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Netflix captures undead Cargo BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
Netflix has taken world rights, in a multi-million dollar deal, to Martin Freeman zombie movie Cargo. The film, from the producers of The Babadook, will be the first Australian title to sit under Netflix’s Originals banner. The SVoD giant swooped on Cargo after seeing a three-minute promo. CAA, UTA and Bankside Films represented the filmmakers in the deal with Ian Bricke negotiating on behalf of Netflix. Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling’s debut, based on their hit short, is the story of a father with only 48 hours to find a new home for his baby, after being infected in the wake of a violent pandemic. Now in post, the film is produced by The Babadook’s Kristina Ceyton and Samantha Jennings of Australia’s Causeway Films, together with Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder of Addictive Pictures, and Mark Patterson. The film is financed by Screen Australia in association with South Australian Film Corporation, Screen NSW and Head Gear Films/ Metrol Technology. Bankside Films handles international sales.
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Fortitude tussles with Dinklage’s daring Dwarf BY JEREMY KAY
Game Of Thrones mainstay Peter Dinklage will star opposite Alexander Skarsgard as a Machiavellian right-hand man in $14m Renaissance-set action film The Dwarf. Brad Anderson, renowned for his work on edgy fare such as The Machinist and Transsiberian, is on board to direct from a screenplay he wrote with Lyn Vaus. Production is scheduled to commence in July in Italy on the project that For-
titude International is introducing to international buyers here. Dinklage will play a fearless man who earns the trust of a
prince when he proves his mettle by conquering an all-time wrestling champion. Once he has jockeyed for position alongside the seat of power, the dwarf pledges his undying loyalty and resorts to assassinations and subterfuge in his merciless quest to protect his new master. Sriram Das, Marc Rosen and Dinklage serve as producers and Robert Ogden Barnum and Mark Collins are the executive producers.
Jour2fête hits note with Félicité sales BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
Django director Etienne Comar (middle) with stars Cécile de France and Reda Kateb at yesterday’s photocall for the Berlinale opener.
TrustNordisk shakes for Quake Scandi powerhouse TrustNordisk has already closed a slew of deals on disaster film The Quake, which it is introducing at the EFM. The film, set to shoot this autumn for director John Andreas Andersen, has been pre-sold to German-speaking territories (SquareOne), Latin America (California Filmes), China (DDDream), Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Hong Kong (Sundream), Middle East (Gulf) and South Korea (Atnine).
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The $6.4m film marks a return to the disaster genre for Fantefilm, producer of hit The Wave, this time inspired by a 1904 earthquake in Oslo. It will be released in Norway on August 30, 2018. TrustNordisk has Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built in preproduction and is showing first footage of thriller 3 Things, Jens Dahl’s feature debut starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Wendy Mitchell
Paris-based sales company Jour2fête has closed early sales on Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis’ Golden Bear contender Félicité. The drama about a singer in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa has been acquired for Austria and Switzerland (Trigon Film), Benelux (ABC Cinemien) and China (Hugoeast). It was produced by Arnaud Dommerc at Andolfi, Gomis under his Paris-based Granit Films banner and Oumar Sall for Dakar-based Cinekap. Jour2fête’s EFM slate also includes Beauty And The Dogs.
Celluloid says ciao to Italian duo BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
Celluloid Dreams has boarded sales on two high-profile Italian titles, Silvio Soldini’s Emma and Marco Tullio Giordana’s Nome Di Donna. Emma stars Adriano Giannini as a womanising creative director at a trendy advertising agency who meets a married woman. It is in post-production and Videa has acquired Italian rights. Nome Di Donna, now financing, stars Cristiana Capotondi as a woman seeking justice against an
abusive manager at an old people’s home. Celluloid Dreams’ Hengameh Panahi acquired the films through Lionello Cerri at Lumiere & Co, who is lead producing both. Panahi has also taken a producer credit on Nome Di Donna, which has pre-sold to 01 Distribution for Italy and Paname for France. The Italian acquisitions join a high-profile EFM slate for Celluloid Dreams, which also includes André Téchiné’s Golden Years.
REVIEW The jazz age Competition opener Django has a swinging beat but a studious script. » Page 14
FEATURES Japan calling Screen previews Japan’s hottest films at the festival and EFM, from a massage parlour comedy to a suburban horror. » Page 26
Voltage builds Escape Room BY JEREMY KAY
Voltage Pictures has acquired international sales on thriller Escape Room, directed by Will Wernick from a screenplay by Noah A.D. about a birthday party in an escape room where participants must solve clues to survive. Kelly Delson and Sonia Lisette produce, with Jeff Delson serving as executive producer. Evan Williams leads the cast. In other Voltage news, the company will fully finance, and coproduce with BCDF Pictures, the drama Departures starring Asa Butterfield, Maisie Williams and Tyler Hoechlin.
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Village takes flight with fresh Nightingale cut BY LIZ SHACKLETON
Japan’s Village Inc is launching an international cut of its latest Geki Cine production, Stray Nightingale, at the EFM. Village Inc’s Geki Cine label shoots the company’s lavish stage plays using 20 HD cameras, surround sound and high-end postproduction. Stray Nightingale, directed by acclaimed theatre director Hidenori Inoue and starring Arata Furuta (Shin Godzilla),
has already had a sell-out run in major cities in Japan. Written by Yutaka Kuramochi, the play tells the story of a retired thief taking refuge in a tavern who comes across a man who saved his life many years ago. “Some of our previous Geki Cine productions have screened in China and Korea to full houses and positive reviews,” said Village Inc director of international operations Hiroyuki Hata. “We now want to
draw more people from Europe and the Americas to this format, steeped in Japanese culture, which combines the full impact of live acting with cutting-edge cinematic techniques and artistically calculated post-production.” The filmed version of Stray Nightingale premiered at last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, but has since been edited for international market tastes. » See Japan Buzz, page 26
Beta, X Filme boost Mittelreich BY MARTIN BLANEY
Berlin-based X Filme Creative Pool Entertainment has recruited Beta Cinema to handle international sales on Bavarian actor-director Josef Bierbichler’s adaptation of his 2011 novel Mittelreich. The chronicle of a rural Bavarian community facing technological and social change during the last century began shooting in Thuringia a week ago with Bierbichler directing and acting. On the eve of this year’s Berlinale, X Filme and Beta also unveiled the first footage of the
ambitious 16-part high-end TV series Babylon Berlin, which has been produced with Sky and public broadcaster ARD Degeto. Beta’s Jan Mojto revealed that the ambitious project, which was
Leaning Into The Wind
Mongrel leans into Wind Mongrel International has boarded Leaning Into The Wind, Thomas Riedelsheimer’s follow-up to his acclaimed documentary Rivers And Tides. Sixteen years after he profiled the work of land artist Andy Goldsworthy, Riedelsheimer revisits the artist. Piffl will distribute in Germany and Eurozoom in France. “Leaning Into The Wind will be a joy both to lovers of Rivers And Tides and Andy Goldsworthy, but it will also welcome, delight and move newcomers,” said Mongrel International president Charlotte Mickie. Jeremy Kay
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co-written and directed by Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries and Henk Handloegten, has already signed a slew of deals with Nordic public broadcasters — Sweden’s SVT, Norway’s NRK, Denmark’s DR, Finland’s YLE and Iceland’s RUV — as well as the Sky platforms in the UK and Italy, Spain’s Moviestar Plus/Telefonica and Belgian pay TV operator Telenet. Negotiations are near to closing for the US, France, Latin America and other European territories according to Mojto, who also served as co-producer.
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Alex de la Iglesia braves Basque horror tale BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
Spanish director-producer Alex de la Iglesia (The Day Of The Beast), whose comedy thriller The Bar plays out of competition at the Berlinale, has boarded fantasy horror Errementari: The Blacksmith And The Devil as co-producer. Now in production, the Basquelanguage movie — pitched by coproducers Kinoskopik Film and The Project as being in the vein of Pan’s Labyrinth — is inspired by a popular Basque folktale about a feared blacksmith. De la Iglesia, who is in post-production on his Spanish-language adaptation of hit Italian comedy Perfect Strangers, will co-produce under his Pokeepsie Films banner. The film marks the feature debut of writer-director Paul Urkijo; Gorka Gomez Andreu serves as cinematographer.
Seville International has taken international rights to Slavko Martinov’s Pecking Order, a feelgood documentary about competitive poultry shows in New Zealand. Martinov produced with Mike Kelland and David Brechin-Smith. Seville’s Anick Poirier called the film an “out-ofthe-box hilarious project”.
BFI sets LFF dates The BFI has confirmed the dates of the 2017 BFI London Film Festival as October 4-15.
Moving into Hot Property Max McGill’s UK comedy Hot Property, starring MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street), has secured an international sales deal with US outfit Octane Entertainment. 101 Films has taken UK rights and released the film in the US in December.
Doubling down at Saban Saban Films president Bill Bromiley and CFO Shanan Becker have renewed their contracts with the Los Angeles-based distributor through 2020.
London Screenings dates Film London has revealed the dates for the 2017 edition of London Screenings as June 19-22.
Goldcrest goes global with Earth sequel
Gaga finds humour in Almost Dying
BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
BY LIZ SHACKLETON
Goldcrest has pre-sold the documentary Earth: One Amazing Day to France (TF1 Studio), Italy (Koch Media), Benelux (The Searchers), South Korea (Mediaday), Switzerland (Impuls Pictures), Turkey (Tanweer Films), Philippines (Captive), Malaysia/Brunei (Suraya Film) and Middle East (Selim Ramia & Co). Deals for China (SMG) and Germany (Universum) were previously reported. Robert Redford and Jackie Chan will narrate the English and Mandarin versions of the sequel to 2007 hit Earth. Directed by Peter Webber (The
Japan’s Gaga has picked up international rights to comedy drama Almost Coming, Almost Dying based on the Kumoman manga created by Manabu Nakagawa. The film is about Nakagawa’s experiences when he was struck by a brain haemorrhage on the point of orgasm in a massage parlour. Toshimasa Kobayashi makes his feature directorial debut. Starring comedian Nou Misoo, the film is produced by Creative Nexus Inc and was released by Tripleup in Japan on February 4. Other titles on Gaga’s Berlin slate include sci-fi drama A Beautiful Star by Yoshida Daihachi.
Girl With The Pearl Earring) and Richard Dale (The Human Body), the film is in post-production at BBC Earth Films’ studio. The script comes from Frank CottrellBoyce (The Railway Man) . Goldcrest Films and BBC Worldwide handle world sales; Goldcrest will host a private screening at the EFM.
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Inspired by true events : the extraordinary story of two children raising abandoned twin babies.
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Evolutionary eyes UK distribution
Versatile grabs a Döner
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London-based production and sales outfit Evolutionary Films is moving into UK distribution with plans to release at least four titles per year, with some getting theatrical launches. The titles acquired include Polly Steele’s drama Let Me Go starring Juliet Stevenson and Jodhi May. Evolutionary will also do a theatrical release for action horror AUX, which the company financed, produced and is selling internationally. “With our marketing experience, we are perfectly placed to release our films in the UK if we don’t get a studio deal on them,” CEO John Adams told Screen. The initial releases in April (straight to home entertainment platforms) will be family title Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? and action film One Million Klicks.
Paris-based Versatile is rolling out sales at EFM on buzzy young French filmmaker Jean Luc Herbulot’s organised-crime thriller Döner set against the backdrop of a Paris kebab restaurant. It is the second feature for Hubulot — who is represented by WME and has projects in development in Los Angeles too — after his much-praised Frenchlanguage feature debut Dealer. Hugo Becker (Baron Noir) plays
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a young man with entrepreneurial ambitions who takes a job in a kebab shop following his release from jail. “I got the idea for the script one night when I went for a kebab with a friend and a fight broke out as I was leaving. It shocked me because I’d never associated kebab shops with violence and it got me thinking,” said Herbulot. “Kebab shops are also one of the few places in Paris, and the rest of Europe even, where at two in the
morning you get people from all walks of life and parts of society,” added the filmmaker. The feature — due to shoot this year — is a co-production between Paris-based companies Rumble Fish and Ran Entertainment. Versatile has also taken on sales for Romanian director Andrei Cretulescu’s black comedy Charlton Heston about a widower who is visited by his late wife’s younger lover, who wants to help him come to terms with her death.
Schwentke’s Captain sets off BY MARTIN BLANEY
Philip Lee and Markus Barmettler of Hong Kong/Beijing-based Facing East are executive producing The Captain, Robert Schwentke’s first German-language film in 14 years, which begins shooting in Görlitz today. Frieder Schlaich’s Berlin-based Filmgalerie produces with Alfama Films’ Paulo Branco and Ewa Puszczynska of Poland’s Opus Film. Alfama handles international sales; Weltkino has German rights.
Premiere moves into Brooklyn BY JEREMY KAY
Premiere Entertainment Group (PEG) has acquired international sales rights to the family holiday film Breaking Brooklyn. Louis Gossett Jr, newcomer Colin Critchley and Madeleine
Mantock star in the story about a homeless young dancer and his brother who are taken in by a former Broadway showman. Paul Becker directs, and Elie Samaha, Donald Kushner and Missy Valdez produce.
P E G C E O E l i a s Ax u m e launches sales in Berlin this week and brokered the rights acquisition with Samaha. The sales slate also includes psychological thriller You Were Never Here starring Mireille Enos.
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Germans seek incentives
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South Korea’s CJ Entertainment has sealed Japanese deals on action title Master, sold to Twin, and Vietnamese action comedy Saigon Bodyguards, sold to Gaga. Directed by Cho Ui-seok and starring Lee Byung-hun, Master has also gone to Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Hong Kong (Deltamac), Singapore/Malaysia (Clover), Australia/New Zealand (JBG Pictures), Turkey (Medyavizyon), Philippines (Viva), Mongolia (Bloomsbury), India (VR Films), Italy (Minerva), Thailand (M Pictures) and China (Lemon Tree). Saigon Bodyguards, the Vietnamese-language title directed by Japan’s Ken Ochiai, has also been sold to India (VR Films) and Australia/New Zealand (JBG). CJ Entertainment recently appointed Yoonhee Choi as head of sales and distribution, following the departure of Kini Kim.
German film studios and producers have stepped up calls for an automatic tax incentive scheme to make Germany more competitive with countries such as the UK, Belgium and Croatia in attracting foreign film productions. Studio Babelsberg CEO Christoph Fisser said: “Germany doesn’t exist on the map, at least for US producers.” He noted that his studio had not been able to win
any projects to shoot in Babelsberg since May 2015 because of the lack of competitive incentives. The fact Peter Segal’s $130m Inversion — the first production by the Hong Kong/Beijing-based Facing East — is now set to begin shooting at the studios in the spring was the result of nearly six years of negotiations by Babelsberg management. Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Medienund Filmgesellschaft in Baden-
Württemberg are backing the project. Medienboard CEO Kirsten Niehuus added there are German productions with German stories opting to shoot in the Czech Republic or Belgium because of the incentives offered, and suggested that an incentive programme on the scale of the UK’s, with around $213m (¤200m) each year, would help secure international competitiveness.
Finecut tends to Glass Garden BY LIZ SHACKLETON
South Korea’s Finecut has added two titles to its Berlin slate — fantasy mystery Glass Garden, from Pluto director Shin Su-won, and Kim Jin-mook’s suspense thriller True Fiction. Glass Garden tells the story of a
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bioenergetics researcher who can communicate with trees and retreats into the forest following a romantic disappointment. Moon Geun-young and Kim Taehoon star. Shin’s Pluto premiered at Berlin in Generation 14plus in 2013,
while her Madonna premiered at Cannes in 2015. Debut director Kim Jin-mook’s True Fiction follows an illicit relationship between a powerful female politician and her son-inlaw. Now in post, the film is produced by Peppermint & Company.
EFP SHOOTING STARS 2017
Elina Vaska Latvia Biggest inspiration? Classical music. It is the most pure and therefore honest art form there is, it urges me to create.
Big break? Playing the lead in Mellow Mud, directed by Renars Vimba. The film won the Crystal Bear at Berlin.
Biggest challenge? To deal with my insecurities and lack of confidence. My debut in cinema as an actress has changed me as person; it came as an affirmation of my ability.
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Hiam Abbass turns conflict into cinema Palestinian actress and ﬁlmmaker Hiam Abbass is at the Berlinale with Philippe Van Leeuw’s Insyriated, which depicts a family holed up in a ﬂat in Syria while civil war rages on. The ﬁlm premieres in Panorama tomorrow. Abbass tells Screen the project was an opportunity to show a little-seen side of the conﬂict. “It is an important story to tell. There haven’t been many dramas made about the war in Syria portrayed through a day in the life of ordinary people.” The actress agreed to work with Van Leeuw because of his experience telling stories around conﬂicts; his debut The Day God Walked Away was set against the backdrop of the Rwandan genocide. “He was very interested in doing movies that tell the reality of people in war situations,” Abbass says. “The most important tragedy on Earth right now is Syria. It was an obligation for me to show this reality.” Melanie Goodfellow For the full interview visit ScreenDaily.com
After a successful producing career on the European arthouse circuit with credits including the Oscar-nominated Timbuktu and Bafta-nominated Of Gods And Men, Etienne Comar makes his directorial debut with Django, depicting two years in the life of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The film opened the Berlinale last night (see review, page 14). Why did you want to tell Reinhardt’s story? I’ve wanted to make a portrait of a musician for a long time; it’s a tormented, dramatic existence. Django inspired many of the great guitarists — Jimi Hendrix named an album in homage to him [Band Of Gypsys]. The name Django is very famous; the Sergio Corbucci film Django [and by extension Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained] are references. Has it always been your ambition to direct? Not always, but I’m now more interested in the artistic part of this job. I just needed a good project that fitted me in terms of ambition, narrative and emotional impact. Django was perfect. Was it a challenging production? I think it would be impossible for a young director to make this film — it was possible for me
because of my experience as a producer. It’s a complicated historical piece and it doesn’t have a small budget; it’s not an easy first film. There were a lot of challenges. How did you raise finance? It was approximately an €8m [$8.5m] budget, backed by companies including Pathé and Canal Plus. It wasn’t complicated to get the money, but it was a delicate equation between the cost and the result. What are the challenges in the European arthouse scene? In France and wider Europe it has always been possible to make these kinds of films, but it’s becoming more difficult to release them, particularly if they don’t have a major festival label. There’s no space in the market, but I’m still confident because people want to see quality films where they are moved and maybe learn something. If you can mix those things in an arthouse movie, it’s very possible to be successful. What’s your next project? For the moment I will not produce any more films by other directors. Writing and producing my own projects is perfect for me, but I like to continue to be open-minded. Tom Grater
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Django Reviewed by Jonathan Romney As a pre-eminent jazz aristocrat once taught, it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. While, in terms of musical content, Django has swing a-plenty, cinematically Etienne Comar’s drama about jazz guitar maestro Django Reinhardt is a slow crawl in decidedly unsyncopated 4/4 time. While his sober tribute to a French cultural icon aims for something of the prestige status as Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose, this Berlinale opening film seems unlikely to follow in that film’s box-office footsteps. Still, unimpeachably honest intentions and a solid, laidback lead performance by star Reda Kateb mean that at least the film won’t be derided as ‘Django Untuned’. This marks the directing debut of the versatile Comar, who made his mark as producer and cowriter of internationally feted Of Gods And Men by Xavier Beauvois (who has a cameo here as a doctor), as well as co-writing Maïwenn’s Mon Roi and producing Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu. Based on a biographical novel by cowriter Alexis Salatko, Django covers the Second World War experiences of Reinhardt, the reigning god of Gypsy jazz, whose lightning playing arose partly out of the damage sustained by his left hand in a fire. The film begins in occupied Paris in June 1943, where an insouciantly drunk Reinhardt
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OPENING FILM, COMPETITION Fr. 2017. 115mins Director Etienne Comar Production companies Fidélité, Arches Films, Curiosa Films, Moana Films, Pathé, Auvergne Rhone Alpes Cinéma International sales Pathé International, sales@ patheinternational.com Producers Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier Screenplay Etienne Comar, Alexis Salatko, adapted from Folles de Django by Alexis Salatko Cinematography Christophe Beaucarne Production design Olivier Radot Editor Monica Coleman Music Django Reinhardt performed by The Rosenberg Trio, Warren Ellis Main cast Reda Kateb, Cécile de France, Beata Palya, Bimbam Merstein
turns up for a concert with his Quintette du Hot Club de Paris, to play for an audience heavy with German army personnel. Oblivious to the brutal effects of the Occupation on France’s Gypsy population — shown in a dramatic opening sequence — Django regards the war as ‘gadjo’ (non-Gypsy) business and blithely continues to ride the wave of his success, with the prospect of command performances in Germany. Warned of the prospective dangers of this by his sometime mistress, glamorous demi-mondaine Louise de Klerk (Cécile de France, likeable if somewhat on autopilot), Django eventually leaves for eastern France with wife Naguine (Beata Palya) and mother Negros (an engagingly cantankerous performance by doyenne Bimbam Merstein), hoping eventually to cross to freedom in Switzerland. Then he is persuaded to play a concert for local Nazi officials, as a distraction for the smuggling of a British pilot. But Django finds a new closeness to the Gypsy community, whose suffering results in his composing a classical work, Requiem for the Gypsy Brothers, a reconstructed version of which closes the film. It is significant that Comar chooses to end the film on this solemn, stately piece of music — accompanying a montage of photos of Gypsy victims of the war. While the film is deeply honourable in its intention to commemorate Gypsy identity, this decision is representative of a cer-
tain refusal of flippancy that arguably jars with Reinhardt’s undoubted contribution to culture — an uncrushable joie de vivre and ceaseless formal inventiveness. Comar’s film is hampered by its heritage-pic studiousness, and the decision to shoot in a reduced palette of browns and khakis — too often cinema’s shorthand for Second World War austerity — results in a distinctly oppressive visual drabness. The script is certainly acutely tuned to contradictions, whether it is Reinhardt’s initial refusal to see the compromise involved in his own success under the Occupation; or the moral ambiguity of Louise; or indeed, the perversity of a roomful of Nazis enjoying music that originates from cultures they despised. Central to the film’s appeal is the performance of Kateb, whose status in French cinema has risen consistently since he made his mark in A Prophet. His onstage performances as Reinhardt capture the musician’s concentration and intensity, but offstage — except in more breezily drunken moments — his Django comes across as a little too introspective and careworn to entirely mesmerise. Musically, though, the film is a treat. Reinhardt’s compositions are set alight by performers The Rosenberg Trio, while violin virtuoso Warren Ellis adds moody interludes.
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My Happy Family Reviewed by Lee Marshall
Call Me By Your Name Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan Call Me By Your Name is an intensely languorous seduction from Luca Guadagnino, set in 1983 in a sun-dappled northern Italian palazzo belonging to a US professor of antiquities, his wife and intellectually precocious 17-yearold son Elio (Timothée Chalamet). When 24-year-old graduate student Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives for a six-week internship, young Elio collapses into love. This is a film that wears its intellectual credentials on its sleeve, sucking in references to art, literature and Jewish identity, and exhaling meticulous production design and dripping over-ripe fruit — a luscious metaphor for the forbidden romance at its core. Adapted from André Aciman’s memoirs, this hot summer flush of first love stakes its place in film history with a supremely touching performance from Chalamet as Elio, buffeted by the alltoo-real pain and ecstasy of falling in love. Guadagnino’s follow-up to 2015’s A Bigger Splash (and the concluding part of a trilogy that started with I Am Love) may prettify the pill, but 131 minutes of picture-postcard Italy is a challenge for wide commercial play. Prospects may be healthier in English-languagefriendly markets (SPC pre-bought US rights prior to the Sundance premiere). Certainly, Italians are unlikely to react well to another reductive Guadagnino depiction of their countrymen as colourful village idiots. As Oliver and Elio circle each other for hours, the camera prowls and the temperature rises, the viewer can be forgiven for expecting the much-teased consummation to be rich in carnality. It is disappointing that Guadagnino shirks the moment, cutting to a shot of a tree. In a year in which gay love has broken through cinematically (Moonlight), gay sex is still avoided (it is interesting to see the difference between this and the frankly explicit UK film God’s Own Country — see review, page 18). Guadagnino never disappoints when it comes to beauty or parading his credentials as an aesthete, whether that be via Sayombhu Mukdeeprom’s visuals or the piano-driven score so reminiscent of I Am Love. But there is always something here to look at or listen to, even when Guadagnino is not so ostensibly showing off. He tantalises and teases with a sensuousness that, even if it does not climax in human flesh, bursts forth in a sequence involving a peach, which may irrevocably alter how viewers perceive the rich fruit.
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PANORAMA US. 2017. 131mins Director Luca Guadagnino Production companies RT Features, Frenesy Film Company, La Cinéfacture Worldwide distribution Memento, sales@ memento-films.com US distribution Sony Pictures Classics Producers Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito Screenplay James Ivory, Luca Guadagnino, Walter Fasano Cinematography Sayombhu Mukdeeprom Main cast Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel
Directing duo Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross’s much-feted 2013 festival hit In Bloom showed how the lives of two young girls in the former Soviet republic of Georgia were subtly, and not so subtly, constrained by men. Set again in Tbilisi, this follow-up is a jewel of a film that gives this women-in-a-man’s-world viewpoint a generational shift. My Happy Family tells the story of a middle-aged wife and mother whose decision to leave her family for an apartment of her own becomes, for those around her, an intolerable affront to the natural order. Slow-paced but always absorbing, the film features a magnetic central performance by Ia Shugliashvili as the strong, quietly introverted Manana. While In Bloom had youth as an audience pull factor, this mature follow-up is the more universal film. Though rooted in Georgian culture, Manana’s story could be set in London, Chicago, Naples or Shanghai; anywhere, that is, where women are liable to fall into the crack between society’s idea of their happiness, and their own. Manana lives, or lived, in a small downtown Tbilisi apartment with husband Soso (Merab Ninidze), a complaining battleaxe of a mother, an elderly father, an unemployed young adult son and daughter, and the latter’s student husband. At first it is the down-in-the-mouth Manana who seems the sourpuss as she sulks through a birthday party that the apparently affectionate Soso has thrown for her. But she had told him not to invite anyone, and gradually we see how these small but constant erosions of her personal freedom in the name of family ties, good cheer and social custom have eaten into her soul. Working with Romanian DoP Tudor Vladimir Panduru, the directors make the widescreen frame seem a narrow letterbox into which the characters barely fit. The camera tracks Manana in pretty much every scene, building sympathy but also creating eddies of tension as she moves into and out of spaces of male threat and entrapment. There is a never-quite-resolved mystery to this strong but undemonstrative woman that carries us through two hours of slow-build drama — a drama that is given an enjoyable, quasi-comedy twist in the film’s only slightly over-long second half.
FORUM US-UK. 2009. 153mins Directors Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross Production companies augenschein Filmproduktion, Polare Film, Arizona Productions International sales Memento, sales@ memento-films.com Producers Jonas Katzenstein, Maximilian Leo, Simon Gross Screenplay Nana Ekvtimishvili Cinematography Tudor Vladimir Panduru Main cast Ia Shugliashvili, Merab Ninidze, Berta Khapava, Tsisia Qumsishvili, Giorgi Khurtsilava, Giorgi Tabidze, Goven Cheishvili, Dimitri Oragvelidze
Menashe Reviewed by David D’Arcy
God’s Own Country Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan A troubled, taciturn young man on a remote Yorkshire farm is the keen focus of first-time filmmaker Francis Lee’s intense romance. Lee’s love for this hard land and the boy trapped in it — so fully embodied by young UK actor Josh O’Connor — is unexpectedly moving and rich. British films set in this arena can tend towards the paralysingly dour, but the central Brokeback Mountain romance between the volatile Johnny Saxby (O’Connor) and migrant Romanian farmhand Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu) warms the raw beauty of the countryside. Frank sexual interludes from the outset will inevitably preclude wider audiences, but God’s Own Country is perfectly suited to festival play, indie awards buzz and niche cinephile-targeted distribution. Indeed, distributors might look to the similarly lowbudget Lady Macbeth’s UK opening on April 28 through Altitude to estimate what might lie ahead: both arresting debuts from singular voices that sit on assured performances from young UK actors. Giving further ballast here is some standout technical teamwork, particularly in the sound and camera departments. Lee, assisted by DoP Joshua James Richards (Songs My Brothers Taught Me), brings tensile images to the screen that bristle with delicately enhanced sound and increase in light as the plot begins to lift. Lee starts by fixing his camera on the farmhouse in dawn light, as the noise of Johnny’s post-binge vomiting introduces another long day. You quickly get the sense of a hard life of missed opportunity as young Johnny takes livestock to market, indulges in some anonymous sex and gets repeatedly, blindly drunk. Gheorghe, meanwhile, is hired by the family as a farmhand and Johnny, attempting a hardbitten tone, is initially aggressive and racist towards the immigrant. This attitude changes, of course, but the film is less about Gheorghe than Johnny’s struggle to take charge of his life, express himself and break out of his isolation. Sullen and miserable, Johnny is on the edge of things, and O’Connor ably registers the shifting emotions with very little in the way of dialogue. If the scenes involving sex, spit and urine do not quite convey the fundamentals of this life, moments in which a small animal is skinned bring the point across with no room for argument. Rooted in reality though it may be, God’s Own Country turns out to be a romance that soars.
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PANORAMA UK. 2017. 104mins Director/screenplay Francis Lee Production companies Shudder Films, Inflammable Films International sales Protagonist Pictures, info@protagonistpictures. com Producers Manon Ardisson, Jack Tarling Cinematography Joshua James Richards Main cast Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart
Menashe reminds you that even a God-fearing man can be a loser, albeit a proud and likeable one. This small film in Yiddish avoids mythology as it eyes — and skewers — a closed New York community. It will probably be viewed initially as a curiosity, travelling widely in the infinitely expanding world of Jewish film festivals, but should also play in theatres in North America, Europe and Israel. Played by the portly Menashe Lustig, a Hasidic Jew and semi-professional actor — the screenplay is adapted from events in his own life — Menashe is a grocery store employee who seems to fail at everything. He is a single father whose only son lives with his wife’s family. Yet Menashe still has his pride, which means he takes on tasks he cannot possibly accomplish. And one of those missions is to be married again; a duty for Hasidic men and women, if only for the purpose of bearing more children (which Menashe cannot support). Director Joshua Z Weinstein has a cameraman’s sensitivity to the details of Menashe’s unruly life, with all its everyday slights. Despite a low budget, Weinstein creates a vivid, bittersweet atmosphere of small battles. That mood succeeds thanks to understated performances by a mostly nonprofessional cast, who seem to be working according to a life-script they know well. In a dusky palette of greys, Weinstein gives us a portrait of a schlemiel (Yiddish for ne’er-dowell), yet he does it with a minimum of shtick. The film does not pay homage to Fiddler On The Roof or any borscht belt clichés. There is no wondrous glow, as in Rama Burshtein’s Fill The Void (2012), also set in the Orthodox world. Nor does the film bow too deeply to religious authority; both God and family turn out to be overrated here. Instead, Menashe calls to mind Paddy Chayefsky’s sombre Marty (1953), about a lonely Italian-American butcher in the Bronx, and Ushpizin (2004), Gidi Dar’s warm comedy about a born-again Hasidic man visited by crooks from his earlier criminal life. Purists are sure to quibble about inconsistencies in the spoken Yiddish; Menashe’s young son (Ruben Niborski), for example, speaks differently from the shlumpy father, whom he does not resemble. Sadly, there are not enough Yiddish speakers in the movie audience for those criticisms to matter. Instead, Menashe will be appreciated for what its character gets wrong at every turn.
FORUM US-Isr. 2017. 81mins Director Joshua Z Weinstein Production company Shtick Film International sales Mongrel International, charlotte@ mongrelmedia.com Producers Alex Lipschultz, Traci Carlson, Joshua Z Weinstein, Daniel Finkelman, Yoni Brook Screenplay Joshua Z Weinstein, Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed Cinematography Yoni Brook, Joshua Z Weinstein Main cast Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski, Yoel Weisshaus, Meyer Schwartz
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Motherland Reviewed by Nikki Baughan
Berlin Syndrome Reviewed by Wendy Ide Australian director Cate Shortland (Somersault, Lore) takes a horror-movie premise and imbues it with the knotty emotional complexity of a dysfunctional relationship psychodrama. The film is adapted from the acclaimed debut novel by Melanie Joosten, about Clare (Teresa Palmer), a young Australian photographer travelling in Berlin who connects with local Andi (Max Riemelt). But the relationship takes a darker turn when, after one thrilling night together, Clare finds herself locked in his apartment. North American rights sold to Vertical Entertainment in advance of the film’s Sundance world premiere; Netflix formed a key component of the low-to-mid sevenfigure deal and will get all rights including streaming after Vertical’s theatrical release. The quality package should go some way towards countering the marketing challenge posed by its trickily ambiguous tone. Films dealing with female imprisonment tend to take one of two approaches: either a straight-up horror film, or a psychological drama in the vein of Lenny Abrahamson’s Room. Although Berlin Syndrome has more in common with the latter, this story comes with its own particular challenges. Not least of these is putting us inside the mind of a victim of who empathises with — and even desires — her captor almost as much as she longs for escape. Crucial to this is establishing the potent initial attraction between Clare and Andi; tactile camerawork and a pulsing score leaves us in no doubt of the powerful connection between the two. Palmer’s performance is daringly low-key. Clare is softly spoken and introverted, sometimes to the point of inaudibility; her camera is a barrier between her and the world. Her inhibitions peel away gradually as she realises that even if she does scream, there is nobody around to hear her. As Andi, Riemelt is more problematic. The initial warmth gives way to a cold overbearing snittiness, which makes it harder for the audience to sympathise with Clare’s emotional turmoil. The film’s main issue is a final conclusion that requires a hitherto little-seen character to make a huge leap of faith and logic, and act in a way that is highly unlikely. This slightly undermines an otherwise satisfyingly taut drama.
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PANORAMA SPECIAL Aus. 2016. 116mins Director Cate Shortland Production company Aquarius Films International sales Memento, sales@ memento-films.com Producer Polly Staniford Cinematography Germain McMicking Screenplay Shaun Grant, adapted from the novel by Melanie Joosten Editor Jack Hutchings Production design Melinda Doring Sound design Luke Mynott, Robert Mackenzie Music Bryony Marks Main cast Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Emma Bading
Once a cloistered activity that went on behind firmly closed doors, childbirth has become a familiar sight on screen. Audiences are, however, unlikely to have experienced it as presented in Ramona S Diaz’s Motherland, which follows the staff and patients of Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in the Philippine capital of Manila — the busiest maternity ward on the planet — which caters to the country’s poorest women, and where childbirth is a group activity. An eye-opening film, Motherland is a serious-minded documentary without talking heads, music or narrative structure; instead, DoP Nadia Hellgren observes every stage of the process and lets the facts speak for themselves. While continuing festival interest seems assured, particularly at events that champion female filmmakers and stories, the subject matter should also prove compelling enough for specialist distributors and ondemand platforms. The film opens in the middle of a conversation between an admissions nurse and a young patient who, we discover, is 24 years old, Catholic, unmarried, uneducated, unemployed and about to give birth to her fifth child. Here, her story is far from unique. Motherland opens up to take in the full terrain of the hospital, from the lines of women at the front door to the packed delivery and operating rooms — in which women give birth virtually on top of each other — and the cacophonous postnatal ward in which hundreds of mothers and newborns are identified by number rather than name. With no formal introductions, we learn the situations of these women by eavesdropping on their conversations. Yet, thanks to some assured editing from Leah Marino, individual stories emerge from the maelstrom, all of which underscore the monumental challenges facing both the hospital and the overpopulated, poverty-stricken country as a whole. While the hospital’s basic conditions may be devastatingly alien to western viewers, award-winning AsianAmerican filmmaker Diaz (Imelda, The Learning, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey) is careful to strike a balance. While these women understand their plight, they are not defined by it; they remain stoic, proud, bawdy in their interactions and loyal to those around them.
FORUM US-Phil. 2016. 94mins Director Ramona S Diaz Production company CineDiaz International sales Dogwoof, email@example.com Producers Ramona S Diaz, Rey Cuerdo Cinematography Nadia Hallgren Editor Leah Marino
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The view from Mexico As divisive rhetoric continues to swell across the Atlantic, it is appropriate that Mexico is taking centre stage at the Berlinale as the EFM’s inaugural Country In Focus. Elisabet Cabeza reports
erlin knows a thing or two about walls. As controversy strikes with US president Donald Trump’s signing of an executive order to brick up the border between Mexico and the US, the Berlinale is busy building bridges. It could hardly be more symbolic. Berlin’s Wall once stood in front of the Martin-Gropius-Bau, main venue of the European Film Market (EFM), which now welcomes Mexico as the Country In Focus. On the other side stands the House of Representatives, hosting the Co-Production Market. The Country In Focus initiative, launching this year to highlight the presence of one country amid the growing number of professionals, nationalities, companies and institutions at the EFM, “is not a concept that is completely new; it has been done before at other events”, says EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol. “But it is something we value as it strengthens our relationship with the film industries of other countries.”
The EFM’s choice was a fairly easy one, given that Germany-Mexico Year, a partnership designed to strengthen bilateral co-operation between the two countries across fields ranging from culture to business, was launched in April 2016. “Together with [Berlinale director] Dieter Kosslick, we suggested to IMCINE — the Mexican Film Institute — to have a focus on Mexico,” says Knol. “There’s a longstanding tradition of producers and filmmakers coming to the festival and the market, and the industry part of the Berlinale being active in Mexico, so it was a logical step to start with Mexico. And by setting it up, we realised it’s something we would like to do every year from now on.” The Mexican industry’s presence in Berlin has been strong for a long time, both in the market and the festival. In 2015, the best debut feature award went to Gabriel Ripstein’s
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600 Miles and the year before it was awarded to Alonso Ruizpalacios’s Gueros. In 2011, the Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution went to Paula Markovitch’s The Prize and, in 2008, the Alfred Bauer Prize was given to Fernando Eimbcke for his Competition title Lake Tahoe. At the Martin-Gropius-Bau this year, Mexico’s centrally located stand will be well and truly in the spotlight. Proud to be ﬁrst IMCINE director-general Jorge Sanchez attended the Berlinale for the first time in 1979, and has come to the festival since as a producer with films such as Cabeza De Vaca, which played in Competition in 1991, and later as director of Guadalajara Film Festival. Sanchez is delighted (Left) IMCINE’s Jorge Sanchez
‘It was a logical step to start with Mexico. By setting it up, we realised it’s something we would like to do every year’ Matthijs Wouter Knol, EFM
to see a new step to strengthen the bonds between Berlin and Mexico. “The Berlinale is like a second home for Mexican cinema and we are very proud to be the first country in focus at the EFM,” he says. “Berlin has always recognised our diversity and talent, not only from Mexico but in Latin America in general,” adds Cristina Velasco, director of film production support at IMCINE. “Being the »
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focus of the most prestigious market in Europe enables producers and filmmakers in general to knock on the doors of the industry’s key players. This business is all about making the right connections and the EFM is allowing our producers to do so within a professional spotlight.” IMCINE, in collaboration with the EFM, is bringing over a selection of promising Mexican producers. “We’ll help them network,” says Knol. “We’ll make sure EFM delegates know their faces and names and can reach out to these producers to consider co-productions and developing projects with them.” Roll call The list of key Mexican industry players who will be present includes both established and up-and-coming names. Among them are Gaston Pavlovich, whose credits through his company Fabrica de Cine include Martin Scorsese’s Silence; producer Jaime Romandia from Mantarraya Films, the company behind Carlos Reygadas and Amat Escalante’s pictures; and Monica Lozano from Alebrije Cinema & Video, an experienced producer who got her start on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Amores Perros. Producers with films at the festival include Guatemala’s Pamela Guinea, based in Mexico since 2013, who has Maria Novaro’s Tesoros in Generation Kplus, and Juan Pablo Bastarrachea, who has Casa Roshell playing in Forum. Elsewhere, producer Inna Payan, founder of Animal de Luz, will have a project in the Co-Production Market — Where The Summer Went by Beatriz Sanchis — while producer Martha Sosa will have Rush Hour, from director Luciana Kaplan, at Meet The Docs. Producer and documentary director Carlos Hernandez (Anything Else Than Air) will also be present, as will Venezuela-born documentary director Jorge Hernandez Aldana (Buffalo, The Heirs). Well established in Mexico, Hernandez Aldana is bringing Benigno Cruz to the Co-Production Market. Documentary is a genre IMCINE has chosen to highlight through Mexico In Focus, in sync with the country’s long tradition in the field. A broad spectrum will be available to sample at the festival and market screenings, while IMCINE will also host a lunch for the interna-
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tional documentary industry. Linked to this is the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fund, an IMCINE initiative backed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support projects from Mexico and Central America. “The fund invites indigenous and Afrodescendant filmmakers from Mexico and Central America to present projects that not only promote reflection on the right to equality and non-discrimination, but also make visible the social obstacles that these imply,” says Velasco. In Drama Series Days (February 13-15) — a joint initiative for series content coorganised by the EFM, the Berlinale Co-
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Production Market and Berlinale Talents that was introduced last year — EFM and IMCINE are hosting the talk ‘New Frontiers: Creating Original Content in Mexico and Latin America’ on February 13 (2:30pm at the Zoo Palast). “We’ll talk to showrunners and producers based in Mexico who are working on drama series and have decided to develop high-quality original content. [It is] an opportunity to get away from the stereotypes that might be used sometimes referring to Mexican or Latin American drama series,” explains Knol. One participant is Gerardo Naranjo, director of I’m Gonna
Explode and Miss Bala, who has become active in the drama series field with Fear The Walking Dead and Narcos. The panel will also discuss details of the new funding strategies. “Starting this year, the Foprocine fund for the production of high-quality films will now offer funds to the production of drama, documentary and animation series. This effort is followed by a project development call we opened last December, where IMCINE will grant about $20,000 per project. It will be open to international co-productions and international directors,” Velasco explains. The extent of the co-operation between the Mexican film industry, EFM and the Berlinale is also relevant in other areas, such as the Berlinale Talents programme adopted by Guadalajara Film Festival. Guadalajara Talent Campus welcomes young people from all parts of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, in a project Sanchez triggered when he was director of Guadalajara Film Festival. The most recent edition of Morelia Film Festival had a Berlinale Spotlight, showing films from the 2016 line-up, and Morelia’s founding director Daniela Michel is back in Berlin as a member of the jury for the festival’s new $53,700 (¤50,000) Glashütte Original s Documentary Award. n
BRING THE HEAT MEXICAN FILMS AT THE BERLINALE Mexican productions are present at the Berlinale across several sections: Maria Novaro’s Tesoros in Generation Kplus, Jose Pablo Escamilla’s Firefly (Libelula) in Generation 14plus, Camila Jose Donoso’s Casa Roshell in Forum, Esteban Arrangoiz Julien’s Reverie In The Meadow (Ensueno De Pradera) in Berlinale Shorts, Everardo Gonzalez’s Devil’s Freedom (La Libertad Del Diablo) in Berlinale Special and Felipe Cazals’ Canoa (1976) in Berlinale Classics. Several new projects taking shape in 2017 are at the EFM. They include Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, Carlos Reygadas’ Where Life Is Born (Donde Nace La Vida) and Michel Franco’s Las Hijas De Abril, starring Emma Suarez. Golden Lion winner Lorenzo Vigas is coproducing Las Hijas De Abril with Franco, a partnership that will continue on Vigas’ next film La Caja, to be shot this year, which Franco will co-produce.
Other hot Mexican titles include projects from Gaz Alazraki, whose feature debut The Noble Family broke Mexican box-office records in 2012. Alazraki’s second film, Almost Paradise, is a story set in the 1950s and is scheduled for an autumn shoot. Fox International already has distribution rights for North and South America. Another period film is El Complot Mongol from Sebastian del Amo (Cantinflas), a Spain-Mexico coproduction starring Carlos Bardem. Director Natalia Beristain’s The Goodbyes is also one of the titles with high expectations at the EFM, especially after its success at Ventana Sur, where it won the European Vision Prize in the Primer Corte section for projects in postproduction. Reverie In The Meadow
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HOT PROJECTS JAPAN
Gems from Japan New films from hot Japanese directors including Sabu, Takashi Miike and Yoji Yamada are entertaining the Berlinale and being presented to buyers at the EFM. Liz Shackleton reports
COMPETITION Mr Long Dir Sabu Japanese filmmaker Sabu’s Competition entry stars Taiwanese actor Chang Chen (The Assassin) as a coldhearted killer who strikes up a relationship with a young boy and his single mother when he is stranded in a small Japanese town. Co-produced by Japan’s Live Max Film and LDH Pictures, Hong Kong’s
BLK2 Pictures and Germany’s Rapid Eye Movies, the Japanese and Chinese-language film also stars Yao Yiti and Japanese actor Sho Aoyagi. Sabu first hit the festival circuit as a director with Postman Blues in 1997 and has recent credits including Miss Zombie (2013) and Chasuke’s Journey (2015), which screened in Berlin’s Competition in 2015. Contact Winnie Lau, Jet Tone Films firstname.lastname@example.org
FORUM Three Lights Dir Kohki Yoshida The fourth feature from Kohki Yoshida revolves around four characters: a nursery school teacher; the teacher’s friend, who works in a call centre; an attractive tennis coach; and his friend, a self-proclaimed genius with authoritarian tendencies. The quartet comes together to create experimental music in an abandoned warehouse, in a story that explores the joint creative process. Yoshida’s second feature, Household X (2010), also screened in Forum, and his last film, Tokyo Bitch, I Love You (2013), received a special mention at Tokyo Filmex. Contact Masashi Yamamoto, Cinema Impact email@example.com
The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always The Densest Shade Of Blue Dir Yuya Ishii Yuya Ishii’s gentle drama follows two lonely characters whose paths keep crossing in Tokyo: a woman who works as a nurse by day and entertains men in a hostess bar by night, and a construction worker who is blind in one eye. Produced by Japan’s Little More, Film Makers and TV Tokyo, the film explores the struggle for survival in a modern city that is being crushed by globalisation and changing value systems. Initially known for quirky indie dramas, Ishii took a step up in budget terms with 2013 comedy drama The Great Passage, which swept the Japan Academy Awards. Contact Pia Film Festival firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dir Naoko Ogigami Naoko Ogigami’s Panorama entry tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who goes to live with an uncle and his transgender girlfriend after her mother disappears. The girlfriend, played by Toma Ikuta, teaches the little girl to knit as a way to control her temper. One of the most prominent filmmakers of Japan’s female new wave, Ogigami is a Berlinale regular with films such as Glasses, which won the festival’s Manfred Salzgeber Award in 2008, while her last film, Rent-A-Cat, premiered in the
Panorama section in 2012. Close-Knit is also screening in Generation 14plus’s Cross-Section. Contact Emico Kawai, Nikkatsu email@example.com
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and suspicious deaths. A reporter refuses to believe that children are killing adults and begins to investigate. Now in postproduction, the film stars singer-actors Hideaki Takizawa and Daiki Arioka, along with Mugi Kadowaki, who won the best new actress prize at the 2015 Kinema Junpo awards for Love’s Whirlpool. Contact Shion Komatsu, Shochiku firstname.lastname@example.org
Memoirs Of A Murderer Dir Yu Irie
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EUROPEAN FILM MARKET Almost Coming, Almost Dying Dir Toshimasa Kobayashi Comedian Nou Misoo stars in this comedy drama based on Manabu Nakagawa’s manga, Kumoman, which details the author’s own experiences and subsequent shame when he was struck down by a brain haemorrhage on the point of orgasm in a massage parlour. Director Toshimasa Kobayashi makes his feature debut with the film, scheduled for Japanese release on February 4, after working with Nakagawa on TV drama I Still Don’t Have Any Friends. Contact Haruko Watanabe, Gaga email@example.com
Blade Of The Immortal Dir Takashi Miike UK producer Jeremy Thomas’s Recorded Picture Company (RPC) is reteaming with Takashi Miike on this action drama about a samurai cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Adapted from Hiroaki Samura’s hit manga, the film stars Takuya Kimura (2046), Hana Sugisaki, Ebizo Ichikawa and Min Tanaka. Japan’s OLM Production is producing with RPC and Warner Bros Japan will release the film locally on April 29. Contact Hanway Films firstname.lastname@example.org
three working women and their camaraderie. Kazuya Shiraishi, who won the Skip City Award for Lost Paradise In Tokyo in 2009, recently directed crime comedy Twisted Justice, distributed by Toei and Nikkatsu. Contact Emico Kawai, Nikkatsu email@example.com
Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom? Dirs Akiyuki Shinbo, Nobuyuki Takeuchi Based on a TV series created by director Shunji Iwai, this animated feature is produced by Genki Kawamura, who was behind last year’s record-breaking animation hit Your Name. Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo of the SHAFT Inc animation studio and Nobuyuki Takeuchi, who has worked with Studio Ghibli, the film tells the story of two boys and a girl whose fates are intertwined. Hitoshi One (Bakuman) adapted Iwai’s original story. Contact Akihiro Takeda, Toho a_takeda@ toho.co.jp
Little Nightmares Dir Takashi Shimizu
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Dir Kazuya Shiraishi Fresh from its international premiere in Rotterdam, Dawn Of The Felines is the final instalment in Nikkatsu’s reboot of its Roman Porno series. A comment on prostitution in contemporary Japan, the film revolves around
Starring Tatsuya Fujiwara from the Death Note franchise and Hideaki Ito (TerraFormars), Yu Irie’s drama revolves around a serial killer who is never apprehended and 22 years after his crimes announces his intention to write a memoir about the murders he has committed. Scripted by Irie and Kenya Hirata, the film is screening at the EFM and is scheduled for Japanese release on June 10. Irie’s credits include award-winning dramas 8,000 Miles (2009) and thriller Joker Game (2015). Contact Naoko Satoh, Nippon TV firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest project from horror meister Takashi Shimizu, Dawn Of The Felines director of The Grudge series, is set in a suburban town rocked by a series of child disappearances
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Mumon: The Land Of Stealth
Mumon: The Land Of Stealth Dir Yoshihiro Nakamura The latest work from one of Japan’s most versatile filmmakers, Mumon: The Land Of Stealth is a period drama based on Ryo Wada’s novel Shinobi No Kuni, about the showdown between a warlord and a rebellious ninja clan. Starring Satoshi Ohno, Satomi Ishihara and Yusuke Iseya, the film is in post-production for Japanese release in July. Nakumura’s credits include comedy drama Fish Story (2009), thriller Golden Slumber (2010) and crime drama The Snow White Murder Case (2014). Contact Yuhka Matoi, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc (TBS) email@example.com
Reminiscence Dir Yasuo Furuhata Director Yasuo Furuhata and DoP Daisaku Kimura are reuniting for the first time in nine years on this suspense drama featuring an all-star cast including
Junichi Okada, Shun Oguri, Tasuku Emoto and Masami Nagasawa. Scheduled for Japanese release on June 6, the film follows three male friends connected by their shared past in an orphanage. When one of them is killed following a period of financial difficulty, one of the surviving friends is named as a suspect. Furuhata and Kimura collaborated on films such as Buddies (1989), Railroad Man (1999) and The Firefly (2001). Contact Yasuke Kikuchi, Toho firstname.lastname@example.org
Stray Nightingale Dir Hidenori Inoue Japanese theatre company Village Inc is screening the international cut of Stray Nightingale — a filmed version of its acclaimed stage play — at the EFM. Following huge demand from local theatre fans, Village Inc formed a label, Geki Cine, around 10 years ago, which records the company’s plays using multiple cameras, surround sound and high-end postproduction. Directed by acclaimed theatre director Hidenori Inoue, Stray Nightingale tells the story of a retired thief taking refuge in a tavern who comes across a man who saved his life many years ago. The cast is headed by Arata Furuta, Izumi Inamori and Shunsuke Daitoh. Contact Hiroyuki Hata, Village Inc hata@village-inc-jp
What A Wonderful Family 2 Dir Yoji Yamada The cast of Yoji Yamada’s 2016 hit comedy drama What A Wonderful Family! return for this sequel, which is in postproduction. The story picks up several years after the first film, with the family growing increasingly concerned about the safety of their father (Isao Hashizume) when he keeps coming home with dents in his car. Can they convince this stubborn old man that he is now an elderly driver who needs to relinquish his licence? The returning cast includes Satoshi Tsumabuki, who starred in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, and Yu Aoi (Tokyo Family, Hula Girl). Contact Shion Komatsu, Shochiku s email@example.com ■
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BUZZ TITLES SPAIN
Spanish sizzle Spanish filmmakers are readying a slew of box-office friendly productions for 2017. Elisabet Cabeza selects some of the highlights heading to screens in the coming months
irst feature films by promising new talents in the Spanish industry abound this year. Short-film directors such as the Oscar-nominated Esteban Crespo, and writers like Sergio G Sanchez — who works with JA Bayona — take centre stage alongside veterans who have star-studded projects in the works. Fernando Leon de Aranoa is one of them: he has an ace couple in Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem for Escobar.
Ana By Day Dir Andrea Jaurrieta This feature debut is a psychological thriller starring Ingrid Garcia Jonsson, whose credits include Beautiful Youth. Ana By Day is a story of stolen identities, and is about a woman who discovers that a lookalike has taken her place without anybody noticing. Andrea Jaurrieta is producing the film with Pomme Hurlante Films and No Hay Banda. It is now in post. Contact Anadedia Film email@example.com
As We Like It Dir Carlos Marques-Marcet Actors Natalia Tena and David Verdaguer reteam with director Carlos Marques-Marcet following Long Distance (10.000km) for this London-set romantic comedy. Oona Chaplin costars. As We Like It is a co-production between Spain’s Lastor Media, the US’s LA Panda Productions and the UK’s Venner Film. Avalon has Spanish distribution rights, with Visit Films handling international rights. Contact Visit Films firstname.lastname@example.org
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a prestigious boarding school with a headmistress whose powers go well beyond the academic world. Now in post, the film is produced by Fickle Fish Films, Temple Hill Entertainment and Nostromo Pictures. Lionsgate is handling international sales. Contact Lionsgate International
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in this take on Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar. Escobar shot in Colombia at the end of 2016 with further scenes to be filmed between Spain and Bulgaria in April. The film tells the story of Escobar through the eyes of his lover, journalist Virginia Vallejo. It is set up as a Spain-Bulgaria co-production produced by Miguel Menendez de Zubillaga with Kalina Kottas of B2Y and Bardem. Handled by Nu Image, sales are closed in numerous territories. Nu Image is showing buyers the first images in Berlin. Contact Nu Image www.nuimage.net
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Down A Dark Hall After Buried, with Ryan Reynolds, and Red Lights, with Cillian Murphy, Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes is working again in English, this time with Uma Thurman. Down A Dark Hall is an adaptation of the novel by Lois Duncan set in
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The screenwriter of The Orphanage and The Impossible makes his debut as a feature director with this English-language horror film set in the US in the 1960s. It is produced by Telecinco Cinema with Ruidos En El Atico, Mediaset and Movistar Plus. Marrowbone has
an international cast led by Anya TaylorJoy and George MacKay. Lionsgate has sold the film to more than 30 territories. Contact Lionsgate International
Orbiter 9 Dir Hatem Khraiche Ruiz-Zorrilla The sci-fi thriller shot in Spain and Colombia with a stellar Spanish cast led by Clara Lago (Spanish Affair), Alex Gonzalez (X-Men: First Class) and Belen Rueda (The Orphanage). Seville International sold the film widely at AFM. It will be ready for deliver in the spring. Contact Seville (eOne) email@example.com
To Love Dir Esteban Crespo The feature debut of Oscar-nominated short-film director Esteban Crespo (That Wasn’t Me) is a coming-of-age story starring Maria Pedraza and Pol Monen. Written by Crespo, To Love is a co-production between Spanish outfits Avalon, Amar and Filmeu, with broadcaster TVE and Netflix, and is ready to show to buyers. Contact Global Screen klaus. s firstname.lastname@example.org ■
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SPOTLIGHT RENATE ROSE
A pioneer spirit As the founder and head of European Film Promotion for 20 years, Renate Rose has played a vital role in the modern European film industry. On the eve of her retirement, she talks to Louise Tutt
ith a quiet determination, Renate Rose has helped to redraw the map for European distributors, filmmakers and talent over the past 20 years. As founder and managing director of Hamburg-based European Film Promotion (EFP), she has pioneered a raft of initiatives that, at their heart, encourage distributors, producers and sales agents to board planes and take trains to meet their counterparts in other parts of Europe and beyond. The idea is to make it possible for European films to be seen by audiences outside their home country. “It’s niche product we talk about when it comes to European films,” says Rose. “But even with little money we have achieved a lot. With the sales support we run, a sales agent can get ¤5,000 [$5,350] per film if he presents a film at a special film festival outside Europe. He has to go there, he has to meet people. It’s little money but it really works.” Producers on the Move, Shooting Stars, umbrella stands at festivals and the Film Sales Support (FSS), to name just four of EFP’s enterprises, are now familiar and invaluable elements that help to underpin the very notion of a ‘European film industry’.
‘One by one, I have slowly developed the team. I decided to take every decision myself’ Renate Rose, EFP
who speaks with great affection of her staff. “One by one, I have slowly developed the team. I decided to take every decision myself.” Notably, there are plenty of women. “Working in the film industry I have always met a lot of women,” she says. “It’s a cultural industry and there are a lot of women compared to other industries.” She is proud of the democratic nature of the organisation when it comes to its members. “No-one has ever left us, we have only grown,” she says. “It is one country, one vote, regardless of size; no matter how big or small, their vote counts the same. We take decisions with all our members, and we have working groups and develop projects together.”
Two decades in the making It did not happen by chance. In the late 1980s, when the Bonn-born Rose was a graphic design and photography graduate in Hamburg (she moved to the city for a boy), European distributors and producers did not know each other at all. She met the head of Hamburg Film Fund, a young man called Dieter Kosslick, who was already renowned as a brilliant networker. “He understood something needed to be done,” Rose recalls. Kosslick co-founded the European Film Distributor Office (EFDO) in 1988 with the support of Europe’s first MEDIA programme. Rose joined to help forge the ‘EFDO abroad’ programme, which marketed and promoted European films at international festivals. When EFDO closed in 1996, Rose seized the opportunity to create her own agency. “I realised I had all the know-how, all the people I had met at festivals, all the colleagues responsible for the promotion of the national films in their countries,”
EFP board of directors Christian Juhl Lemche, Danish Film Institute; Briony Hanson, British Council; EFP vice-president Pia Lundberg, Swedish Film Institute; EFP president Martin Schweighofer, Austrian Films; Nerina T Kocjancic, Slovenian Film Centre; Mariette Rissenbeek, German Films; and Francoise Lentz, Film Fund Luxembourg
Rose explains. “I brought a few of these colleagues together and I got a little money from the city of Hamburg to continue to run the office. And we created EFP with only 10 countries.” Two decades ago, EFP was Rose on her own with a part-time secretary. Still in the same office, today she works with
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11 other people, 37 countries are EFP members, and together they run 12 events throughout the year as well as the FSS scheme. “This is the work of 20 years,” laughs Rose,
Heavy workload It has been a full-time job for Rose from the beginning. “It has been a lot of work,” she admits. “We have to apply to MEDIA for all of our activities but we are lucky as we present a pan-European concept and so we have got most, not all, of our requests. We’ve always had a good relationship with MEDIA. Now we have a secured budget only until May. I’ve just finished all the applications for June 2017.” Rose has decided the time is right to retire and has been working with her successor, Sonja Heinen, since last August. “I need a break. I am 64 this year,” she says. She wants to spend time with her grandchildren; her third was born in January. “I will miss the people, my team, we are very close. But s that’s life.” ■ The Berlinale hosts the EFP Shooting Stars. Pictured left, 2016 alumna Lou de Laage at the ceremony
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IN FOCUS EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION
The European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production signing at IFFR
System update Europe’s latest co-production legislation makes it easier to co-produce with international partners. Geoffrey Macnab looks at what the changes mean for producers
wenty-five years after it was created by the Council of Europe, the European Convention on Cinematographic CoProduction is going international. An updated version was signed into existence at International Film Festival Rotterdam on January 30 to open it up to non-European producers. Now it will be much easier for European signatories of the convention to co-produce with partners from outside Europe. The revisions to the convention come in response to the needs of European producers themselves who are increasingly working with non-European partners, notably in recent years with Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America. “Since producers are making films with those countries, it was a duty for the Council of Europe and the European Convention to open the door to them,” suggests Roberto Olla, executive director of the Council of Europe’s production support fund Eurimages. Olla has been instrumental in updating the convention rules for the Council of Europe, the Strasbourg-based body that exists separately
from the European Union and is charged with promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. Eurimages itself has recently opened its fund to countries outside Europe and revising the convention was, says Olla, a logical next step. “We are a little bit late, we should have been doing it before,” he says. Beyond Europe The revised convention will make it far easier for its signatories to work with nonEuropean countries. They will not need to rely on bilateral treaties, which not every country has. Countries outside Europe that wish to sign the convention will need to obtain the unanimous vote of all the other signatories. It is likely that only those non-European countries already making co-productions via bilateral treaties with individual European member states will wish to join the convention. “For companies like us who are operating very actively at a global level and co-operating with filmmakers not only across Europe but also with Latin America, South Africa and India, it will increase our possibilities and make us much more flexible,” says producer Mike
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Downey of UK company F&ME. He regularly uses the convention to produce projects such as Michael Bassett’s debut film Deathwatch, a UK-Germany-Czech Republic co-production, on which F&ME was the majority producer, and Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s Falcons, which was an Iceland-Norway-Germany-UK co-production, on which F&ME was the minority partner. The other significant enhancement of the convention is that it has adjusted the minimum and maximum proportions of contributions from each co-producer. The minimum contribution rate is now 5% of the overall budget, down from 10%. Under the old system, smaller territories could use the convention to co-produce but they were still effectively excluded from bigger projects as they were often not in a position to provide the 20% of the overall budget required to become part of bilateral co-productions and the 10% required for multilateral coproductions. They could still participate in such projects as service producers but would not be recognised as official national co-production partners. “It’s a very good thing that you can
‘The objective is to have one system for everybody’ Roberto Olla, Eurimages
come in with a lower percentage and still be an official partner,’ says Dutch producer Els Vandevorst (Brimstone, Francofonia, Dogville) of the new rules. “There are situations in every co-production when you want to use an element but can’t because you have to take it from the co-producers you already have.” The convention also needed to be changed for linguistic purposes. The original version is framed in outdated analogue language. For example, the 1992 convention talks about “the object of the co-production” as being to “share the rights over the original negative” and the need for co-producers to have an “internegative” for their own use. Such language is no longer relevant »
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Outside Europe, Canada, for example, is one of the most active countries offering incentives on a bilateral basis, with more than 55 co-production agreements worldwide, while inside Europe, France has more than 30 treaties. Other countries have far fewer. The convention means all signatory countries can work with each other using one treaty. It came into being at a time when the whole landscape of European ‘audiovisual space’, as it was called, was changing. Eurimages, the Council of Europe’s fund for co-production, was launched in 1988. The ‘Television Without Frontiers’ directive established a legal framework Stimulating production for the cross-border transmission of TV The convention was adopted by the programmes the next year, and the Council of Europe in 1992 and came into Media Programme was launched in force in 1994. It has underpinned European co-production ever since and been 1991. All were aimed at stimulating the ratified by 43 Council of Europe states. pan-European production and distribution of European films, talent and comPreviously a European filmmaker lookpanies. Between them, these measures ing to co-produce would have to rely on helped usher in a brave new world. a complex patchwork of bilateral treaAlthough the UK withdrew from ties, which worked well for larger terriEurimages in the mid-1990s, it has been tories but effectively froze out smaller fully involved in redrafting the convenEuropean nations that had not negotition. For any UK producers trying to coated any such treaties. Different counwith European produce tries have different numbers of treaties. AF_TemaQueluz_Rev_Screen_218x150.pdf 1 03/02/17 16:51 partners, it now that distribution in Europe is almost entirely digital. The mantra behind the convention in both its new and old forms is to “simplify, standardise and to give legal certainty”. Of course, the system is not perfect. However, its multilateral nature makes it a more flexible tool than a bilateral treaty. “Essentially it allows a pooling of creative, financial and technical expertise and resources, as well as a sharing of risk across a number of different countries and it is an intrinsic part of how we do business in Europe today,” says Downey of how it has helped his work.
‘It will increase our possibilities and make us much more flexible’ Mike Downey, F&ME
remains an essential tool. Given the way UK co-production rates have plummeted (there were only 23 in 2016 according to BFI data compared to an already low 37 the year before), its importance cannot be overstated. “The convention on the whole has served well over the years,” says Downey. “It has its quirks, but on the whole it is a straightforward piece of legislation that has to bring together a vast number of countries of different shapes and sizes. “If you are co-producing with anywhere in the world, it is essential to embrace it and work with it, as it is often the key for companies like us who are coproducing on a global level as it can link together countries by combining it with bilateral treaties.”
One final further change ushered in by the new convention is it should now be possible to measure accurately just how well the system actually works. There has never been a system to monitor the number of productions made using the convention or of sharing best practice advice in its application, for the simple reason member states did not want to pay the extra cost of such research. The revised convention proposes Eurimages will undertake the work. All that remains to ratify the new convention is securing the signatures of the member states. Netherlands, Greece, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia and Ukraine all signed in Rotterdam. Other countries will follow in due course. In the short term, at least, the old convention will remain in force. It and the new, modified version will exist side by side. “As we move from the old regime to the new regime, unfortunately, we will still have two legal systems,” says Olla. “I will try my best to push the Association of Producers to motivate their own governments to sign and ratify the convention. The objective is to have one system for everybody and to simplify — not to s complicate things.” n
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SPOTLIGHT CULINARY CINEMA
Passing the taste test Scorned by critics at its launch, Culinary Cinema has become a respected part of the Berlinale programme — and one that gives section co-founder Dieter Kosslick confidence in his life choices. By Geoffrey Macnab
hen festival director Dieter Kosslick first launched Berlin’s Culinary Cinema strand in 2007 with his colleague Thomas Struck, the response among some critics was bafflement and hostility. “When we announced it at our own programme press conference, I really thought it was not the beginning of the Culinary Cinema, but the end,” Kosslick recalls. “Some fancy film critics were really laughing at me, saying, in a way, ‘He is really going mad, this guy. He should look for great Competition films, not ones about vegetarian food and how animals are treated.’” A decade later, Culinary Cinema is a respected part of the official programme. Screenings are sold out, other festivals have imitated the idea, and more and more food-themed films are being produced. Just as the Berlinale now takes food seriously, so does the Monsieur city. There was a time when Mayonnaise you would struggle to find any Michelin-starred restaurants in Berlin. “Now, we are in the centre of the food movement,” Kosslick says. World on a plate For sales agents, Culinary Cinema can be an excellent marketing tool. Peter Jaeger, CEO of global sales and distribution outfit Jaeger Creative, has had several films in the section over the years, among them El Bulli: Cooking In Progress, Slow Food Story and Mussels In Love. He describes it as “the most important platform” at which to launch a food documentary. “The fact it is a side section doesn’t matter because the whole world is there and you are in [official] selection,” Jaeger says. “You will attract all the rights buyers from Magnolia in the US to Cinéart in Benelux, and buyers from Japan to Brazil. You can sell the whole film worldwide within a week.” Culinary Cinema, he adds, can help propel a film towards “a great festival career” because so many festival programmers attend Berlinale. This year, Culinary Cinema will have four world premieres and several top
‘The fact it is a side section doesn’t matter. The world is there and you are in official selection’ Peter Jaeger, Jaeger Creative
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chefs in town to cook in the Gropius restaurant. Culinary Cinema encompasses everything from fine-dining documentaries to films about sustainability and stories about the brutality of factory farming. This year’s line-up includes Mark Tchelistcheff ’s André — The Voice Of Wine, about Russian emigre André Tchelistcheff, the so-called ‘dean of American winemaking’; Jose Antonio Blanco and Angel Parra’s Spanish documentary Soul, which opens the programme and profiles Basque chef Eneko Atxa; and Monsieur Mayonnaise, where Australian director Trevor Graham accompanies painter and filmmaker Philippe Mora as he researches his family’s past.
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In Culinary Cinema, the programmers have always tried to balance playfulness with polemic; to celebrate food but also to encourage audiences to question the way it is produced. “We have to do both — eat and drink — and fight,” Kosslick says. The Berlinale director, who used to be a food writer and once co-authored a book on bagels, is passionate not just about food but about the politics behind it. “Now I know why I am a vegetarian,” Kosslick reflects when talking of films that have shown in Berlin, such as Food, Inc (2008), about the harmful effects of mass food production. “Having seen these films, I cannot go back. We have to
stop this [meat production], and not just for ecological reasons or because of global warming. We must stop it because people become sick. If you eat meat every day, this is absolutely unhealthy.” Culinary Cinema is not just about film premieres and gala dinners. Kosslick also tries to ensure festivalgoers, whether journalists, industry delegates or the public, can eat well and quickly, which is why the festival started its Street Food initiative. If you don’t eat properly during the 10 stressful days spent rushing around a festival like Berlin, Kosslick warns, you risk becoming “sick and depressed”. As for the critics who once mocked Culinary Cinema, they seem to have fallen quiet. “They are not laughing at me now — at least not when I’m in the s room,” laughs Kosslick. n
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FESTIVAL & PRESS
09:00 ON BODY AND SOUL
(Hungary) 116mins. Dir: Ildiko Enyedi. Cast: Alexandra Borbely, Geza Morcsanyi, Reka Tenki, Zoltan Schneider, Ervin Nagy, Itala Bekes, Ava Bata, Pal Macsai, Zsuzsa Jaro, Nora RainerMicsinyei. Work colleagues Maria and Endre prefer to keep to themselves. They are surprised to learn that they have the same dreams at night. They begin to discover the realm of emotions and physical desire, at first individually and then together. Competition Press only Berlinale Palast
(US, Israel) Filmadora Producciones. 81mins. Dir: Joshua Z Weinstein. Cast: Menashe Lustig. Menashe hopes to retain custody of his son following the death of his wife. Yet Brooklyn’s Hasidic community demands he lead a more ordered life and find a new spouse, neither of which come easy to the kind but awkward loner. Forum Press only CinemaxX 6
JUST LIKE OUR PARENTS
(Brazil) 102mins. Dir: Lais Bodanzky. Cast: Maria Ribeiro, Paulo Vilhena, Clarisse Abujamra, Jorge Mautner, Sophia Valverde, Annalara Prates, Herson Capri, Felipe Rocha. Rosa is in her late 30s, a child of the 1970s with divorced parents. She lives with her own family in Sao Paulo. Overwhelmed by an eruption of individual passions, lies and the expectations of three generations, she tries to discover who she really is.
(Japan) Daiei Film. 127mins. Dir: Naoko Ogigami. Cast: Toma Ikuta, Rinka Kakihara, Kenta Kiritani. When her mother leaves, Tomo is taken in by her
Panorama Special CinemaxX 7
OLD AGENT MEN
(Germany) 93mins. Dir: Robert Thalheim. Cast: Henry Hubchen, Michael Gwisdeck, Antje Traue, Jurgen Prochnow. Long-retired GDR spy Jochen Falk is called back to duty by former enemy BND, the West German secret service, for a rescue mission in a former Soviet republic. He agrees, on one condition: to bring along his old agent buddies. LOLA at Berlinale Accreditation only Zoo Palast 2
11:15 BICKELS [SOCIALISM]
(Germany, Israel) 92mins. Dir: Heinz Emigholz. An event at the Casa
uncle and his transgender partner. Before long, the members of this new family are confronted by social conventions. A sensitively told story from Naoko Ogigami. Panorama Special CinemaxX 7
do Povo cultural centre in Sao Paulo forms the starting point for Emigholz’s exploration of the architecture of Samuel Bickels, who designed numerous kibbutz buildings and museums in Israel from the 1950s into the 1970s.
Dir: Nicolette Krebitz. Cast: Lilith Stangenberg, Georg Friedrich, Silke Bodenbender. An anarchistic story of a protagonist who breaks the tacit contract with civilisation and fearlessly decides on a life without a safety net or hypocrisy.
Forum Press only CinemaxX 6
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12:00 THE DINNER
(US) International Dog Productions. 120mins. Dir: Oren Moverman. Cast: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, Chloe Sevigny. How far are parents prepared to go to protect their children? In his starstudded thriller-cum-family drama based on the novel by Dutch author Herman Koch, Oren Moverman poses some fundamental moral questions. Competition Press only Berlinale Palast
12:30 CLOSE-KNIT See box, above
13:30 MY HAPPY FAMILY
(Germany, Georgia, France) 120mins. Dir: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross. Cast: Ia Shugliashvili, Merab Ninidze, Berta Khapava, Tsisia Qumsishvili, Giorgi Khurtsilava, Giorgi Tabidze, Goven Cheishvili, Dimitri Oragvelidze. On her 52nd birthday, Manna announces that she wants to leave her husband and find a place of her own. As most of the family » live with her, they show www.screendaily.com
little understanding. The story of an emancipation, expertly directed and brilliantly acted. Forum Press only CinemaxX 6
13:45 BACK FOR GOOD
(Germany) 91mins. Dir: Mia Spengler. Cast: Kim Riedle, Juliane Kohler, Leonie Wesselow, Nicki von Tempelhoff, Emma Drogunova, Hanife Sylejmani, Anna Oussankina, Lena Thom, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey, Ulrike Krumbiegel. Fresh out of rehab, reality TV star Angie has to move back in with her mother. When the latter suffers a nervous breakdown, Angie is suddenly landed with her teenage sister when all she really wants to do is get back onto TV. Perspektive Deutsches Kino Press and Accreditation CinemaxX 5
(Germany) 30mins. Dir: Michael Fetter Nathansky. Cast: Gisa Flake, Florian Kroop, Britta Steffenhagen, Martin Neuhaus, Dela Dabulamanzi, Werner Priess, Anja Karnstedt. This is a film about truthfulness. Wait! Let’s try that again. With more pauses and a different emphasis. Here we go! This … is … a film … about truthfulness. Does that sound convincing? Not really. Or does it? Perspektive Deutsches Kino Press and Accreditation CinemaxX 5
(Germany, Switzerland) Acrobates Films. 100mins. Dir: Michael Koch. Cast: Margarita Breitkreiz, Georg Friedrich, Olga Dinnikova, Sahin Eryilmaz. Marija, a young Ukrainian
woman, cleans hotel rooms in Dortmund but dreams of owning her own hair salon. Determined to achieve that goal, she is willing to compromise her body, her relationships and even her own feelings in the process. LOLA at Berlinale Accreditation only Zoo Palast 2
(Italy) 177mins. Dir: Fernando Birri. Cast: Terence Hill, Lidija Juraçik, Isaak Twen Obu, Nolika Pereda, Pietro Santalamazza, Francesco Di Giacomo. Based on a story by Thomas Mann, Birri’s monumental ‘non-film’ reflects the experimental, aesthetic and political currents of the 1970s. An attempt to revolutionise the language of film in 177 minutes and 26,000 cuts. Forum Akademie der Kunste
14:15 INVESTIGATING PARADISE
(France, Algeria) DEFA-Studio fur popularwissenschaftliche Filme. 135mins. Dir: Merzak Allouache. Young Algerian journalist Nedjma and her colleague Mustapha investigate the paradise promised to young men by Salafi preachers. A dense analysis of the more extreme forms of a conservative Islam that strives for dominance. Panorama Documents CineStar 7
(France) ASAP Films. 117mins. Dir: Etienne Comar. Cast: Reda Kateb, Cecile de France, Beata Palya, Bim Bam Merstein, Gabriel Mirete, Vincent Frade, Johnny Montreuil, Raphael Dever, Patrick Mille, Alex Brandemuhl, Ulrich Brandhoff.
Paris, 1943. The occupying Nazis pressure swing guitarist Django Reinhardt to go on tour in Germany. Faced with the question of whether or not to allow his art to be misused for political purposes, he has to make a decision of vital significance. Competition Friedrichstadt-Palast
15:00 THE BOMB
(US) 55mins. Dir: Kevin Ford, Smriti Keshari, Eric Schlosser. An associative rather than chronological history of the atom bomb using archive footage. An experimental montage that encourages us to think and aims to keep alive the dream of a world free of nuclear weapons. Berlinale Special Haus der Berliner Festspiele
15:15 T2 TRAINSPOTTING
Dir: Danny Boyle. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, Shirley Henderson, James Cosmo, Anjela Nedyalkova. After an absence of 20 years, Renton returns to Edinburgh, the place he once called home. Much has changed, some things have not. His old friends have been waiting for him — and along with them, anger and suffering but also friendship and affection. Competition (out of competition) Press only CinemaxX 7
15:30 RED DOG: TRUE BLUE
(Australia) 89mins. Dir: Kriv Stenders. Cast: Phoenix, Levi Miller, Bryan Brown, Jason Isaacs, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Thomas Cocquerel,
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John Jarratt, Justine Clarke, Zen McGrath, Winta McGrath. Mick’s friendship with his dog means the world to him. Growing up in the Australian Outback, they go through everything together, from magical adventures to Mick’s first love. Generation Kplus HKW
16:00 FOR AHKEEM
(US) 89mins. Dir: Jeremy S Levine, Landon Van Soest. Daje lives with her mother in St Louis. Like many black teenagers in the neighbourhood, she struggles in school, as her everyday life is shaken again and again by her friends being killed around her. A long-term documentary observation of huge empathy.
ON BODY AND SOUL
(Hungary) 116mins. Dir: Ildiko Enyedi. Cast: Alexandra Borbely, Geza Morcsanyi, Reka Tenki, Zoltan Schneider, Ervin Nagy, Itala Bekes, Ava Bata, Pal Macsai, Zsuzsa Jaro, Nora RainerMicsinyei. Work colleagues Maria and Endre prefer to keep to themselves. They are surprised to learn that they have the same dreams at night. They begin to discover the realm of emotions and physical desire, at first individually and then together. Competition Berlinale Palast
THE LAST WITNESS
murder case, with the trail of evidence leading all the way back to the Korean War. A politically charged classic showing in a restored, uncut version. Forum Kino Arsenal 1
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16:15 MARIE CURIE — THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE
(Germany, France, Poland) 95mins. Dir: Marie Noelle. Cast: Karolina Gruszka, Arieh Worthalter, Charles Berling. Left alone with two young daughters after the accidental death of her beloved husband Pierre Curie, Marie Curie faces her duties with the greatest courage as a mother and a scientist.
(South Korea) Paris Film. 155mins. Dir: Lee Dooyong. Cast: Hah Myungjoong, Jeong Yun-hui, Choi Bool-am, Hyun Kilsoo, Han Hye-sook. LOLA at Berlinale A detective is entrusted Forum Press only Accreditation only HORIZONTAL_150X218mm.pdf 1 08/02/2017 12:08:24 reopening an unsolved CinemaxX 6 RIFLE_ADVERTISING_HALF with Zoo Palast 20
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(Canada) 78mins. Dir: Ashley McKenzie. Cast: Bhreagh MacNeil, Andrew Gillis, Mark Woodland, Donald Campbell, Barry Wall, Katie Appleton, Jessie MacLean. Nessa and Blaise are homeless, in
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WORLD ON A WIRE
(Federal Republic of Germany) 210mins. Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Klaus Lowitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Karl Heinz Vosgerau, Wolfgang Schenck, Gunter Lamprecht, Ulli Lommel, Adrian Hoven. The new director of a research project that simulates human life with electronic circuits increasingly begins to doubt reality. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s brilliant 1973 sci-fi thriller anticipated many of the effects used in ‘The Matrix’. Retrospective CinemaxX 8
(France) 107mins. Dir: Marie Dumora. For years, Belinda’s life has been attentively captured by the camera. She’s a defiant bundle of energy who doesn’t make things easy for herself or others. But she loves life and her Thierry, currently behind bars, to whom she writes moving love letters. Panorama Documents CineStar 7
(France) ASAP Films.
117mins. Dir: Etienne Comar. Cast: Reda Kateb, Cecile de France, Beata Palya, Bim Bam Merstein, Gabriel Mirete, Vincent Frade, Johnny Montreuil, Raphael Dever, Patrick Mille, Alex Brandemuhl, Ulrich Brandhoff. Competition Friedrichstadt-Palast
After 10 years away, Catherine returns to her daughter, who’s been raised by her grandmother in the interim. As a mother, she’s no longer needed, while as a daughter, she’s only a disappointment. Can a bond be created by sheer effort alone? Forum CineStar 8
HOSTAGES LOVING PIA
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17:45 EL MAR LA MAR
(US) 94mins. Dir: Joshua Bonnetta, JP Sniadecki. The Sonoran Desert between Mexico and the US: 16mm footage of vegetation, weather phenomena, animals, people and the traces they leave behind merge with a polyphonic soundtrack to create a panoramic study of a highly politicised landscape. Forum Press only CinemaxX 6
(Denmark) 100mins. Dir: Daniel Borgman. Cast: Pia Skovgaard, Celine Skovgaard, Jens Jensen, Putte Jensen. Sixty-year-old Pia is intellectually disabled and lives with her mother in the country. Afraid of being alone one day, she begins her first relationship with a man. Drawing heavily on real life, Borgmann traces an emotional journey with great sensitivity. Forum Delphi Filmpalast
A TRIP TO MARS
(Luxembourg, Belgium, France) Acrobates Films. 112mins. Dir: Laura Schroeder. Cast: Lolita Chammah, Themis Pauwels, Isabelle Huppert, Charles Muller, Elsa Houben, Marja-Leena Juncker, Luc Schiltz.
(Denmark) 81mins. Dir: Holger-Madsen. Cast: Nicolai Neiiendam, Gunnar Tolnaes, Zanny Petersen, Alf Blutecher, Svend Kornbeck, Philip Bech, Lilly Jacobsson, Frederik Jacobsen. On Mars, the captain of the spaceship ‘Excelsior’
FESTIVAL & PRESS 17:30 HOSTAGES
(Russian Federation, Georgia, Poland) Interior XIII. 103mins. Dir: Rezo Gigineishvili. Cast: Merab Ninidze, Darejan Kharshiladze, Tina Dalakishvili, Irakli Kvirikadze, Giga Datiashvili, Giorgi Grdzelidze, George Tabidze, Giorgi Khurtsilava, Vakhtang
Chachanidze, Ekaterine Kalatozishvili. A tense, atmospheric retelling of the Tbilisi hijacking of November 18, 1983 that shows how the fierce desire for freedom and independence in a group of young Soviets turned into a readiness to use violence. Panorama Special CineStar 3
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Mourning the death of his older brother, 13-year-old Dayveon becomes drawn to the camaraderie of a local gang while spending his days roaming around his rural Arkansas town.
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(Germany) 90mins. Dir: Jakob Lass. Cast: Ella Rumpf, Maria Dragus. Margarete’s life is turned upside down when tough girl Tiger appears and starts
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encounters a model society of pacifists and vegetarians — and the love of his life. In the era of the First World War, this Danish ‘blockbuster’ depicted a peaceful alternative world. Retrospective Zeughauskino
(US) International Dog Productions. 120mins. Dir: Oren Moverman. Cast: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, Chloe Sevigny. Competition Berlinale Palast
An exploration of the immense power of nuclear weapons, the perverse appeal they have, and the profound death wish at the very heart of them.
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(German Democratic Republic) 82mins. Dir: Herrmann Zschoche. Cast: Cox Habbema, Ivan Andonov, Rolf Hoppe, Vsevolod Sanayev, Peter Slabakov, Wolfgang Greese, Holger Mahlich. A young scientist searches for answers in the disappearance of several spaceships. With its psychedelic colours and easy-listening music, ‘Eolomea’ is trendy proof that a cinematic ‘policy of detente’ had reached even East Germany. Retrospective International
saving her from pushy men. A firm friendship develops. Things soon turn criminal and their moral compass begins to slip. Panorama Special Zoo Palast 1
TIGER GIRL See box, above
Dabulamanzi, Werner Priess, Anja Karnstedt. Perspektive Deutsches Kino CinemaxX 3
BACK FOR GOOD
(Germany) 91mins. Dir: Mia Spengler. Cast: Kim Riedle, Juliane Kohler, Leonie Wesselow, Nicki von Tempelhoff, Emma Drogunova, Hanife Sylejmani, Anna Oussankina, Lena Thom, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey, Ulrike Krumbiegel. Perspektive Deutsches Kino CinemaxX 3
CITY OF THE SUN
(Georgia, US, Qatar, Netherlands) 100mins. Dir: Rati Oneli. Chiatura was once a proud ore-mining centre but today its remaining inhabitants eke out their livelihoods among the ruins of Soviet ambition. Work in the mines, darkness, music and theatre: the post-utopian portrait of life in the city of the sun. Forum CinemaxX 4
(Germany) 30mins. Dir: Michael Fetter Nathansky. Cast: Gisa Flake, Florian Kroop, Britta Steffenhagen, Martin Neuhaus, Dela
ON THE ROAD
(UK) Martin Ebner. 121mins. Dir: Michael Winterbottom. Cast: Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Theo Ellis, Joel Amey, Leah Harvey, James McArdle, Paul Popplewell, Jamie Quinn, Shirley Henderson. Michael Winterbottom follows acclaimed British rock band Wolf Alice on tour, recording their gigs as well as the romance and routine of their daily life backstage. The film shows the realities of touring from the point of view of a new crew member. Generation Special Screening HKW
19:45 GOLDEN EXITS
(US) 94mins. Dir: Alex Ross Perry. Cast: Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloe Sevigny, Analeigh Tipton. A young Australian woman comes to New York for several months looking for connection. Although she turns heads right, left and »
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centre, her arrival also brings resentment and dissatisfaction in its wake. Spring moves into summer, but things do not get any sunnier. Forum Press only CinemaxX 6
20:00 CASA ROSHELL
(Mexico, Chile) 71mins. Dir: Camila Jose Donoso. At Casa Roshell, men learn to be women during the day, before the parties get going at night. All manner of boundaries blur in this tiny utopia: between gay, straight and bi, male and female, past and present, reality and fiction.
FESTIVAL & PRESS 20:00 CENTAUR
(Kyrgyzstan, France, Germany, Netherlands) 89mins. Dir: Aktan Arym Kubat. Cast: Aktan Arym Kubat, Nuraly Tursunkojoev, Zarema Asanalieva, Taalaikan Abazova, Ilim Kalmuratov, Bolot Tentimyshov, Maksat Mamyrkanov.
Former horse thief Centaur lives with his deaf wife and young son on the outskirts of Bishkek in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. When the locals’ horses start disappearing, people begin to harbour suspicions. An allegorical tale by Aktan Arym Kubat.
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(US) 90mins. Dir: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi.
CENTAUR See box, left
Numerous interviews with Chavela Vargas as well as her contemporaries, partners and fellow musicians paint a captivating portrait of this charismatic rancheras singer who was openly lesbian throughout her life. Panorama Documents CineStar 7
(India) 102mins. Dir: Amit V Masurkar. Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Anjali Patil, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav. A young bureaucrat named Newton is sent to the jungle to monitor an election there. But Maoist blockades, forced police protection and indifferent voters make defending democracy no easy task. Forum Zoo Palast 2
CHAVELA THE KING’S CHOICE
(Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland)
130mins. Dir: Erik Poppe. Cast: Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny, Arthur Hakalahti, Svein Tindberg, Andreas Lust, Katharina Schuttler, Ketil Hoegh, Gerald Pettersen. When the German army invades Norway in April 1940, King Haakon is under pressure: should he legitimise Germany’s occupation with his signature or appeal to his people to resist? Panorama Special CineStar 3
20:30 BACK FOR GOOD
(Germany) 91mins. Dir: Mia Spengler. Cast: Kim Riedle, Juliane Kohler, Leonie Wesselow, Nicki von Tempelhoff, Emma Drogunova, Hanife Sylejmani, Anna Oussankina, Lena Thom, Arndt Schwering-
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A film by Song Chuan
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CRAZY IN LOVE A film by Jacky Katu
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SECRET INGREDIENT A film by Gjorce Stavreski
A film by Stefan Haupt 11/02 10.30AM
A film by Ludwig Shammasian & Paul Shammasian 11/02 5.15PM
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KAISA’S ENCHANTED FOREST
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(Finland) Tarantula Belgique. 82mins. Dir: Katja Gauriloff. Cast: Elli Saaskilahti, Matleena Fotonoff, Elmeri Harkonen, David Mauffret, Sirkka Sanila. The Swiss author Robert Crottet visits the Skolt Sami and records spirited Kaisa’s unique storytelling gift. Handmade animation and rare archival footage illustrate the full world of the Skolt Sami, from magical moments to the hardships of war.
21:00 BARRY LYNDON
(UK, US) 185mins. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Kruger, Diana Korner, Leon Vitali, Marie Kean, Leonard Rossiter. Homage CinemaxX 8
BYE BYE GERMANY See box, right
CHARIOTS OF FIRE
(UK) 124mins. Dir: Hugh Hudson. Cast: Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers, Ian Charleson, Ben Cross, Daniel Gerroll, Ian Holm, John Gielgud, Lindsay Anderson, Nigel Davenport. Homage Zeughauskino
NATIVe — Indigenous Cinema CineStar IMAX
(US) Son et Lumiere. 75mins. Dir: Amman Abbasi. Cast: Devin Blackmon, Kordell ‘KD’ Johnson, Dontrell Bright, Chasity Moore, Lachion Buckingham,
Marquell Manning. Thirteen-year-old Dayveon has lost direction following the death of his brother, meaning that being initiated into a local gang now seem a necessary step towards becoming a man. A search for brotherhood in an African American community in the rural South. Forum CineStar 8
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
(US) 96mins. Dir: George A Romero. Cast: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley, Russell Streiner, Kyra Schon. Undead cannibals are launching attacks all over the US. A handful of survivors have barricaded themselves inside a farmhouse. With this horror movie classic, George A Romero created the
FESTIVAL & PRESS 21:00 BYE BYE GERMANY
(Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium) 101mins. Dir: Sam Garbarski. Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Antje Traue, Mark Ivanir, Hans Low, Tim Seyfi, Anatole Taubman, Pal Macsai, Vaclav Jakoubek. Frankfurt, 1946. David and other
Holocaust survivors are trying to set up a business selling linens to German women. Their ruse: ludicrous tricks and chutzpah. Their experiences create a picture of the immediate post-war period from a Jewish perspective. Berlinale Special Gala Friedrichstadt-Palast
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FESTIVAL & PRESS 21:30 VAZANTE
(Brazil, Portugal) 116mins. Dir: Daniela Thomas. Cast: Adriano Carvalho, Luana Nastas, Sandra Corveloni, Juliana Carneiro de Cunha, Roberto Audio, Jai Baptista, Toumani Kouyate, Vinicius dos Anjos.
Brazil, 1821. A mine owner is living on his estate with his slaves. After the death of his wife and child he marries his wife’s 12-year-old niece. Race and gender relations begin to unravel. Shot in atmospheric black and white. Panorama Special Zoo Palast 1
(Argentina, Colombia) 79mins. Dir: Vladimir Duran. Cast: Camilio Castiglione, Laila Maltz, Mariel Fernandez, Martina Juncadella, Rosario Blefari, Valeria Valente, Veronica Llinas, Vladimir Duran, Lucas Besasso, Silvia Cobelo. Ten-year-old Axel lives with his mother and three sisters in a flat in Buenos Aires. If the mother weren’t imprisoned in one of the rooms, they’d be a perfectly normal family. Arguments are hardly unusual, but what happens when there’s no way out? Forum Delphi Filmpalast
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21:45 OFF FRAME AKA REVOLUTION UNTIL VICTORY
(Palestine, France, Qatar) September Studio. 63mins. Dir: Mohanad Yaqubi. Cast: Mustafa Abu Ali, Sulafa Jadallah, Hani Jawaharieh, Yaser Arafat, Jean-Luc Godard, Salah Ta’amari. Traces the works of militant film-makers in reclaiming image and narrative through revolutionary and militant cinema.
An associative rather than chronological history of the atom bomb using archive footage. An experimental montage that encourages us to think and aims to keep alive the dream of a world free of nuclear weapons. Berlinale Special Haus der Berliner Festspiele
(UK) 118mins. Dir: Danny Boyle. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, Shirley Henderson, James Cosmo, Anjela Nedyalkova. After an absence of 20 years, Renton returns to Edinburgh, the place he once called home. Much has changed, some things have not. His old friends have been waiting for him — and along with them, anger and suffering but also friendship and affection.
(US) 55mins. Dir: Kevin Ford, Smriti Keshari, Eric Schlosser.
Competition (out of competition) Berlinale Palast
Forum Expanded Press only CinemaxX 6
(Austria) 103mins. Dir: Josef Hader. Competition Press (T badge holders only) CinemaxX 9
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(France, China) 90mins. Dir: Song Chuan. Cast: Liang Xueqin, Zhang Yu, Hong Chang, Zhou Lin, Wang Laowu, Zhou Quan. For this portrait of fashionable city girl Ciao Ciao, who vehemently struggles against the rural life that threatens to suffocate her, director Song Chuan has found powerful images. A modern drama of Tennessee Williams proportions takes its course.
(Morocco) 100mins. Dir: Hamid Benani. Cast: Mohamed Kadan, Kadidja Moujabid, Majdouline Abdelkader Moutaa. Messaoud is adopted by a childless farmer, who disciplines the gentle child with extreme severity. As a young man, he ends on up the wrong side of the tracks. Wechma’s experimental, fantastical sequences marked a major departure in Moroccan cinema. Forum Kino Arsenal 1
09:00 THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY
(Germany, Austria) Beta Cinema, 125mins. Dir: Chris Kraus. Featuring two-time Cesarwinner Adele Haenel and Lars Eidinger in an impossible romantic comedy — in effect, a love story programmed to selfdestruct.
IN THE FOREST OF HUCKYBUCKY
22:45 THE WOUND
(Taiwan) 88mins. Dir: Hui-chen Huang. For as long as she can remember, Anu has been a tomboy. As one of her daughters attempts to understand her better, subjects such as maternal love, trust and abuse are explored, and the changing living conditions for three generations of women in Taiwan. Panorama Documents CineStar 7
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(South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France) 88mins. Dir: John Trengove. Cast: Nakhane Toure, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay Ncoyini, Thobani Mseleni. In a remote mountainous region of South Africa, a group of young men undergo a circumcision ritual of initiation. Their guardian Xolani from Johannesburg struggles with the contradiction between his people’s tradition and his own sexuality.
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(Norway, Netherlands) SF Studios, 75mins. Dir: Rasmus A Sivertsen. Claus Climbermouse, Morten Wood Mouse, Mister Hare and all their friends dwell in the Huckybucky forest — a nice place to live, but the tiny animals always have to watch out for some of the bigger ones. Kino Arsenal 1
(UK) Independent, 92mins. Dir: Thomas Napper. Cast: Johhny Harris, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Michael Smiley. A former youth boxing
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(France) A Contracorriente Films. 70mins. Dir: Elise Girard. Cast: Lolita Chammah, Jean Sorel, Virginie Ledoyen, Pascal Cervo. Mavie moves to Paris from the provinces.
After seeing an ad in a cafe, she lands both a flat and a job from Georges, a cynical old bookshop owner who has never actually sold a book. Everything would be fine if dead seagulls weren’t falling from the sky. Forum CinemaxX 4
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champion — a man in search of hope but looking in all the wrong places. He turns to his childhood boxing club. Back in training, he risks his life, as he tries to stand tall and regain his place in the world. CineStar IMAX By invitation only
Steen Johannessen. After five years of war in Syria the remaining 350,000 citizens of Aleppo are preparing themselves for a siege. Through the volunteers from The White Helmets we experience daily life, death and struggle in the streets of Aleppo.
75mins. Dir: Rahul Jain. A visually compelling look behind the doors of a giant textile factory in India, exploring the meaning of modernday labour, exploitation and the human cost of mass production in our globalised world.
THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH
(UK) The Works, 95mins. Dir: Danny Huston. Cast: Danny Huston, Sarita Choudhury, Jonah HauerKing, Stacy Martin. A random theft has put Tom’s life in a tailspin. A bag containing the last photograph he had taken with his son has been stolen from his London bookshop. A shared moment before Luke boarded an ill-fated flight to New York.
(Italy) True Colours, 93mins. Dir: Francesco Patierno. Norman Lewis roams through Naples in 1944, giving a lyrical, ironic, detached account of a tempestuous, byzantine and opaque city towards the end of the Second World War.
KATIE SAYS GOODBYE
MARKET 09:00 RAILROAD TIGERS
(China) Golden Network Asia, 124mins. Dir: Sheng Ding. Cast: Jackie Chan, Zitao Huang, Kai Wang, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi.
In 1941, railroad workers in East China become unlikely fearless fighters, employing their deep knowledge of the train network to derail Japan’s war machine. CinemaxX 9
(US) Cercamon, 88mins. Dir: Wayne Roberts. Cast: Olivia Cooke, Christopher Abbott, Mireille Enos, Mary Steenburgen. A young waitress in the American Southwest dreams of a new life in San Francisco. After she falls in love with an ex-convict, the fragile harmony of her world is thrown into jeopardy as she finds her determination challenged. MGB-Kino
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(Denmark, Germany) DR Sales, 105mins. Dir: Feras Fayyad,
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(Italy) Bac Films, 60mins. Dir: various. CinemaxX 15
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journey towards this woman, into the forgotten realm of his childhood, in order to seek the truth and, who knows, consolation.
STEP BY STEP
(France) Gaumont, 115mins. Dir: Fabien Marsaud, Mehdi Idir. Cast: Pablo Pauly, Soufiane Guerrab, Moussa Mansaly, Nailia Harzoune. Adapted from his autobiography, Fabien Marsaud (aka Grand Corps Malade) shows us how to reinvent life while integrating a handicap. A painful experience told with humour and hope.
THE INLAND ROAD
(New Zealand) LevelK, 79mins. Dir: Jackie van Beek. Cast: Chelsie Preston-Crayford, David Elliot, Gloria Popata, Georgia Spillane. After surviving a nasty car accident, Tia, estranged from her mother and rejected by her father, attempts to befriend the strangers involved in the accident.
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(UK) WestEnd Films, 120mins. Dir: various. CinemaxX 2 No press
IQBAL AND THE SUPERCHIP
MARKET YOU WERE NEVER HERE
(US) Premiere Entertainment Group, 110mins. Dir: Camille Thoman. Cast: Mireille Enos, Sam Shepard, Vincent Piazza, Goran Visnic. After a woman is attacked outside of her apartment, a series of increasingly disturbing events lead an artist to suspect that someone out there is actually watching her. CinemaxX 17
09:15 DANCE TO DEATH
(Russia) Planeta Inform Film Distribution, 120mins. Dir: Andrey Volgin. Cast: Ivan Zhvakin, Lukeria Iliashenko, Nikita Volkov, Aleksandr Tiutin. Post-apocalypse. A young man is forced to take part in a tournament and falls
09:30 IQBAL AND THE SUPERCHIP
(Denmark) Sola Media, 83mins. Dir: Oliver Zahle. Cast: Hircano Soares, Liv Leman Brandorf, Rasmus Bjerg, Andreas Bo. When Iqbal discovers
in love with the girl who volunteered to participate in the battle. Will they survive or will the arena take their lives? dffb-Kino
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(France) Films Distribution, 90mins. Dir: various. A special presentation of teaser and promo-reels of new and upcoming films. CinemaxX 4
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a chip with magical energy, Eselmann and The Swine deceive him. Now Iqbal, Sille and the grown-ups in their street must make every effort to retrieve the chip and expose the villains’ secret plan. CinemaxX 11
FUN MOM DINNER
(US) Voltage Pictures, 90mins. Dir: Alethea Jones. Cast: Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, Kate Aselton, Bridget Everett. Four moms — whose only common ground is their kids’ preschool class — arrange a “fun mom dinner” to drink wine and gossip without worrying about their kids and husbands for the night. CineStar 1 No press
(France) WTFilms, 95mins. Dir: Patrick Mille. Cast: Alison Wheeler, Margot Bancilhon, Vanessa Guide, Philippine Stindel. Four girlfriends who attend a wedding in Rio de Janeiro end up chased around the country after they accidentally kill someone.
THE TUNNEL GANG
(Spain) Filmax International, 97mins. Dir: Pepon Montero. Cast: Arturo Valls, Rail Cimas, Natalia de Molina, Manolo Solo. A group of survivors is finally pulled from the rubble of a collapsed tunnel, 15 days after their terrifying ordeal began. Sounds like a typical happy ending to a film, right? But
what happened next, after the cameras had gone?
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09:30 BERLIN SYNDROME
(Australia) Memento Films International, 115mins. Dir: Cate Shortland. Cast: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt. A passionate holiday romance takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Australian photojournalist Clare wakes up one morning locked in Andi’s Berlin apartment. And he has no intention of letting her go again, ever! CinemaxX 14
(France) Pyramide International, 80mins. Dir: Cyril Mennegun. The decision is made. Daniel goes off on the
(US, Canada) Film Mode Entertainment, 93mins. Dir: Courtney Moorehead Balaker. Cast: Catherine Keener, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Callum Rennie. Based on the remarkable true story of a small-town nurse who emerged as the reluctant leader of her working-class neighbours in their struggle to save their homes from political and corporate interests. CinemaxX 16
STORM LETTER OF FIRE
(Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium) Incredible Film, 100mins. Dir: Dennis Bots. Cast: Davy Gomez, Juna de Leeuw, Yorick van Wageningen, Angela Schijf.
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Director: Amman Abbasi Executive Producers: David Gordon Green, James Schamus, Jody Hill, Danny McBride, Brandon James, Lisa Muskat, Joe Pirro, Todd Remis, Isaiah Smallman, Barlow Jacobs
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Mourning the death of his older brother, 13-year-old Dayveon becomes drawn to the camaraderie of a local gang. “Graced with the same humanist shine that defined George Washington.” – Indiewire
MARKET SCREENINGS: TODAY / 12:30 / CinemaxX 15 Feb 13 / 12:40 / CinemaxX 9
“A gorgeous mix of emotional sincerity and pure cinema.” – RogerEbert.com
Directors: Alicia Scherson (Il Futuro, Tourists), Cristián Jiménez (Bonsai, Voice Over) Cast: Jorge Becker, Gabriela Arancibia, Blanca Lewin, Cristián Carbajal
A lonely man fabricates the existence of a vindictive ex-wife withholding his daughter in order to gain the sympathy of the single mother he has just met. “A sharply observed and poignant parable.” – The Hollywood Reporter “A tragicomic Chilean drama, this droll study (...) unfolds in a distinct triptych structure.” – Screen Daily
MARKET SCREENING: Feb 11 / 14:45 / CinemaxX 11
Director: Kogonada Cast: John Cho (Star Trek, Harold & Kumar), Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge of Seventeen), Parker Posey (Café Society, Mascots), Rory Culkin (Scream 4)
A younger girl reluctant to leave home forms a close bond with a son visiting his dying father. “Imbued with warmth and humanity (…) simply gorgeous.” – Variety MARKET SCREENINGS: Feb 11 / 11:20 / CinemaxX 19 Feb 13 / 18:45 / CinemaxX 13
“A remarkable first film from new and exciting director Kogonada.” – Vanity Fair
Directors: Kevin Ford, Smriti Keshari, Eric Schlosser Music: The Acid
An exploration of the immense power of nuclear weapons, the perverse appeal they have, and the profound death wish at the very heart of them. “A stunning, avant-garde approach to a plea for nuclear disarmament.”
FESTIVAL SCREENINGS: TODAY / 15:00 / Haus der Berliner Festspiele TODAY / 22:00 / Haus der Berliner Festspiele Feb 11 / 18:00 / Haus der Berliner Festspiele
– Entertainment Weekly
“Sordid and gut-wrenching.” – Newsweek
Director: Juan Andrés Arango (La Playa DC) Cast: Jembie Almazan, Jonathan Diaz Angulo
Thousands of kilometers apart, three young migrants undergo mental, emotional, and physical transformations in order to survive the violence of their new worlds. “Powerfully resonant (...) Arango keeps this ambitious project spinning with impressive confidence.” – Screen International MARKET SCREENING: Feb 11 / 10:45 / CinemaxX 11
“A well made morality tale.” – Toronto Film Scene
Director: Theo Anthony
Directors: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler (Contact, First Footprints) Cast: The People of Yakel
A provocative portrait of rats in the American city of Baltimore and the humans who love them, live with them, and kill them.
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.
“Chris Marker meets Werner Herzog in [this] brilliant, quirky rodent documentary.” - Indiewire
“A beautiful odyssey.” – Screen Daily
“Yields a multiplicity of offbeat insights.”
MARKET SCREENING: TODAY / 9:30 / CineStar 2
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Twelve-year-old Storm is caught up in an exciting adventure when his father uses his printing business to print secretly forbidden texts. With an original Luther letter, Storm and his friend Marieke embark on a fearless fight for freedom. Parliament
Anne Marivin, Sabrina Ouazan. Fries or salad? Right or left? Friends or Lovers? Living is deciding. Juliette’s big problem is that she is unable to make the slightest choice. Even at 40, she asks her father and her best friends to decide everything for her.
RESCUE UNDER FIRE
(Spain) Latido Films, 94mins. Dir: Adolfo Martinez Perez. Cast: Ariadna Gil, Ingrid Garcia Jonsson. The crew of a medical helicopter suffer an accident when helping a Spanish/ American division in Afghanistan. The Spanish army has one night to organise the rescue while a huge concentration of Taliban troops start surrounding them.
(Australia) Visit Films, 104mins. Dir: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler. 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. CineStar 2
(France) Pathe International, 100mins. Dir: Eric Lavaine. Cast: Alexandra Lamy, Arnaud Ducret,
09:45 I LOVE YOU HEAVENLY
(Czech Republic) Amadeus Entertainment, 90mins. Dir: Miloslav Smidmajer. Cast: Denisa Nesvacilova, Vaclav Jilek, Tana Medvecka, Vladimir Kratina. A romantic comedy from Jaroslav Papousek, creator of the legendary Homolkovy family and the cult films ‘Black Peter’ and ‘Loves Of A Blonde’. A story about how he taught her to see the world, and how she taught him to love.
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(Germany) Kundschafter Filmproduktion, 93mins. Dir: Robert Thalheim. Cast: Henry Hubchen, Michael Gwisdeck, Antje Traue, Jurgen Prochnow. Long-retired GDR spy Jochen Falk is called back to duty by former enemy BND, the West German secret service, for a
rescue mission in a former Soviet republic. He agrees, on one condition: to bring along his old agent buddies.
(UK) Truffle Pictures, 84mins. Dir: Justin Edgar. Cast: Frederick Schmidt, Ana Ularu, John Hannah, Cathy Tyson, Cosmo Jarvis. Noir thriller about a criminal seeking redemption by tracking down the daughter of the woman he killed. Along the way he is haunted by his guilt in the guise of the woman’s ghost. Kino Arsenal 1
10:40 BORG/MCENROE PROMO REEL
(Sweden) SF Studios, 60mins. Dir: Janus Metz. Cast: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard, Tuva Novotny. About one of the world’s greatest icons Bjorn Borg and his biggest rival, the young and talented John McEnroe and their legendary duel during the 1980 Wimbledon tournament. A story of two legends and the price they had to pay. CineStar IMAX
(US) Great Point Media, 112mins. Dir: Mark Palansky. The widow of a genius professor stumbles upon one of his inventions that is able to record and play a person’s memory. CineStar 5
10:45 LIFE BEYOND ME
(France) The Bureau Sales, 95mins. Dir: Olivier Peyon. Cast: Isabelle Carre, Ramzy Bedia, Maria Duplaa, Virginia Mendez. Sylvie tracks down her son in Uruguay, abducted four years ago by her ex-husband. With the help of Mehdi, a social worker, she leaves to get him back. Once there, nothing goes as planned. Kino Arsenal 2
10:55 ALL EYEZ ON ME
(US) Voltage Pictures, 131mins. Dir: Benny Bloom. Cast: Demetrius Shipp Jr, Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Annie Ilonze. The epic story of Tupac Shakur, the legendary rapper, poet, actor, and revolutionary who sold more than 80 million albums worldwide,
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making him one of the best-selling music artists in history.
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CinemaxX 3 No press
(US) Dogwoof, 91mins. Dir: Alexandre Philippe. Cast: Walter Murch, Peter Bogdanovich, Guillermo Del Toro, Elijah Wood, Jamie Lee Curtis. A documentary about the single most extraordinary and mysterious scene in cinema history: the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’. ‘78/52’ tells the story of the man behind the curtain and his greatest obsession. CinemaxX 17
(UAE) The Exchange, 109mins. Dir: Khurram Alavi. Cast: Ian McShane, Adewale AkinnuoyeAgbaje, Jacob Latimore. A thousand years ago, young Bilal dreams of becoming a great warrior. When he and his sister are abducted, they’re thrown in to a world of greed and injustice and Bilal must rise up and fight for their freedom.
(Belgium, France) Films Boutique, 85mins. Dir: Philippe Van Leeuw. Cast: Hiam Abbas, Diamand Abou Abboud, Juliette Navis, Moshsen Abbas. Trapped inside her house in a city under siege, Oum Yazan, mother of three, turns her flat into a safe haven for her family and neighbours, trying to protect them from the war outside. CineStar 4
(Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia) Wide, 102mins. Dir: Vallo Toomla. Cast: Mirtel Pohla, Pritt Voigemast, Mari Abel, Mee Rammeld. Anna and Juhan decide to take some time off at a seaside house. After witnessing an accident, they offer shelter to another couple and begin a game of domination that propels their relationship to the brink of destruction. CinemaxX 19
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(France) Wild Bunch, 90mins. Dir: Wild Bunch.
BONES OF CONTENTION
(US) Doc & Film International, 75mins. Dir: Andrea Weiss. Cast: Pamela Ralat, Ariadna Puig, Pablos Bullejos, Laura Sipan. Explores the theme of historical memory in Spain, focusing on the repression of lesbians and gays
(Canada) Holdfast Pictures, 85mins. Dir: Bruce McDonald. Cast: Molly Parker, Allan Hawco, Julia Sarah Stone, Dylan Authors. Nova Scotia. 1976. A teenager runs away from
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(Argentina, Spain) Film Factory Entertainment, 113mins. Dir: Adrian Caetano. Cast: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Daniel Hendler, cngela Molina. Cetarti is drowning in
nothingness. With no job or purpose, he spends his days inside watching documentaries on television, until one day he is informed that his mother and brother were gunned down. CinemaxX 16
1965 Charlie is lured by adventure and mystery, experiences the trials of teenage love and discovers what it means to be truly courageous.
witted troll. A dragon that can only be beaten by its own fire. Can a courageous young boy outsmart them all in a race against time for the fabulous fire flower?
THE LOST BROTHER
TOM OF FINLAND
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(Spain, France) Latido Films, 84mins. Dir: Jose Luis Lopez-Linares. A mystery within a mystery, the painting The Garden of Delights is Hieronymus Bosch’s most famed and intriguing.
(Finland) Protagonist Pictures, 115mins. Dir: Dome Karukoski. Cast: Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Taisto Oksanen. Award-winning film-maker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of 20th-century gay culture.
home with his girlfriend on the weekend of the American Bicentennial, but they find their relationship tested when he approaches a realisation that will change his life forever.
Montsma, Teun Kuilboer, Noortje Herlaar. When war breaks out in the South, Toda’s father has to defend his country. For Toda he looks like a bush in his camouflage uniform.
11:10 THE DAY MY FATHER BECAME A BUSH
(Netherlands, Croatia, Belgium) Beta Cinema, 91mins. Dir: Nicole van Kilsdonk. Cast: Celeste Holsheimer, Matsen
(Australia) Mongrel International, 101mins. Dir: Rachel Perkins. Cast: Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Aaron McGrath, Toni Collette. Over one summer in
BOSCH, THE GARDEN OF DREAMS
THE DRAGON SPELL
(Ukraine) Sola Media, 85mins. Dir: Manuk Depoyan. A shady witch. A dim-
11:20 ROCK’N ROLL
(France) Pathe International, 123mins. Dir: Guillaume Canet.
Cast: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard. Guillaume has everything a man could want. On the set of a movie, he is informed that he is no longer “rock’n’roll”, that he never was. He realises that radical changes must be made. His entourage can only watch his crazy makeover.
Alex Wolff, Chris Cooper, Stefania Owen. Inspired by actual events. In 1969, a teenager obsessed with ‘Catcher In The Rye’ runs away from boarding school to find reclusive author JD Salinger, on what becomes a journey into adulthood, sexual awakening, love and loss. CinemaxX 18
11:30 BASMATI BLUES
(US) AMBI Media Group, 105mins. Dir: Dan Baron. Cast: Brie Larson, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Donald Sutherland. A brilliant scientist is plucked out of the company lab and sent to India to sell the genetically modified rice she created — which she doesn’t realise will destroy the farmers she thinks she’s helping. Zoo Palast 3
(Mexico) Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), 73mins. Dir: Sebastian Hiriart. Cast: Paulina Davila, Andres Almeida, David Ellis. A storm threatens the coast of southern Mexico. A young couple are travelling to a tropical paradise to rekindle the spark in their relationship. Over a few days, the romantic vacation turns into its opposite wild love triangle. CinemaxX 14
COMING THROUGH THE RYE
(US) Bleiberg Entertainment, 97mins. Dir: James Sadwith. Cast:
IN LOVE WITH LOU — A PHILOSOPHER’S LIFE
(Germany, Austria) ARRI Media, 112mins. Dir: Cordula Kablitz-Post. When writer and psychoanalyst Lou AndreasSalome meets young German scholar Ernst Pfeiffer he helps her writing the story of her life — and falls in love with her as many before. dffb-Kino
(Argentina) Filmsharks, 109mins. Dir: Marcos Carnevale. Cast: Oscar Martinez, Rodrigo De la Serna, Alejandra Flechner, Carla Peterson. Felipe, a wealthy businessman, became quadriplegic due to an accident and is looking for a therapeutic assistant. He decided to hire Tito, who helps him to reconnect with the meaning of life. CinemaxX 5
(Brazil) Jinga Films, 92mins. Dir: Samuel Galli. Cast: Ademir Esteves, Ricardo Casula, Luara Pepita, Antony Mello. Set in the seedy underbelly of Sao Paulo, a spiritualist
employs a serial killer to protect his daughter from demonic possession.
rural Arkansas town.
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(Germany) The Match Factory, 97mins. Dir: Nicolette Krebitz. Cast: Lilith Stangenberg, Georg Friedrich, Silke Bodenbender. Wild tells an anarchistic story of a protagonist who breaks the tacit contract with civilisation and fearlessly decides on a life without a safety net or hypocrisy. Zoo Palast 2
12:20 CAGE DIVE
(Australia, UK) Odin’s Eye Entertainment, 80mins. Dir: Gerald Rascionato. Cast: Joel Hogan, Megan Peta Hill, Josh Potthoff. Three American college students make an audition tape for a game show by filming shark cage diving in Australia. A freak wave leaves them stranded in waters surrounded by Great Whites, turning the tape into a documentation of survival. CinemaxX 10
(US) Visit Films, 75mins. Dir: Amman Abbasi. Cast: Devin Blackmon, Dontrell Bright, Chasity Moore. Mourning the death of his older brother, 13-year-old Dayveon becomes drawn to the camaraderie of a local gang while spending his days roaming around his
(France) Wide, 108mins. Dir: Nicolas de Susini. Cast: Manu Chao, The Mano Negra. ‘Macadam Music’ accounts the stories of artists who experienced the street, be it by choice or necessity. Using public space as a stage, some of these artists still perpetuate this tradition and enliven our lives on a daily basis. CineStar 4
NALU ON THE BORDER
(Brazil) Loco Films, 94mins. Dir: Cristiane Oliveira. When Ruben realises his teenage daughter, Nalu, is becoming a woman, an ambiguous proximity arises between them. This new intimacy gives way to jealousy when Rosario, Nalu’s art teacher, enters their lives. CinemaxX 12
12:40 BACK TO BURGUNDY
(France) Studiocanal, 114mins. Dir: Cedric Klapisch. Cast: Pio Marmai, Ana Girardot, Francois Civil. Jean has spent the last decade travelling, cutting all ties with his family and with Burgundy. Now settled abroad, he is called back home to the bedside of his terminally ill father. CineStar 5
Films Boutique, 129mins. Dir: Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson. Cast: Baldur Einarsson, Blaer Hinriksson, Dilja Valsdottir, Katla Njalsdottir. A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings towards his best friend. CinemaxX 14
IF I WERE A BOY
(France) Elle Driver, 97mins. Dir: Audrey Dana. Cast: Audrey Dana, Christian Clavier, Eric Elmosnino, Alice Belaidi. Jeanne has had such a lousy time with men that she swears off them for good. But one day she wakes up... with a penis! As much as some women may fantasise about it, Jeanne definitely doesn’t. EFM Cinemobile
KUNG FU YOGA
(China) Golden Network Asia, 107mins. Dir: Stanley Tong. Cast: Jackie Chan, Aarif Lee, Lay Zhang, Sonu Sood. A Chinese archaeologist joins an expedition to locate a long-lost Indian treasure, solving a 1,500-year-old mystery. CinemaxX 8
(UK) Princ Films, 83mins. Dir: Danny Albury, David Bispham. Cast: Guy Henry, Sean Cronin, Cengiz Dervis, Dan Richardson. A hardened debt-collector goes on a 24-hour rampage
through London’s criminal underground in an attempt to avenge the brutal attack on his teenage daughter. CinemaxX 19
12:55 HOTEL SALVATION
(India) C International Sales, 99mins. Dir: Shubhashish Bhutiani. Cast: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh. Faced with his father’s demand to die in the holy city of Varanasi, a son must embark on this important journey with him. CinemaxX 9
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(India) B4U Motion Pictures, 100mins. Dir: Arjun Mukerjee. Cast: Renuka Shahane, Pulkit Samrat, Masumeh, Sharman Joshi. The film is a human drama about the frustrations and vagaries of love. It is set in a middle-class chawl in Bombay, in which three love stories weave in and out of each other, as do the lives of the various families residing. CinemaxX 13
IN SEARCH OF FELLINI
(US) AMBI Media Group, 103mins. Dir: Taron Lexton. Cast: Maria Bello, Ksenia Solo, Beth Riesgraf, Mary Lynn Rajskub. In ‘Search Of Fellini’ follows a girl named Lucy and her journey to search for legendary Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini. Zoo Palast Club A
THE LAST WORD
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(US) Myriad Pictures, 108mins. Dir: Mark Pellington. Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Philip Baker Hall. A once-successful businesswoman develops a strong bond with the young writer who’s penning her life story.
(Brazil) True Colours, 98mins. Dir: Fabio Meira. Cast: Priscila Bittencourt, Isabela Torres, Marco Ricca, Susana Ribeiro. Irene is 13. One day she discovers that her father has a second family and another daughter the same age, also called Irene. The two become friends and Irene repeats the double life of her father in a game of secrets and lies.
(US) VMI Worldwide, 93mins. Dir: Sean Hoessli. Cast: Sugar Lyn Beard, Tia Carrere, Jason Lewis, Diane Farr. After moving to Palm Springs, a young married couple put their love to the test when they discover that their neighbours are swingers.
(Italy) Intramovies, 74mins. Dir: Ivan Silvestrini. Cast: Matilde Gioli, Matteo Martari, Giulio Beranek. Two young strangers meet at a nightclub. All they want to do is go home and have sex, but finding somewhere to park is hard on a Saturday night.
(Germany) The Match Factory, 94mins. Dir: Helene Hegemann. Cast: Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Arly Jover, Mavie Horbiger, Laura Tonke. Mifti is 16, looks like she’s 12 and acts like she’s in her mid-30s. Wild, sad, sensible and in love, Mifti has to grow up, one way or another.
(UK, Germany) The Exchange, 97mins. Dir: Niall Johnson. Cast: Alice Eve, Jack Davenport, Graham McTavish, Stan Walker. New Zealand, 1869. Charlotte’s dreams of a new life in a new world are shattered when her wealthy husband is murdered and her new-born baby kidnapped. Frightened and lost, one man offers her hope and a new home — but at what cost?
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13:15 AXOLOTL OVERKILL
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(France, Belgium) Le Pacte, 116mins. Dir: Lucas Belvaux. Cast: Emilie Dequenne, Andre Dussollier, Guillaume Gouix. Pauline, a devoted nurse in northern France, raises her two children alone and struggles with an increasingly harsh social reality. A nationalist party is going to take advantage of her popularity by making her its candidate. CinemaxX 2
(UK) The Bureau Sales, 93mins. Dir: Peter Mackie Burns. Cast: Emily Beecham, Geraldine James, Tom VaughanLawlor, Nathaniel Martello-White, Karina Fernandez. Daphne is London. Daphne is the crowd of faceless strangers we brush past everyday. Daphne is being young and always searching for more. Daphne is life, an unpredictable mixture of comedy and tragedy. MGB-Kino
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.
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(Czech Republic) Picture Tree International, 107mins. Dir: Radek Bajgar. Cast: Jiri Bartoska, Eliska Balzerova, Tatinana Vilhelmova, Jakbu Kohak. The ageing veterinary Jan, looking for a way out of his marriage, sets off on an absurdly adventurous and very uncomfortable journey
13:10 MONSTER ISLAND
(Mexico) Kaleidoscope Film Distribution, 81mins. Dir: Leopoldo Aguilar. When Lucas finds out he is not really a human, but
into the wilderness to find out there is no simple manual for reaching his vision of freedom. dffb-Kino
13:40 FALCONS SPECIAL SQUAD
(Italy) Minerva Pictures, 105mins. Dir: Toni D’Angelo. Cast: Michele Riondino, Fortunato Cerlino, Pippo Delbono. The lives of two Special Squad agents who hide their weaknesses, secrets and loneliness cross paths with the Chinese Mafia of Naples. Kino Arsenal 2
13:45 CRIES FROM SYRIA
(US) Content Media, 112mins. Dir: Evgeny Afineevsky. In this compelling documentary, acclaimed director Evgeny Afineevsky has created a powerful and immediate depiction of the recent and current situation in Syria. CinemaxX 10
(UK) The Exchange, 93mins. Dir: Daniel Berk. Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia
actually a monster, the news changes his whole world! Embarking on a quest to Monster Island to discover his real roots, Lucas will undertake a journey he’ll never forget. Marriott Studio
Thrilby, John Hurt, Jurgen Prochnow. A veteran spy is sent undercover in Syria to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Damascus. CineStar IMAX
(Germany, Switzerland) Luxbox, 100mins. Dir: Michael Koch. Cast: Margarita Breitkreiz, Georg Friedrich, Olga Dinnikova, Sahin Eryilmaz. Marija, a young Ukrainian woman, cleans hotel rooms in Dortmund but dreams of owning her own hair salon. Determined to achieve that goal, she is willing to compromise her body, her relationships and even her own feelings. Zoo Palast 2
14:15 CITY OF GHOSTS
(US) Dogwoof, 90mins. Dir: Matthew Heineman. Cast: Alex Gibney. This is the story of a new type of warfare: a battle over ideas, over hearts and minds, over clicks and views. CinemaxX 15
(Italy) Rai Com, 124mins. Dir: Giuseppe Piccioni. Cast: Maria Roveran, Marta Gastini, Caterina Le Caselle, Laura Adriani. A country town: we experience life and expectations of four girls whose friendship is based not on overwhelming passions, mutual interests or great ideals but rather on habits, occasional enthusiasm and feelings cultivated in secret. CinemaxX 12
14:20 THE WOUND
(South Africa, Germany, Netherlands) Pyramide International, 88mins. Dir: John Trengove. Cast: Nakhane Toure, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay Ncoyini. Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. CineStar 4
(Albania, Greece) Wide, 85mins. Dir: Gentian Koci. Cast: Ornela Kapetani, Suzana Prifti, Kasem Hoxha, Hermes Kasimati. When Leta and her oneyear-old son are thrown out of their apartment, they move in with Sophie, an old lady Leta looks after. In order to keep her job and their new roof, Leta has to keep Sophie alive at any cost. CinemaxX 16
mining company. His love for danger prompts him to join forces with the local gold lord and explore an abandoned mine.
Eastern Europe. The plan: a bank robbery.
(Norway) Mer Film, 86mins. Dir: Ole Giaever. Cast: Ole Giaever. Follows director Ole and his family for one year through everyday life and festivities, memories and fantasies, questions big and small.
(Taiwan) Flash Forward Entertainment, 108mins. Dir: Midi Z. Cast: Kai Ko, Ke-Xi Wu. People who have nothing in common — apart from a shared identity as illegal immigrants — meet in Bangkok. She means the whole world to him but she desperately tries to climb up the social ladder.
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THE STORY OF THE GREEN LINE
(Canada) Filmoption International, 103mins. Dir: Darren Curtis. Cast: Nabil Rajo, Jahmil French, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Fanny Mallette. Two teenage best friends from Montreal become entangled with the mob after a car they stole is involved in a fatal accident. CineStar 1
(France) Newen Distribution, 49mins. Dir: Kim Chapiron, Philippe Triboit, Fabien Nury. Cast: Mathieu Spinosi, Olivier Rabourdin, Issaka Sawadogo, Anne Suarez. Vincent is a 20-year-old geology student who goes to French Guiana to do an internship in a gold
(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment, 105mins. Dir: Inaki Dorronsoro. Cast: Alain Hernandez, Luis Tosar, Javier Gutierrez. A professional burglar joins a dangerous gang of delinquents made up of former army members from
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“A winning ensemble brings present-day attitude to Boccaccio’s irreverent sex comedy” - John De Fore, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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(Ireland) Kaleidoscope Film Distribution, 85mins. Dir: Dennis Bartok. Cast: Shauna Macdonald, Steve Wall, Ross Noble, Leah McNamara. Paralysed after a terrible accident, Dana struggles to regain her life and family when she encounters a malevolent ghost in her hospital room. Marriott Studio
14:45 SANTA SWAP — MERRY CHRISTMAS MR ANDERSEN
(Norway) Sola Media, 70mins. Dir: Terje Rangnes. Cast: Trond Espen Seim, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Ingeborg Sundrehagen Raustol, Erik Hivju. A heartwarming Christmas adventure for the whole family. CinemaxX 8
“Subversive comedy that delivers where it counts” -Eric Kohn, INDIEWIRE
starring ALISON BRIE D AV E F R A N C O AUBREY PLAZA J O H N C . R E I L LY
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(Netherlands, Norway) Pluto Film, 92mins. Dir: Boudewijn Koole. Cast: Rifka Lodeizen, Elsie de Brauw, Marcus Hanssen, Jakob Oftebro. Roos visits her mother. She has something to tell her, but old pain and numerous reproaches keep her from doing so. Only her half brother and an old love help her. CinemaxX 18
THE PARIS OPERA
(France, Switzerland) Les Films du Losange, 110mins. Dir: JeanStephane Bron. Cast: Jerome Cuendet, Stephane Thibaut, Juliette Mallon. Turns the spotlight on great passions and life behind the scenes at one of the most prestigious performing arts institutions in the world. CinemaxX 3
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THE ROAD TO MANDALAY
(Cyprus, Greece) Artimages, 115mins. Dir: Panicos Chrysanthou. Cast: Michalis Sophocleous, Cihan Tariman, Matthias Lier, Maria Moustaka. A Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot soldier who guard posts on opposite sides of the Green Line make a deal to take each other to their former villages on the “other side” of the divide. CinemaxX 13
(Croatia) Croatian Audiovisual Centre, 90mins. Dir: Igor Seregi. Cast: Rene Bitorajac, Marko Cindric, Filip Detelic, Matija Kacan. At the end of the 1980s, a group of Croatian football fans are on their way to Belgrade to attend a football match between the Croatian and Serbian teams. After the match, a series of fights break out in the city. Parliament
15:05 WHEN THE DAY HAD NO NAME
(Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia) Cercamon, 85mins. Dir: Teona Strugar Mitevska. Cast: Leon Ristov, Hanis Bagashov, Dragan Mishevski, Stefan Kitanovic, Igorco Postolov. A group of teenage boys’ night out is tainted by ethnic tensions and a visit gone wrong to a young prostitute. CinemaxX 14
15:15 BLOOD ROAD
(US) Red Bull Media House, 94mins. Dir: Nicholas Schrunk. Cast: Rebecca Rusch,
Huyen Nguyen. Professional mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner pedal 1,200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh Trail to gain closure over the death of Rebecca’s father, a pilot shot down during the Vietnam War. CinemaxX 11
(France) Indie Sales, 104mins. Dir: Emmanuel Courcol. Cast: Romain Duris, Celine Salette, Gregory Gadebois. Traumatised by trench warfare, Georges Laffont travels to West Africa to rebuild his life. But his adventure leads him to a dead end. CinemaxX 1
ON WINGS OF EAGLES
(China, US) Archstone Distribution, 102mins. Dir: Michael Parker, Stephen Shin. Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Shawn Dou, Richard Sanderson, Jesse Kove. Gold Medalist Eric Liddell returns to China where he is imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp. His courage and conviction gives hope to other prisoners. MGB-Kino
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(France) Pathe International, 106mins. Dir: Dany Boon. Cast: Dany Boon, Alice Pol. Johanna wants to be the first woman in France’s elite police unit. She finds herself training under the most misogynistic of officers: Eugene. While duty calls, they have to find a way of working together. CineStar 6
15:20 MR AND MRS ADELMAN
(France) Le Pacte, 120mins. Dir: Nicolas Bedos. Cast: Doria Tillier, Nicolas Bedos, Denis Podalydes, Julien Boisserlier. A love story between a famous writer and his muse. The latter, who was also his wife, remembers the various ups and downs of their long and adventurous relationship. CinemaxX 2
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15:25 SHIN GODZILLA
NO LAND’S SONG
(Japan) Toho, 120mins. Dir: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi. Cast: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara. A mysterious giant creature emerges from the sea and enters urban Tokyo, rampaging through the city, stopping at nothing.
(Germany, France) Illumina Films, 93mins. Dir: Ayat Najafi. Cast: Sara Najafi, Parvin Namazi, Sayeh Sodeydi, Emel Mathlouti. Defying censorship and taboos, young composer Sara Najafi is determined to organise a concert.
15:30 FIFTY SPRINGTIMES
(France) Be For Films, 89mins. Dir: Blandine Lenoir. Cast: Agnes Jaoui, Thibault De Montalembert, Pascale Abrillot, Sarah suco. Aurore is 50 and single since her husband ditched her for a younger woman. And then, just when she loses her job, Aurore also learns she’s going to be a grandmother. So she decides to fight back. Kino Arsenal 2
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(Spain) Latido Films, 90mins. Dir: Carlos Saura. Cast: Sara Baras, Miguel cngel Berna, Carlos Nunez, Giovanni Sollima. Jota has evolved from a millennial traditional music and dance to new artistic dimensions. With his own personal style, Saura continues to distil the magic and explore the boundaries of art in its purest state. dffb-Kino
(Germany) The Match Factory, 95mins. Dir: Julian Rosefeldt. Cast: Cate Blanchett. A homage to the 20th century’s most impassioned artistic statements. CinemaxX 10
(France) Gaumont, 95mins. Dir: Reem Kherici. Cast: Reem Kherici, Sylvie Testud, Nicolas Duvauchelle. When you plan the wedding of your best enemy, better not fall in love with the groom! CineStar 2
Clarisse Abujamra, Sophia Valverde. Rosa longs only to be perfect: in her job, as a mother, daughter, wife. The harder she tries, the more she feels she’s getting it all wrong. Until one day her mother drops a bombshell.
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(US) VMI Worldwide, 85mins. Dir: Hamid Torabpour. Cast: Tony Todd, Steven Luke, Raina Hein. When the world is in a shambles, plagued by a zombie outbreak, only the strong will survive.
(UK) HanWay Films, 93mins. Dir: Mark Gill. Cast: Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown Findlay, Simone Kirby, Finney Cassidy, Laurie Kynaston. A portrait of Steven Patrick Morrissey and his early life in 1970s Manchester. CineStar 4
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(France, Netherlands) Cinephil, 98mins. Dir: Pascale Lamche. The astonishing story of how Winnie Mandela’s epic fall from grace and political leadership was significantly engineered on both sides of the Apartheid divide. CinemaxX 15
16:05 THE KING
(South Korea) Contents Panda, 134mins. Dir: Han Jae-Rim. Cast: Cho In-Sung, Jung Woo-Sung, Bae Seong-Woo, Ryu JunYeol. Born to a poor family, Tae-su aims to become a prosecutor, the biggest symbol of power. CinemaxX 16
16:15 MARIE CURIE — THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE
(Germany, Poland) Films Boutique, 100mins. Dir: Marie Noille. Cast: Karolina Gruszka, Arieh Worthalter, Charles Berling. Left alone with two young daughters after the accidental death of her beloved husband Pierre Curie, Marie Curie faces her duties with great courage as a mother and a scientist. Zoo Palast 2
VENGEANCE: A LOVE STORY
(US, Cambodia) Hannibal Classics, 99mins. Dir: Johnny
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(Germany) Beta Cinema, 111mins. Dir: Karoline Herfurth. Martin. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Don Johnson, Anna Hutchison, Talitha Bateman, Deborah Kara Unger. A police detective who served in Iraq takes justice into his own hands. Marriott Studio
(Japan) TBS — Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, 60mins. Dir: Yoshihiro Nakamura. Cast: Satoshi Ono, Satomi Ishihara, Ryohei Suzuki, Yusuke Iseya. The bloodthirsty 16th-century Japanese warlord Nobunaga Oda fears no one, except the ninja warriors of Iga. The greatest of these is Mumon, and against his will, he is drawn into an epic battle. CinemaxX 17
16:30 6 DAYS
(US) XYZ Films, 100mins. Dir: Toa Fraser. Cast: Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Abbie Cornish, Martin Shaw. In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in London. Over the next six days a group of highly trained SAS soldiers
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A woman who sends texts to her late fiance finds new love where she didn’t expect to. CinemaxX 4
prepared for a raid that would change the world. CineStar 1
Three young couples, equipped with the latest gadgets, live safe in their fair trade, Apple-equipped city apartments. With all their material needs covered and never having suffered, their state of mind is the big issue. CinemaxX 18
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
(France, Belgium, US) Wide House, 93mins. Dir: Raoul Peck. Cast: James Baldwin, Samuel L Jackson. Raoul Peck goes back to the tragic deaths of Malcolm X, M-L King and Medgar Evers to shed light on how the image (and reality) of black people in America today is built and reinforced.
(Italy) True Colours, 104mins. Dir: Luca Miniero. Cast: Claudio Bisio, Alessandro Gassmann, Angela Finocchiaro. On the small island of Porto Buio the nativity story is the traditional event of every Christmas. But the usual Jesus is too big. The only solution is changing Jesus’ nationality — and maybe his religion.
16:40 A FEW LESS MEN
(Australia) Arclight Films, 92mins. Dir: Mark Lamprell. Cast: Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop. The honeymoon is over before it even got started, the groom and his three best men are back, but one of them isn’t pulling their weight. CinemaxX 14
WE USED TO BE COOL
(Austria) Picture Tree International, 96mins. Dir: Marie Kreutzer. Cast: Vicky Krieps, Pia Hierzegger, Pheline Roggan, Marcel Mohab.
17:00 FIRST ROUND DOWN
(Canada) MCE, 96mins. Dir: Brett Butler, Jason Butler. Cast: Dylan Bruce, Rachel Wilson, Rob Ramsay, John Kapelos. A former hockey star turned hitman returns home after 10 years to take care of his younger brother, but his checkered past catches up with him faster than he can deliver pizza. CinemaxX 11
JUST LIKE OUR PARENTS
(Brazil) Wild Bunch, 105mins. Dir: Lais Bodanzky. Cast: Maria Ribeiro, Paulo Vilhena,
17:05 THE CONFESSION
(France, Belgium) SND — Groupe M6, 115mins. Dir: Nicolas Boukhrief. Cast: Romain Duris, Marine Vacth. Lying on her deathbed, Barny wishes to confess her secret for the first and last time. During the Second World War, in occupied France, Barny fell in love with a priest. Kino Arsenal 2
17:10 STRAWBERRY DAYS
(Sweden) The Yellow Affair, 97mins. Dir: Wiktor Ericsson. Cast: Staszek Cywka, Nelly Axelsson, Julia Kijowska, Przemyslaw Sadowski. Amid rising tension between Swedish farmers and their Polish workers, 15-year-old Wojtek comes across beautiful Anneli, and the two fall in love. dffb-Kino
17:25 HOLLOW IN THE LAND
(Canada) WestEnd Films, 100mins. Dir: Scooter Corkle. Cast: Dianna Agron, Michael Rogers, Shawn Ashmore, Rachelle Lefevre. While the notorious Keith Miller remains locked behind bars for murder, his family is paying the price of a tainted name. High in these mountains, bad blood runs deep. CinemaxX 2 No press
(France) Gaumont, 94mins. Dir: Valerie Lemercier. Cast: Valerie Lemercier, Denis Podalydes, Patrick Timsit. Suddenly Marie-Francine finds herself single and unemployed. She has no choice but to return home to her parents — at the age of 50.
Poland) Be For Films, 95mins. Dir: Greg Zglinski. Cast: Birgit Minichmayr, Philipp Hochmair, Mona Petri. A collision with a sheep initiates a series of weird experiences for Anna and Nick, which leaves them incapable of being certain exactly where they are: in the real world, in their own imaginations — or in someone else’s.
17:30 50 IS THE NEW 30
QUEEN OF SPADES
(Russia) Bleiberg Entertainment, 118mins. Dir: Pavel Lungin. Cast: Kseniya Rappoport, Ivan Yankovskiy. Famed opera soprano Sophia Maier once fascinated and thrilled the world, but now only the legend remains. She wants to crown her career with one more triumph and she’ll use every dirty trick she knows to achieve it. CinemaxX 19
MARKET 19:10 THE GERMAN NEIGHBOUR
(Argentina) Wide House, 94mins. Dir: Martin Liji, Rosario Cervio. Cast: Antonella Saldicco. Shows through the eyes
women, she decides to resist. and research of Renate, a young journalist, the awkward and unusual life of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and his remarkable defence at his trial in Jerusalem. CinemaxX 2
(UK) Carnaby International Sales & Distribution, 100mins. Dir: Simon West. Cast: Antonio Banderes, Olga Kurylenko. An ageing rock star is forced to navigate deadly jungles and ruthless bandits to save his wife. CineStar IMAX
TAP: THE LAST SHOW
(Japan) Toei Company, 133mins. Dir: Yutaka Mizutani. Cast: Yutaka Mizutani, Ittoku Kishibe, Kie Kitano. Former tap dance legend Shinjiro Watari drags his leg and is addicted to alcohol every day. Theatre owner Kiichiro Mouri requests him to be choreographer for one last show. CinemaxX 17
USSAK … YEARS LATER
(Greece) Greek Film Centre, 118mins. Dir: Kyriakos Katzourakis. Cast: Katia Gerou, Yannis Tsortekis, Nikos Nikas, Theodora Tzimou. In a suffering country in the future, a roving ex-performer, an enigmatic little girl, an ex-drag showman and a politically conscious dropout intersect trying to stand up and
claim a good life against a totalitarian regime. CinemaxX 12
(Spain) Global Screen, 105mins. Dir: Esteban Crespo. Cast: Maria Pedraza, Pol Monen, Natalia Tena, Greta Fernandez. Laura and Carlos love each other as if every day was the last, and perhaps that intensity is what will tear them apart. CineStar 4 No press
(Australia) Films Distribution, 89mins. Dir: Damien Power. Cast: Aaron Pedersen, Ian Meadows, Harriet Dyer, Aaron Glenane. Ian and Sam head to a national park, hoping the bush will give them space. The discovery of a child wandering in the woods unleashes a terrifying chain of events. CineStar 2
17:45 EL MAR LA MAR
(US) Forum Office, 95mins. Dir: JP Sniadecki,
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Joshua Bonnetta. Surveys the Sonora Desert that straddles the border between the US and Mexico and catalogues all those who navigate it. CinemaxX 6
18:15 AT WAR FOR LOVE
(Italy) Rai Com, 102mins. Dir: Pierfrancesco Diliberto. Cast: Andrea Di Stefano, Sergio Vespertino, Maurizio Bologna. New York 1943. Arturo, a Sicilian immigrant, is in love with Flora and would like to get married. He enrolls in the US Army in order to start a journey to Sicily, where Flora’s father is living, to get his blessing. CineStar 1
(US) AMBI Media Group, 93mins. Dir: Brian Goodman. Cast: Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Piper Perabo. Paul, a down-on-his luck screenwriter, picks up a drifter and offers him a place to stay. When the deranged stranger takes Paul hostage and forces him to write, their unhinged relationship brings secrets to light.
(Russia, Germany) ARRI Media, 131mins. Dir: Andrei Konchalovsky. Cast: Julia Vysotskaya, Christian Clauss, Philippe Duquesne, Victor Sukhorukov. The compelling story of three individuals, Olga, Jules and Helmut, whose paths cross amid the devastation of war.
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18:05 JULIE AND THE SHOE FACTORY
(France) Films Boutique, 84mins. Dir: Kostia Testut, Paul Calori. Cast: Pauline Etienne, Olivier Chantreau, Francois Morel. When Julie lands a job at a luxury shoemaker, her dreams of stability collapse when the owner threatens to close the factory. Together with an intrepid group of
POISON — THE LAND OF FIRES
(Italy) Minerva Pictures, 105mins. Dir: Diego Olivares. Set in the land of fire, near the Naples area, where the Camorra hides toxic waste. Tells the trauma of the people who live around there who are the victims of cancer. CineStar 5
(Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia) Latido Films, 93mins. Dir: Rajko Grlic. Cast: Nebojsa Glogovac, Dejan Acimovic, Ksenija Marinkovic, Bozidar Smiljanic. Four very different people live in the same building but avoid each other because of their different lives, what they believe in, and where they come from. The misfortune pushes them towards each other. CinemaxX 16
18:45 SOLAR ECLIPSE — DEPTH OF DARKNESS
(UAE, Sri Lanka, Spain) Nugen Media Production, 142mins. Dir: Karim Traidia, Pankaj Sehgal, Carl Carlfalio. Cast: Stephen Lang, Luke Pasqualino, Vinnie Jones, Om Puri. Based on true events leading to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. CinemaxX 11
(Poland) VMI Worldwide, 150mins. Dir: Wojtek Smarzowski. Cast: Michalina Labacz, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Adrian Zaremba, Vasili Vasylyk. Set during the Second World War, a young girl named Zosia must survive the attack on her village by the neighbouring Ukrainians. CinemaxX 13
19:05 ON THE MILKY ROAD
(UK) Wild Bunch, 125mins. Dir: Emir Kusturica. Cast: Monica Bellucci, Emir Kusturica, Sergej Trifunovic, Predrag Manojlovic.
A story of passionate, forbidden love. CineStar 6
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19:15 SARA BARAS: ALL HER VOICES
(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment, 96mins. Dir: Rafa Moles, Pepe Andreu. Cast: Sara Baras, Jose Serrano, Tim Ries, Concha Baras. Sara Baras, one of the greatest dancers and creators of flamenco, will create Voices, a show about those artists who were revolutionary in their time and yet are exalted today. CineStar 2
19:30 GAME <3 CINEMA
(Germany) EFM, 120mins. Dir: Michael Liebe. Discover a new audience and a different cinema experience. This game screening event enables gamers to use cinema facilities when playing a game on the big screen and film professionals to share a gaming experience with an audience. MGB-Kino
(Turkey) m_appeal — Raspberry & Cream, 95mins. Dir: Ceylan Ozgun Ozcelik. Cast: Algi Eke, Ozgur Cevik, Kadir Cermik, Asiye Dincsoy. Tracks a news channel employee in a country where reality and hallucinations bounce off each other. CinemaxX 12
(Russia) Art Pictures Studio, 100mins. Dir: Fedor Bondarchuk. Cast: Oleg Menshikov, Alexander Petrov, Irina Starshenbaum, Rinal Mukhametov. After an alien ship crashlands on a Russian city, many of those who saw the inside and occupants of the ship start to question their own existence, while there are those who demand the aliens to leave Earth. CineStar 5
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Online Distribution: Promise and Reality Online distribution promises to be the savior of the independent production industry, providing a long-tail global audience for even the most niche art house films and TV productions. But how does the promise of online distribution match up to the reality? How can independent producers best use the Internet to both finance productions and recoup on their investment? And how can an indie producer or director assess the real value of their films on the global market? MODERATOR Scott Roxborough THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
New Prospects: Challenges and Opportunities in the Arab Film Industry The Arab world is growing significantly as a market and producer of films. But growth has been uneven, with screens and investment increasing in areas like the Gulf but lagging in countries such as Egypt. Meanwhile, Arab producers and directors face creative and commercial challenges as pay-TV and SVOD gain ground. What are the region‘s prospects? The panel will present fresh data on Arab cinema and discuss how best to navigate a growing but tricky market. The Arab film industry exemplifies how a region can quickly adapt through new impulses from the industry and a changing demand from audiences. MODERATOR Nick Vivarelli VARIETY
Market Innovation 2017: How to Get Things Moving? With its new “EFM Horizon” platform, the EFM offers various initiatives focusing on the film industry of the future. “EFM Horizon” sets out to help discover the latest technological developments and forward-looking trends and to take advantage of networks in sectors bordering the audio-visual industry. The panel introduces entrepreneurs with strategies that will shape the future in distribution and marketing of films and potentially attract new audiences. The new Propellor Film Tech Hub, of which EFM is a founding partner, is setting up an incubator programme for the development of new distribution and marketing prototypes, and will present its strategy for 2017 and 2018. MODERATOR Wendy Mitchell Contributing Editor SCREEN INTERNATIONAL Panel discussions are followed by networking cocktail (17:00 –17:30).
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DJANGO (Fr) Etienne Comar
Reda Kateb took guitar lessons for a year in preparation for his starring role in Comar’s film about legendary French ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Comar makes his directorial and Berlinale debut with the film.
ON BODY AND SOUL (Hun) Ildiko Enyedi
This romantic fantasy explores the duality between sleeping and waking, posing the question of what you would do ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ if you encountered someone who dreamed the same dreams as you every night. The film is Enyedi’s fifth feature.
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THE DINNER (US) Oren Moverman
Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall, Chloe Sevigny, Richard Gere and Steve Coogan star in this retelling of Herman Koch’s ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Dutch-language novel of the same name, about the moral and political fallout from one night in a restaurant.
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FELICITE (Fr-Sen-Bel-Ger-Leb) Alain Gomis
Set against the bustling streets of the Congolese capital of Kinshasa, Félicité follows a singer as she tries to raise ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ money to fund an operation for her son. Big-screen debutante Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu stars.
WILD MOUSE (Austria) Josef Hader
Hader makes his directorial debut with comedy Wild Mouse. As well as writing and directing, he also stars in the film ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ as an unemployed Viennese music critic out for revenge against his former boss when his life is turned upside-down.
SPOOR (Pol-Ger-Cze-Swe-Slov) The acclaimed director describes Spoor as “something between a black comedy and a thriller, touching on ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Agnieszka Holland ecological, feminist and anarchist issues”. The cast features Agnieszka Mandat as a woman hellbent on revenge.
A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Chile-Ger-US-Sp) Sebastian Lelio
Daniela Vega stars as a waitress and nightclub singer who is left reeling by the death of her older boyfriend ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ (Francisco Reyes). As a transgender woman, she faces a battle with his family to be allowed the right to grieve.
BRIGHT NIGHTS (Ger-Nor) Thomas Arslan
Northern Norway is the setting for this drama about a man who takes his son on a road trip in an attempt to rekindle ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ their relationship. Bright Nights is Arslan’s second film in a row to play in Competition, following Gold in 2013.
THE PARTY (UK) Sally Potter
Emily Mortimer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Cillian Murphy and Timothy Spall star in Potter’s dark comedy set in real time ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ at a London drinks party hosted by a woman to celebrate her husband’s promotion.
MR LONG (Jap-Ger-HK-China-Tai) Sabu
The new film from cult Japanese director Sabu stars Taiwanese actor Chang Chen as a killer who attempts to leave ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ behind the Japanese underworld and start a new life. Sho Aoyagi and Yiti Yao co-star.
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Fin) Aki Kaurismaki
Kaurismaki reunites with regular leading man Sakari Kuosmanen to tell the story of a travelling salesman who ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ encounters a Syrian refugee, played by Sherwan Haji, who is seeking asylum in Helsinki.
BEUYS (Ger) Andres Veiel
Veiel returns to the documentary genre for his latest project. Using previously unseen visual and audio recordings, ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Beuys is an intimate portrait of German artist Joseph Beuys, focusing on the man, his work and his world of ideas.
COLO (Por-Fr) Teresa Villaverde
Portuguese filmmaker Villaverde makes her Berlin debut with her seventh feature, an intense drama that draws ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ attention to the lives of families in contemporary European cities.
RETURN TO MONTAUK (Ger-Fr-Ire) Volker Schlöndorff
Based on an original screenplay by Schlöndorff and Irish author Colm Toibin, Return To Montauk stars Swedish ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ actor Stellan Skarsgard and Germany’s Nina Hoss as former lovers who meet after a 20-year separation.
ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE (S Kor) Hong Sang-soo
Shot in Germany and South Korea, On The Beach At Night Alone is about an actress who has given up everything ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ for her relationship with a married man. It marks Hong’s third appearance in Berlin’s Competition.
JOAQUIM (Bra-Por) Marcelo Gomes
The latest film from Gomes is set during the 18th century and is about a trusted soldier for the Portuguese colonial ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ rulers who plunder Brazil’s gold reserves. Julio Machado and Isabel Zuaa star.
HAVE A NICE DAY (China) Liu Jian
The first Chinese animated feature to screen in Competition at Berlin is a road movie about a man who robs his boss ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ to pay for his fiancée’s plastic surgery. This black comedy holds up a magnifying glass to life and social conditions.
ANA, MON AMOUR (Rom-Ger-Fr) Calin Peter Netzer
Netzer is back in Competition with his fourth feature, about a couple struggling with the impact of psychological ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ illness. He was the first Romanian director to win the Golden Bear, for his third feature, Child’s Pose, in 2013.
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