexico, Spain) Latido Films, 90mins. Dir: Alan Jonsson. Cast: Maria Valverde, Horacio Garcia Rojas, Gerardo Taracena. Late 16th century, a Tameme Indian and a
(US) XYZ Films, 88mins. Dir: Kevin Smith. Cast: Johnny Depp, Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Justin Long. Fifteen-year-old yoga-nuts Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie must join forces with legendary man-hunter Guy Lapointe when an ancient evils rises from beneath Canada’s crust. CinemaxX 9
(UK) GSP Studios International, 90mins.
Dir: Steve Stone. Cast: David O Hara, Isabelle Allen, Neil Pearson, Lisa Gormley. A huge storm rises up plunging the landscape into darkness. Alex Kelly and his family are isolated and surrounded by some terrible danger that is beyond their comprehension. Slowly, this menace begins to penetrate the house. Zoo Palast Club B
(Mexico) Pluto Film, 104mins. Dir: Alejandro Guzman Alvarez. Cast: Luca Ortega, Mauricio Isaac, Joel Figueroa, Martha Claudia Moreno. Fede is a big loner who lives secluded in his house. When his brother-in-law Ramon intrigues him to buy a camera, he meets Paulo. CinemaxX 13
(US) Cargo Film & Releasing, 70mins. Dir: Max Lewkowicz. The untold story of a First World War soldier who created most powerful war photos using a $47 camera and developing negatives in his helmet. dffb-Kino
11:15 Italian Race
(Italy) Fandango, 119mins. Dir: Matteo Rovere. Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Matilda De Angelis, Paolo Graziosi, Lorenzo Gioielli. The De Martino family has been racing cars for generations. Mario, the head of the family, is forced to make way for his very young and exceptionally talented daughter Giulia. CinemaxX 3
Life on the Line
(Canada) Voltage Pictures, 97mins. Dir: David Hackl. Cast: John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa, Sharon Stone.
Beau is a Texan power line worker who fixes the crumbling electrical grid. He raises his orphaned niece, Bailey. When Bailey’s lover joins Beau’s crew on the eve of a massive storm, it threatens to rip their lives apart.
eye to her husband’s flourishing drug business for too long. When Eddie’s dealings take a turn for the worse, Sylvia wants to protect the lives and future of their young children.
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Inside the Mind of Favela Funk
Urfin and His Wooden Soldiers
(Netherlands) Doc & Film International, 68mins. Dir: Elise Roodenburg. Cast: Rob Kanters. A documentary about love and relationships in the world of the extremely popular ‘favela funk’: pornographic music from Rio de Janeiro’s deprived neighborhoods.
(Russia) Wizart, 55mins. Dir: Vladimir Toropchin. Urfin, a troubled carpenter, discovers a magical powder that brings his creations to life. With an army of wooden soldiers, he captures the Emerald City. Ellie and her friends come to the rescue of the city dwellers. CineStar 7
11:20 My Friend from the Park
(Argentina, Uruguay) Visit Films, 85mins. Dir: Ana Katz. Cast: Julieta Zylberberg, Ana Katz, Maricel Alvarez, Mirella Pascual. When Liz, a newly stayat-home mom, forms a liberating alliance with the spontaneous Rosa, she gets sucked into a world of stolen cars, unstable sisters and paranoia. CineStar 6
11:30 Clean Hands
(Netherlands) Wide, 108mins. Dir: Tjebbo Penning. Cast: Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Thekla Reuten, Cees Geel, Teun Kuilboer. Sylvia has turned a blind
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11:45 A Good Wife
(Serbia) Films Boutique, 95mins. Dir: Mirjana Karanovic. Cast: Mirjana Karanovic, Boris Isakovic. When Milena (50) is diagnosed with cancer and at the same time finds out about the horrible past of her seemingly ideal husband, she begins an ‘awakening’ from the suburban paradise she had thought to live in.
up with the mad idea of signing up a dwarf in the World Dwarf Thai Boxing Championship. CineStar 1
The Look of a Killer
(Finland) Eyewell, 95mins. Dir: Laurie Nurkse. Cast: Samuli Edelmann, Maria Ylipaa. Viktor, a former elite soldier of the Red Army, has settled in Finland trying to live an ordinary life, not always 100% legally. Unwittingly he becomes part of a plan to assassinate the newly elected Russian president. Parliament
11:50 Back To Mom’s!
(France) Pathe International, 92mins. Dir: Eric Lavaine. Cast: Alexandra Lamy, Josiane Balasko, Mathilde Seigner, Jerome Commandeur. We all love our parents, but to go back and live with them when you are an adult is another story. This is the situation Stephanie finds herself in — faced with a loving yet smothering mother. CineStar 2
(France) Gaumont, 97mins. Dir: Franck Gastambide. Cast: Franck Gastambide, Malik Bentalha, Ramzy Bedia. Two friends dream about leaving their drab neighbourhood for the notorious Thai beach resort of Pattaya. To get there cheaply, they come
Barcelona Christmas Night
(Spain) Filmax International, 105mins. Dir: Dani De La Orden. Cast: Alberto Sanjuan, Miki Esparbe, Berto Romero, Alex Monner. A compilation of six universal love stories which play out over one holiday period. CinemaxX 17
(US, Luxembourg, Canada) Ambi Distribution, 102mins. Dir: Steven Shainberg. Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis, Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishe. A single mom tries to break free from a mysterious organisation that has abducted her. Zoo Palast 3
12:00 The Call Up
(UK) Altitude Film Sales, 90mins. Dir: Charles Barker. Cast: Max Deacon, Morfydd Clark, Ali Cook, Parker Sawyers. A group of online gamers are invited to trial a stateof-the-art virtual reality video game. But things take a turn for the sinister when these masters of the shoot-’em-up discover they will literally be fighting for their lives. CinemaxX 5
(Germany, Luxembourg, France) Beta Cinema, 110mins. Dir: Florian Gallenberger. Cast: Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, Michael Nyqvist. During the 1973 Chilean military coup Lena’s boyfriend is seized by secret police and taken to the notorious Colonia Dignidad, from which no one has ever escaped. Lena determines to join the Colonia cult. Zoo Palast 2
(France) Insiders, 15mins. CineStar 4
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(Ukraine) Film.Ua Distribution, 33mins. Dir: various. Cast: Daniil Kamensky, Yulia Peresild.
(Russia) Planeta Inform Film Distribution, 100mins. Dir: Sarik Andreasyan. Cast: Victor Verzhbitsky, Veniamin Smekhov, Yuri Chursin. The distant future. In need of a new kind of entertainment, society created ‘Mafia’, a live action game that became the most popular TV show.
12:15 The World of US
(South Korea) Finecut, 95mins. Dir: Yoon Ga-eun. Cast: Choi Sooin, Seol Hye-in, Lee Seoyeon. Close up on children’s worlds, seemingly simple but full of emotional turbulence. CinemaxX 15 invitation only
Mafia: Survival Game 3D
Promoreels Wild Bunch
(France) Wild Bunch, 75mins. Dir: various. CineStar 4
(Canada) Be for Films, 118mins. Dir: Philippe Lesage. Cast: Edouard Tremblay-Grenier, Pier-Luc Funk, Pascale Bussiere, Laurent Lucas. Ten-year-old Felix is finishing his school year. A sensitive boy with a vivid imagination, Felix is afraid of everything.
(Netherlands) Dutch Features Global Entertainment, 70mins. Dir: Mark de Cloe. Cast: Thor Braun, Nina Wyss, Korneel Evers, Fockeline Ouwerkerk. Winnie and Sim meet when their parents fall in love. They quickly form a patchwork family. Sim and Winnie get on very well with each other, but when irritations start to take over between their parents, they decide to help them out.
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(US, Poland) Chaotic Good, 86mins. Dir: Claire Carre. Cast: Jason Ritter, Iva Gocheva, Greta Fernandez, Karl Glusman. After a global neurological epidemic, those who remain search for meaning and connection in a world without memory. Five interwoven stories explore how we might learn, love
12:30 Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
(US, Germany) Dogwoof, 108mins. Dir: Fenton Bailey. Cast: Edward Mapplethorpe, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Gloria
von Thurn und Taxis. This examination of Mapplethorpe’s outrageous life is led by the artist himself, speaking in a series of interviews with revelations from friends and family that shed new light on this scandalous artist who ignited a culture war.
O’Donnell. Cast: Iko Uwais, Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Jonny Weston. A tough-as-nails detective embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship. Zoo Palast Club B
Much Loved Shelley
(Denmark, Sweden) Indie Sales, 92mins. Dir: Ali Abbasi. Cast: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Cosmina Stratan, Peter Christoffersem, Bjorn Andresen. Louise and Kasper live in an isolated villa. Her biggest dream is to become a mother but she is unable to have children. Her Romanian maid Elena agrees to bear her child but the life growing inside of her is taking shape too fast. CinemaxX 2
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12:50 Eva Nova
(France) SND — Groupe M6, 101mins. Dir: Michel Leclerc. Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Valeria Golino, Mathieu Amalric. A carefully directed film that shines a ray of hope on the over-burdened main character. CinemaxX 9
12:40 Beyond Skyline
(US) Red Sea Media, 20mins. Dir: Liam
(Czech Republic, France) Wide, 104mins. Dir: Petr Vaclav. Cast: Karel Roden, Lenka Vlasakova. A resentful prison guard, an unemployed hypochondriac, a wife gone astray and children dreaming of a different life: the key players in a darkly humorous portrait of the gloom of the Czech provinces. CinemaxX 14
(Slovakia, Czech Republic) Loco Films, 106mins. Dir: Marko Skop. Cast: Emilia Vasaryova. Eva was once an acclaimed actress, but she fell from the peak of her career into a downward spiral, drinking herself into a prolonged stupor without any consideration for those who loved her. Now, at 62, Eva wants a new life. CinemaxX 13
The Terrible Privacy of Mr. Sim
We Are Never Alone
(Poland) WFDiF Documentary & Feature Film Studio, 92mins. Dir: Agnieszka Smoczynska. Cast: Michalina Olszanska, Marta Mazurek, Kinga Prajs, Jakub Gierszal. Two mermaid sisters swim out of the sea into a nightclub in what could be the 1980s. They are wild, beautiful, sexy and hungry for life. CineStar IMAX
13:00 A Holy Mess
(Sweden) Svensk Filmindustri, 108mins. Dir: Helena Bergstrom. Cast: Maria Lundqvist, Robert Gustafsson, Rakel Warmlander, Anton Lundqvist. Two men in love and a pregnant woman make a modern family. This warm comedy on the modern family and their continual struggle to do things right asks the question how tolerant the Swedes are. CineStar 5
13:10 Beyond the Known World
(New Zealand, India) Arclight Films, 102mins. Dir: Pan Nalin. Cast: David Wenham, Sia Trokenheim, Emmanuelle Beart, Chelsie Preston Crayford. CinemaxX Studio 12
Market 12:40 Much Loved
(France, Morocco) Celluloid Dreams, 104mins. Dir: Nabil Ayouch. Cast: Loubna Abidar, Asmaa Lazrak, Halima Karaouane,
Sara Elmhamdi Elalaoui. In the Moroccan night money flows to the rhythms of pleasure and humiliation suffered by four women whose love is for sale. CinemaxX 18
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Director: Ramzi Ben Sliman Producers: Jérôme Dopffer, Sébastien Haguenauer Cast: Samuel Vincent, Anamaria Vartolomei (My Little Princess), Lubna Azabal (Incendies), Samir Guesmi (Camille Rewinds, The Returned) While trying to impress his crush, a French-Tunisian teenager accidentally becomes the face of the Arab Spring in Paris.
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Director: Chad Hartigan (This Is Martin Bonner) Cast: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson (The Office, This Is the End), Carla Juri (Wetlands) When a black teen moves to Germany with his single father, he must deal with culture shock and his infatuation with a rebellious girl, all while dreaming of becoming a hip hop star. “Christmas (a terrific discovery) and Robinson strike so many wonderfully varied notes.”. -Variety “Irresistibly sweet.” – Entertainment Weekly “[Robinson and Christmas] triumph over cinematic cliché to give [the film] its heart and, of course, soul.” – Screen International MARKET SCREENING: Feb 14 / 11:55 / Kino Arsenal 2
MY FRIEND FROM THE PARK
Director: Ana Katz (A Stray Girlfriend) Cast: Julieta Zylberberg (Wild Tales), Ana Katz (A Stray Girlfriend), Maricel Álvarez (Biutiful), Mirella Pascual (Whisky) When Liz, a lonely stay-at-home mom, forms a liberating alliance with the spontaneous Rosa, she gets sucked into a world of stolen cars, unstable sisters, and paranoia. “Engaging (...) likely to strike an emotional chord.” – Screen International “[An] extremely clever premise and unique sense of unease.” – RogerEbert.com “A lovely, intelligent film.” – Criterion Cast MARKET SCREENING: TODAY / 11:20 / CineStar 6
Director: Bernardo Britto Cast: Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), Camille Rutherford (Mary Queen of Scots) A young French woman hires a filmmaker to document her self-imposed political asylum in Argentina after supposedly leaking highly confidential government information. “Quick-witted (…) satirical, wry.” – Newsweek “[An] engaging performance (...) The first post-Snowden existential indie comedy thriller.” – Indiewire “Driven by Cenac’s drily witty performance (…) a hilarious, low-key misadventure.” – Vibe MARKET SCREENING: TODAY / 17:10 / Parliament
Director: Bentley Dean and Martin Butler (Contact, First Footprints) Cast: The People of Yakel In one of the world’s last tribal societies, a young girl breaks off an arranged marriage to run away with her lover, setting off a war that threatens the tribe’s future. “Told with captivating simplicity and yet richly cinematic (…) a haunting love story.” – The Hollywood Reporter “A universally accessible and emotionally affecting romantic drama.” – Variety “A warm, shimmering vitality. Like the trees and the birds, the frame feels alive.” – The Guardian MARKET SCREENING: Feb 13 / 16:15 / CinemaxX Studio 19
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(Romania, Poland, France) Versatile, 85mins. Dir: Adrian Sitaru. Cast: Alina Grigore, Robi Urs, Bogdan Albulescu, Cristina Olteanu. When learning about their father’s past during the communist regime in Romania, the lives of four adult children are shattered.
Zoo Palast 2
Thank You for Calling
(France) WTFilms, 98mins. Dir: Pascal Elbe. Cast: Vincent Elbaz, Julie Gayet, Zabou Breitman. The incredible true story of a con artist who stole millions of euros armed with a cell phone.
The Complexity of Happiness
(Italy) Rai Com, 118mins. Dir: Gianni Zanasi. Cast: Valerio Mastrandrea, Hadas Yaron. Enrico is the only one capable of doing the job he does. He’s the number one. Hired as a ‘special consultant’ by a leading financial group, Enrico approaches executives who are completely incompetent and convinces them to leave. CinemaxX 1
(UK) Protagonist Pictures, 98mins. Dir: Steve Gomez. Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Thure Lindhardt, David Ajala. In a near future technology-reliant society, man is pitted against killing machines.
(France) Indie Sales, 102mins. Dir: Frederic Schoendoerffer. Cast: Benoit Magimel, Reem Kherici. Twelve hours. One woman. Seven men. One tonne of cannabis. 230 km/h.
Market 13:30 God Willing
(Italy) Intramovies, 87mins. Dir: Edoardo Falcone. Cast: Marco Giallini, Alessandro Gassmann, Laura Morante, Ilaria Spada. Your son has wonderful
news for you: he wants to become a priest. But what would you do if you are an atheist, a liberal and a famous heart surgeon who does not believe in anything except science? Parliament
(US) Red Sea Media, 86mins. Dir: Martin Rosete. Cast: Kellan Lutz, Jamie Bamber, Jess Weixler, Jesse Williams. Two wealthy businessmen are about to get away with $5m in ill-gotten money until their plans are revealed by an uninvited house guest.
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Josephine, Pregnant & Fabulous
Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
Zoo Palast Club B
13:20 The Dark Side of the Moon
(Germany, Luxembourg) Picture Tree International, 97mins. Dir: Stephan Rick. Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Jurgen Prochnow, Nora Von Waldstatten. A psychedelic mushroom trip turns successful lawyer Urs Blank into an erratic murderer. Unsettled by the change he flees to the
13:40 Monsieur Chocolat
children working in a Lappis Lazulli mine. In the daily madness of Afghanistan life they dream the day away in personal fantasies while American soldiers plan their retreat.
Facing dwindling ratings, TV prank show ‘Scare Campaign’ ups the ante in a bid to win back its audience. But will they go too far, and are they about to prank the wrong guy?
woods in search of an antidote but the police and his vindictive business partner are on his tracks. CinemaxX 19
(France) TF1 International, 100mins. Dir: Marilou Berry. Cast: Marilou Berry, Mehdi Nebbou, Medi Sadoun, Sarah Suco. At last Josephine has found her perfect soulmate. Everything in her life is just peachy, until she realises she is… pregnant. A bunch of overwhelming challenges that Josephine will have to face in her own special way.
(US) Optimum Productions, 94mins. Dir: Spike Lee. Cast: Michael Jackson. With rare archival footage and interviews from those who were there and those whose lives its success and legacy impacted, the film explores Jackson’s journey from child prodigy to King of Pop, catapulted by the ‘Off The Wall’ album.
Zoo Palast 5
Land of the Enlightened
(Belgium, Ireland, Germany) Films Boutique, 88mins. Dir: Pieter-Jan De Pue. A group of Kuchi children dig out mines to sell to
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(Australia) Films Distribution, 81mins. Dir: Colin Cairnes, Cameron Cairnes. Cast: Meegan Warner, Ian Meadows, Olivia DeJonge, Josh Quong Tart.
(France) Gaumont, 119mins. Dir: Roschdy Zem. Cast: Omar Sy, James Thierree. Rafael Padilla, aka Chocolat, was born in Cuba in 1860. He was the first black artist to appear on a French stage and he and the clown Footit were the first to create a duo between a whiteface clown and a black Auguste. CineStar 4
13:45 Kampai! For the Love of Sake
(Japan, US) Fortissimo Films, 95mins. Dir: Mirai Konoshi. Cast: Philip Harper, John Gauntner, Kosuke Kuji. The exploration of the traditional, complex and secretive world of sake — Japanese rice wine — through the eyes of three distinctive outsiders who have devoted themselves to sake. CinemaxX 17
(Australia) Bob’s Your Uncle, 90mins. Dir: John
Jarratt. Cast: John Jarratt, Kaarin Fairfax, Alan Finney. Jack, a stalker, breaks into Emily’s home. His plan unravels and it doesn’t take long for Jack to realise Emily is not the victim he thought. They engage in a twisted courtship leaving one to wonder who will survive the night. dffb-Kino
14:30 Christmas Eve
(US) Bleiberg Entertainment, 95mins. Dir: Mitch Davis. Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jon Heder, Cheryl Hines, James Roday. Hilarity, romance, and transcendence prevail after a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve. Marriott 1
The Evil That Men Do
(Spain) The Annex Entertainment, 93mins. Dir: Ramon Termens. Cast: Daniel Faraldo, Andrew Tarbet, Sergio Peris Mencheta, Priscilla Delgado. Benny and Santiago spend their days carrying out gruesome acts of violence for the Mafia cartel that employs them. When faced with a grisly task, they must decide how far they are willing to go to appease their brutal employer. Kino Arsenal 2
(Germany) Doc & Film International, 105mins. Dir: David Bernet. Offers an insight into a hidden world of political struggle for new data protection legislation in the European Union. Euro MP Jan Philipp Albrecht and EU Commissioner
The Last King
(Norway) TrustNordisk, 98mins. Dir: Nils Gaup. Cast: Kristofer Hivju, Jakob Oftebro, Ane Ulimoen Overli, Nikolaj Lie Kaas. The year is 1205. Norway is torn apart by a Civil war. The Norwegian King is fighting for survival. CineStar IMAX
My Scientology Movie
(UK) HanWay Films, 99mins. Dir: John Dower. Louis Theroux heads to Los Angeles for his feature documentary exploring the Church of Scientology. CinemaxX Studio 11
(France) SND — Groupe M6, 93mins. Dir: Stephan Archinard. Cast: Jose Garcia, Manon Valentin. An hilarious fast-paced comedy about a family going off the tracks. CinemaxX 8
FILMS AVAILABLE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES ACTIVITIES
A film by Stephan Richter 21/02 7.30PM CinemaxX 3 (Official Screening)
Eye to Eye is a pan-European initiative dedicated to young audiences aiming at facilitating the circulation of European independent films on various distribution platforms. The project is based on a strong network of partners, including European film festivals, cinemas, distributors and VoD platforms, gathered around the will to experiment innovative ways of promotion and distribution. Local partners work together on the implementation of specific actions and marketing campaigns, with the objective to improve the visibility and accessibility of European independent films towards young audiences while participating in their knowledge about this cinema.
OBJECTIVES • Promote European independent films and improve their accessibility in regions where youth has a limited access to culture by implementing actions in complementarity to existing local initiatives • Facilitate the transnational circulation of a panorama of European films and mutualize the communication of local platforms partners
A film by Moritz Siebert and Estephan Wagner Co-directed by Abou Bakar Sidibé 11/02 3.15PM CinemaxX 10 (Press & Industry) 15/02 9.30AM CinemaxX 6 (Press & Industry) 17/02 9.45PM Delphi (World Premiere)
18/02 12.30PM Arsenal 1 (Official Screening) 19/02 4.45PM Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg (O. S.) 21/02 10PM CinemaxX 4 (Official Screening)
A film by Mete Gümürhan 14/02 2.30PM CinemaxX 10 (Press & Industry) 17/02 9.30AM Zoo Palast (World Premiere) 18/02 10AM Filmtheater im Friedrichshain (FAF) (Off. Sc.) 20/02 11.30AM CinemaxX 3 (Official Screening)
A film by Christy Garland 14/02 4.40PM CinemaxX 12
A film by Jihane Chouaib 12/02 6.10PM CinemaxX 14
• Develop innovative ways of promotion and distribution thanks to partnerships with local key actors from the industry and by using the digital technology A film by Jonas Rothlaender
17/02 10AM DFFB Cinema
Eye to Eye also involves the young audience in the initiative itself through a system of juries. A selection of European independent films from the Eye to Eye catalogue is submitted to juries made of students and/or schoolchildren and coordinated by partners in different European countries. In each country participating, the juries select one or several films to be screened all year long within the frame of festivals or in theatres as well as on VoD platform partners of the Eye to Eye network. Alongside the screenings, young audiences have the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions, masterclasses and workshops with directors and actors from the films they voted for.
A film by Mikko Kuparinen 14/02 2.15PM CinemaxX 14
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(Germany, Greece) ARRI Media, 101mins. Dir: Christian Zubert. Cast: Jordis Triebel, Chara Mata Giannatou, Benjamin Sadler. The story of two women from different backgrounds but with the same desire: happiness. Two women meet and their encounter changes both of their lives forever.
(Argentina, Spain) Filmsharks International, 105mins. Dir: Beda Docampo Feijoo. Cast: Dario Grandinetti, Blanca Jara, Silvia Abascal. Based on Pope Francis’ official biography, ‘Francisco, Vida y Revolucion’, by Elisabetta Pique.
(Slovenia) Slovenian Film Centre, 95mins. Dir: Slobodan Maksimovic. Cast: Ylenia Mahnic, Marjuta Slamic, Sebastian Cavazza, Benjamin Krnetic. Nika, 16, loves racing go-karts. Her father, a professional racing driver, died in a car accident and Nika’s mother is afraid to lose her only daughter.
14:40 The Roomates Party
(France) Other Angle Pictures, 101mins. Dir: Alexandra Leclere. Cast: Karine Viard, Josiane Balasko, Didier Bourdon, Valerie Bonneton. A new law has been passed. It forces wealthy Parisian appartment owners who have spare rooms to house families that cannot afford Paris rents. CinemaxX 16
Market 14:50 Team Spirit
(France) Le Pacte, 100mins. Dir: Christophe Barratier. Cast: Arthur Dupont, Francois-Xavier Demaison, Sabrina Ouazani.
(Spain, UK) DeAPlaneta, 107mins. Dir: Carles Porta. Cast: Rachel HurdWood, Andres Batista, Sergi Lopez. Deals with the rebirth of mankind from a teenage girl’s point of view. Alba and Didac are two heroes who survive and must perpetuate humanity. Thus becoming legend, thus becoming the parents.
A tale of a man and a woman suffering nearabsurd circumstances. Their recollections, narratives and imagination act as aids in understanding of the story.
Zoo Palast Club B
14:50 The Prosecutor the Defender the Father and His Son
(Bulgaria, Netherlands, Sweden) Eastwest Filmdistribution, 105mins. Dir: Iglika Triffonova. The Hague, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia: two ambitious lawyers face each other at the trial of Milorad Krstic, who’s accused of committing war crimes in Bosnia. CinemaxX 13
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(Armenia) Studio DS, 100mins. Dir: David Safarian. Cast: Yana Drouz, Ashot Adamyan.
In 2008, the biggest banking loss of its kind in history is discovered at the French Societe Generale and soon attributed to a quiet, low-profile employee: Jerome Kerviel. CineStar 5
The Tuche — The American Dream
(France) Films Distribution, 55mins. Dir: various.
(France) Pathe International, 100mins. Dir: Olivier Baroux. Cast: Jean-Paul Rouve, Isabelle Nanty, Sarah Stern, Theo Fernandez. Donald, the youngest of the Tuche family, goes to LA where he meets Jennifer, daughter of a renowned financier.
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The Most Beautiful Day
(Germany) Picture Tree International, 110mins. Dir: Florian David Fitz. Cast: Matthias Schweighofer, Florian David Fitz, Alexandra Maria Lara. Andi and Benno will both die soon. They decide to have the most awesome day before it’s too late. So they set off for Africa.
(France, Belgium) Wild Bunch, 98mins. Dir: Bouli Lanners. Cast: Albert Dupontel, Bouli Lanners, Suzanne Clement, Michael Lonsdale. A rites-of-passage road movie with this suspenseful tale of characters caught up in an investigation.
CinemaxX Studio 12
True Colours — Promo Reel
(Italy) True Colours, 21mins. Dir: various. CineStar 6
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The First, the Last
15:20 Deep in the Wood
(Italy) Minerva Pictures Group, 90mins. Dir: Stefano Lodovichi.
Cast: Filippo Nigro, Camilla Filippi, Teo Achille Caprio, Giovanni Vettorazzo. A child disappears from a small town. The father is suspected of killing him but no evidence nor body is found. Five years later a little boy is found. His DNA matches Tommi’s, the missing kid. CinemaxX 1
15:25 The Correspondence
(Italy) Umedia International, 122mins. Dir: Giuseppe Tornatore. Cast: Jeremy Irons, Olga Kurylenko. A romantic drama about a passionate and tragic love affair between a university professor and a younger woman. Kino Arsenal 2
15:30 Fortune Favors the Brave
(Germany) Attraction Distribution, 96mins. Dir: Norbert Lechner. Cast: Lynn Dortschack, Lisa Wihstutz, Linda Anh Dang, Andreas Schmidt. Young Vietnamese Thuy Linh is very responsible for her age. When her single mother leaves at short notice, she must care for her little sister without getting noticed. CinemaxX 17
(France, Belgium) Doc & Film International, 103mins. Dir: Raphael Jacoulot. Cast: Karim Leklou, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Carole Franck, Isabelle Sadoyan. As temperatures soar in a summer heatwave, daily life in an outwardly quiet French hamlet is disrupted by the troublemaker Josef Bousou, the son of a family of scrap merchants. CinemaxX 15
(France) Gaumont, 104mins. Dir: Christophe Honore. Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Anais Demoustier, Muriel Robin. Sophie is far from being a model little girl. She always insists on having her own way, often getting into trouble. Poor Sophie will often have to live with the consequences of her bad behavior and learn her lesson. CineStar 4
(Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia) Heretic, 104mins. Dir: Visar Morina. Cast: Val Maloku, Astrit Kabashi, Adriana Matoshi, Enver Petrovci. Nori, 10, and his father
Gesim earn their living by selling cigarettes in prewar Kosovo in the 1990s. When Gesim decides to flee Kosovo without his son, the boy sets out on a perilous journey. Zoo Palast 2
16:10 The Last Will Be Last
(Italy) True Colours, 103mins. Dir: Massimiliano Bruno. Cast: Paola Cortellesi, Alessandro Gassmann, Fabruzio Bentivoglio. Luciana is deeply in love with her husband and lives the life she always desired. But, shortly after she gets pregnant, she loses her job and her world falls apart. Desperate, she decides to kidnap the CEO of her former company. CineStar 6
Saving Mr Wu
(Hong Kong, China) Golden Network Asia, 106mins. Dir: Sheng Ding. Cast: Andy Lau, Ye Liu, Ruofu Wu, Qianyuan Wang. Zhang impersonates police officers to abduct wealthy businessmen. After kidnapping movie star Wu, the real police set up a task force to take him down. CinemaxX 2
(France) Wild Bunch, 83mins. Dir: Lucile Hadzihalilovic. Cast: Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier. On a remote island inhabited solely by women and young boys, Nicolas, 10, and the other boys are subjected to mysterious and sinister medical treatments. CineStar IMAX
(Canada, Laos, Thailand) Kaleidoscope Film Distribution, 88mins. Dir: Jamie M. Dagg. Cast: Rossif Sutherland, Sara Botsford, Douangmany Soliphanh, Vithaya Pansringarm. Accused of murder after intervening in the sexual assault of a young woman, an American volunteer doctor in Laos is forced to go on the run. Marriott 1
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(Brazil) Films Boutique, 91mins. Dir: Marina Person. Cast: Clara Gallo, Caio Horowicz, Caio Blat. Brazil in the 1980s. Estela, a teenage girl, dreams of going to the US where her uncle is working as a music critic.
(Finland) The Yellow Affair, 103mins. Dir: Mika Kaurismaki. Cast: Vesa-Matti Loiri, Armi Toivanen, Peter Franzen. A funny art-house film about heading home and reviving lost relationships with seemingly impossible people.
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(Latvia) Pluto Film, 105mins. Dir: Renars Vimba. Cast: Elina Vaska, Andzejs Lilientals, Edgars Samitis, Zane Jancevska. With her father out of the picture, her mother out of the country and her little brother on her back, a young girl in rural Latvia has to make life decisions that even a grown woman would hesitate to tackle.
(Germany, Poland) Slingshot Films, 85mins. Dir: Marta Minorowicz. Cast: Batsaikhan Budee, Sukhbat Batsaikhan, Bayasgalan Batsaikhan, Baljinnyam Nyam-Ochir. An intense relationship between father, son and their wild horse shows how nature overwhelms and influences human beings. Nobody remains unscathed after being confronted with claustrophobic powers of the steppe.
(Poland) Media Move, 106mins. Dir: Dariusz Gajewski. Cast: Agnieszka Grochowska, Bartlomiej Topa, Barbara Kubiak, Ewa Froling. The story of heaven turning into hell. The daughter of Polish immigrants in Sweden is placed with a foster family by social services. CinemaxX 18
Market 17:00 A Melody to Remember
(South Korea) Contents Panda (Next Entertainment World), 124mins. Dir: Lee Han. Cast: Lim Si-wan, Ko A-sung, Lee Hee-jun. Based on a true story during the Korean
moments of the first school year of a first-grader, his mom and dad. CinemaxX 13
(Taiwan) Ablaze Image, 93mins. Dir: Wei-hao Cheng. Wei’s grandma, who lives with him, disappears for no reason, then Wei goes missing too. Wei’s girlfriend desperately searches for him and finds herself caught in the horrifying mystery of the urban legend, the little girl in red. CinemaxX 14
16:40 The Diary of FirstGrader’s Mom
(Russia) Igmar, 79mins. Dir: Andrey Silkin. Cast: Svetlana Khodchenkova, Dmitry Endaltcev, Dima Polunin, Elena Yakovleva. From the first PTA meeting to the last teaching day, the film illuminates the brightest
(France) Studiocanal, 105mins. Dir: Vincent Garenq. Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Sebastian Koch, Marie-Josee Croze. 1982, Andre Bamberski learns about the death of his 14-year-old daughter, Kalinka, while she was on vacation with her mother and stepfather in Germany. CinemaxX 3
Kids in Love
(UK) Carnaby International Sales & Distribution, 83mins. Dir: Chris Foggins. Cast: Will Poulter, Cara Delevingne, Alma Jodorowsky, Sebastian De Souza. A group of friends live their lives in London, imitating art and enjoying a fast-paced lifestyle. Zoo Palast 4
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war. A South Korean platoon leader, Sangyeol, leads an orphan choir who sing songs to heal soldiers and people who are going through tragedies. The angelic voices of the orphans are unforgettable. CinemaxX Studio 12
(Spain) Filmax International, 90mins. Dir: Miguel Angel Lamata. Cast: Eduardo Noriega, Michelle Jenner. His heart has been broken. Hers has been shattered. Now they only have each other, their love for books and their sense of humour. CineStar 5 invitation only
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(France) Pathe International, 96mins. Dir: Mohamed Hamidi. Cast: Fatsah Bouyahmed, Lambert Wilson, Jamel Debbouze. Fatah is a humble farmer in Algeria. His pride and joy is his cow Jacqueline, and he dreams of taking her to the Paris Agricultural Show.
Germany) Capricci Films, 113mins. Dir: Emir Baigazin. Cast: Nurlybek Saktaganov, Madiyar Aripbay, Madiyar Nazarov, Omar Adilov. Four moral tales of teenagers living in a village of Kazakhstan: Balapan, victim of bullying, Zharas, who has to feed his family, Zhaba, who lusts after a secret treasure, and Aslan, whose girlfriend just got pregnant. EFM Cinemobile
17:10 Jacqueline (Argentine)
(US) Visit Films, 88mins. Dir: Bernardo Britto. Cast: Camille Rutherford, Wyatt Cenac. A young French woman hires a man to document her self-imposed political asylum in Argentina after supposedly leaking highly confidential government information. Parliament
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(US) VMI Worldwide, 99mins. Dir: John Callas. Cast: Eric Roberts, Jason Maxim, Kim Poirer, Beverly Randolph. A door-to-door salesman finds himself in the middle of a nightmare when he is invited in by a family only to learn they’ve drugged him and plan to sell his internal organs to needy patients.
(Mexico) Cinephil, 105mins. Dir: Tatiana Huezo. The emotional journeys of two women victimised by corruption and injustice in Mexico and of the love, dignity and resistance that allowed them to survive. dffb-Kino
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(Germany, Canada, US) Filmoption International, 84mins. Dir: Tony Pemberton. Cast: Karine Vanasse, Toby Kebbell, Christoph Bach, Stipe Erceg. In 1990s Moscow, communists try to oust Gorbachov from power. For Pyotr, a struggling poet, this means nothing. Only one thing is sure: when he is with Anna, he is happy. Kino Arsenal 2
(Hong Kong, China) Media Asia Film Distribution, 97mins. Dir: various. Cast: Jordan Chan, Gordon Ka-Tung Lam, Richie Jen. Though unknown to one another, the notoriety of
three infamous criminals has bred the rumour that they will join forces for a heist on the cusp of Hong Kong’s handover to China in 1997, so much so that they are tempted to do just that. CineStar 2 no press
(France) Elle Driver, 118mins. Dir: Melanie Laurent, Cyril Dion. What if telling a story that gives hope, by pointing out positive and tested solutions, was the best way to solve the ecological, economical and social crises that shakes our world? CineStar 4
(Ukraine) Zlagoda, 125mins. Dir: Valery Yambursky. Cast: Kostiantyn Linartovych, Fatima Horbenko, Serhiy Kalantai, Natalia Kobizka. Artistic portrayal of the difficult personality of Bohdan Khmelnytsky and his dramatic life against the backdrop of NationalLiberation war in the mid-17th century and the building of the Cossack nation. CinemaxX 15
(US) Reel Suspects, 91mins. Dir: Babak Jalali. Cast: Mohsen Namjoo, Lars Ulrich, Sulyman Qardash, Siddique Ahmed. A big day for the little radio station Pars Radio, broadcasting in Persian from San Francisco: Metallica is going to jam in the studio with Kabul Dreams, the first rock band from Afghanistan. Marriott 1
(Japan) Shochiku, 130mins. Dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yuko Takeuchi, Teruyuki Kagawa. Based on a novel inspired by several incidents which actually happened in Japan. Takakura, who had previously worked as a criminal psychologist, starts to suspect his »
Sales, 60mins. Dir: Nicolas Charlet, Bruno Lavaine. Tells a true story, finally revealed to the public thanks to the reconstruction of an incredible puzzle of archives from porn movies recently declassified by the FBI.
neighbour of being a serial killer. CineStar 6
Despite the Night
(France) Films Boutique, 155mins. Dir: Philippe Grandrieux. A feverish story of love and jealousy. CinemaxX Studio 11
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18:10 Go Home
(France, Switzerland, Belgium) Wide, 98mins. Dir: Jihane Chouaib. Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Maximilien Seweryn, Francois Nour, Mirielle Maalouf. When Nada comes back to the Lebanon, she realises she is a foreigner in her own country. But there is still a place she calls home: an abandoned house in ruins, haunted by the presence of her late grandfather. CinemaxX 14
18:20 I Promise You Anarchy
(Mexico, Germany) Latido Films, 88mins. Dir: Julio Hernandez Cordon. Cast: Diego Calva Hernandez, Eduardo Martinez Pena, Sarah Minter, Martha Claudia Moreno. Miguel and Johnny have known each other since childhood. They are dedicated to skating and having fun. To earn easy money and continue skating they sell their own blood to a clandestine contact in a hospital. CinemaxX 13
Kids in Love
(UK) Carnaby International Sales & Distribution, 83mins. Dir: Chris Foggins. Cast: Will Poulter, Cara Delevingne, Alma Jodorowsky, Sebastian De Souza. CineStar 5
Market 18:00 The Memory of Water (Chile, Spain,
Argentina, Germany) Global Screen, 88mins. Dir: Matias Bize. Cast: Elena Anaya, Benjamin Vicuna, Nestor Cantillana, Sergio Hernandez. Brothers Films, 100mins. Dir: Tomer Heymann. The story of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance. CinemaxX 16
A tragic accident forces young couple Javier and Amanda to question their lives and their relationship. When a second chance for both of them arises, they realise the past they share should not be forgotten. CinemaxX 2
Chloe Leriche. Cast: Rykko Bellemare, Kwena Bellemare-Boivin, Jacques Newashish, Janis Ottawa. Shawnouk, a native teenager, kills a man during a robbery and flees into the forest. Deciding to return to his Atikamekw village in Quebec, he tries to redeem himself using traditional cleansing. MGB-Kino
Lost & Beautiful
(Italy) The Match Factory, 87mins. Dir: Pietro Marcello. Cast: Tommaso Cestrone, Sergio Vitolo, Gesuino Pittalis, Elio Germano. Servant Pulcinella is sent to present-day Campania to rescue a young buffalo. Man and beast embark upon a long journey throughout a lost and beautiful Italy, at the end of which they will not find quite what they had expected.
(US) Homme Fatale Films, 88mins. Dir: Michael Curtis Johnson. Cast: Tomas Pais, Edouard Holdener, Nora Rothman, Peter van Norden. After his ex-girlfriend disappears, Sidney, a grifting glam rock dilettante, is forced to look after his 11- year-old son full-time. His cool dad facade crumbles and his life goes into full tailspin. 18:50
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(Canada) Les Films De L’Autre, 98mins. Dir:
(US) XVIII Entertainment, 81mins.
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Dir: Synthian Sharp, Jeanne Marie Spicuzza. Cast: Jeanne Marie Spicuzza, Katy Colloton, R. Michael Gull, Kyle Walsh. Suburban novelist Lana becomes entangled in a web of perversity, insanity and violence by her psychotherapist Ilse. With the help of her minions Ilse sets out to destroy Lana’s family. CinemaxX 17
Two Buddies and a Badger
(Norway, Sweden) Sola Media, 75mins. Dir: Rasmus A Sivertsen, Rune Spaans. An ingenious scientist is being held captive by a cruel villain trying to force him to create a serum that turns humans into robots. Two buddies, together with a badger will join his daughter on a rescue mission against all odds. CinemaxX 1
19:00 The New Kid
(France) Wide, 81mins. Dir: Rudi Rosenberg. Cast: Rephael Ghrenassia, Joshua Raccah, Max Boublil. Benoit, 14 years old, leaves the countryside for Paris. His first day at school turns out to be more difficult than expected and he quickly becomes isolated. Until one day a new girl arrives in class. Kino Arsenal 2
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(US) Celluloid Dreams, 134mins. Dir: S. Craig Zahler. Cast: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins. Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers.
(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment, 161mins. Dir: Fernando Gonzalez Molina. Cast: Mario Casas, Adriana Ugarte, Macarena Garcia, Alain Hernandez. The discovery of a letter drives Clarence to visit Africa, where her family spent their youth. She unearths the secret of a forbidden love story framed within historical circumstances that will have repercussions in her life. CineStar 4
19:50 Quo vado?
(France) Gaumont, 85mins. Dir: Guillaume Nicloux. Cast: Gerard Depardieu. A hunter goes for a walk in the woods with his dog and his rifle. A few hours later, lost in the forest, he experiences strange encounters.
(Italy) Taodue, 86mins. Dir: Gennaro Nunziante. Cast: Checco Zalone, Eleonora Giovanardi, Sonia Bergamasco. The adventurous story of Checco, a young man ready for anything to defend the dream of a lifetime — a permanent position at the hunting and fishing provincial office — against a ruthless ministry whose only task is to get rid of him.
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Exodus to Shanghai
(UK, Austria) FashionTV, 84mins. Dir: Anthony Hickox. Cast: Yaara Benbenishty, Alexandre Nguyen, Markus von Lingen, David Lipper. Tells the story of Dr Ho, Chinese Consul in Vienna in 1938, who enabled thousands of Jews to escape to Shanghai, seen through the eyes of two lovers.
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(Greece) Feelgood Entertainment, 116mins. Dir: Manoussos Manousskis. Cast: Andreas Konstantinou, Christina Hila Fameli, Haris Fragoulis, Vassiliki Troufakou. A love story condemned to a tragic end, caught between a dehumanising totalitarian regime and the insanity of racial discrimination. History, as always, is reflecting contemporary life.
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Cross Border Currents: The Growing Influence of Korea on South East Asian Cinema Korean firms have acquired cinema chains in Indonesia, Vietnam and they are building in Myanmar and China. This industrial outreach is now being followed by production ventures in China, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. Which effects does this have on local industries and what is the dynamic between major industries in Asia at the moment? MODERATOR Patrick Frater VARIETY SPEAKERS To be announced Producers as Entrepreneurs How do independent producers actually earn a living and sustain their careers film by film? What business models are working for producers – are more people diversifying to work across film, TV, advertising and digital media? How do producers protect their fees from getting cut when budgets tighten, and how do they keep going when financing films is a slow process? Is more slate funding needed? When is a project too risky? Our panel of expert producers talk about the big picture as well as give practical tips on how to keep small businesses going. MODERATOR Wendy Mitchell SCREEN INTERNATIONAL, BRITISH COUNCIL SPEAKERS Sol Bondy ONE TWO FILMS Natasha Dack TIGERLILY FILMS Guneet Monga SIKHYA ENTERTAINMENT AGNES JOHANSE RVK STUDIOS
Cross-Atlantic Series Success: (Re)Making TV for Europe and the World The boom in high-end television series has ignited a creative explosion in Europe, and opened up new opportunities for producers and talent to sell their shows – as originals or adaptations – worldwide. But what does a show need to stand out? What are international broadcasters looking for and how can you make – or remake – a world-class series on a European budget. MODERATOR Scott Roxborough THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER SPEAKERS Caroline Benjo HAUT ET COURT Piv Bernth DANISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION Philipp Steffens RTL Bruce Tuchman AMC/ SUNDANCE
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Hedi (Tun-Bel-Fr) Mohamed Ben Attia
Ben Attia’s feature debut is a romantic drama about a man whose life is ruled by his domineering mother. On the eve ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ of his wedding to a girl of his mother’s choosing, he goes on a business trip where he discovers the meaning of love.
Midnight Special (US) Jeff Nichols
Adam Driver and Michael Shannon star in this sci-fi thriller about a man on the run with his young son, who is said to ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ possess special powers, as both the US government and extremists hunt them down.
Boris without Beatrice (Can) Denis Coté
Set in Quebec where Boris (James Hyndman) cares for his wife Béatrice (Simone-Elise Girard), bedridden with a ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ mysterious depression. The appearance of a stranger (Denis Lavant) forces Boris to confront his preconceptions.
Fire at Sea (It-Fr) Gianfranco Rosi
Rosi’s documentary captures life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, one of the first points of call for hundreds of ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees and migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe.
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Things to Come (Fr-Ger) Mia Hansen-Love
Isabelle Huppert stars as a philosophy teacher forced out of a rut when her husband walks out at the same time as her ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ demanding mother dies. Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob and André Marcon co-star.
Letters from War (Por) Ivo M Ferreira
Set in the final years of the Angolan war of independence against Portugal (1961-74), Ferreira’s third feature is inspired ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ by a collection of letters sent by novelist Antonio Lobo Antunes to his pregnant young wife back in Lisbon.
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24 Weeks (Ger) Anne Zohra Berrached
Julia Jentsch plays cabaret artist Astrid, who is six-months pregnant when she learns her child is likely to have Down’s ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ syndrome and a serious heart complaint. Together with her husband, she is faced with a life-or-death decision.
Being 17 (Fr) André Téchiné
Kacey Mottet Klein and Corentin Fila co-star as adolescent boys who are forced to live under the same roof due to ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ family circumstances. An autobiographical tale about growing up gay in a working-class neighbourhood.
Death in Sarajevo (Fr-Bos Herz) Danis Tanovic
Silver Bear winner Tanovic adapts Bernard-Henri Lévy’s play Hotel Europe. On the eve of the 2014 commemoration of ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ the start of the First World War, a Frenchman sits in his Sarajevo hotel room recalling the Bosnian War.
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Alone in Berlin (Ger-Fr-UK) Vincent Pérez
Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson star in this English-language adaptation of Hans Fallada’s 1947 novel, based ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ on the true story of a working-class couple who conduct a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime.
Crosscurrent (Chi) Yang Chao
This long-gestating project by China’s Yang is about the young captain of a cargo ship sailing up the Yangtze River who ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ witnesses the life of a woman backwards over a period of 20 years. Blind Massage’s Qin Hao stars.
Soy Nero (Ger-Fr-Mex) Rafi Pitts
A 19-year-old Mexican boy dreams of emigrating north of the border. However, the only way for him to achieve this ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ may be to enlist in the US Army and fight in the Middle East as a so-called ‘green-card soldier’.
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Grandage makes his feature debut with the story of Max Perkins, a US book editor who oversaw works by Thomas ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald among others. Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jude Law star.
Zero Days (US) Alex Gibney
Oscar-winning documentary film-maker Gibney turns his critical eye to hacking and cyber security in this film about ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ the battles between online criminals and the white-hat hackers who try to stop them.
The Commune (Den-Swe-Neth) Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen portray a married couple in a commune whose bond is strained when the wife ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Thomas Vinterberg realises she is replaceable. At the same time, their daughter (Martha Sofie Wallstrom Hansen) discovers first love.
A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (Phil-Sing) Lav Diaz
Diaz’s 482-minute period epic marries history, literature and mythology with interconnected narrative threads on the ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Philippine revolution against the Spanish colonising force. John Lloyd Cruz and Piolo Pascual lead the ensemble cast.
United States of Love (Pol-Swe) Tomasz Wasilewski
Set in Poland in 1990 immediately after the fall of communism, Wasilewski’s third feature focuses on four seemingly ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ happy women of different ages who share an irresistible urge to change their lives and fulfil their desires.
A Dragon Arrives! (Iran) Mani Haghighi
Iranian director Haghighi returns with an intriguing story following a detective’s unauthorised investigation into ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ mysterious earthquakes on the remote island of Qeshm. Amir Jadidi and Homayoun Ghanizadeh star.
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