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MACONDO A Film by SUDABEH MORTEZAI
2014 - Drama - Austria - DCP - 1.85 - 98 min with Ramasan
Minkailov, Aslan Elbiev, Kheda Gazieva
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THE WAY HE LOOKS A Film by DANIEL RIBEIRO
2014 - Romantic comedy - Brazil - DCP - 2.35 - 96 min with Ghilherme
Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim
Music by Belle and Sebastian
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CRACKS IN CONCRETE A Film by
UMUT DAĞ (KUMA)
2014 - Drama - Austria - DCP - 1.85 - 104 min with Murathan
Muslu, Alechan Tagaev, Ivan Kriznjak
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CONCERNING VIOLENCE A Film by GÖRAN HUGO OLSSON (BLACK POWER MIXTAPE) 2014 - Documentary - Sweden - DCP - 1.77 - 85 min
Based on Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth Narrated by Ms. Lauryn Hill (THE FUGEES)
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A Film by ZERESENAY BERHANE MEHARI 2014 - Drama - Ethiopia - DCP- 2.35 - 99 min with Meron
Getnet, Tizita Hagete
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BLIND DATES A Film by LEVAN KOGUASHVILI
2013 - Comedy/Drama - Georgia - DCP - 1.85 - 99 min with Andro
Sakhvarelidze, Ia Sukhitashvili, Archil Kikodze
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JOY OF MAN´S DESIRING A Film by DENIS CÔTÉ
2014 - Documentary - Canada - DCP - 1.85 - 70 min with Guillaume
Tremblay, Emilie Sigouin, Hamidou Savadogo
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PING PONG SUMMER A Film by MICHAEL TULLY
2014 - Comedy - USA - DCP - 1.78 - 92 min with Susan
Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Judah Friedlander
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Buyers drink in Russell Crowe’s Water Diviner Gallows Hill
IFC climbs Gallows Hill BY JEREMY KAY
IFC has picked up North American rights to Victor Garcia’s genre title Gallows Hill following a strong buyer response at a recent Los Angeles screening. IM Global handles international sales at the EFM. The film screens at the market tomorrow and stars Twilight actor Peter Facinelli, the UK’s Sophia Myles, Nathalia Ramos and Colombian model and actress Carolina Guerra, part of a large Colombian contingency. Gallows Hill was financed entirely within Colombia by television network RCN’s affiliate, Five 7 Media, which produced with A Bigger Boat and Launchpad Productions. Peter Block, David Higgins and Andrea Chung produced. Rich D’Ovidio, whose credits include The Call and Thir13en Ghosts, wrote the screenplay about a widower who takes his children on a trip to their mother’s Colombian home town. En route, the family is involved in an accident and take refuge in a secluded inn, where they free a girl who has been locked in a basement, and set in motion a terrifying sequence of events.
BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
Universal Pictures International (UPI) has snapped up a raft of territories on Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, which eOne has also confirmed it will distribute in the UK, Canada and Spain. UPI cut deals with David Garrett’s Mister Smith for France, Germany, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Austria and Benelux. UPI will now also distribute jointly with eOne in Australia and New Zealand. Meanwhile Mars Entertainment has snapped up Turkish rights. In The Water Diviner, currently
shooting in Australia, Crowe plays a farmer who travels to Istanbul four years after the First World War to discover the fate of his sons, who were reported missing in the Battle of Gallipoli. There he forges a relationship with a Turkish
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LevelK beats with Heart BY WENDY MITCHELL
LevelK has boarded world sales for Silent Heart (working title), which reunites director Bille August with Ghita Norby, who starred in The Best Intentions. The cast will also feature Pilou Asbaek (A Hijacking), Paprika Steen, Morten Grunwald and 2014 EFP Shooting Star Danica Curcic. The story, written by Christian Torpe, is about a family gathering for an unusual weekend as the terminally ill matriarch (Norby) plans to commit suicide. The Danish-language film is currently in production for producer Jesper Morthorst at SF Film Production.
HanWay boards Close, Nolte pic Ralph Fiennes greets Bob Balaban as Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray and director Wes Anderson look on at last night’s premiere here in Berlin for Competition entry The Grand Budapest Hotel. See review, page 12.
Paramount picks up Plastic Paramount has secured UK rights from Cinema Management Group to Julian Gilbey’s heist film, Plastic. The studio is understood to have committed to a wide 300-screen release in early May for the thriller starring Ed Speleers and Thomas Kretschmann. Plastic is inspired by true events and tells of a group of students who are forced to pull off a jewel heist in Miami after they
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woman, played by Olga Kurylenko. The production will move to Turkey for three weeks from the last week of February. The film is the first out of the gate for Crowe’s Fear of God Films and is also the first of Hopscotch Features’ four films to have been picked up for multiple territories by parent company eOne. “I thought I had the best job in the world, but I think I’ve found a better one,” said Crowe. Producers are Keith Rodger for Fear of God Films and Andrew Mason and Troy Lum of Hopscotch Features.
accidentally target a gangster in a credit-card scam. Terry Stone and Chris Howard produced the Gateway Films and Meridian Films thriller. Downton Abbey’s Speleers leads the predominantly UK cast alongside Will Poulter (We’re The Millers), Alfie Allen, Sebastian De Souza and Emma Rigby. Graham McTavish rounds out the key cast. Jeremy Kay
WestEnd hears Song Of The Sea BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
WestEnd Films has signed on to sell Tomm Moore’s anticipated animation The Song Of The Sea, the director’s follow-up to Oscar-nominated animation The Secret Of Kells. Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny are among the voice cast in the family animation, produced by Cartoon Saloon. The film is due for release late this year. Like Moore’s previous film, The
Song Of The Sea takes inspiration from Irish folklore, and centres on the legend of the Selkies — mythological creatures that are part-seal, part-human. Previous deals done with producers include StudioCanal for the UK and Ireland, Haut et Court and Orange Cinéma Séries in France, O’Brother Distribution in Benelux and Svensk Film for Sweden and Denmark. WestEnd will be showing footage here.
HanWay Films has newly boarded international sales on Occupant Entertainment’s Always On My Mind, from Rock Of Ages creator Chris D’Arienzo. D’Arienzo wrote the script and will direct Nick Nolte and Glenn Close in the music-based drama in which an ageing rock star (Nolte) succumbs to dementia while his wife (Close) is left to pick up the pieces of his hardlived rock ’n’ roll life. Occupant’s Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino will produce in association with D’Arienzo’s Hana Akami Canning Co. CAA represents domestic rights. HanWay’s market slate also includes High-Rise, Slow West and Last Days In The Desert. Andreas Wiseman
Bac cashes in on Human Capital
Finecut scores Haemoo deals
by Andreas Wiseman
South Korean sales agent Finecut has announced a raft of deals led by thriller Haemoo (aka Sea Fog), executive produced by Bong Joon Ho. It has pre-sold to Wild Side Films for French-speaking Europe and Twin for Japan. Bong’s Memories Of Murder cowriter Shim Sung-bo is making a feature directorial debut with Haemoo, starring K-pop boy group JYJ member Park Yu-chun and Kim Yoon-seok from The Chaser. Currently in production, the film is scheduled for a late summer release in Korea. The Russian Novel director Shin Yeon-shick’s action thriller, Rough
Bac Films has finalised a string of deals on Paolo Virzi’s Italian boxoffice hit, Human Capital. Deals have closed with Brazil (Imovision), Canada (Axia), Benelux (Imagine), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Austria (Filmladen), China (Champs Lis), Turkey (Filmarti), Poland (Against Gravity), Portugal (Film4You), Greece (StraDa Films), India (Star Entertainment) and eastern European TV (HBO). Rai has raked in more than $6.8m (¤5m) after four weeks on Virzi’s drama, in which the destinies of two families are irrevocably tied after a cyclist is hit by a Jeep on the night before Christmas Eve. The cast includes Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Luigi Lo Cascio and Fabrizio Gifuni. Also on Bac’s EFM slate are Rotterdam selection The Quiet Roar, El Ardor, Run, The Strange Color Of Your Body’s Tears, which was recently sold to Strand Releasing for the US, and Fool Circle.
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Play, written and produced by Kim Ki-duk, sold to Klockworx for Japan and Hwa Yea Multimedia for Malaysia. Another film written and pro-
duced by Kim, Red Family — Lee Ju-hyung’s feature directorial debut that won the audience award at last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival — has sold to Gaga Corporation for Japan. In Berlin, Finecut is also selling Panorama section title Night Flight, directed by LeeSong Heeil, whose previous White Night and No Regret also screened at the Berlinale. Finecut will also hold market screenings for Song Kang-hostarrer The Attorney — which recorded more than 11 million admissions in Korea — and the recent Rotterdam Tiger Award winner, Han Gong-ju.
Fortitude pacts with Untitled by Jeremy Kay
Freshly minted Fortitude International has lined up a key earlysupply deal for five films with Untitled Entertainment, led by an upcoming project from The Iceman director Ariel Vromen.
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International sales and financing company Fortitude launched last month headed by sales veteran Nadine de Barros and producers Daniel Wagner and Robert Ogden Barnum. Untitled Entertainment’s Laura
Rister will work closely with Fortitude on the slate and de Barros will talk up the arrangement with international buyers at the EFM. Rister and Untitled previously collaborated with Barnum on All Is Lost, Margin Call and Lawless.
TrustNordisk spreads Love TrustNordisk has confirmed early deals on Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Someone You Love, which has its world premiere as a Special Gala here on Tuesday. Deals have been done for Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Spain and Andorra (Golem), Benelux (Wild Bunch), Korea (Atnine), Turkey and Cyprus (Umut Sanat Filmcilik) and Hong Kong (Edko Films). Mikael Persbrandt and Trine Dyrholm star. Producers are Sisse Graum Jorgensen and Vinca Wiedemann for Zentropa. Wendy Mitchell
Wagner said: “One of our main goals is to identify top projects and form strategic partnerships on a global level. Our alliance with Untitled exemplifies this objective.” Fortitude can fully financing projects and is looking to assemble a slate of 10-15 commercial, director-driven films a year. It will also focus on television.
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Wild Side has Nightmare
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Red Sea Media has come on to handle international sales at the EFM on Cuba Gooding Jr thriller Gridlocked. Allan Ungar directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Rob Robol about an ex-SWAT chief and his trainee caught in a training facility overrun by mercenaries. Bruno Marino produces with Geoff Hart and Cody Hackman from Canada’s Hackybox Pictures. “We are really going to be pushing the envelope in terms of the action,” said Ungar. “It will pack a punch. You’re going to see Cuba Gooding Jr like you’ve never seen him before. It’s going to be exciting.” Ungar previously wrote and directed the MMA thriller Tapped, which Lionsgate releases in May. Red Sea Media’s slate includes two films from Los Angeles-based FX specialists Hydraulx — The Seventh Tear, produced by Brett Ratner, and Chimera — as well as Jinn, Squirrels, Dawn Patrol, The Mighty Eighth and The Borderland.
Wild Side Films has acquired French rights from Content to Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare. Content commenced sales on the documentary from the director of Room 237 at the American Film Market last November. The Nightmare was sparked by Ascher’s personal experiences and follows a disturbing investigation into demonic visions undergone by victims of sleep paralysis.
The genre title comes from the Preferred Film & TV joint venture between Content and Ross M Dinerstein and Kevin Iwashina, who produced The Nightmare with Glen Zipper. Content president Jamie Carmichael served as executive producer and represents North American rights with Iwashina. “It is a great testament to Rodney’s talent, combined with such an original and terrifying concept,
that two of the finest distributors in the business have joined the film early,” said Content’s head of sales, Harry White. Wild Side CEO Manuel Chiche added: “We are very proud to be on board Rodney Ascher’s new feature. We were very impressed by his vision on Room 237 and his huge sense of detail.” Content is also handling international sales at the EFM on Preferred Film & TV’s The Diabolical.
Umedia takes the plunge with DEEP by Wendy Mitchell
Umedia International has boarded Spanish animation studio The Thinklab’s family feature DEEP, which has a script by former Dreamworks writer-director Mike de Seve of Baboon Animation. Peter Rogers and his team at Umedia will show a sizzle reel to buyers here. Julio Soto’s film is about an octopus, fish and shrimp in the
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year 2100 when the oceans have risen. “DEEP is a hilarious feature animation that offers us a unique, comical look at the magical deepsea world of amazing creatures that live in the world’s deepest ocean trenches,” says Rogers. “Julio’s extraordinary imagination has delivered a magical world reminiscent of some of recent cinema’s best-loved animations.”
Odin’s Eye spies thrillers by Sandy George
Odin’s Eye Entertainment (OEE) has acquired worldwide sales rights to supernatural thrillers from Australia and Spain. The first is 2nd Reign Of Night, the directorial debut of Antoni Solé, filmed in Barcelona. Solé is also producing alongside Loris Curci (Hidden In The Woods). The English-language film tells of an anthropologist who unwittingly resurrects an Egyptian god who plunges the world into eternal darkness. The film is in postproduction and OEE will be screening a promo at the EFM. Writer/director David Campbell’s Lemon Tree Passage is inspired by a media report about a stretch of road that locals say is haunted by the ghost of a motorcyclist. The privately financed Australian teen thriller is produced by Jeremy Ervine. OEE head Michael Favelle sold Middle East and North African rights to Shooting Stars on the eve of the EFM and is due to screen the film on February 8.
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berlin briefs Amplify finds God Amplify has picked up US rights to Stuart Murdoch’s musical God Help The Girl ahead of its European premiere in Generation 14plus tonight. The all-rights distributor will distribute across the US early this autumn.
Hoffman tribute in Berlin Berlin is to pay tribute to US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died on Sunday, with a special screening of Capote. The biopic, for which Hoffman won an Oscar, will screen at the CinemaxX 6 on Tuesday at 9pm.
Watson joins Regression Harry Potter star Emma Watson will join Ethan Hawke on the TWCDimension thriller Regression, which FilmNation Entertainment is selling at the EFM.
Take Down lines up cast Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin and Sebastian Koch are in talks to star in Jim Gillespie’s Take Down, which Radiant Films International is shopping at the EFM.
Paladin in The Maid’s Room Paladin has picked up US rights to Michael Walker’s The Maid’s Room, which new London-based sales company Devilworks is introducing to buyers at the EFM.
IFT hires Hoiseth Kevin Hoiseth from Voltage Pictures has joined Los Angeles-based sales company International Film Trust as director of international sales.
Farmiga joins Prima Two Highland Film Group sales titles have cast up. Vera Farmiga has joined Prima, while Your Right Mind has added Clea DuVall, Sheryl Lee, Emily Alyn Lind and Ryan Bingham.
Point Winterbottom: Angel is High moves into not about Amanda Knox Heart Street by Andreas Wiseman
by Wendy Mitchell
Much like the media sensationalism around the Amanda Knox trial itself, there have been misleading reports that Michael Winterbottom’s new film, The Face Of An Angel, is a Knox exposé. “It’s not a film about Amanda Knox,” Winterbottom says emphatically about The Face Of An Angel, being sold at the EFM by WestEnd Films. “The case in our film is a fictional case.” “Once people see the film, the talk about [Amanda Knox] will stop,” he adds. It is easy to see why there is some confusion, as Winterbottom acquired the rights to Angel Face:
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Sex, Murder And The Inside Story Of Amanda Knox by US journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau. But he uses that book just as a jumping-off point for Paul Viragh’s script. Winterbottom’s story is about a film-maker (Daniel Brühl) who
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UKTI at the Berlinale
by Andreas Wiseman
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is working on several events during the 2014 Berlinale. This evening, UKTI is partnering with the British Embassy, BFI and British Council (with law firm Brehm & v Moers) to host a panel discussion about Germany-UK coproduction at 5pm at the British Embassy, with speakers including Isabel Davis from the BFI, Lee & Thompson’s Reno Antoniades and producer Jens Meurer from Egoli Tossell Film. The panel is followed by a UK film reception. On Saturday, UKTI is partnering on the ‘We Are UK Film’ EFM reception and whisky tasting, followed by a reception with Screen International at the Hotel de Rome.
Ukrainian-based distributor 1+1 Media has taken all eastern Europe rights to Global Screen’s documentary Beltracchi — The Art Of Forgery. The film charts the life of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for 40 years by forging and selling paintings of early 20th century masters. 1+1 secured rights in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Czech Republic and Slovenia. Fruitmarket and Tradewind Pictures produce in co-production with Telepool, Senator Film Produktion and Global Screen.
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Reel Suspects passes TEST by Wendy Mitchell
Difret success French distributor Ad Vitam has snapped up world rights excluding North America on Ethiopian filmmaker Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s Difret, screening in Panorama. It is
goes to Italy to study the aftermath of a high-profile murder case. He meets the US journalist (Kate Beckinsale) who wrote a book about the case, as well as an English student (Cara Delevingne) living in Siena working at a bar. While abroad, he starts to question his priorities with his own rocky family relationships, especially with his daughter. “None of the main characters of the film are directly connected to the case,” Winterbottom adds. “At the heart of the film, it’s about the tragedy of what it would be like to lose a daughter.” The film will now head into editing for delivery around August.
produced by Mehret Mandefro and executive produced by Angelina Jolie. Films Distribution’s Berlinbased sister firm, Films Boutique, will handle world sales. Ad Vitam will release in France later this year. Geoffrey Macnab
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Panorama title TEST by Chris Mason Johnson is heating up sales for Reel Suspects ahead of its European premiere. Deals have been done with Peccadillo in the UK, KMBO in France and Mayfly in Poland. TEST is based on the director’s own experiences as a professional dancer. It stars Scott Marlowe as a young dancer living in San Francisco in 1985. The film won two prizes at Outfest; Wolfe and Variance will release in the US on June 6.
This year’s Berlinale features 29 films that are UK productions or have UK involvement. “Berlin Film Festival is one of the most important international film industry events and the European Film Market in particular is second only to Cannes for the British film industry,” said Daniel Rutstein, head of UKTI Germany. “While the key priority markets for UK films are the US, Brazil and China, Germany is the most reliable market in terms of advances being paid and the number of UK films released.” UKTI is a government dep artment that helps UK-based companies compete in the global marketplace, and helps overseas companies bring investment to Britain.
UK sales outfit High Point has added Dutch rom-com Heart Street to its EFM line-up. High Point renews its collaboration with Amsterdam-based producer 2CFILM after the pair joined forces on tech thriller App. Director Sanne Vogel’s debut feature stars Berlinale Shooting Star 2014 Marwan Kenzari (Wolf), Bracha van Doesburgh (The Domino Effect) and Tygo Gernandt (Süskind). It focuses on characters looking for love in a fashionable neighbourhood of Amsterdam. Producers are Edvard van’t Wout, Robin de Levita and Kees Abrahams. Just Film Distribution will release in the Netherlands on more than 100 screens in March.
Studio Hamburg kicks off release plan with Zulu by Martin Blaney
Jérome Salle’s action thriller, Zulu, the closing film at Cannes 2013, is to be the first release of Studio Hamburg Enterprises (SHE), which has expanded into theatrical distribution in the German market. The 50-50 joint venture between Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing and ZDF Enterprises had already been involved in the acquisition of international feature film and TV licences for release on DVD and Blu-ray, but had used other distributors in the past to handle the theatrical releases. Booking and billing on the May 1 release will be handled by 24 Bilder.
EFP’s SHOOTING stars 2014 Edda Magnason (SWE) Waltz for monica What or who inspired you to become an actor? Danish director Per Fly inspired me to keep acting after we’d finished the shooting of Monica Z. What attracts you to a role? If there is a grain of something I have in me: something I understand but wouldn’t do myself. If I get a little scared and emotionally moved, I’m definitely in. What advice would you give to aspiring young actors? To have fun and go all in, even if it’s a school film you’re casting for. You
never know what the smallest project can lead to. Be among people who inspire you to be creative and brave. What are you working on next? Right now, I’m working on my next album.
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The Grand Budapest Hotel Reviewed by Mark Adams competition A warmly whimsical and deftly magical tale of love, robbery, murder and comedy mishap all set against the fantastical backdrop of an imaginary central European region, Wes Anderson’s beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable The Grand Budapest Hotel sees the director deliver his best film yet. It will enchant fans of his signature precious and warmly deadpan comedy style and draw in those who may be new to the unique Anderson vision. As usual, he sets his story within a unique imaginary world of his own creation, this time shifting his tale to a fictional spa town in the imaginary country of Zubrowska in the 1930s, with the key backdrop being the elegant Grand Budapest Hotel. It is a period of fancy hotels, elegant fashion, good manners, bitter conflict and grand ambitions and the film reflects the freewheeling caper-comedy style of classy 1930s Hollywood screwball comedies but with the added Anderson style, which layers in clever design, engaging effects and a playful use of varied aspect ratios to keep audiences intrigued. The opening film here at Berlin — where it screens in Competition — The Grand Budapest Hotel will also play at several other European film festivals before opening in the US and most other key territories in early March. It will be a must-see for Anderson’s legion of fans, while strong and resolutely charming performances from Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton and Willem Dafoe (as well as Anderson’s now regular supporting
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US. 2014. 100mins Director Wes Anderson Production companies American Imperial, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, Fox Searchlight Pictures Distribution 20th Century Fox Screenplay Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness Producers Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Bales, Jeremy Dawson Co-producer Jane Frazer Cinematography Robert Yeoman Editor Barney Pilling Production designer Adam Stockhausen Music Alexandre Desplat Main cast Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel,Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton
performers) should help boost theatrical attention. Though playful in its use of storytelling — there are stories within stories, within stories — at the core of the film are the adventures of Gustave H (Fiennes), a legendary concierge at the famous hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (newcomer Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who is to become his most loyal and trusted friend. A vain but lovingly loyal lothario who romances older female guests at the hotel, Gustave H (or Monsieur Gustave as he is simply known) also runs the place with precision, and takes a paternal attitude to young Zero. When one of his loves, the 84-year-old dowager countess Madame D, (beautifully played by a heavily made-up Tilda Swinton) dies mysteriously, Gustave and Zero hurry by train — and through a newly militarised border — to Schloss Lutz to be at her side. But when Gustave is bequeathed a valuable painting he soon finds himself accused of her murder by her son and presumed heir Dmitri (Brody). What follows is a caper that veers into Marx brothers territory at times, as Gustave attempts to flee; is imprisoned in Checkpoint 19 Criminal Internment Camp, managing to escape after befriending underworld figure Ludwig (Keitel) and having tools hidden in cakes delivered to him; and is assisted in flight by the varied members of the Society of the Crossed Keys (a brotherhood of concierges). He eventually finds his way back to the Grand Budapest Hotel — and to Zero — for an action-packed finale (and a blazing gun battle, an unusual sight in an Anderson film) on the sixth floor of the reputable building.
It will come as no surprise there is an awful lot going on in The Grand Budapest Hotel. It would be a fair comment to say the plethora of characters make for engaging distractions rather than aiding the flow of the film — the likes of Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, Bob Balaban and Léa Seydoux all have minor, but amusingly telling, roles — but then this is what you get when you buy into an Anderson film. That, along with a love of trains, artfully interwoven animation and a rich sense of production design and costumes all help make this journey a playful and entertaining one. Fiennes is sheer fastidious perfection as the vain but rather generous Gustave M, and his on-screen relationship with Revolori is delightfully sustained as the pair embark on a series of strange but rather wonderful adventures. The film is also a tribute to the classic image of the bell hop (maybe the best since Four Rooms) and has a lot of fun with — and a good deal of respect for — the notion of how the clichéd ‘Grand Hotel’ functions. The framing device of having the story told by both Tom Wilkinson and Jude Law — as the author of a book about the hotel at different ages — is engaging rather than necessary but once the film focuses on Monsieur Gustave and the young Zero and their great adventure, it finds its glorious momentum and takes the audience on a swaggering and delightful grand adventure that is cinematic, exciting, funny and above all intelligently entertaining.
Snowpiercer Reviewed by Jason Bechervaise
Cuban Fury Reviewed by Mark Adams Nick Frost proves he has the silky moves to top-line this amiable and rather enjoyable dance comedy, and while his regular on-screen comedy partner, Simon Pegg, does appear for a brief cameo, it is Frost and his engagingly sincere charm that carries the film. That and some delightfully staged salsa dancing that will leave audiences tapping their toes in appreciation. Frost and Pegg have, of course, starred in Edgar Wright’s comedy trilogy Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, and while Frost has headed several television series (such as the BBC’s Hyperdrive) Cuban Fury marks his debut as fully fledged film lead and romantic hero. The film has the potential to click with UK audiences looking for a bit of alternate Valentine’s Day comedy — it opens on February 14 — while that casting of US actress Rashida Jones (from TV’s Parks And Recreation and feature Celeste And Jesse Forever, which she co-scripted) and Chris O’Dowd (from Bridesmaids) should aid international profile. As a 13-year-old in 1987, Bruce Garrett was poised to sweep the floor at the UK Junior Salsa Championship, where he danced with his sister, but after being attacked by cruel young bullies he puts his Cuban heels away, packs up his sequinned shirts and concentrates on an ordinary life. Some 25 years later, the adult Bruce (Frost) is an out-ofshape, emotionally inept worker who finds his road to selfpity interrupted when he meets his new American boss, Julia (Jones), a smart and funny woman who happens to have a passion for salsa. His attraction to her make him re-examine his dull life, though he still figures she is way out of his league (“She’s a 10, I’m a 2!”). But when his cocky co-worker Drew (O’Dowd) announces that he aims to make Julia his latest conquest, Bruce stumbles into action. With the encouragement of his loyal sister, Sam (the always excellent Olivia Colman) he approaches his old dance mentor, Ron (McShane), for a few top-up lessons. But Ron announces that Bruce has lost his dance mojo, and must take to the dance floor and learn to unshackle his inner dancing beast, regain his long-lost fleetof-foot fury and try to claim the possible love of his life. Of course the concept of the naturally chunky Frost taking to the dance floor is a funny one, and he is more than happy to poke fun at himself — as well as prove he has more than a few dance moves of his own — as his character has to make the transition from wannabe to salsa star. His on-screen relationship with the charming Jones is warm and easy, while rivalry with the engagingly sleazy O’Dowd — and especially their ‘dance off ’ battle in the office car-park — is one of the high points of the film.
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market UK. 2014. 98mins Director James Griffiths Production companies Big Talk Pictures, StudioCanal, Film4, BFI International sales StudioCanal, www. studiocanal.com Producers Nira Park, James Biddle Executive producers Matthew Justice, Nick Frost, Rachel Prior, Olivier Courson, Jenny Borgars, Danny Perkins, Tessa Ross Screenplay Jon Brown, based on an idea by Nick Frost Cinematography Dick Pope Editors Jonathan Amos, Chris Dickens Production designer Dick Lunn Music Daniel Pemberton Main cast Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman, Kayvan Novak, Rory Kinnear, Alexandra Roach, Ian McShane
Further demonstrating why he is one of South Korea’s most consistent film directors, the first English-language film from Bong Joon Ho (The Host), Snowpiercer, takes place on a perpetual-motion train that circles the Earth after a new ice age. It is an enthralling ride that never runs out of momentum as it cleverly examines the issue of social class in a thoroughly engaging, yet complex manner. Despite its dark tone, the film’s strong premise and a great cast including Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, John Hurt and local talent Song Kang-ho and Ko Ah-sung will count internationally. Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, the film takes place on a train called Snowpiercer that is powered by a non-stop engine, orbiting the globe after the planet has succumbed to an ice age following a failed experiment to stop global warming. A class system soon evolves on the train, with an elite group inhabiting the front — led by a mysterious figure called Wilford — while the less privileged reside in the back in impoverished conditions. Determined to overthrow Wilford and take control of the train are a number of revolutionaries led by Curtis (Evans), who decide to make the perilous journey to the front to try to change their doomed fate. Bong has assembled the perfect cast, with talent spreading across three continents to reflect the global nature of the film and its narrative. Evans is difficult to fault as the young leader, while Hurt is perfectly cast as the older mentor and spiritual leader. Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner and Ed Harris, likewise, deliver their best, but it is Tilda Swinton as the second in command of the train with her thick but attractive Yorkshire accent who manages to rise above this stellar cast through her energetic and eccentric performance. Song and Ko, meanwhile, are natural fits in sizeable roles as part of the gang trying to take control of the train, a fact that further boosted the film’s box-office power in its home market of South Korea. Given the size, scope and unique nature of the project, this is somewhat unknown territory for a South Korean film on the international stage, and while it poses a marketing challenge for international territories in terms of whether to label it an arthouse film or a blockbuster, its prospects remain strong owing to a terrific final product.
forum S Kor. 2013. 125mins Director Bong Joon Ho Production companies Moho Films, Opus Pictures International sales CJ E&M Corp, en.cjenm.com Producers Park Chanwook, Lee Tae-hun, Park Tae-jun, Robert Bernacchi, David Minkowski, Matthew Stillman Screenplay Bong Joon Ho and Kelly Masterson, based on Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Editor Steve M Choe Music Marco Beltrami Main cast Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Alison Pill, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Ko Ah-sung, Ed Harris
Yves Saint Laurent Reviewed by Lisa Nesselson A concise and frequently touching real-life soap opera fashioned from very appealing soap, Jalil Lespert’s Yves Saint Laurent does an effective job of condensing two decades in the life of the justly celebrated clothing designer into a series of pithy vignettes carried along by genuine emotion and a superb central performance. Saint Laurent’s exacting standards, fashion instincts and pioneering designs (tuxedos for women, the Mondrian dress) really did radiate out into the wider culture to lasting effect. It would be difficult to overstate how completely Pierre Niney inhabits the title role, from the impossibly lanky fashion prodigy of 1957 to the filled-out and visibly diminished figure of 1976. The voice, posture, mannerisms, slightly twisted mouth — it is all here, and all in the service of one man’s unusual destiny. Although two women would not be caught dead in the same haute couture dress, there is no reason to believe the world cannot accommodate two YSL biopics. This one — the authorised portrait with the blessing and co-operation of Saint Laurent’s longtime romantic and business partner, Pierre Bergé, still going strong at age 83 (Saint Laurent died in 2008) — hit French cinemas on January 8 and opens the Panorama section here in Berlin. That means the production was able to use authentic locations and the garments so fetchingly displayed are the genuine articles. Bertrand Bonello’s version starring Gaspard
Infinitely Polar Bear Reviewed by Anthony Kaufman When we first see Mark Ruffalo’s Cam Stuart, frolicking through the New England countryside with his two daughters, he seems like the kind of funloving dad every child would love. But the wild eyes, mussed hair and manic energy cloak a disturbing reality: he is suffering from bipolar disorder. Innocent wackiness quickly gives way to nearly naked freak-out, and the next thing you know, his wife Maggie (Saldana) is huddled inside their locked car, sheltering the kids and terrified at what he might do next. Much like its protagonist, Infinitely Polar Bear wavers between joyous hijinks and disturbing breakdowns, and the more time you spend with it, the more it grows on you. While not as laugh-outloud funny as Little Miss Sunshine or as powerful as The Kids Are All Right, this accessible dysfunctional family comedy has enough heart and substance to potentially cross over into multiplexes in the US, and possibly around the world. Based on the life of screenwriter Maya Forbes (Monsters Vs Aliens) growing up in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the 1970s, Infinitely Polar Bear follows the Stuart family as they try to survive during a period of both economic uncertainty and mental instability. With Cam out of a halfway house and ready to restart his life, Maggie embarks on finding a way to kickstart her career. After being accepted at
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panorama special Fr. 2014. 104mins Director Jalil Lespert Production company WY Productions International sales SND, www.snd-films.com Producer Wassim Béji Screenplay Marie-Pierre Huster, Jacques Fieschi, Jalil Lespert, freely adapted from the book Yves Saint Laurent by Laurence Benaim Cinematography Thomas Hardmeier Production designer Aline Bonetto Music Ibrahim Maalouf Main cast Pierre Niney, Guillaume Gallienne, Charlotte Le Bon, Laura Smet, Marie De Villepin
Ulliel and Jérémie Renier (as well as Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Amira Casar and Willem Dafoe) is widely believed to be Cannes-bound. With fame an end in itself for so many modern personalities, the picture does a very good job of conveying Saint Laurent’s pathological shyness and frustration-fuelled temper when forced to deal with anything outside of concentrating on his design work. At his first solo runway show, Saint Laurent meets Bergé (Gallienne, outstanding), a wealthy businessman from a working-class background active in the ‘major arts’ (painting, sculpture, certainly not fashion). Bergé is as masculine and pragmatically no-nonsense as Saint Laurent is easily
overwhelmed and effeminate. It would seem that opposites attract. Through entrepreneurial chutzpah, Bergé raises the financing to launch the YSL fashion house and the rest, as they say, is history. Actors playing Jean Cocteau, Andy Warhol and other marquee names — Nikolai Kinski is entertaining as the imperious Karl Lagerfeld — appear at appropriate junctures, but the effect is not one of ticking off all the boxes. Laura Smet is quite good as Saint Laurent’s muse and creative sidekick, Loulou de la Falaise, as is Charlotte le Bon as pivotal early model, Victoire. The score by much-admired musician Ibrahim Maalouf is perhaps too emphatic in places, although few will mind.
Columbia Business School in New York, Cam is charged with taking care of the kids in Boston. It may be a risky proposition for an alcoholic manicdepressive chain-smoker who does not want to take his lithium, but he is up to the challenge. While the set-up may be formulaic, and there is plenty of familiar humour based on Cam’s struggles as a single parent, many of the situations are made unique. For instance, there is a fabulous sequence in which Cam strives to sew together a flamenco dress for his youngest daughter, made all the more funny and twisted as Cam is operating on a manic high. But the film relies mostly on Ruffalo’s committed performance. Alternating between highs and
lows, fury and fragility, aristocracy and hippie, the silliness of an excitable boy and the pathetic nature of a mentally unhinged man, Ruffalo makes an eccentric character likeable and credible, despite certain script choices that seem aimed at quick laughs rather than realism. For her part, Zoe Saldana displays effectively the immensely difficult choices that working mothers must face. Near the end of the film, one such scene builds to a crescendo of tears that is undeniably affecting. Indeed Infinitely Polar Bear exemplifies a kind of US indie dramedy that may be recognisable to audiences, with its touching journey as parents and children come of age together, but it still works.
market US. 2013. 90mins Director/screenplay Maya Forbes Production companies Paper Street Films, Park Pictures, Bad Robot, KGB Media International sales The Solution Entertainment Group Producers Wally Wolodarsky, Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann, Sam Bisbee, Galt Niederhoffer Executive producers JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk, Austin Stark, Ruth Mutch, Noah Millman, Mark Ruffalo, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Danny Rifkin, Tom Valerio, Richard Rifkin Cinematography Bobby Bukowski Editor Michael R Miller Production designer Carl Sprague Music Theodore Shapiro Main cast Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide, Beth Dixon, Keir Dullea
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The Turning Reviewed by Frank Hatherley
On The Edge Reviewed by Mark Adams A Copenhagen-set The Fast And The Furious-style drama/ thriller but with a message, Christian E Christiansen’s impressively made On The Edge (Lev Staerkt) is a striking film with a fine young cast and punctuated by adrenalinehigh car-racing sequences shot with real panache. The film is in truth about fractured young relationships with a terrible accident causing the protagonists to dwell on what has happened to them. And while this is familiar fare, the street-racing footage — shot in Aarhus in Denmark’s Jutland, and not actually Copenhagen — gives the film energy and thrills, and could well help it appeal to savvy distributors. Best friends Martin (the effortlessly cool Jakob Oftebro, from Kon-Tiki) and Nicolaj (Melville) work as mechanics by day, but their real passion is illegal street-racing. They dress in snappy suits to steal a new-model Audi from a showroom, which helps pay for enhancements to the souped-up Ford Focus that Martin drives in a street race. Martin is loosely involved with university student Signe (Danica Curcic, who alongside Oftebro is a 2014 EFP Shooting Star), with whom Nicolaj is also smitten but keeps away from because of his friend’s involvement. But after a fight at a club, Martin steals a high-performance car and accidentally knocks down and kills a young woman. Wracked with guilt because he lies about his friend’s street-racing involvement, which helps reduce the sentence to manslaughter, Nicolaj seeks solace with Signe, a gentle soul who is taken with his kindness, but who also has her own reason for hating dangerous driving. When Martin is released the scene is set for the pair to confront each other, with Nicolaj having to eventually face up to the lies he has told both Martin and Signe. This is street racing with a moral message that — quite simply — dangerous driving is very bad and lives are lost. Yes, the film aims to be a blend of The Fast And The Furious and Crime And Punishment, but at its core is the familiar story of young love being torn apart by lies, mistakes and recriminations. The street-racing scenes are excellently shot by Christiansen (this is his seventh feature, having made The Roommate and Where The Devil Hides in the US), and while it features the expected engine-growling, tyre-screeching scenes, with the races started by the obligatory buxom beauty in a short skirt, there is also something pleasantly European about the action, as he does not try to completely copy the visceral pleasures of Hollywood’s The Fast And The Furious franchise. What also gives the film its honesty and energy are the fine performances from the three leads, who exude charisma and are clearly talents to watch.
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market Den. 2013. 86mins Director Christian E Christiansen Production company Zentropa Entertainments International sales TrustNordisk, www. trustnordisk.com Producer Louise Vesth Screenplay Christian E Christiansen, Morten Dragsted Cinematography Ian Hansen Editor Michael Bauer Nielsen Music Allan Holmberg Main cast Cyron Melville, Jakob Oftebro, Danica Curcic, Joakim Ingversen, Caspar Fomsgaard
Australian novelist Tim Winton’s 2005 collection of 17 interlinked stories, The Turning, is the rock-solid basis for this mini-festival of short films, each with its own director, writer, cast, crew and production company. Producer Robert Connolly’s vision was for each team to have total control of the interpretation and presentation of their segment. This means the central Lang family characters — Vic, Gail, Bob and Carol — are played by different actors in each of the stories in which they appear. This can be confusing — sometimes they can be aboriginal — but will be less of a problem if you have a programme to guide you. Also varied are the directorial styles — from dialoguefilled naturalism to voiceover memories and part-dreams. There is even a mute, studio dance segment, quite a challenge at the 150-minute mark. Crucially, there are many marvellous locations — vast plains, dripping swampland, impenetrable ranges, pounding oceans — the background to Winton’s acclaimed fiction over the years. Of the internationally known actors on show, Rose Byrne shines in a ‘trailer-trash’ portrait (in Claire McCarthy’s The Turning) very different from her usual work; Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh play Gail and Vic dealing with his difficult mother on Christmas Day (Reunion, written by Blanchett’s husband, Andrew Upton, and loosely directed by fast-rising theatre man Simon Stone); Hugo Weaving is Bob, tracked down by his son after many years isolated in a remote tin shack (Commission, written and debut directed by actor David Wenham). Actress Mia Wasikowska impresses as a first-time writerdirector with the fluid Long, Clear View. Also notable is Cockleshell (director, Tony Ayres; writer, Marcel Dorney), segment opener Big World (writer-director-cinematographer, Warwick Thornton) and Aquifer, a gripping contribution from overall producer Connolly. The financial backing of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation guarantees a national TV showing of this bold collaborative venture. It deserves to be seen, with all its challenges and bold complexities, on a cinema screen. At three non-stop hours, The Turning is a demanding length for any entertainment, but Connolly had equally eccentric plans for its local release. For an initial 16-screen, twoweek run the film played once a day at a special price, $22 (a$25), with a complimentary ‘limited-edition’ glossy programme and a much-needed 10-minute comfort break. This striking plan, aimed squarely at book lovers and arthouse cinema-goers, worked well at the local box office and offers an alternative distribution model for overseas territories.
Panorama special Aus. 2013. 179mins Directors Marieka Walsh, Warwick Thornton, Jub Clerc, Robert Connolly, Anthony Lucas, Rhys Graham, Ashlee Page, Tony Ayres, Claire McCarthy, Stephen Page, Shaun Gladwell, Mia Wasikowska, Simon Stone, David Wenham, Jonathan auf der Heide, Justin Kurzel, Yaron Lifschitz, Ian Meadows Production company Arenamedia International sales LevelK, www.levelk.dk Producers Robert Connolly, Maggie Miles Executive producers Andrew Myer, Paul Wiegard Main cast Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh, Hugo Weaving, Callan Mulvey, Susie Porter, Toby Wallace, Brenna Harding, Robyn Nevin, Dean Daley-Jones, Dan Wyllie
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Ping Pong Summer Reviewed by Mark Adams
An intimate examination of a contemporary artist couple whose living and working patterns are threatened by the imminent sale of their home.
“An exquisite, chilly film.” - Variety “An impressively mature and crafted work.” - The Hollywood Reporter
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A warm and fuzzy coming-of-age comedy that makes wonderful use of its 1980s backdrop, Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer may feel rather familiar, but there is a lot of goodnatured and very accessible fun to be had from its tale of one 13-year-old’s dream of glory on the table-tennis table. The film hits the mainstream sweetspot with its loving links to 1980s rap, video games, soft rock and branded clothes, with strong cameo casting helping to top off this well constructed and sweetly made film. Susan Sarandon is top of the cameo list — though more could have been made of her — while John Hannah and Lea Thompson (herself a heroine of many a 1980s teen film) provide extra sheen. It is a familiar and much-loved coming-of-age format. Shy and rather awkward Radford ‘Rad’ Miracle (Conte) heads to the Maryland beaches on holiday with his enthusiastic parents — Thompson and Hannah (playing an Irish cop of all things) — and permanently grumpy older goth sister Michelle (Seabrook). He is befriended by the equally mild-mannered Teddy Fryy (Massey) and the pair bond through their love of hiphop and ping pong, with Teddy introducing Rad to the delights of the Fun Hub amusement hall, replete with air hockey, arcade games and a ping-pong table. The pair are enthusiastic amateurs rather than talented players, but their good-natured game is interrupted by arrogant rich kids Lyle Ace (McCaughtry) and Dale Lyons (Riddle), who kick them off the table and warn them to keep away. Add to the plot is the fact Rad takes a shine to Lyle’s ex-girlfriend Stacy Summers (Shockley) — who is way out of his league — and you have a film heading towards a ping-pong showdown between Rad and Lyle as a chance for the bumbling 13-year-old to claim teen glory and maybe get the girl. Salvation of sorts comes in the form of his oddball nextdoor neighbour, the wonderfully named Randi Jammer (Sarandon), who, it turns out, happened to be a former tabletennis star. How handy! So she sets about training him — which mainly seems to involve her drinking and commenting, “Ball making contact,” as he practises — and giving him the self-confidence to play the vital game. Ping Pong Summer treads a fine line between being an ironic tribute to 1980s teen comedies and wanting to work as a fun, formulaic and accessible film in its own right. It lacks the edge of films such as The Way Way Back, but is made with a real warmth and affection for its characters and time period that it is easy to forgive.
MARKET US. 2013. 92mins Director/screenplay Michael Tully Production companies Nomadic Independence, Epic Match Media International sales Films Boutique, www. filmsboutique.com Producers George M Rush, Brooke Bernard, Ryan Zacarias, Billy Peterson, Jeffrey Allard, Michael Gottwald Executive producers Wally Hall, Marcus Dean Fuller, Julie Fuller, Ferris Gibson, Andrew Russo, Dominic Fortunato Cinematography Wyatt Garfield Editor Marc Vives Production designer Bart Mangrum Music Michael Montes Main cast Marcello Conte, Myles Massey, Helena Seabrook, Joseph McCaughtry, Andy Riddle, Emmi Shockley, Lea Thompson, John Hannah, Susan Sarandon
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John Woo, left, and cinematographer Zhao Fei
Crossing over into romance John Woo’s romantic drama may seem some distance from the elegant action films that made his name, but its epic scale and historical sweep builds on the skills he brought to Red Cliff. Liz Shackleton reports omantic epic The Crossing appears to be something of a departure for John Woo — a director best known for inventing balletic gunplay and male-bonding heroics in action movies on both sides of the Pacific. But the key word here is epic and with his last movie, period war drama Red Cliff, Woo has already proved he can handle huge, sweeping stories set against the backdrop of China’s tumultuous history. Depicting events at the end of the Han Dynasty, the two-part Red Cliff was made for $74m and grossed more than $300m worldwide. The Crossing is another story that can only be told on a grand scale. Scripted by Wang Hui-ling (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), it follows three couples from different backgrounds who board a ship in Shanghai bound for Taiwan at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. At the time, more than a million people were fleeing mainland China after the Communists came to power. Wang’s script is based on the true story of an overloaded Chinese steamer, the Taiping, which sank after hitting a cargo boat on the way to Taiwan. Given the story, comparisons to James Cameron’s Titanic, a massive hit in China in 1998 and on its 3D re-release in 2012, are perhaps inevitable. Woo says that Wang, who wrote Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution, brought the story to his attention while he was working on Red Cliff. Woo started developing the project in 2007 with Terence Chang, his longtime producer and partner in Lion Rock Productions. “I wanted to make a film that showed a turbulent period in modern history, to show how love can overcome all difficulties,” Woo says. But their plans hit a stumbling block when Wang’s manager sold the script to a Taiwanese company. After protracted and unsuccessful nego-
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‘I put [producers] Huace and Galloping Horse together. The project came full circle back to me’ Terence Chang, producer
tiations to recover the script rights, Woo and Chang dropped the project in 2009. Then a few years later the script was sold to Zhejiang Huace Film & TV in mainland China, which approached Chang to produce. “I then put Huace and [Beijing] Galloping Horse together,” explains Chang. “The project finally came full circle back to me.” The final budget of the film, which like Red Cliff will be released in two parts in Asia, will come close to $50m. Galloping Horse, now headed by Jin Nan following the death of her husband Li Ming last month, is providing the bulk of the budget, while Beijing-based Le Vision Pictures is contributing 20%, China Film Group 10% and Zhejiang Huace 2%. “I have to give credit to Ivy Zhong, Galloping Horse’s vice-chairman, who raised the majority of the budget,” says Chang.
A-list cast The film started shooting in July 2013 near Beijing with a cast that reads like a who’s who of pan-Asian talent. The three female leads are played by China’s Zhang Ziyi, Korean actress Song Hye-kyo, recently seen in Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster, and Japan’s Masami Nagasawa, who starred in hit romantic drama Crying Out Love, In The Centre Of The World. The male leads are played by two of mainland China’s biggest stars, Tong Dawei and Huang Xiaoming, along with Taiwanese-Japanese star Takeshi Kaneshiro, who was also a lead in Red Cliff. Most of the production is taking place at China Film Group’s Huairou studios in northern Beijing, where the ship and water tanks have been built, while additional scenes have been filmed in Taiwan and Shanghai. The team expects to finish principal photography by the end of March, barring a few scenes that
require warmer weather. Behind-the-scenes talent includes cinematographer Zhao Fei (Let The Bullets Fly), production designer Horace Ma (Drug War) and composer Taro Iwashiro (Red Cliff). While Red Cliff made most of its box office in Asia, The Crossing looks like it could have longer international legs due to the compelling human stories and disaster elements in the script. And as the film is set within the last century, it should also avoid the complexities of Red Cliff’s historical context and tableaux of characters. “This is an epic love story spanning 50 years of modern Chinese history,” says Woo. “It is about three couples whose lives are affected by the tide of history. But it’s not a heavy or sad story. It’s a romantic story of hope with a lot of action, drama and humour.” Chang is expecting to prepare an international version for delivery in early 2015 — in the case of Red Cliff, a single two-and-a-half-hour version was cut for international markets. The first part of the Asian version is scheduled for release at the end of the year. Visual-effects house Digital Domain, in which Galloping Horse acquired and sold a majority stake last year, is working on the ship-sinking sequence, an area in which it has ample experience as it also worked on Titanic. Pixomondo and other vendors are handling the rest of the VFX shots. Woo says the film has several themes that should strike a chord with Western audiences: “It’s about fate, which means that many things happen for reasons beyond your control. It’s about humanity, and how suffering brings out the best and worst in people. And more importantly it’s about hope.” Chang concludes: “This film is not just about a certain period in China’s history, but also carries a universal theme of love, compassion, sacrifice and hope, which is understood and embraced by audis ences all over the world.” n
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CHINA-HONG KONG HOT TITLES
Hot titles: China & Hong Kong The hottest 2014 films from China and Hong Kong include a sexy murder mystery and an edgy road movie that tested the local censors. By Liz Shackleton
Black Coal, Thin Ice
That Demon Within
The Midnight After
BLACK COAL, THIN ICE
THE MIDNIGHT AFTER
NO MAN’S LAND
Dir Diao Yinan
Dir Fruit Chan
Dir Ning Hao
Receiving its world premiere in Berlin Competition, Diao Yinan’s third feature, Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo) tells the story of a former detective (Liao Fan) investigating a series of murders, who falls in love with a woman (Gwei Lun Mei) linked to all the victims. The film is the first to emerge from a partnership between Jiangsu Omnijoi Media Corp and Boneyard Entertainment China (BEC), the Hong Kong subsidiary of Daniel J Victor’s New York-based Boneyard Entertainment. Vivian Qu and Omnijoi’s Wan Juan produced with Shen Yang and Zhang Dajun as co-producers. Diao previously directed critically acclaimed dramas Uniform (2003), about a man impersonating a police officer, and Night Train (2007), about a female prison guard.
Set to receive its world premiere in Panorama, Fruit Chan’s long-awaited return to film-making in his native Hong Kong is an intense, post-apocalyptic thriller based on a bestselling novel. The story revolves around 17 passengers on a late-night minibus, who upon exiting the Lion Rock tunnel, slowly discover they are the only people left alive in Hong Kong. Produced by Amy Chin and executiveproduced by Winnie Tsang’s Golden Scene, the film features a cast of veteran Hong Kong actors, including Simon Yam, Kara Hui and Lam Suet, along with rising stars such as Wong You-nam, Janice Man and Chui Tien-you. Contact Will Lin, Fortissimo Films firstname.lastname@example.org
The third mainland Chinese film in Berlin Competition is Ning Hao’s long-delayed desert-set road movie No Man’s Land (Wu Ren Qu), which was completed in 2009 but only released in China last December following what appeared to be protracted wrangling with local film censors. Xu Zheng plays a lawyer who travels to China’s western deserts to defend a falcon trafficker and runs into a series of grotesque characters when he attempts to make the return trip by car. The cast also includes Huang Bo and Yu Nan. The edgy action drama, with its wry observations on the bestial nature of modern society, was a big hit on its China release. It did not hurt that Xu Zheng and Huang Bo have both become big stars through other movies since making this film.
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BLIND MASSAGE Dir Lou Ye Also premiering in Berlin Competition, Lou Ye’s Blind Massage (Tui Na) is based on Bi Feiyu’s novel set in a massage centre run by the blind. Working with both sighted and visually impaired actors, Lou explores the emotional world of the blind through several protagonists including the masseur who falls in love with a prostitute and the doctor who gets mixed up in his brother’s illegal money transactions. The cast includes Qin Hao, who starred in Lou’s Mystery and Spring Fever, Guo Xiaodong (Summer Palace) and Zhang Lei. Blind Massage was co-produced by Lou Ye and Nai An’s Dream Factory and other Chinese partners with France’s Les Films du Lendemain. Contact Olivier Barbier, Wild Bunch email@example.com
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No Man’s Land
Dir Zhou Hao Chongqing-based film-maker Zhou Hao’s debut feature The Night (Ye) has been praised by Berlin Panorama programmers for its “rough intimacy and confident sense of style”, and described as reminiscent of Fassbinder and Wong Kar Wai. The 21-year-old writer-director also stars in the film as a narcissistic young male prostitute, searching for that elusive human connection through his relationships with a female prostitute and a client who falls in love with him. The other lead roles are played by Li Jin Kang and Liu Xiao Xiao. Zhou previously directed short films Addiction and Lust and is studying media and arts in Chongqing. Contact Zhou Hao, Next Way Studios firstname.lastname@example.org
THAT DEMON WITHIN Dir Dante Lam Receiving its world premiere in Panorama, Dante Lam’s psychological thriller That Demon Within (Mo Jing) stars Daniel Wu as a police officer who accidentally saves the life of the leader of a gang of violent robbers, played by Nick Cheung. When the leader is betrayed by his own men, the cop starts working with him to bring down the gang but is haunted by disturbing visions. After alarming his fellow police officers with his unstable mental state, the cop finds that, rather than upholding the law, he has become a fugitive wanted for murder. Produced by Emperor Motion Pictures, the film is a follow-up to Lam’s critically acclaimed Beast Stalker and Stool Pigeon, which starred Cheung and Nicholas Tse. Contact Emperor Motion Pictures, May Yip s email@example.com ■
Feature Yann Demange
The thrill of
the chase Director Yann Demange talks to Andreas Wiseman about his debut feature ’71, which plays here in Competition ann Demange is in demand. From agents, producers, financiers, festivals and now journalists. And after seeing his debut feature ’71, which plays tonight in Berlin’s Competition, it’s easy to see why. After successful stints directing UK television series Top Boy and Criminal Justice, the Paris-born London-based director is now on course to make waves with his confident and novel addition to the canon of films about The Troubles in Northern Ireland. But when he meets Screen in London ahead of the festival, the 37-year-old director is still “unclenching” after delivering his film just days before. “I only saw the film in its entirety last week,” he says. “It’s surreal.”
Connecting with the character In ’71, rising star Jack O’Connell (Starred Up) plays a young and disoriented British soldier who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the dangerous streets of Belfast in 1971. The film’s impressive supporting cast includes Sean Harris, Paul Anderson, David Wilmot, Charlie Murphy and Sam Reid. The piece is shot through with striking visuals and genuine tension; that tension instantly caught Demange’s attention on page. “I had been looking for a film for a long time,” he says about his path to the script. “Tessa Ross at Film4 sat me down after Criminal Justice and said, ‘Make it with us.’ I felt privileged. Lizzie Francke and Chris Collins from the BFI were the same. And
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‘I wanted to make a film that was true to the politics but that also appealed to my niece and nephew who are 20 years old’ Yann Demange, film-maker
Dan MacRae at StudioCanal had been sending me material for years. I’d read a lot but nothing clicked. I had to be really moved by my first film. “But when I read ’71 I immediately connected to the lead character, Gary Hook, and how the boys on all sides were humanised,” he adds. All three backers mentioned by Demange, along with producers Angus Lamont at Crab Apple and Robin Gutch at Warp, would become cornerstones in getting ’71 made. Screen Yorkshire, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen also provided funding and Protagonist boarded sales.
Careful chasing From the get-go, however, the film required a careful balancing act: a feat that Demange relished. “One of the things that most grabbed me was the chase element to this film. It’s visceral, muscular; it’s a thriller, but that’s not enough. You wouldn’t want to exploit an important time in people’s history to just make a chase movie. There was real humanity in the script too. “I wanted to make a film that was true to the politics, without being too polemical or taking people to school, but that also appealed to my niece and nephew who are 20 years old,” he explains. “From the outset we made sure we engaged with the shades of grey in this conflict.” The process was an education for Damange, who grew up in south London years after the period depicted in his film. “Writer Gregory Burke and producer Angus Lamont are both Scottish and they
taught me a lot about sectarian divides. They took me on a lot of research trips to meet people who were active on both sides. I grew up in Streatham so to an extent The Troubles were white noise for me.” Demange’s enthusiasm and talent inspired his collaborators to give the first-time director what he needed to make the film he had envisioned. And more. Not only did he get his first-choice male lead, a 44-day shoot and multiple production locations across the UK — the film’s thrilling central chase scene was shot in four different locations in two different UK cities — Demange also got a sizeable, for a first UK feature, £5m-plus budget — around $8.1m. “There was a point when the market was telling us the film’s budget was £3m [$5m], but we knew we couldn’t make this film for that.” Demange also ensured he worked with regular collaborators DoP Tat Radcliffe and editor Chris Wyatt, both of whom showcase impressive skill in the film. Initially due to shoot in Northern Ireland, Demange could not find the period housing that the film needed. So Sheffield, Liverpool, Leeds and Blackburn stepped in. The money and locationhopping was justified. Demange, like his feature debut, is an intriguing combination of raw energy and subtle intelligence. His next film could be even bigger and bolder: “I want to try something different next. I’m itching to make another film. What it will be I don’t know yet but it could be something in French, or European, s at least, something on a big canvas.” n
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Feature Next goal wins
Next Goal Wins
The end goal Directors Mike Brett and Steve Jamison and producer Kristian Brodie make their feature debuts with Next Goal Wins, an uplifting documentary about the American Samoa football team. Wendy Mitchell meets the team f you think training for a World Cup qualifying match would be tough work, having a first practice at 5am and a late one ending at 10pm, just think of the guys who want to make a film about the process, arriving at 4am and leaving at 11pm. That was one of many challenges for first-time feature directors Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, on their quest to make Next Goal Wins, an uplifting feature documentary about the American Samoa football team. American Samoa was a laughing stock in the football world after suffering the world’s heaviest defeat in 2001 — losing to Australia 31-0. But the team didn’t lose hope, and they recruited maverick Dutch football coach Thomas Rongen to come to the island and help them on their World Cup qualifying campaign in 2011. Producer Kristian Brodie of Agile Films sparked the initial idea for the project, which he brought to Brett and Jamison’s company Archer’s Mark. They had been making football commercials for several years, and Brett says: “We felt like we were making the same films again and again. We wanted to rediscover our love of football.” The companies self funded the project.
eight weeks on that occasion, and were lucky that Rongen was happy for the filming to continue). Producer Brodie adds: “While we were shooting we had the tagline, ‘Without a win, without a goal, but never without hope.’” Rongen, recovering from his own family tragedy, starts out as a very tough coach but clearly comes to love the team members as much as the audience. Another human interest story in the film comes from defender Jaiyah Saelua, a member of what is called the third gender in Samoan culture (she lives as a woman). It’s those stories that reach beyond a football audience, Brett says. “Female audiences have loved it and men are sobbing… Because of the core football audience, we know it has a home but we hope it reaches beyond that.” Distributors agree — K5 International acquired the film just before AFM and has sold it to Icon for the UK, Bodega for France and Madman in Australia, among others. The film is now completed and will be released theatrically starting in April, just ahead of the World Cup in Rio.
Keeping hope alive The American Samoans were sceptical at first — they had been approached by film and TV crews many times since the famous defeat. Jamison says: “They said everybody had been wanting to take the mickey. We wanted to celebrate the fact they wanted to keep playing.” They went to American Samoa to prove their intentions, and stayed for about six weeks initially. After they returned to the UK, they were soon back when Rongen was hired (they stayed for another
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Mike Brett and Steve Jamison
Football organisation FIFA has seen the film and is supporting it. As Brett notes: “The film has a powerful message about sport unifying people… it’s a good-news story for football.” Despite living in London, a 52-hour-commute from American Samoa, the directors spent months embedded with the team and amassed more than 300 hours of footage. The project’s striking visuals come from a combination of stunning scenery and expert cinematography (5k resolution on the RED Epic camera). Jamison says: “We knew it had to be theatrical from the get-go.” Brett and Jamison also shot it themselves, and Brett says the pair have a “telepathic understanding” about coverage.
’While we were shooting we had the tagline: Without a win, without a goal, but never without hope’ Kristian Brodie, Agile Films
Archer’s Mark now has several other feature film projects on the go, including Tom Harper’s War Book with Sixteen Films, The Darkest Universe by Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley, and the feature being developed based on Sundance-selected short Notes On Blindness. And their advertising background will also come in handy. Brett says: “There is an enormous amount of talent in the commercials world that can make the move to features… directors we’re repping want to work in the long form.” The pair plan to direct together again, next time on a fictional film — they have about six potential projects in the mix. Agile is also developing a slate of narrative features. Brodie says: “The process of making Next Goal Wins opened my eyes to finding the story under the surface.” Future projects include serial killer love story Beast by Michael Pearce, and David Stoddart’s psychological thriller Disturbed. Also ahead is the local premiere of Next Goal Wins, as the film-makers have held back the rights for American Samoa. “We want to give it back to them, and they can use it as an educational tool in schools,” Brett says. The team does show progress, and while the film-makers cannot take credit for the athletic improvements, they were very moved when Tavita Taumua, the head of the Football Federation of American Samoa, told them: “The guys kind of did it for you… When you came back [to shoot], it s made us believe we could do it.” n
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09:00 40 Days of Silence
(Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Netherlands, Germany, France) 88mins. Dir: Saodat Ismailova. Cast: Rushana Sadikova, Saodat Rahimova, Farida Olimovava. Bibicha takes refuge in her grandmother’s house to sit out the traditional vow of silence. Moving between the barren landscape outside and the bright colours within, the film illuminates the difficult road to self-determination. Forum press CinemaxX 6
Berlin-Lichtenberg, between highboard and dancefloor, with a touch of melancholy, a good dose of humour and plenty of disco. LOLA@Berlinale Zoo Palast 2
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Yves Saint Laurent
(France) 110mins. Dir: Jalil Lespert. A sumptuous depiction of the life of this legendary fashion designer that describes both his inner struggles and creative crises, provides an insight into the world of haute couture and reflects the spirit of an era. Panorama Special press CineStar 3
10:00 I Feel Like Disco See box, above
(Germany) 103mins. Dir: Edward Berger. Cast: Ivo Pietzcker, Georg Arms, Luise Heyer, Vincent Redetzki. Ten-year-old Jack and his little brother Manuel spend days and nights looking for their single
11:00 The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq
(France) 92mins. Dir: Guillaume Nicloux. Cast: Michel Houellebecq, Mathieu Nicourt. Controversial writer Michel Houellebecq is
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kidnapped by a gang of burly gangsters and held in a drab house outside Paris in the hope that a ransom will be paid. Yet rather than resisting, the author begins to take a shine to his new situation. Forum press CinemaxX 6
Love Is Strange
(US) 98mins. Dir: Ira Sachs. Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei. After 39 years together Ben and George marry – and promptly lose their apartment. The couple counters this loss of their home and their livelihood with a confident lightheartedness and enchants us with their deep bond. Panorama Special press CineStar 3
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(Turkey, Germany) 87mins. Dir: Kutlug Ataman. Cast: Nesrin Cavadzade, Cahit Gok, Mert Tastan, Sila Lara Canturk. A mother’s fatal joke turns a village’s quiet reality into a nightmare. Panorama Special CinemaxX 7
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Raymond Borremans originally came from France to West Africa as a musician, later settling there, carrying out research and compiling the first ever encyclopedia of the Ivory Coast. His fascination pervades this fictional dialogue with the
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13:30 The Midnight After
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A group of passengers board a minibus on the busy streets of Hong Kong. But when the bus emerges from a tunnel there’s not a soul in sight – neither on the streets nor in the houses and offices. Then the passengers make a horrific discovery. Panorama Special press CineStar 3
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(France) 80mins. Dir: Gregoire Solotareff, Eric Omond. A young wolf, Loulou, and his loyal friend, Tom, a rabbit, find themselves in
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KERTU. LOVE IS BLIND Dir: Ilmar Raag
(Germany) 88mins. Dir: Maximilian Leo. Cast: Sebastian Zimmler, Nadja Bobyleva, Robert Finster. Two very different brothers who are anything but close are nonetheless symbiotically connected by their very differences. When one disappears, the other begins to lose sight of who he is. It’s almost as if a part of him has also left – forever.
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(Germany) 110mins. Dir: Katrin Gebbe. Cast: Julius Feldmaier, Sascha A Gersak, Annika Kuhl. A drama that centres around the young Tore, who is seeking for a place to stay. By accident he meets Benno and his family and is invited to live with them. Soon he realises that his faith will be tested. Inspired by true events. LOLA@Berlinale Zoo Palast 2
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(India, US) 108mins. Dir: Jayan Cherian. Cast: Allen Pokkudan, Saritha Sunil, Sreekumar SP. Drama examining caste and sexuality in modern India. Panorama festival and press CineStar 7
Kertu’s life is totally spoiled by an overbearing father, until she opens her heart to an unlikely dream lover. Amrion Productions Sales: Paul Thiltges Distributions, Paul Thiltges email@example.com
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(Germany) 85mins. Dir: Volker Schlondorff. Cast: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Sigi Graue, Margarethe von Trotta, Hanna Schygulla. A digitally restored version of Volker Schlondorff ’s
1969 Brecht adaptation. The poet and anarchist Baal, who spits upon and is repulsed by bourgeois society, is brought to life in an expressive performance by a young Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Berlinale Special Haus der Berliner Festspiele
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(US) 90mins. Dir: Anja Marquardt. Cast: Brooke Bloom, Marc Menchaca. As a sexual surrogate, Ronah works with troubled men to teach them the very thing they fear most – being intimate. After starting to work with a new client however, her carefully delineated boundaries become increasingly blurred. Forum press CinemaxX 6
(UK) 100mins. Dir: Yann Demange. Cast: Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris. A young English recruit in Northern Ireland finds himself in enemy territory and experiences a night of uncertainty, fear and desperation. A dramatic nocturne about the impending doom of the individual in a mesh of violence, lies and hatred. Competition press CinemaxX 7
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(Germany) 95mins. Dir: Maximilian Erlenwein. Cast: Jurgen Vogel, Moritz Bleibtreu. Erik’s perfect world begins to run off the rails when the mysterious Henry appears and terrible secrets from the past resurface. Panorama Special press CineStar 3
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(Austria) 94mins. Dir: Johannes Holzhausen. A look behind the scenes of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna: curators, technicians,
restorers, taxidermists, marketing strategists and the management board at work. An institutional portrait straddling proud tradition and the economics of culture. Forum CineStar 8
(Germany) 103mins. Dir: Edward Berger. Cast: Ivo Pietzcker, Georg Arms, Luise Heyer, Vincent Redetzki. Ten-year-old Jack and his little brother Manuel spend days and nights looking for their single mum. A laconic film set in Berlin about the hardships of two children and the rough charm of the city through which they are roaming. Competition Berlinale Palast
16:15 The Tugendhat House
(Germany) 116mins. Dir: Dieter Reifarth. The Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, is a spectacular magnum opus of modern architecture and now a World Cultural Heritage. Documentary examining its evolution. LOLA@Berlinale Zoo Palast 2
16:30 Tender Are The Feet
(Burma) 106mins. Dir: Maung Wunna. Cast: Zaw Win, San San Aye. Drummer Sein Lin is heartbroken when dancer Khin San leaves their troupe to become a movie star. Shot in 1972, during the dark days of the dictatorship, the film nonetheless brims with song and dance numbers. Forum Delphi Filmpalast
17:00 Last Hijack
(Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Belgium) 83mins. Dir: Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting. Using a mixture of animation, documentary and dramatised scenes, the film describes how Mohamed became a pirate. Conditions in his native Somalia mean that many fishermen still wind up in the clutches of the »
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The Docks of New York
17:45 Cracks In Concrete
(Austria) 105mins. Dir: Umut Dag. Cast: Murathan Muslu, Alechan Tagaev, Ivan Kriznjak. Gangs, drugs, rap and sex pervade the Viennese district to which Ertan
returns after a 10-year spell in prison. Teenager Mikail is about to make the same mistakes as his hitherto unknown father. Can Ertan prevent his son from going off the rails? Panorama Special CineStar 3
short stories, in which 18 renowned Australian artists create their own personal interpretation of these poetic tales about ordinary people at a crossroads in their lives.
Tony Revolori, F Murray Abraham. Concierge Gustave is bequeathed a Renaissance
Retrospective CinemaxX 8
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19:00 40 Days of Silence
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Sternberg, who would go on to discover Marlene Dietrich.
(US) 80mins. Dir: Josef von Sternberg. Cast: George Bancroft, Betty Compson, Olga Baclanova. On shore leave in New York, a ship’s stoker saves a young woman from drowning herself. The two spend a merry night together. The film is an early work by Josef von
(Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Netherlands, Germany, France) 88mins. Dir: Saodat Ismailova. Cast: Rushana Sadikova, Saodat Rahimova, Farida Olimovava. Bibicha takes refuge in her grandmother’s house to sit out the traditional vow of silence. Moving between the barren landscape outside and the bright colours within, the film illuminates the difficult
Berlinale Special Gala press CinemaxX 9
18:00 Yves Saint Laurent
pirate recruiters. Panorama Dokumente festival and press CineStar 7
17:15 10 Minutes
(South Korea) 93mins. Dir: Lee Yong-seung. Cast: Baek Jong-hwan, Kim Jong-gu, Jung Hi-te. The unforgiving world of work: enticed by the prospect of a job offer following his internship, Ho-chan breaks off his studies. Yet when his hopes are dashed, Ho-chan must
grin and bear it, until the humiliation becomes too much to take. Forum press CinemaxX 6
17:45 Cracks In Concrete See box, above
(Australia) 180mins. Dir: M Walsh. Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto. A unique screen adaptation of Tim Winton’s well-known
(France) 110mins. Dir: Jalil Lespert. A sumptuous depiction of the life of this legendary fashion designer that describes both his inner struggles and creative crises, provides an insight into the world of haute couture and reflects the spirit of an era. Panorama Special Zoo Palast 1
Festival & Press 18:30 Snowpiercer
The Grand Budapest Hotel
(UK, Germany) 100mins. Dir: Wes Anderson. Cast: Ralph Fiennes,
(South Korea) 125mins. Dir: Bong Joon-ho. Cast: Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton. The world lies in the grip of an ice age, the only survivors are housed on a train
constantly circling the globe. Everyone knows their place – the rich at the front, the poor at the back – until a violent revolution from the rear shakes things up. Forum CineStar 8
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
(UK, Germany) 100mins. Dir: Wes Anderson. Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F Murray Abraham. Concierge Gustave is bequeathed a Renaissance painting by Madame D in gratitude for certain services. When her son accuses him of legacy hunting, Gustave and the hotel’s lobby boy, Zero, become caught up in a lifethreatening row. Competition Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Festival & Press 19:00 Two Men In Town
(France, Algeria, US, Belgium) 120mins. Dir: Rachid Bouchareb. Cast: Forest Whitaker, Harvey Keitel, Brenda Blethyn.
Two Men In Town
A convict is released on parole in a small town in Texas, but a sheriff bent on revenge is soon breathing down his neck. Competition Berlinale Palast
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19:15 The Airstrip – Decampment of Modernism, Part III
(Germany) 108mins. Dir:
Heinz Emigholz. An architectural journey taking in structures and sculptures across Germany, Europe, South America, the US, Japan and a group of islands in the Pacific, all of which connected by historical events, wars and geopolitical conflicts. Forum press CinemaxX 6
19:30 God Help The Girl
(UK) 111mins. Dir: Stuart Murdoch. Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray. Eve climbs out of the clinic window – and starts singing. Shy guitarist James is captivated by her tender voice. From this moment on the pair lives only for music. The film is the directing debut of the lead singer from the band Belle and Sebastian. Generation 14plus Haus der Kulturen der Welt Kino 1
Joy of Man’s Desiring
(Canada) 70mins. Dir: Denis Cote. Cast: Guillaume Tremblay, Emilie Sigouin, Hamidou Savadogo. A piece of absurdist theatre whereby man and machine enter into a strange symbiosis: workers at different factories, their movements governed by the clattering apparatus before them, as abstract anecdotes ponder the relationship between man and machine. Forum CinemaxX 4
The Midnight After
(Hong Kong, China) 124mins. Dir: Fruit Chan. Cast: Wong You-nam, Simon Yam, Kara Hui. A group of passengers boards a minibus in the busy streets of Hong Kong. But when the bus emerges from a tunnel there’s not a soul in sight – neither on the streets nor in the
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21:30 Blind Dates
(Georgia) 99mins. Dir: Levan Koguashvili. Cast: Andro Sakhvarelidze, Archil Kikodze. Teacher and perennial bachelor Sandro falls for the mother of one of his pupils. When her husband is released from jail, Sandro is unwittingly drawn into his dealings, stoically going along with things instead of taking matters into his own hands. Forum Delphi Filmpalast
Festival & Press 19:30 Shadow Days
(China) 95mins. Dir: Liang Ming, Li Ziqian, Liu Yu. Cast: Liang Ming, Li Ziqian, Liu Yu. Renwei returns to his rural hometown with his pregnant girlfriend in houses and offices. Then the passengers make a horrific discovery. Panorama Special CineStar IMAX
tow, where his uncle, the mayor, enforces the onechild policy with violent fervour. As Renwei is caught up in the brutal operations, his relationship runs into difficulties. Forum ZooPalast 2
and-white dramatic construction. Retrospective Zeughauskino
Shadow Days My Brother’s Keeper
(Germany) 88mins. Dir: Maximilian Leo. Cast: Sebastian Zimmler, Nadja Bobyleva, Robert Finster. Two very different brothers who are anything but close are nonetheless symbiotically connected by their very differences. When one disappears, the other begins to lose sight of who he is. It’s almost as if a part of him has also left – forever. Perspektive Deutsches Kino CinemaxX 3
(Japan) 88mins. Dir: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori. The renowned depiction of a crime from the perspective of four different storytellers. A superb classic of Japanese cinema and an example of the canny use of black-
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(Turkey) 89mins. Dir: Melisa Onel. Cast: Mira Furlan, Timucin Esen, Ahmet Rifat Sungar. Before the austere backdrop of the Turkish Black Sea coast, a foreign botanist, a human trafficker and a relationship doomed to failure are the central coordinates of this dark, atmospheric drama. Forum Kino Arsenal 1
(Ethiopia) 99mins. Dir: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari. Cast: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere. A committed lawyer defends a girl who faces the death penalty for having resisted the traditional practice of
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marriage by abduction and rape. Filmed on location in Ethiopia’s national language of Amharic. Panorama Special CineStar 7
(Mexico) 106mins. Dir: Alonso Ruizpalacios. Cast: enoch Huerta, Sebastián Aguirre, Leonardo Ortizgris. Hot headed Tomas is packed off to his brother in Mexico City where, amid the student riots of 1999, they join forces with friend Santos to search for a rock star who once moved Bob Dylan to tears. A road trip across the city ensues.
Love Is Strange
(US) 98mins. Dir: Ira Sachs. Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei. After 39 years together Ben and George marry – and promptly lose their apartment. The couple counters this loss of their home and their livelihood with a confident lightheartedness and enchants us with their deep bond. Panorama Special Zoo Palast 1
(UK) 93mins. Dir: Derek Jarman. Cast: Nigel Terry, Dexter Fletcher, Sean Bean, Tilda Swinton. Film biography of the Italian painter Caravaggio (1571–1610), told from his deathbed as he looks back on a life lived between debauchery and social protest. Berlinale Classics Haus der Berliner Festspiele
(Germany) 92mins. Dir: Maria Speth. Cast: Corinna Kirchhoff, Kathleen Morgeneyer. Agnes is seeking her daughter with increasing
desperation when a young homeless girl runs out in front of her car. Before the backdrop of the gentrified Berlin, a relationship of mutual attraction and revulsion develops of an oddly familial nature. Forum press CinemaxX 6
Tsuruhachi and Tsurujiro
(Japan) 88mins. Dir: Mikio Naruse. Cast: Kazuo Hasegawa, Misuzu Yamada, Kamatari Fujiwara. The story of the unrequited love of a singer for his accompanist. It is a melodramatic romance set amid the daily life of old Japan. Retrospective Zeughauskino
22:00 20,000 Days on Earth
(UK) 95mins. Dir: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard. Cast: Nick Cave. An atmospheric and poetic portrait of Australian musician, writer and actor Nick Cave. Even after 30 years, his career is still characterised by artistic integrity and authenticity. Panorama Dokumente Zoo Palast 2
Panorama festival and press CinemaxX 7
20:15 2030 (Nuoc)
(Vietnam) 98mins. Dir: Nguyen-Vo NghiemMinh. Cast: Quynh Hoa, Quy Binh. Southern Vietnam, 2030. Global warming means large parts of the country are now under water. A woman uncovers a multinational’s genetic experiments. Atmospheric ‘2030’ is part apocalyptic film, part sci-fi, part thriller and part romance. Panorama CineStar 3
21:00 American Hustle See box, right
Festival & Press 21:00 American Hustle
(US) 138mins. Dir: David O Russell. Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper. Two con artists find themselves obliged to help an FBI agent concoct a fake
deal worth millions in order to convict a corrupt politician. David O Russell’s zany, star-studded comedy is loosely based on a real-life US political scandal of the 1970s. Berlinale Special Gala Friedrichstadt-Palast
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(UK) 100mins. Dir: Yann Demange. Cast: Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris. A young English recruit in Northern Ireland finds himself on enemy territory and experiences a night of uncertainty, fear and desperation. A dramatic nocturne about the impending doom of the individual in a mesh of violence, lies and hatred. Competition Berlinale Palast
(Brazil) 95mins. Dir: Davi Pretto. Cast: João Carlos Castanha, Celina Castanha. Reality, performance and fantasy coalesce in the life of 52-year old João, a transvestite and actor marked by his extravagant life and hounded by the shadows of his past. Forum CinemaxX 4
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
(US) 76mins. Dir: Josephine Decker. Cast: Joe Swanberg, Sophie Traub, Robert Longstreet. What starts as a harmless love story gradually morphs into a dark thriller. When Akin moves to Kentucky to work on Sarah and her father’s farm, he has little idea of the turns his relationship with this strange, yet
attractive woman will end up taking. Forum CineStar 8
(Japan) 97mins. Dir: Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, Kinuyo Tanaka. During the 16th century Japanese Civil Wars, a potter ends up in the home of the beautiful Wakasa, and its resident ghosts. An atmospheric masterpiece, which helped to establish the reputation of Japanese cinema in the western world in the 1950s.
Cast: Chishu Ryu, Isuzu Yamada. The Ueki family is of modest means, but supports the two eldest daughters’ artistic ambitions as far as possible. When the father is awarded a significant sum of money as a prize, their joy is great. Yet good luck and bad luck often coincide. Forum Kino Arsenal 1
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Retrospective CinemaxX 8
22:30 The Dog
(US) 101mins. Dir: Frank Keraudren, Allison Berg. Cast: John Wojtowicz, Liz Eden. Who was John Wojtowicz, the man upon whom Al Pacino’s bank robber character in Sidney Lumet’s ‘Dog Day’ Afternoon is based? The documentary The Dog follows the man’s extraordinary path from lower-middle-class rightwinger to gay activist. Panorama Dokumente festival and press CineStar 7
Home Sweet Home
(Japan) 91mins. Dir: Noboru Nakamura.
(US) 89mins. Dir: Chris Mason Johnson. Cast: Scott Marlowe, Matthew Risch. San Francisco in 1985. In a homophobic society Frankie, a dancer, has to address some fundamental questions and problems that arise as a result of the impending Aids epidemic. Like other gay men of his generation, he must learn how to survive. Panorama festival and press CineStar 3
09:00 A Chase and a Chair
(Italy) Rai Trade, 94mins.
Festival & Press 22:30 Night Flight
(South Korea) 141mins. Dir: LeeSong Hee-il. Cast: Lee Jae-joon, Kwak Si-yang. Desperate to get close to Gi-ung, Yongju begins an emotional duel which
makes him the target of bullying schoolmates. Played out in Seoul’s anonymous, deserted spaces, these power struggles reflect a society being eroded by the compulsion to achieve. Panorama festival and press CinemaxX 7
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(France) Les Films du Losange, 102mins. Dir: Sophie Fillieres. Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric. Pomme and Pierre have been together for a long time. The time has come: Dir: Carlo Mazzacurati. Cast: Isabella Ragonese, Valerio Mastandrea, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Silvio Orlando. A treasure hidden in a chair; a beautician and a tattoo artist who fall in love while looking for it; a priest looming over them like a threat. Rivals at first, then allies, the three of them become the protagonists of an incredible adventure, between comic twists and misunderstandings. CinemaxX 8
(Canada) Filmoption International, 100mins. Dir: Mathieu Roy. Cast: Marcel Sabourin, Roy Dupuis, Emile ProuxCloutier, Julie Gayet. Two adult brothers must come to terms with their octogenarian father’s progressing dementia.
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Cracks in Concrete
(Austria) Films Boutique, 105mins. Dir: Umut Dag. Cast: Murathan Muslu, Alechan Tagaev, Ivan Kriznjak, Shamil Illishanov.
the complex relationship with his handler, The Green Prince is a gripping account of terror, betrayal, and unthinkable choices, along with a friendship that defies all boundaries. CineStar 5
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(UK, US) 6 Sales, 110mins. Dir: Richard Raymond. Cast: Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie. Based on the extraordinary true story of Afshin Ghaffarian. A personal and intimate story set against an epic world of love, music, dance, freedom and the rise of the people in Iran. CineStar 4
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(France) Films Distribution, 60mins. Dir: Various.
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(UK) Studiocanal, 100mins. Dir: James Griffiths. Cast: Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman. Beneath Bruce Garrett’s under-confident, overweight exterior, the passionate heart of a salsa king lies dormant. Now,
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where has their love gone? Conjugality has taken over. They can’t stand being two anymore, and especially those two. During a hike, Pomme will have no other alternative at one point to stay and live in the forest.
The Green Prince
(Germany, UK) Global Screen, 99mins. Dir: Nadav Schirman. This real-life thriller tells the story of one of Israel’s prized intelligence sources, recruited to spy on his own people for more than a decade. Focusing on
(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment, 107mins. Dir: Marcelo Piñeyro. Cast: Mario Casas, Belen Rueda, Larsson do Amaral, Juan Diego Botto. Ismael Tchou (10 years old, mixed race) boards the high-speed train from Madrid to Barcelona to find the father that he’s never met, which will make all the characters attempt to come to terms with the past. CineStar 7
(Czech Republic) In Film Praha, 116mins. Dir: Alice Nellis. Cast: Karel Hermanek, Boleslav Polivka, Miroslav Krobot, Marian Geisberg. CinemaxX Studio 15
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(Japan) Shochiku, 126mins. Dir: Yoshihiro Nakamura. Cast: Mao
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(France) Wild Bunch, 106mins. Dir: Guillaume Brac. Cast: Vincent Vincent, Solene Rigot, Bernard Menez. When 33-year-old musician Maxime gets this warning, it’s a long way from the tranquillity he came looking for at his father’s place in the remote town of Tonnerre. Just days after his arrival he meets the dazzling 21-yearold beauty Melody. Rather than any of the musical instruments with which he’s surrounded himself to compose his next album, it’s to Melody’s lush curves that his hands inevitably stray. But they are not living out the same story, and a storm is unleashed. CinemaxX Studio 11
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(Venezuela, Spain, Germany) Mundial, 120mins. Dir: Alberto Arvelo. Cast: Edgar Ramirez, Maria Valverde, Danny Huston, Iwan Rheon. he incredible story of Simón Bolívar, the 19th century revolutionary who led Latin America’s struggle for independence. CinemaxX Studio 12 by invitation only
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(France) Elle Driver, 92mins. Dir: Rebecca Zlotowski. Cast: Lea Seydoux, Tahar Rahim. Gary is young. He belongs to those people who don’t expect anything from anyone. He joins a nuclear power station, convinced to find a team there, sense to his life, money and heroes.
(Malaysia) Creative Content Association Malaysia, 119mins. Dir: Shuhaimi Baba. Cast: Rusdi Ramli, Zizan Nin, Faezah Elai, Linda Hashim. Based on true events. An inspirational story celebrating the courage of two remarkable and visionary leaders who sacrificed their health and their lives to secure peace and rebuild a nation after
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International, 82mins. Dir: Taedong Park. Cast: Rob Schneider, Drake Bell, Jessica DiCicco. In this turbulent jungle adventure an outcast coati male has to team up with a quirky spider monkey to save a coati princess from the hands of a human poacher and his mysterious client.
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(Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Netherlands, Germany, France) 88mins. Dir: Saodat Ismailova. Cast: Rushana Sadikova, Barohad Shukurova, Farida Olimovava. Four generations of women under one roof look to each other for comfort while resisting the strictly proscribed life for women in Uzbek culture. CinemaxX 6
The Anderssons Hit the Road
(Sweden) Sola Media, 95mins. Dir: Hannes Holm. Cast: William Ringstrom, Morgan Alling, Anja Lundqvist. Parliament
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(UK) Altitude Film Sales, 60mins. Dir: Various. Cast: Various. CinemaxX 2
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(Japan) NTV – Nippon Television Network, 98mins. Dir: Keiichiro
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(Germany) Beta Cinema, 95mins. Dir: Maximilian Erlenwein. Cast: Jurgen Vogel, Moritz Bleibtreu, Petra Schmidt-Schaller, Georg Friedrich. Eric leads a quiet life, with his
motorcycle workshop, his new girlfriend and her young daughter. But this seemingly happy world comes to an abrupt end when an eerie stranger, Henry, forces his way into Eric’s idyllic arrangement. CinemaxX 4
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Kawaguchi. Cast: Megumi Han, Mariya Ise.
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(South Africa) Fortissimo Films, 99mins. Dir: Donovan Marsh. Cast: S dumo Mtshali, Presley Chweneyagae, Israel Makoe, Owen Sejake. CinemaxX Studio 14
(UK) Visit Films, 104mins. Dir: Joanna Hogg. Cast: Viv Albertine. An intimate examination of a contemporary artist couple whose living and working patterns are threatened by the imminent sale of their home. CinemaxX Studio 17
One Track Heart – The Story of Krishna Das
(US) Autlook Filmsales, 72mins. Dir: Jeremy Frindel. Marriott 2
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(France) Pyramide International, 89mins. Dir: Julie Bertuccelli. They have all just arrived in France. They may be Irish, Serb, Brazilian, Tunisian, Chinese or Senegalese. These
youngsters aged between 11 and 15 find themselves in the same reception class of a Parisian junior high-school to learn French. Director Julie Bertuccelli followed their struggle to get to grips with a new language over the course of a year.
(Germany) 95mins. Dir: Axel Ranisch. Cast: Frithjof Gawenda, Heiko Pinkowski, Christina Grosse.
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I Feel Like Disco
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(Italy) Adriana Chiesa Enterprises, 88mins. Dir: Roberto Faenza. Cast: Eline Powell, Robert Sheehan, Andrea Osvart, Antonio Cupo. A true story filled with the tenderness and courage of a girl with a past she does not want to forget. Kino Arsenal 2
10:30 On the Edge
(Denmark) TrustNordisk, 90mins. Dir: Christian E.
Christiansen. Cast: Cyron Melville, Jakob Oftebro, Danica Curcic, Joakim Ingversen. One of Nikolaj and Martin’s illegal street races ends fatally. Struck by panic they decide to lie but the truth is hard to escape. MGB-Kino
(UK) Genesis Film Sales, 104mins. Dir: Axelle Carolyn. Cast: Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom. Neil Marshall Presents: After a failed suicide attempt, Audrey, a young window, retreats to a remote cottage, but she is not alone. As she searches for peace of mind, her solitude is disturbed by the cottage’s previous inhabitant. Soulmate is a haunting tale of a young woman who has to confront more than her own demons. CinemaxX 8
Five “irregulars” and a robbery. Five “solo performances”, in an extremely jazzy Naples. A melancholic thriller. A black comedy. MARKET PREMIERE – TODAY Feb 7th 16:20 – CinemaxX 10 SECOND SCREENING: Feb 11th 16:50 Dffb-Kino MINERVA PICTURES MARKET SCREENINGS!
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“52 Tuesdays feels highly personal and is never less than absorbing or sincere.”
“[Its] structure and brilliant actors provide a fresh perspective on transgender experience.”
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52 TUESDAYS 16-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.
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TV icon Postman Pat hits the big screen for the first time and is faced with challenges he’s never met before.
(Croatia) Wide/Wide House, 109mins. Dir: Tomislav Mric. Cast: Sasa Anocic, Zivko Anocic, Matija Antolic, Kruno Klabucar. Based on a Croatian hit theatre play, it is the story of eight outsiders who will try to create a theatre play while breaking every rule of theatre craft.
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(France) Wild Bunch, 90mins. CinemaxX 3 The Red Robin
(US) Cinemavault, 93mins. Dir: Michael Wechsler. Cast: Ryan O’Nan, Judd Hirsch, CS Lee.
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The Devil’s Violinist
(Germany, Austria) Beta Cinema, 122mins. Dir: Bernard Rose. Cast: David Garrett, Jared Harris, Joely Richardson, Christian McKay. A mystery biopic about a life of dramatic love, art and excess. CineStar IMAX
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(France) TF1 International, 85mins. Dir: Olivier Doran. Cast: Sami Bouajila, Emilie Dequenne, Natacha Lindinger, Guillaume De Tonquedec. The holidays turn into a nightmare when John’s new wife, Sarah, hosts a Christmas Eve party at her country house for the whole family, kids and ex-husbands included, and announces she is pregnant. A treacherous gift. Sarah doesn’t know John can’t have children.
(Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium) Attraction Distribution, 85mins. Dir: Lourens Blok. Cast: Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Jelka van Houten, Derek de Lind, Dennis Reinsma.
Imagine: a full-grown moose comes crashing through the roof of your garage! And not only does it fly – if a bit carelessly – it talks! Mr Moose claims that he was on a test drive with Santa Claus when he lost control of his sleigh
119mins. Dir: David Burris. Cast: Jeremy Irvine, Noah Wyle, Minka Kelly, Adelaide Clemens. Based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash, is it a story of Travis, a teenage dropout living in a small Appalachian town in North Carolina.
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11:00 Petite Reine: Downfall of a Champion
A Night in Old Mexico
International Sales, 110mins. Dir: Emilio Aragón. Cast: Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irvine, Angie Cepeda, Luis Tosar. A road trip and tequila adventure. A story about the virtue of surviving and the right of each individual to choose their own ending.
(Spain, US) Imagina
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(US) Myriad Pictures,
(Canada) Entertainment One, 97mins. Dir: Alexis Durand Brault. Cast: Laurence Leboeuf, Patrice Robitaille, Denis Bouchard.
The Dead Men
(Colombia) Highland Film Group, 90mins. Dir: Kirk Sullivan. Cast: Diego Boneta, Jackson Rathbone, Maria Mesa, Ana Maria Perez. Marriott 2
Goal of the Dead The World Made Straight
(France) Films Distribution, 117mins. Dir: Benjamin Rocher,
Thierry Poiraud. Cast: Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot, Ahmed Sylla. CineStar 6
(Taiwan) Ablaze Image, 112mins. Dir: Yi-Chi Lien. Cast: Alec Su, Ariel Lin, Matt Wu. What looks lovely may turn out deadly. CinemaxX 9
11:05 A Christmoose Story See box, left
The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq
(France) Le Pacte, 92mins. Dir: Guillaume Nicloux. Cast: Michel Houellebecq, Mathieu Nicourt, Maxime Lefrancois, Francoise Lebrun. CinemaxX 6
Postman Pat: The Movie (3D)
(US) Timeless Films, 90mins. Dir: Mike Disa. Cast: Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent, Rupert Grint, David Tennant. In a new fully 3D, stopframe animated movie, the much-adored children’s
Kiki’s Delivery Service
(Japan) Toei Company, 109mins. Dir: Takashi Shimizu. Cast: Fuka Koshiba, Rie Miyazawa, Machiko Ono, Ryohei Hirota. A young girl, spending a year away from home to study witchcraft, starts a bakery delivery service on her trusty broom. Marriott 1
11:10 Human Capital
(Italy, France) Bac Films, 111mins. Dir: Paolo Virzi. Cast: Valeria BruniTedeschi, Valeria Golino,
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Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Fabrizio Gifuni. Lake Como, Italy. A cyclist is knocked off the road by a jeep on the night before Christmas Eve. What happened that night? How will this accident change the destiny of the rich Bernaschi family and the Rovelli family on the edge of bankruptcy?
by a writer in search of good anecdotes. Parliament
Happy to Be Different
(Italy) Rai Trade, 97mins. Dir: Gianni Amelio. A moving look at a century-long struggle for happiness and equally that continues today. dffb-Kino
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(Netherlands) Autlook Filmsales, 54mins. Dir: Oeke Hoogendijk.
(Bulgaria, Romania) Viktoria Films, 158mins. Dir: Maya Vitkova. Cast: Irmena Chichikova, Daria Vitkova, Kalina Vitkova, Mariana Krumova. Although determined not to have a child in Communist Bulgaria, Boryana gives birth to Viktoria, who despite being born with no umbilical cord, is proclaimed to be the baby of the decade. But political collapse and the hardships of the new time bind mother and daughter together.
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Zoo Palast Club B
Farah Goes Bang
(US) Angel Grace Productions, 90mins. Dir: Meera Menon. Cast: Nikohl Boosheri, Kandis Erickson, Kiran Deol. The poignant story of three best friends on a cross-country trip who discover that some roads will change you forever. Marriott 3
The New Rijksmuseum Part 1
(Georgia) Films Boutique, 99mins. Dir: Levan Koguashvili. Cast: Andro Sakhvarelidze, Ia Sukhitashvili, Archil Kikodze.
(Ireland) The Works, 102mins. Dir: Diarmuid Lavery, Michael Hewitt. Cast: Liam Neeson.
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11:45 Next Goal Wins
Boccaccio in Havana
(Cuba) I.C.A.I.C., 100mins. Dir: Arturo Sotto. Cast: Zulema Cruz, Mario Guerra, Luis Alberto Garcia, Jorge Perugorria. Three stories interconected
(UK) K5 Mediagroup, 93mins. Dir: Mike Brett, Steve Jamison. Cast: Sean Hill. Laughing stock. Losers who haven’t won for 10 years. When fiery maverick Thomas Rongen flies in
to coach American Samoa for World Cup 2014 qualification he finds a total shambles. But also a fighting spirit and pride that gives him, and the team, hope. Zoo Palast Club A
11:50 His Wife
(France) Other Angle Pictures, 107mins. Dir: Michel Spinoza. Cast: Yvan Attal, Charlotte Gainsbourg. Joseph falls in love with Catherine, an ex drugaddict, and wants to have a child with her. She is afraid her medication will not allow her to get pregnant but she still does. However, she loses the baby but it’s not her fault or due to her treatment. Joseph is mad at her and makes her feel guilty
Tabernero. Cast: Marta Etura, Eduardo Noriega, Alfonso Bassave, Irene Escolar. Let’s fall in love… again CinemaxX Studio 17
12:15 The Yellow Eyes of the Crocodiles See box, below
12:30 Concerning Violence
(Sweden, US, Denmark) Films Boutique, 85mins. Dir: Goran Hugo Olsson. Cast: Lauryn Hill. Based on newly discovered, powerful archival material documenting the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation in the Third World, accompanied by classic text from ‘The Wretched
Of The Earth’ by Frantz Fanon. CinemaxX Studio 18
Infinitely Polar Bear
(US) The Solution Entertainment Group, 92mins. Dir: Maya Forbes. Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide. A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don’t make the overwhelming task any easier. CineStar 7
(Sweden) Svensk Filmindustri, 95mins. Dir: Tarik Saleh.
Cast: Moa Gammel, Ola Rapace, LykkeLi Zachrisson, Johan Rabaeus. A week before Christmas, Estelle lands at Arlanda Airport. A year earlier, she had left Stockholm on the run with her husband Tommy and their daughter, after Tommy had taken part in one of the biggest robberies ever in the history of Swedish crime. CinemaxX 8
(India) Cinemavault, 91mins. Dir: Fred Holmes. Cast: Frank M. Ahearn, Prem Chopra, Antonia DeNardo. New Yorker Karan Singh, who is a product
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12:00 Beltracchi – The Art of Forgery
(Germany) Global Screen, 98mins. Dir: Arne Birkenstock. Cast: Wolfgang Beltracchi, Helene Beltracchi. A mesmerising, thoughtprovoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging and selling paintings of early 20th-century masters. Zoo Palast 2
(Spain) Latido Films, 105mins. Dir: Santiago
Market 12:15 The Yellow Eyes of the Crocodiles
(France) Elle Driver, 125mins. Dir: Cécile Telerman. Cast: Emmanuelle Béart, Julie Depardieu, Patrick Bruel, Quim Gutierriez.
The tale of two unhappy sisters. Like the two sides of a coin, together they attempt a huge fraud that will reverse their fates, raising one to the skies and casting the other down to hell. MGB-Kino
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of the most prestigious schools and consulting firms, falls in love with Heather, an all-American Texan farm girl. To get married, they have to go to Karan’s grandfather’s village in Punjab, India and get his blessings. Grandfather Ranbir Singh is a conservative, rigid and dictatorial man, who happens to be the godfather of the village.
And Lovely’ is a highly intimate and subtly erotic thriller inspired by John Steinbeck’s ‘East Of Eden’. CinemaxX 1
13:10 Broken Hill Blues
(Sweden) The Yellow Affair, 80mins. Dir: Sofia Norlin. Cast: Sebastian Hiort af Ornas, Lina Leandersson, Alfred Juntti, Ella Nordin. A breathtakingly beautiful film about an isolated mining town and how its young inhabitants dream of a better future.
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Kid Detectives & the Secret of the White Lady
(Estonia) Estonian Film Institute, 85mins. Dir: Rene Vilbre. Cast: Liisa Koppel, Mikk Kaasik, Lembit Ulfsak, Hilje Murel. CinemaxX Studio 15
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(UK) HanWay Films, 95mins. Dir: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard. Cast: Nick Cave. Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international culture
icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, this film examines what makes us who we are and celebrates the transformative power of the creative.
(Italy) Le Pacte, 92mins. Dir: Paolo Zucca. Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Geppi Cucciari, Jacopo Cullin. An International referee, a blind trainer, an untamed shrew, a revengeful shepherd and a dubious goleador share the fate of the most disjointed football championship in the world.
accidentally hired to kill him.
drunk, causes a tragic car accident.
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I Put a Hit on You
(Canada) Double Dutch International, 75mins. Dir: Dane Clark, Linsey Stewart. Cast: Aaron Ashmore, Sara Canning. A brokenhearted woman teams up with her ex-boyfriend to try and stop the hitman she
(France) Gaumont, 87mins. Dir: Fred Cavaye. Cast: Vincent Lindon, Gilles Lellouche, Nadine Labaki. Franck and Simon are both good cops. They work as partners. But their lives take a tailspin when Simon, driving
International, 107mins. Dir: Dany Boon. Cast: Dany Boon, Kad Merad, Alice Pol, Judith El Zein. When you’re convinced that one kiss might mean contracting a serious illness, it’s hard to meet the woman of your dreams. Anna believes Romain is the charismatic hero of a Slavic revolution, and Romain must overcome his phobia to earn his place in her heart. CineStar 1
20,000 Days on Earth
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(Norway) Motlys, 75mins. Dir: Hanne Myren. Cast: Jula Wildschut, Ahmed Wasty, Petrus Wildschut.
(Canada) Gossamer Creative, 92mins. Dir: Ben Ratner. Cast: Helen Shaver, Gabrielle Miller, Jennifer Spence, Colleen Rennison.
Mr Leos CaraX
(France) Films Distribution, 72mins. Dir: Tessa LouiseSalome. Mysterious. Brilliant. Uncontrollable. Many words like these have been used to describe French film-maker Leos Carax in both rapturous and negative ways. CineStar 5
(France, Luxembourg, Belgium) Rezo, 90mins. Dir: Catherine Castel. Cast: Audrey Fleurot, Olivier Marchal, Zabou Breitman. Clemence lives with Gabriel, with whom she is deeply in love. However, she is jealous and suspects him of cheating on her. One day, she decides to put his faithfulness to the test during a trip to a paradise island. dffb-Kino
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
(US) New Europe Film Sales, 76mins. Dir: Josephine Decker. Cast: Joe Swanberg, Sophie Traub, Robert Longstreet, Kristin Slaysman. A man finds himself a job on a farm in the wilds of Kentucky, only to learn perhaps he was hired for reasons far more complex than just farm work. ‘Thou Wast Mild
(US) Visit Films, 82mins. Dir: Sanjay Rawal. Cast: Eric Schlosser, Eva Longoria, Dolores Huerta. In this expose, an intrepid group of workers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry, revealing the rampant abuse of farm laborers in the US. CinemaxX Studio 14
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THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN SUMMER LA MAFIA UCCIDE SOLO D’ESTATE
Impressive directorial debut (The Hollywood Reporter)
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40 DAYS OF SILENCE
Dir: Saodat Ismailova Prod: Volya Films (feature, 87’) 09:30 CinemaxX 6 (press) 19:00 Delphi-Filmpalast
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Dir: Lourens Blok Prod: Lemming Film Sales: Attraction Distribution (feature, 85’) 11:05 CinemaxX 15 (EFM)
Dir: Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting Prod: Submarine Sales: The Match Factory (documentary, 83’) 17:00 CineStar 7
(China) Edko Films, 108mins. Dir: Alan Yuen. Cast: Andy Lau, Ka Tung Lam, Yao Chen, Jun Hu. A hardboiled police
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Viking Saga: The Darkest Day
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The Mystery of Happiness
EL Mar, Mi Alma
(Argentin, Brazil) Filmsharks International, 99mins. Dir: Daniel Burman. Cast: Guillermo Francella, Ines Estevez, Alejandro Awada, Fabian Arenillas. Santiago and Eugenio are more than friends. One day Eugenio disappears. Santiago and Laura, Eugenio’s wife, begin a journey to find him and end up discovering that they prefer to stay together rather than finding Eugenio.
(Australia) Rebel Waltz Films, 56mins. Dir: Stephen Jones. Cast: David Rastovich, Ramon Navarro, Joel Parkinson, Chris Del Moro.
(Belgium, Germany, Netherlands) Wide/Wide House, 102mins. Dir: Peter Kruger. Cast: Abiba Sawadogo. A magical film on the confrontation between the Western mind and African spirituality. CinemaxX 6
13:30 AB Negative
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Two killers – one contract – no rules.
N – The Madness of Reason
Dir: Sam de Jong Prod: 100% Halal (short, 15’) 22:00 CinemaxX 3
(France) Other Angle Pictures, 105mins. Dir: Eric Barbier. Cast: Yvan Attal, Berenice Bejo.
The Last Diamond
inspector, hot on the trail of a notorious criminal crew, determines to put an end to this madness, even if it means crossing his moral line.
(UK) Jinga Films, 90mins. Dir: Neil Horner. Cast: Vincent Regan, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Robert Cavanah, Stephen Marcus.
Zoo Palast Club A
13:45 A Many Splintered Thing
(US) Voltage Pictures, 90mins. Dir: Justin Reardon. Cast: Chris Evans, Aubrey Plaza, Michelle Monaghan, Anthony Mackie. This is the story of ME, a young man disillusioned by love, who meets a breathtaking young woman, HER, at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Only one problem: she’s engaged. Yet he engages into a platonic relationship to be able to keep seeing her. Zoo Palast 4
(Indonesia) Skylar Pictures, 93mins. Dir: Helfi Kardit. Cast: Sarah Carter, Dominique Diyose, Tio Pakusadewo, Belinda Camesi. Kino Arsenal 2
(US) VMI Worldwide, 88mins. Dir: Chris Crow. Cast: Marc Pickering, Michael Jibson, Mark Lewis Jones, Elen Rhys. Cast into a violent and bloody world of murder, Hereward, a novice monk, must deliver the Holy Gospel of Lindisfarne to the safety of the Iona monastery, while being pursued by a Viking death squad hell-bent on its capture. CinemaxX Studio 17
14:00 Electric Slide
(US) Myriad Pictures, 94mins. Dir: Tristan Patterson. Cast: Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, Chloe Sevigny, Patricia Arquette. It’s 1983 Los Angeles – beautiful girls, luxurious mansions, glamorous parties and Eddie Dodson, a very hip, very charismatic dealer of high-end antique furniture for the rich and famous. When Eddie meets the cool and aloof Paulene, the attraction is instant and the two live out each other’s fast paced fantasies. That is until Eddie’s high-rolling life catches up with him and loan sharks start knocking on his door. CinemaxX 2
Nothing Bad Can Happen
Dreams/Celluloid Nightmares, 110mins. Dir: Katrin Gebbe. Cast: Julius Feldmaier, Sascha A. Gersak, Annika Kuhl. Young Tore belongs to the Jesus Freaks, a Christian punk movement rebelling against established religion while at the same time following Jesus’ precepts of love. One day, in what appears to be a miracle, Tore manages to repair a car which has broken down and gets to know the driver, Benno. Zoo Palast 2
(Dominican Republic) Moviehouse Entertainment, 104mins. Dir: Juan Basanta. Cast: Cecilia Garcia, Cesar Evora, Liz Gallardo, Rayniel Rufino. In the future world, nations are replaced by “projects”, managed like corporations. Neighbourhoods, called “Quadrant”, are closely monitored by those supervising them. A highly armed military force, ready to take action against any dissent, is used to maintain strict order. CinemaxX Studio 15
(Belgium) Cinemavault, 102mins. Dir: Joel Vanhoebrouck. Cast: Koen De Bouw, Barbara Sarafian, Filip Peeters. CinemaxX Studio 18
(UK) Lightning Entertainment, 76mins. Dir: Carey McKenzie. Cast: Tony Kgoroge, Fana Mokoena, Nan Yu, Deon Lotz. »
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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7
Dir: Yael Bartana Prod: My-I Productions (short, 18’) 22:00 CineStar IMAX
Market 14:35 Suck Me Shakespeer (Fack Ju Goehte)
LOVE IS THE WORD
Dir: Pieter Kuijpers Prod: Pupkin Film Sales: Dutch Features Global Entertainment (feature, 102’) 16:40 CinemaxX 14 (EFM)
(Germany) Picture Tree International, 118mins. Dir: Bora Dagtekin. Cast: Elyas M’Barek, Karoline Herfurth. Somebody built a goddamn school gym directly over the stolen cash his girlfriend
As the annual Black SouthEasters blow dark clouds over Table Mountain, bringing storms to Cape Town, the ill winds of corruption blow through the city’s townships. In a murky moral underworld where men are challenged with daily temptations, their survival depends not only on physical courage, but also the courage to stand up for their principals. Marriott 2
THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM
Dir: Oeke Hoogendijk Prod: Column Film Sales: Autlook Filmsales (documentary, 2 parts of 54’) 11:15 CinemaxX 18 (EFM - Part 1)
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Half of a Yellow Sun
(UK, Nigeria) Metro International, 111mins. Dir: Biyi Bandele. Cast: Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Based on the best-selling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun is an epic love story weaving together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war. Zoo Palast 5
buried for him. And now ex-con Zeki Muller has no choice but to pass himself off as a substitute teacher at Goethe Comprehensive School, thus providing the German educational system with one more problem — the craziest teacher of all time. CinemaxX Studio 14
Javier Camara, Natalia De Molina, Fransesc Colomer. In 1966, John Lennon comes to Almeria to shoot a movie, “‘How I Won The War’. Paco, who works as an English teacher, decides to meet him. In his travels he is joined by two youngsters, Juanjo and Belen. CineStar IMAX
Parts per Billion
(US) XYZ Films, 95mins. Dir: Brian Hourichi. Cast: Rosario Dawson, Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Josh Harnett. A riveting sci-fi drama interweaving the stories of three couples caught in the climax of a new world war. As the US is devastated by biological attacks, life as we know it is pushed to the brink of extinction and the couples must fight for love, survival, and the legacy of humanity. CinemaxX 8
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Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
(Spain) 6 Sales, 108mins. Dir: David Trueba. Cast:
(US) Markay Media, 82mins. Dir: Cynthia Hill.
One in four women experience violence in their homes. Have you ever asked, “Why doesn’t she just leave?” ‘Private Violence’ shatters the brutality of our logic and intimately one in four women experience violence in their homes.
Seventy billion dollars; the estimated total which changes hands globally within the art world every year. How did art become such big business?
Zoo Palast Club B
(Sweden) Outplay, 90mins. Dir: Ester Martin Bergsmark. Cast: Saga Becker, Iggy Malmborg, Mattias Åhlen, Shima Niavarani. This love story set in Stockholm in summer, between androgynous Sebastian (who likes to dress as “superwoman” Ellie) and Andreas, who is not gay. Together against the smoothed-over, blunted IKEA society.
Swim Little Fish Swim
(France) Jour 2 Fête, 95mins. Dir: Lola Bessis. Cast: Lola Bessis, Dustin Guy Deffa, Brooke Bloom, Anne Consigny. Between surrealism, unusual characters, art and magic tricks, ‘Swim Little Fish Swim’ is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood. CinemaxX Studio 19
The Way He Looks
Something Must Break
(Brazil) Films Boutique, 96mins. Dir: Daniel Ribeiro. Cast: Ghilherme Lobo, Tess Amorim, Fabio Audi, Eucir de Souza. Leonardo is a teenager trying to be more independent from his overprotective parents. Together with his best friend Giovana, they dream to travel abroad and to experience their first kiss. When the new classmate Gabriel arrives, new feelings blossom among them and make them question their plans.
(Sweden, Norway) Svensk Filmindustri, 80mins. Dir: Pontus Klange. Cast: Peter Magnusson, Adam Pålsson, Amanda Pajus, Kajsa Ernst.
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14:25 JerryMaya’s Detective Agency: Von Broms’ Secret
14:35 Suck Me Shakespeer (Fack Ju Goehte) 14:40
The Art Rush
Mexico’s Most Wanted
(France) HanWay Films, 87mins. Dir: Marianne Lamour.
(Mexico) Mundial, 110mins. Dir: Jose Manuel Cravioto. Cast: Tenoch Huerta, Noe »
LOVE ME IS THE STORY OF A YOUNG WOMAN, HER LONGING TO BE LOVED AND HER FEAR OF BEING REJECTED
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first time in years.
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15:30 The Ultimate Accessory
(France) Wild Bunch, 101mins. Dir: Valerie Lemercier. Cast: Valerie Lemercier, Samatin Pendev, Gilles Lellouche, Marina Fois. Aleksandra has a fantastic husband, a fantastic apartment, a fantastic lover, a fantastic job. She’s got it all… except the ultimate accessory – a child. CinemaxX Studio 12
15:40 A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle
Market 14:55 The Last Showing
(UK) SC Films International, 89mins. Dir: Phil Hawkins. Cast: Robert Englund, Finn Jones, Emily Hernandez, Marco Perez, Gerardo Taracena. A fast-paced crime thriller based on the unbelievable true story of career criminal Alfredo Rios Galeana, “El Charro Misterioso”, the most prolific bank robber in the history of Mexico. CinemaxX Studio 16 by invitation only
(Japan) Kadokawa Corporation, 84mins. Dir: Eisuke Naito. Cast: Kaho, Shuhei Nomura.
Berrington, Keith Allen. A young couple are trapped in a cinema and become unwillingly cast in their own CCTV horror film. CineStar 5
plan to escape. CinemaxX Studio 11
(US, Kazakhstan) Birch Tree Entertainment, 97mins. Dir: Talgad Zhanybekov. Cast: Denis Lituyev, Vitalij Kischenko, Yerbolat Toguzakov, Aisulu Azimbayeva. A man avenges his brother’s death with the help of an otherworldly monk who teaches him the skills to destroy his enemies. Zoo Palast Club A
14:45 Cristo Rey
(Dominican Republic) The Little Film Company, 96mins. Dir: Leticia Tonos. Cast: James Saintil, Akari Endo, Yasser Michel. Janvier and Rudy, halfbrothers from the same island but two different worlds, confront each other for the love of the same woman, Jocelyn, the younger sister of a local gang kingpin. When Janvier and Jocelyn fall madly in love with each other, they have to devise a
Land of the Bears
(France) Kinology, 86mins. Dir: Guillaume Vincent. A breathtaking immersion amid the bears in their extraordinary world, a brutal and savage wilderness. CineStar 1
(Italy) Minerva Pictures Group, 100mins. Dir: Guido Lombardi. Cast: Peppe Lanzetta, Salvatore Striano, Salvatore Ruocco, Carmine Paternoster. Five “irregulars” and a robbery. Five “solo performances”, in an extrimely jazzy Naples. A melancholic thriller. A black comedy.
(Canada) Attraction Distribution, 108mins. Dir: Stefan Milijevic. Cast: Gabriel Sabourin, Louis Champagne, Robin Aubert. Three childhood friends decide to treat themselves to their dream vacation and secretly make their way to Amsterdam for a week of complete freedom. But when the time comes to head back home, one of
(Poland) Polish Film Institute, 81mins. Dir: Ireneusz Grzyb, Aleksandra Gowin. Cast: Helena Sujecka, Agnieszka Pawekkiewicz, Szymon Czacki. dffb-Kino
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15:45 Boonie Bears: To the Rescue! 3D
(China) All Rights Entertainment, 30mins. Dir: Ding Liang. The story starts when two boxes were switched mistakenly in the middle of a rainstorm night. Since Bald bring back this mysterious box the forest is no longer peaceful and the lives of Bald and his friends, the Bear Brothers have change dramatically. CinemaxX 3
15:50 Best in Bed
(France) Rezo, 87mins. Dir: Delphine de Vigan. Cast: Laurence Arne, Eric Elmosnino, Valerie Bonneton. Delphine de Vigan’s ‘Best In Bed’ is her first full length feature film. A successful author gaining international acclaim for her works ‘No And Me’, ‘Underground Time’ and ‘Nothing Holds Back The Night’. MGB-Kino
14:55 The Last Showing See box, above
15:00 Doctor Proctor’s Fartpowder
(Norway, Germany) TrustNordisk, 87mins. Dir: Arild Frohlich. Cast: Kristoffer Joner, Emily Glaister, Eilif Hellum Noraker, Atle Antonsen. Doctor Proctor has invented a powerful fart powder. When two kids from his neighborhood accidentally drop by, it becomes the beginning of an unusual friendship. CineStar 6
(US) Hyde Park International, 81mins. Dir: Tristram Shapeero. Cast: Robin Williams, Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, Oliver Platt. Boyd Mitchler’s Christmas wish is to give his sevenyear-old son one more magical Christmas while he still believes in Santa. Boyd has always blamed his father for spoiling the Christmas magic for him when he was young, and he is dreading the thought of spending Christmas with his crazy family at his parent’s house for the
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
(US) SLC Film, 90mins. Dir: Anja Marquardt. Cast: Brooke Bloom, Marc Menchaca.
(US) Kathy Morgan International, 105mins. Dir: David Zellner. Cast: Rinko Kikuchi, Nathan Zellner, David Zellner. A lonely Japanese woman becomes
convinced that a satchel of money buried in a fictional film is, in fact, real. Abandoning her structured life in Tokyo for the frozen Minnesota wilderness, she embarks on an impulsive quest to search for her lost mythical fortune. CinemaxX 2
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(Canada) Entertainment One, 90mins. Dir: Jeff Barnaby. Cast: Kawennahere Devery Jacobs, Glen Gould, Brandon Oaks, Mark Anthony Krupa. After years of being terrorised by a sadistic Sheriff and a perverted Indian Agent, a young Native girl and her friends plot revenge. CinemaxX 1
15:55 7th Floor
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(Australia) Visit Films, 114mins. Dir: Sophie Hyde. Cast: Tilda CobhamHervey, Del Herbert-Jane, Mario Spate, Beau Travis Williams.
Sixteen-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals her gender transition plans and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. CinemaxX Studio 13
(Argentina, Spain) Film Factory Entertainment, 89mins. Dir: Patxi Amezcua. Cast: Ricardo Darín, Belen Rueda. A day like any other. Marcelo leaves his ex’s apartment, number 7-E, to take his kids to school. The kids challenge him to a game of “see who gets there first”. They’ll go down the stairs and as
he reaches the first floor, he realises that there’s no sign of the kids. They have disappeared inside the building. It is then that Marcelo begins his desperate search to find his kids.
& Co, 79mins. Dir: Till Kleinert. Cast: Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski, Uwe Preuss, Ulrike Hanke-Hansch.
(Germany) Deckert Distribution, 97mins. Dir: Michael Obert.
16:00 52 Tuesdays See box, left
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Song from the Forest
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(UK) Genesis Film Sales, 93mins. Dir: Rob Grant. Cast: Mike Kovac, Scott Wallis, Chelsey Reist, Teagan Vincze. Two friends try executing their “get-rich-quick” plan by kidnapping their boss’s daughter, but when the plan falls apart, they must scramble to fix the situation and repair their friendship.
(New Zealand) New Zealand Film, 93mins. Dir: Tearepa Kahi. Cast: Stan Walker, Temuera Morrison.
16:10 Land of Good Kids
(Russia) Amadeus Entertainment, 79mins. Dir: Olga Kaptur. Cast: Kira Fleisher, Vladimir Grammatikov, Natalia Selezneva, Slava Manucharov. A parents’ wish that their
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naughty child remains in the passing year and a good one passes on to the New Year, mystically comes true. CinemaxX Studio 15
even trains. Like the thousands of lives that intersect at the station, Ismael, Mathilde, Sacha and Joan are going to meet there.
affair after another with his students. Still single, he lives with his sister Marianne.
The Tugendhat House
(US) MPI Media Group, 96mins. Dir: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer. Cast: Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Pat Healy. A hopeful young starlet uncovers the demonic origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune. Marriott 3
16:15 Gare du Nord
(France) Doc & Film International, 119mins. Dir: Claire Simon. Cast: Nicole Garcia, Reda Kateb, Francois Damiens, Monia Chokri. Paris, the Gare du Nord, anything can come along,
Boonie Bears: To the Rescue! 3D
(China) 30mins. All Rights Entertainment. Dir: Ding Liang. CinemaxX 3
Love is the Perfect Crime
(France) Gaumont, 111mins. Dir: Arnaud Larrieu, Jean Marie Larrieu. Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Karin Viard, Maiwenn, Denis Podalydes. Today, in a region of mountains and lakes, somewhere between Switzerland and France, Marc, in his 40s, is a professor of literature at the University of Lausanne. He has one love
(Germany) 116mins. Dir: Dieter Reifarth. Zoo Palast 2
16:30 The Famous Five 3
(Germany) Beta Cinema, 94mins. Dir: Mike Marzuk. Cast: Valeria Eisenbarth, Justus Schlingensiepen, Neele Marie Nickel, Quirin Oettl. The adventures of the Famous Five continue on an exotic island! CinemaxX Studio 11
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16:40 Heavenly Sword
(US) TriCoast Worldwide, 90mins. Dir: Gun Ho Jang. Cast: Ana Torv, Alfred Molina, Thomas Jane. Nariko’s clan has long protected the “Heavenly Sword”, a god’s blade of immense power that drains its wielder of their life force. A power-hungry ruler known as the evil King Bohan seeks to obtain the sword to gain its devastating power. As the impending apocalypse nears, how long can Nariko resist the sword’s deadly curse? CineStar 5
Man vs Trash
Love is the Word
(France) Wide/Wide House, 74mins. Dir: Martin Esposito. Cast: Martin Esposito. One man. One camera.
(Netherlands, Belgium) Dutch Features Global Entertainment, 102mins. Dir: Pieter Kuijpers. Cast: Bram van Schie,
Ella-June Henrard, Huub Stapel, Jeroen van Koningsbrugge. A coming-of-age drama about the magic of first love and the misery of first lost, set in 1978: the year “Grease” hit the big screen. CinemaxX Studio 14
Singapore) All Rights Entertainment, 88mins. Dir: Herman Yau. Cast: Kenny Wong, Joey Leong, Maggie Siu. When dark secrets come alive. CinemaxX 3
17:15 10 Minutes
Under the Starry Sky
(France, Senegal, Belgium) Films Distribution, 88mins. Dir: Dyanas Gaye. Cast: Ralph Amoussou, Mareme Demba Ly, Souleymane Seye N’Diaye, Maya Sansa. Between Turin, Dakar, and New York, Sophie, Abdoulaye and Thierno’s three destinies cross paths and echo one another, delineating a constellation of exile.
(South Korea) Lotte Entertainment, 93mins. Dir: Lee Yong-Seung. Cast: Beak Jong-Hwan, Kim Jong-Gu, Jung Hi-Te. Kang Ho-chan is studying and preparing for his dream job as a TV station producer. Barely scraping by since his father’s retirement, his family has high hopes for him. CinemaxX 6
Beneath the Harvest Sky
17:00 The Second Coming 3D
(Hong Kong, China,
(US) Sunny Side Up Films, 116mins. Dir: Aron Gaudet, Gita Pullapilly.
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Cast: Aidan Gillen, Emory Cohen, Callan McAuliffe, Timm Sharp. Zoo Palast Club B
(US) VMI Worldwide, 100mins. Dir: Jeroen Leinders. Cast: Danny Glover, Jeroen Krabbe. Feature film about the leader of the big slave uprising on the island of Curacao, a Dutch colony in 1795. ‘The Revolt’ tells the true story of a man who dared to stand up against his oppressors leading his people in a peaceful march for freedom, equality and brotherhood. Marriott 2
(US) Inception Film Partners, 90mins. Dir: Andrew Fleming. Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, JK Simmons, Scott
Speedman, Treat Williams. The ‘black sheep’ in a wealthy family takes his new quirky girlfriend to meet the family. Along the way they fall in love. CinemaxX Studio 19
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NICE AND EASY
(France) Gaumont, 93mins. Dir: Benjamin Guedj. Cast: Baptiste Lecaplain, Felix Moati, Charlotte Le Bon, Denis Podalydes. Sebastien has only one ambition in life: doing nothing. His world is his couch. He would rather contemplate life than live it. But in today’s world, he who does nothing, is nothing.
Entertainment, 86mins. Dir: Shana Betz. Cast: Anna Paquin, Cam Gigandet, Drea DeMatteo, Liana Liberato. A single mom caught up in the Florida drug trade during the late 1970s tries to make a better life for her two girls. dffb-Kino
18:00 IN DARKNESS WE FALL
(Spain) Filmax International, 80mins. Dir: Alfredo Montero. Cast: Marcos Ortiz, Marta Castellote, Jorge Paez, Eva Garcia. Survival is an instinct, not a choice. CinemaxX Studio 13
PING PONG SUMMER
(UK) Stealth Media Group, 85mins. Dir: Kit Ryan. Cast: Sam Robertson, Kal Penn, Vincent Regan, Geoff Bell. Reality is not an option.
(US) Films Boutique, 92mins. Dir: Mike Tulley. Cast: Marcello Conte, Lea Thompson, Susan Sarandon, Judah Friedlander. During his family’s annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich, racist local bullies and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast neighbour.
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EVERYTHING WE LOVED
(New Zealand) Celluloid Dreams/Celluloid Nightmares, 100mins. Dir: Max Currie. Cast: Brett Stewart, Sia Trokenheim, Ben Clarkson. A kindhearted magician does the unthinkable to heal his wife’s broken soul. But the loving, magical family they create together comes under threat when the lie it’s based on refuses to be forgotten. MGB-Kino
(US) Myriad Pictures, 95mins. Dir: Michael Berry. Cast: Eva Longoria, Ed Harris, Michel Pena. When a former US sheriff ’s wife is fatally injured on her ranch property, Miguel, a Mexican man who was crossing to the US illegally, is wrongly accused of the murder. As the former sheriff begins to investigate the shooting, he realises that the crime may not be so straightforward– and he must do the right thing and try to save an innocent man. CinemaxX 1
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(Russia) Intercinema Agency, 138mins. Dir: Marina Migunova. Cast: Viktoria Isakova, Roman Polyansky.
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THE RICE BOMBER
(Taiwan) Ablaze Image, 115mins. Dir: Cho Li. Cast: Huang Chien-wie, Nikki Hsieh, Michael Chang. With the agricultural industry rapidly declining, a farmer created 17 harmless rice bombs, in the hope of waking up the conscience of the government. CinemaxX Studio 12
17:40 BLACK BUTLER
(Japan) Gaga Corporation, 119mins. Dir: Kentaro Otani, Keiichi Sato. Cast: Hiro Mizushima, Ayame Goriki. CinemaxX Studio 15
(US) Wide/Wide House, 108mins. Dir: AJ Schnack, David Wilson. The live music capital of the world CinemaxX Studio 16
18:05 UNITED PASSIONS
(France) TF1 International, 60mins. Dir: Frederic Auburtin. Cast: Sam Neill, Tim Roth, Gerard Depardieu, Jemima West. Three visionary men set out to create a federation that will change the face of sport, forever. CinemaxX 4
18:15 A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT
(Norway, Sweden, Ireland) Global Screen, 117mins. Dir: Erik Poppe. Cast: Nikolaj CosterWaldau, Juliette Binoche. Rebecca is one of the world’s top war photographers. On assignment while photographing a female suicide bomber in Kabul, she gets badly hurt. Back home another bomb drops. Her husband and daughters give her an ultimatum: her work or her family. CineStar 5
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(France) Wild Bunch, 77mins. Dir: Philippe Garrel. Cast: Louis Garrel, Anna Mouglalis.
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A 30-year-old man lives with a woman in a small, furnished rental. He has a daughter by another woman – a woman he abandoned. A theatre actor and very poor, he is madly in love with this other woman. She was once a rising star, but all offers of work have dried up. CinemaxX Studio 11
18:30 A Wolf at the Door
Market 19:00 Of Horses and Men
(Argentina, Germany) Filmsharks International, 81mins. Dir: Benedikt Erlingsson. Cast: Charlotte Boving,
Helgi Bjoernsson, Ingvar Sigurdsson. A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Parliament
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(Brazil) Mundial, 101mins. Dir: Fernando Coimbra. Cast: Leandra Leal, Milhem Cortaz, Fabiula Nascimento. With a line of dramatic suspense, the film takes us on a journey to the darkest corners of desires, lies and evils of a love triangle from the mysterious kidnapping of a child. CineStar 6 by invitation only
The Last Day of August
(US) Striped Entertainment, 85mins. Dir: Craig Di Fiolco. Cast: Michael Izquierdo, Sebastian Arcelus, Heather Lind, Vanessa Ray. One day can change everything. CinemaxX Studio 14
19:00 Of Horses and Men See box, above left
(Ireland, UK) 6 Sales, 100mins. Dir: Jake Paltrow. Cast: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Codi SmitMcPhee. Not all children have a childhood. CineStar 4
19:15 The Airstrip – Decampment of Modernism, Part III
(Germany) Filmgalerie 451, 108mins. CinemaxX 6
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(Japan) TBS – Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, 129mins. Dir: Toshiaki Toyoda. Cast: Masahiro Higashide, Taichi Saotome, Ryo Katsuji. One month has passed since the end of ‘Crows
II’. Genji Takiya and Tamao Serizawa have graduated and moved on, and Suzuran Boy’s High School is about to ring in a new schoolyear. This leaves a gaggle of newly minted seniors scrambling to reach the vacant “top” slot at Suzuran. But arriving to throw a monkey wrench into the power structure at Suzuran are two new students. CinemaxX Studio 19
(Austria) Memento Films International, 91mins. Dir: Hubert Canaval. Nuclear disasters, wars over oil and gas, climate change and ever-increasing energy consumption: we have reached an important crossroads. To keep on going like this is not an option. But how can we meet our energy needs without destroying our own existence? Is there such a thing as clean energy and efficient technology? And, if so, why aren’t we using it? CinemaxX Studio 18
The Eternal Zero
(Japan) Toho, 144mins. Dir: Takashi Yamazaki. Cast: Junichi Okada, Haruma Miura, Mao Inoue. What America most feared was a Zero Fighter called the “Devil” and one cowardly pilot. MGB-Kino
(US) Vision Films, 107mins. Dir: Dustin Marcellino. Cast: Amanda Crew, Seth Green, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta. Separated at birth, identical twin brothers have more in common than just good looks, they both are talented musicians. As one brother rides the rock ’n’ roll wave to the top of the charts, the other struggles to find his purpose in life while trying to please his evangelist father. But with his uncanny likeness to the most famous musician in the world, their very different paths eventually converge. dffb-Kino
Mafia Only Kills in Summer
(Italy) Rai Trade, 90mins. Dir: Pierfrancesco (Pif ) Diliberto. Cast: Pierfrancesco (Pif ) Diliberto, Cristiana Capotondi, Claudio Gioe, Ninni Bruschetta. CinemaxX 2
19:30 The Excursionist
(Lithuania) CineMark, 110mins. Dir: Audrius Juzenas. Cast: Sergej Garmash, Anastasija Marcenkaite, Ksenija Rappoport, Raisa Riazanova. CinemaxX Studio 13
19:45 Minerva Pictures Documentary Promo Reel
(Italy) Minerva Pictures Group, 60mins. Dir: Franco Fracassi, Massimo Lauria, Giorgia Pietropaoli. CinemaxX Studio 15
20:00 The Babadook
(Australia) Entertainment One, 94mins. Dir: Jennifer Kent. Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall. Six years after the death of her husband, Amelia struggles to discipline her “out of control” sixyear-old Samuel – a son she finds difficult to love. But Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. CineStar 1
(Germany) Alpha Violet, 92mins. Dir: Maria Speth. Cast: Corinna Kirchhoff, Kathleen Morgeneyer, Hermann Beyer, Lars Mikkelsen. Agnes comes to Berlin to identify a dead girl. The police suspect it is Agnes’ 15-year-old daughter, who has run away from home. But it is not. Agnes remains in Berlin nevertheless, driven by the hope of finding her daughter, where she meets Ines, a passionate social parasite. CinemaxX 6
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In this coming-of-age drama, a 10-year-old taken into care runs away and roams Berlin with his brother looking for their ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ mother, hoping★★★★ to reunite their★★★★ family. Ivo Pietzcker, Georg ★★★★ Arms and Luise Heyer star. ★★★★ ★★★★
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Two Men In Town (Fr-Alg-US- Forest Whitaker stars as a convict released into small-town America, buoyed by his conversion to Islam. But he is tempted ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ back into his old★★★★ ways and dogged by the sheriff (Harvey Keitel). Brenda Blethyn and Luis Guzman also★★★★ star. Bel) Rachid Bouchareb
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UK TV director Demange makes his feature debut with an action thriller centring on a young and disoriented British soldier ★★★★ abandoned ★★★★by his★★★★ ★★★★ streets ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ accidentally unit following★★★★ a riot on the dangerous of Belfast in 1971.
Beloved Sisters (Ger-Aust) Dominik Graf
Graf’s historical love story is based on the real-life relationship between 18th-century poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller ★★★★ ★★★★(Hannah ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ (Florian Stetter)★★★★ and Caroline Lengefeld Herzsprung), as well as her sister, Charlotte (Henriette Confurius).
Stations Of The Cross (Ger) Dietrich Brüggemann
Lea van Acken plays Maria, a 14-year-old girl who comes from a family of fundamentalist Catholics. She wishes to devote her ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ life to worship and plans to complete her own personal 14 ★★★★ stations of the★★★★ cross, inspired by Jesus on his path to Golgotha.
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Naishtat’s debut feature explores the culture of paranoia in an exclusive gated community on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ where a young man (Jonathan★★★★ Da Rosa) trims★★★★ the extensive★★★★ lawns and looks after the football pitch. ★★★★
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Lou, who worked with a mixed cast of blind and sighted actors, portrays the desires and dreams of a group of blind massage ★★★★ and★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ therapists, sketches the reality of life in★★★★ modern day China.
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In Order Of Disappearance Moland’s third film in Competition centres on the driver (Stellan Skarsgard) of a snow-blower in Norway who finds himself in ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ (Nor-Swe-Den) Hans Petter Moland the middle of a drug war between Norwegian and Serbian mafia groups. Bruno Ganz co-stars.
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Life Of Riley (Fr) Alain Resnais
Two-time Silver Bear-winner Resnais’ French-language comedy drama follows three couples whose peaceful lives in the ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ English countryside are ruffled★★★★ by an enigmatic man called★★★★ George Riley. ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★
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Shot in secret in the mountainous regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Inbetween Worlds follows the friendship ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ trying ★★★★ between a German solider (Ronald Zehrfeld)★★★★ and a young interpreter to protect an★★★★ Afghan village★★★★ from the Taliban.
Praia Do Futuro (Bra-Ger) Karim Ainouz
Ainouz’s film follows a Brazilian lifeguard (Wagner Moura) who rescues a German tourist, falls in love with him and heads to ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Berlin, where he★★★★ is liberated and confused by life in the city.
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Stratos (Gr-Ger-Cyp) Yannis Economides
An ex-con — who works by day in a bakery and by night as an assassin — becomes obsessed with a plan to break out from ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ and ★★★★ ★★★★ prison the man★★★★ who previously★★★★ saved his life.★★★★ Vangelis Mourikis, Vicky Papadopoulou Petros Zervos star.
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The Third Side Of The River Murga tells the story of a 17-year-old boy caught between obeying his father and following his own path. Newcomer Alian ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Devetac, Argentinian playwright Daniel Veronese and Gaby★★★★ Ferrero star. ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ (Arg-Ger-Neth) Celina Murga
Aloft (Sp-Can-Fr) Claudia Llosa
Previous Golden Bear winner Llosa’s drama is about a mother and son whose relationship is strained by an accident in the ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ past. Jennifer Connelly, Cillian★★★★ Murphy and Mélanie Laurent★★★★ star.
Black Coal, Thin Ice (Chi-HK) Diao Yinan
Diao’s dark thriller tells the story of a retired policeman turned security guard whose investigation into a serial killer finds the ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ victims are all linked romantically to one woman. He soon ★★★★ falls under her★★★★ spell. Liao Fan★★★★ and Gwei Lun★★★★ Mei star.
No Man’s Land (Chi) Ning Hao
A lawyer travelling across a desert in China meets a series of grotesque and dangerous characters in this parable about a ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ society devoted★★★★ to the scramble for wealth and power. ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★
Boyhood (US) Richard Linklater
Shot over a 12-year period, Boyhood charts the development of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), the son of chaotic divorced parents ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ played by Ethan★★★★ Hawke and Patricia Arquette.
Macondo (Aust) Sudabeh Mortezai
Documentary-maker Mortezai’s first fiction feature is a coming-of-age story that focuses on a Chechen boy who has lost his ★★★★ ★★★★a refugee ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ father in the war★★★★ and lives in Macondo, settlement outside Vienna, with his mother and two★★★★ sisters.
The Little House (Jap) Yoji Yamada
Yamada’s drama reveals hidden passions within a middle-class Japanese household against a backdrop of Japanese politics ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ and society before and during★★★★ the Second World War.
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