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Shyamalan’s reunion with Willis draws heat The Salvation
Buyers saddle up for Salvation BY WENDY MITCHELL
TrustNordisk has sold western The Salvation, starring Mads Mikkelsen, to Wild Bunch in Benelux and Madman in Australia and New Zealand. A multi-territory deal is currently being negotiated. Nordisk will release locally in autumn 2014. TrustNordisk screened several selected scenes here at the EFM for buyers on Saturday morning. Kristian Levring directs the large-scale western starring Mikkelsen, Eva Green and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The story — co-written by Anders Thomas Jensen — is about a Danish settler in 1870s America, avenging the murder of his family. TrustNordisk CEO Rikke Ennis said: “This is something you haven’t seen coming out of Scandinavia before, an authentic, classic western with a Nordic touch.” Sisse Graum Jorgensen produces for Zentropa in a co-production with Spier Films in South Africa and Forward Films from the UK with the support of the Danish Film Institute and Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the MEDIA programme.
BY JEREMY KAY
Some 15 years after they rocked the world with The Sixth Sense, the reunion of M Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis has proved irresistible to buyers of IM Global’s Labor Of Love. Deals have closed with France (Metropolitan), Italy (Andrea Leone), Latin America (Gussi), Japan (Shochiku), Canada (VVS), Scandinavia (Svensk), Benelux (Dutch Filmworks) and the Middle East (Italia). Shyamalan stopped by IM Global’s office during the market to outline his vision to buyers in a series of intimate meetings.
The story, based on his earliest screenplay, tells of a bookstore owner who honours his late wife’s wish by embarking on a crosscountry walk. Emmett/Furla Films is producing.
Lars von Trier made a fashion statement here in Berlin before the world premiere of his director’s cut of Nymphomaniac Vol 1. One of the film’s stars, Shia LaBeouf, later stormed out of the press conference and wore a paper bag on his head for the red carpet. » See ScreenDaily. com for the full story.
Concorde lands market double German distributor Concorde has swooped on WestEnd market duo The Face Of An Angel and The Great Gilly Hopkins here at the EFM. Deals were struck between WestEnd MD Eve Schoukroun and Guy Amon and Markus Zimmer of indie powerhouse Concorde. Michael Winterbottom’s The Face Of An Angel, now in post-production, stars Daniel Brühl as a film-maker who goes to Italy to study the aftermath of a murder case.
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“People like it and have bought into Night and Bruce doing a movie together again,” said IM Global founder Stuart Ford. “It’s a crowdpleaser.” Ford also hosted a presentation for buzz title Max Steel with partners Dolphin Films International and toy giant Mattel. Open Road will release the family adaptation in 2015 and Ben Winchell and Ana Villafane are set to star. “It’s a new experience for us,” said Ford. “It’s a partnership with Mattel in every territory. That’s the kind of relationship that independent companies don’t get access to very often.”
As previously revealed by Screen, rising star Sophie Nélisse is to play the title role in director Stephen Herek’s feature The Great Gilly Hopkins, alongside Glenn Close, Kathy Bates, Danny Glover and Octavia Spencer. Gilly is David Paterson’s adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s novel about a wisecracking 12-yearold who is moved around foster homes before she meets her match. Andreas Wiseman
Cathedrals gathers flock BY MARTIN BLANEY
Fresh deals have been secured for 3D film project Cathedrals Of Culture, which has its world premiere here in Berlin on Wednesday. As well as Germany’s NFP, theatrical distribution is planned by Madman in Australia and Against Gravity in Poland. The latest broadcasters to acquire the six 3D films from Tel Aviv-based sales agent Cinephil include Austria (ORF), Japan (WOWWOW), Norway (NRK) and Sweden (UR TV).
Pre-sales were made last year to broadcasters France (ARTE), Germany (RBB) and SBS Australia. Actor-director Robert Redford told Screen he was “intrigued” when contacted by Wim Wenders to participate in “a film about a building that speaks to you”. Redford chose the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California for his instalment. » Read the full interview with Robert Redford and Wim Wenders in tomorrow’s edition of Screen.
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REVIEW Cross words Dietrich Brüggemann’s Stations Of The Cross proves a ferocious satire » Page 10
FEATURE Ploughing ahead Stellan Skarsgard talks about getting behind the wheel of a snow plough for In Order Of Disappearance » Page 14
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Venice Days gets competitive BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
Venice Days is to launch a $27,000 (¤20,000) prize at its eleventh edition, which runs from August 27 to September 6 this year. Until now Venice Days, which runs parallel to Venice Film Festival, has been non-competitive. Prizes for films in the selection have been meted out independently by the Europa Cinemas Label and the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean (FEDORA). Artistic director Giorgio Gosetti told Screen that Venice Days’ decision to launch its own prize was born out of a desire to support independent film-making at a time of economic crisis and transition. The prize will be split 50:50 between the director and producer. “Our new prize will be for all films in the selection, whatever their provenance,” added Gosetti. “It won’t be confined to first, second or third works either… it’s not just for new arrivals but anyone working independently.” Venice Days will also launch an out-of-festival drive to build and foster new cinema audiences, through special events in theatres and on the internet. Venice Days was launched in 2004 as the Lido’s answer to Cannes’ parallel Directors’ Fortnight. Like its French counterpart, the selection is run autonomously from Venice Film Festival, although it uses its screens and has its blessing.
Content introduces Newcomer to the EFM By Jeremy Kay
Toei opens its Land’s End Café By Jean Noh
Japan’s Toei Company is introducing buyers to Chiang Hsiu Chiung’s Japanese drama Land’s End Café. The film is about the friendship between two very different women and stars Hiromi Nagasaku (Rebirth) and Nozomi Sasaki (My Rainy Days). Budgeted at $1.17m (yen120m), the film is now in post-production. Toei plans a winter 2014 release. Taiwanese director Chiang won Taipei Film Festival’s Grand Prize in 2010 for documentary Let The Wind Carry Me. “Modelled on a café that actually exists on the Noto Peninsula, we wanted to produce a film where the characters’ lives unfolded in those surroundings,” said producer Tadayuki Okubo, also known to many EFM attendees as a former Toei sales executive. The film centres on Misaki (Nagasaku), who converts a crumbling boathouse into a café and befriends a young single mother, Eriko (Sasaki).
Cornwell to direct Minion Peter Cornwell of The Haunting In Connecticut fame has signed on to direct martial-arts horror film Minion. Christian Arnold-Beutel and Gudrun Giddings are teaming up to produce the story of a farewell party for a martial-arts coach that descends into horror. When a game reveals the man is possessed, the guests must battle supernatural forces in a twisted ritual of reverse exorcism. Eric Gable and Ben Bostik wrote the screenplay. “What appeals to me about Minion is that it’s a really original, genre-bending horror story with great characters, dark twists and some off-the-hook action,” said Cornwell, who recently wrapped two episodes of Hemlock Grove for Netflix and is in post on Blumhouse Productions’ Mercy. Jeremy Kay
Content’s sales team has unveiled a fresh title to EFM buyers — the espionage thriller Newcomer with former Screen Star of Tomorrow James Floyd. Srdjan Stakic will produce in association with Dominion Pictures and Emote Productions, while Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik serves as executive producer with Gregory Chou, Taylor Hart, Carl Moellenberg, Brandon Powers and Bobby Sain. Director Kai Barry will start shooting in Serbia this week on the story of a rookie on a botched spe-
cial-ops mission in Belgrade who is interrogated by his own agency and battles to prove his innocence. Floyd, whose breakout role was My Brother The Devil, will star alongside Noémie Merlant, Predrag Ejdus and Anthony LaPaglia. “Kai, Brian and Srdjan have cre-
ated a compelling world of intrigue and action, and we believe this could be the launch of an enduring character,” said Content’s film division president Jamie Carmichael. “We can’t wait to show footage of the film to our buyers at Cannes.” Stakic added: “Our writerdirector Kai Barry’s storytelling style of documentary-like realism and emotional immediacy will have Newcomer raising the bar in the spy-thriller genre,” said Stakic. Content’s EFM slate comprises supernatural thriller The Trust, horror Don’t Knock Twice and Steve McQueen doc The Man & Le Mans.
Gaumont shifts Diplomacy, Animals By andreas wiseman
Gaumont International has closed new deals on Volker Schlöndorff ’s Second World War drama Diplomacy, which screens in Berlin as a Special Gala, and has signed agreements with the US and UK on Danish romance Animals. Diplomacy, starring André Dussollier and Niels Arestrup, has gone to Australia (Madman), Italy (Academy Two), Japan (Nikkatsu), Israel (Lev Films), Hungary (Mozinet), Czech Republic (Filmeurope) and Finland (Cinema Mondo). Gaumont’s Animals went to the US (Radius-TWC), Australia (Madman), UK (Altitude Film), Germany (Prokino) and Greece (Odeon).
Odin’s Eye spots After Dark pacts with Shenghua Bijker plans big drama about the Canopy deals on Jennifer Aniston-led slate the next 18 months, budgeted in Reformation By Wendy Mitchell By Jeremy Kay Odin’s Eye Entertainment has closed several deals for Aaron Wilson’s survival drama, Canopy. Kaleidoscope Entertainment has acquired UK rights and Kinosmith has secured Canadian rights. Odin’s Eye will release the film theatrically in Australia in the second quarter of 2014. Monterey Media previously acquired it for the US. Finer Films and Chuan Pictures were co-producers on the project.
After Dark Films and China’s Shenghua Entertainment have struck a production alliance for a slate of films led by the Jennifer Aniston project Cake. Pascal Borno and Scott Karol’s Conquistador Entertainment is handling sales on Cake at the EFM. The production deal calls for five films in the dramatic, dark comedy and thriller genres over
Bac cycles Human Capital to buyers By Andreas Wiseman
Bac Films continues to see strong demand for Paolo Virzi drama Human Capital. New deals have closed at the EFM with the UK (Arrow Films), Germany (Movienet) and Australia (Hi Gloss Entertainment). Bac is in talks with US buyers. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valeria
Golino, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Luigi Lo Cascio and Fabrizio Gifuni star in Virzi’s drama, which charts the destinies of two families irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit by a Jeep. Rai has recently raked in more than $6.8m (¤5m) in Italy on the film, which Bac has been selling well since AFM.
EFP’s SHOOTING stars 2014 Danica Curcic (den) on the edge What inspired you to be an actor? Working with clown noses and masks at my stay at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in northern California. It made me understand that my passion lies in the work of an actor. Who would be your dream directors to work with and why? Lars von Trier because he creates alluring, complex female leads;
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Michael Haneke because I’m moved by his stories and their transparency; Emir Kusturica because of his Balkan temperament; and Paul Thomas Anderson because of his epic grandeur. What are you working on next? I’m playing Hamlet and Othello, among other Shakespeare roles, in a collage piece called Tiger’s Heart Wrapped In A Woman’s Hide at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen.
the $7m-10m range. After Dark’s Courtney Solomon, who directed Getaway, will produce through Cinelou Films, his new label with Mark Canton, and arranged the alliance with South China Media. WME Global represents Cinelou and will assist in sourcing and packaging material on the slate. Cake is based on Patrick Tobin’s Black List screenplay and is directed by Daniel Barnz. Arrow’s acquisition director, Tom Stewart, told Screen: “Arrow Films is delighted to be able to bring such a smartly executed thriller to the UK/Eire shores later in 2014, and to be finally collaborating with the great team at Bac Films.” Also on Bac’s EFM slate are The Quiet Roar, El Ardor, Run, The Strange Color Of Your Body’s Tears and Fool Circle.
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Dutch company Bijker TV is developing a big-budget historical family film that will dramatise the events behind the Reformation of 1517. The new film, titled Falko, is to be directed by Dennis Bots and is scripted by Karen van Holst Pellekaan — the duo behind Dutch box-office hit Cool Kids Don’t Cry and Secrets Of War. Harro van Staverden produces. Falko will be co-produced with German partner Flying Moon. The film, which is budgeted at $8.2m (¤6m), tells the story of Falko Voeten, the 12-year-old son of printer Klaas Voeten, who secretly prints banned literature about the new religious movement. This leads to the arrest of his father, who then faces execution as a heretic. Van Staverden is at the Berlinale looking to appoint an international sales company. German and Belgian funders are already circling the project. Falko is planned to shoot in the summer of 2015 and will receive its world premiere in 2017, possibly at the Berlinale. It is one of several projects expected to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. During the EFM, van Staverden will also be drumming up interest in another new Bijker film, Bots’ Secrets Of War, co-produced with Rinkel Film and starring Loek Peters, Nils Verkooijen and Bram van der Vlugt.
berlin briefs Elba boards Alive Alone Idris Elba and Sam Worthington have joined the cast of Alive Alone. Thunder Road Pictures’ New Yorkset thriller is being sold here at the EFM by Protagonist Pictures.
SquareOne hires Wiebe Munich-based SquareOne Entertainment is expanding its production activities into Germany with the hiring of Lars Wiebe as head of German productions. He had been head of acquisitions and co-production for Switzerland’s Millbrook Pictures.
BFI reveals LFF 2014 dates BFI London Film Festival is to run its 58th edition on October 8-19 at venues across the UK capital.
Roskino adds UK office Roskino, the Russian cinema promotion agency, is opening an office in London. Roskino-UK’s curator will be Anna Ryasik. Here at the EFM, Roskino is repping projects including Natalia Meschaninova’s feature debut, The Hope Factory.
Rampante producer touts Chilean duo by Jeremy Kay
Chilean producer Giancarlo Nasi of Rampante Films is talking up two projects promoted by CinemaChile at the Co-Production Market. No One’s Boy (Nino Nadie) is Fernando Guzzoni’s follow-up to Dog Flesh (Carne De Perro), winner of the 2012 San Sebastian Film Festival’s New Directors award, among others. No One’s Boy is a Chile-FranceNetherlands co-production that was named Best Framework Pro-
ject at TorinoFilmLab 2013, as well as 2012 Best Australab Project at Chile’s Valdivia festival.
ARRI finds homes for Home By Martin Blaney
ARRI Media Worldsales has closed deals with independent distributors for veteran German director Edgar Reitz’s Home From Home (Die Andere Heimat). The feature has been picked up for the UK and Ireland (Artificial Eye/Curzon), Benelux (Lumiere), Sweden (TriArt) and Denmark (Camera Film). Home From Home has already been released by co-producer Les
Films du Losange in French cinemas and by Concorde Filmverleih in Germany. In addition, Alain Gsponer’s family feature, The Little Ghost — which had already been sold to multiple territories including North America ahead of the Berlinale — has found a home in Italy with distributor Notorious Pictures. The Rome-based company has acquired all rights and is planning a theatrical release this summer.
Japan visits Autlook’s Rijksmuseum by Geoffrey Macnab
Vienna-based Autlook has sold feature documentary and TV project The New Rijksmuseum to Japan’s Eurospace. The film details the story behind the huge-scale renovation of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam — one of the world’s most pre-eminent museums and home to masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer. The renovation took 10 years of artistic, creative and financial battles between the museum’s direc-
tors, curators, architects and city bureaucrats. The film-makers had full access to the venue throughout the decade. “I was so touched, even emotional, watching the series as we are so close to the main characters and we get to stay with them over a 10-year period,” Makiko Okazaki from Eurospace said of the acquisition. “Together with the magnificent cinematography and the setting in one of the biggest museums in the world makes it feel almost like
a fiction. We will release the feature film theatrically in Japan.” Autlook theatrical director Salma Abdalla is already reporting interest from buyers in France, Germany and the UK. The Austrian sales company is screening the four-part TV series here at the EFM, while the feature film will be ready by March. Films Transit is handling North America, where the four-part series has already had a successful theatrical run at New York’s Film Forum.
Production is scheduled to commence in September in Santiago and southern Chile on the drama about a father who hides his 18-year-old son after the youngster is involved in the killing of a boy. The perspective switches midway to reflect the father’s viewpoint as he wrestles with his conscience. “It’s a broken relationship told from two points of view,” said Guzzoni. “The older man was
born in the 1950s and lived through the [Pinochet] dictatorship, while his son was born under a democracy. It’s a clash of the generations. “It’s about betrayal, love and two generations, and is inspired in part by the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, as well as a wellknown [murder] case in Chile.” Nasi’s other project is In The Shade Of The Trees (A La Sombra De Los Arboles), director Matias Rojas’ second film after Raiz.
Buyers flock to take out Vendetta by Andreas Wiseman
Manifest Film Sales, the newly rebranded sales arm of Intandem Media Group, has clocked sales on Danny Dyer thriller Vendetta. The Richwater Films production has sold to North America (Inception), Germany (Universum), Japan (The Klock Worx), Middle East (Falcon Films), Poland (Vitra Film), Korea (J&J Media), Greece (Odeon), Scandinavia (Another World), Turkey (Sinema) and Ben-
elux (Premiere TV). Vendetta stars Dyer, Vincent Regan and Ricci Harnett in the story of a specialops interrogation officer who tracks down the gang who killed his parents. The film was recently released by Anchor Bay in the UK. Manifest, headed up by Andrew Brown and Billy Hurman, is also representing thrillers Top Dog, Assassin and Reign Of The General for Richwater Films.
EFP’s SHOOTING stars 2014 Nikola Rakocevic (serb) circles What inspired you to be an actor? When I was a kid, my grandmother and I often played a game pretending we were someone else. That was my first acting role. So my grandmother was my initial inspiration. Who would be your dream director to work with? Quentin Tarantino, because his films do not ignore the audience, and yet he does not ignore himself, his political and philosophical views. Especially, he does not ignore the
actors. Even the smallest role in his films is done to perfection. What are you working on next? A play by Alexander Ostrovsky at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade.
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History Of Fear Reviewed by Demetrios Matheou Along with the Greeks, Latin American directors seem to have cornered the market in dramas about contemporary society falling apart at the seams — particularly bourgeois society, undone by paranoia as much as a disgruntled underclass climbing over the walls of their gated communities. History Of Fear (Historia Del Miedo), an assured first feature by Argentinian director Benjamin Naishtat, has much in common with another recent debut, the Brazilian Kleber Mendonca Filho’s Neighbouring Sounds. Both films focus on the tensions between the haves and have-nots, teasing us with the threat of imminent violence; and both have a narrative boldness, building a sense of foreboding through abstraction and enigma. While Filho’s is ultimately the more accomplished film, History Of Fear ought to enjoy a similarly solid festival life, with some arthouse exposure. It is certainly one of the more invigorating Competition films of the Berlinale thus far. It starts in the air, as a helicopter flies over a drab suburban landscape, fires burning across it, while an unseen occupant barks out draconian dictates on a megaphone. The bottom line is eviction, though we never discover who is being warned. As a heatwave torments Buenos Aires, Naishtat unfurls a long succession of small scenes, apparently unconnected, though uniting to create a pervasive air of disquiet. In a fast-food outlet, a young man’s self-possessed charade freaks out the other
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Competition Arg-Fr-Ger-Uru-Qatar. 2014. 79mins Director/screenplay Benjamin Naishtat Production companies Rei Cine, Ecce Films, Vitakuben, Mutante Cine International sales Visit Films, www.visitfilms.com Producers Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli Cinematography Soledad Rodriguez Editors Andres Quaranta, Fernando Epstein Production designer Marina Raggio Main cast Jonathan Da Rosa, Mirella Pascual, Tatiana Gimenez, Claudia Cantero, Francisco Lumerman
customers; a security guard enters a home whose alarm is sounding for no reason, his rifle at the ready; a servant refuses to allow a stranger into an apartment building, the pair swapping violent expletives over the intercom; a naked, feral man attacks a car at a tollbooth; a hole is discovered in the fence of the gated community, as unexplained fires smoulder on the other side. In the background, the TV news confirms the sense of a society about to explode: in one story, a gunman fires at screaming crowds in the street; in another, brilliantly crazy item, we are told a group of people — angry at the failure of their “meteor story” to gain them free housing — have been beaten up on the orders of the mayor. A small group of characters forms lines of connection between the city, the gated community and the poor suburbs that surround it. Chief among them are a mother and son. The Uruguayan actress Mirella Pascual, best known for her masterclass in
deadpan misery in Whisky, brings a similar grey despair to Theresa, a cleaner who works in the city. Theresa’s son Pola, a groundsman at the gated community, is played by Jonathan Da Rosa, a dancer in his first acting role, whose impassivity would serve him well in the Greek weird wave. These two barely speak to each other, even when Theresa collapses from exhaustion and ends up in hospital. And Pola’s apparent alienation and pentup anger seem to hold the key to whatever escalation of violence might occur. That said, the middle-class children roaming around unsupervised are reminiscent of the young protagonists of another Argentinian film set within a gated community, Celina Murga’s A Week Alone; the threat to the smug al fresco diners at the climax of the movie could just as easily be from within. The sound design is one of the film’s most crucial components, whether the industrial hum that seems to follow Pola around, or the cacophony of yapping dogs, fireworks and their own screams that stoke the diners’ fears as the compound is plunged into darkness. Naishtat does such a good job of cranking up tension, that it is disappointing when he suddenly releases it. The film’s structure is so free-form that one cannot say it lacks a third act, per se; but at 80 minutes and with everything moving along with such wit, strangeness and menace, one cannot help wanting more.
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Stations Of The Cross Reviewed by Dan Fainaru A rigorous, stylistically impeccable tale of a 14-year-old girl who, in an act of sheer faith, decides the ultimate sacrifice will restore the health of her autistic younger brother, Dietrich Brüggemann’s film consists of 14 ascetic, immobile takes, each one inspired by the stations of Christ’s Calvary on the way to Golgotha. Shades of Michael Haneke and references to classic religious paintings will certainly not go unnoticed, though rest assured the Catholic church is not about to integrate this new version of the Passion of Christ into its catechism. This ferocious satire of the ultra-orthodox Catholics in the south of Germany belonging to the fictitious Society of St Paul (similar in spirit to the real Society of Pius X, known for rejecting all the semi-liberal reforms adopted by the Vatican since the late sixties) will be highly praised by opponents of religious fanaticism, but will have little effect on the fanatics themselves, who are unlikely ever to be exposed to it. Starting with a session of pure indoctrination, which should leave the audience in no doubt about the type of faith being examined, adolescent Maria (van Acken) is exposed on the one hand to the bullying remonstrations of her rigidly pious mother (Weisz), and on the other hand to the gentle, ever so chaste advances by a boy her age (Knapp), whom she pushes away. In the background — as described vividly by her parish priest, Pater Weber (Stetter) — lies a world full of sin, demonic temptation, satanic traps and untold risks, which she has to constantly fight in order to live up to the vow she has taken to be a dedicated soldier of Christ. As she nears her confirmation ceremony, which should make her fully responsible for her acts, she is persuaded by her mother’s spiteful barbs that she is on the verge of sin and so accepts her priest’s admonitions that she should embrace a life of sacrifice and devotion if she wants to reach the arms of Jesus, once she goes to heaven. She starts by renouncing all her life’s comforts, wiping out every expression of joy from her face, and ends by convincing herself the only way to preserve her purity is to stop eating and let the life ooze out of her before she fails her faith. Brüggemann, who is out to prove the absurdity of it all, displays a mathematician’s skill in structuring the film, stating his intentions from the very first scene. But by imposing a framework that does not permit any deviations, the stylistic decisions sometimes attract more attention than they should. There is little attempt to move beyond each scene’s metaphorical purpose, but a strong cast helps.
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Competition Ger-Fr. 2014. 107mins Director Dietrich Brüggemann Production companies UFA Fiction, SWR, ARTE, Cine Plus Media Service International sales Beta Cinema, www.betacinema. com Producers Jochen Laube, Leif Alexis, Fabian Maubach Co-producers Stefanie Gross, Barbara Häbe, Frank Evers, Helge Neubronner Screenplay Dietrich Brüggemann, Anna Brüggemann Cinematography Alexander Sass Production designer Klaus-Peter Platten Main cast Lea Van Acken, Franziska Weisz, Florian Stetter, Lucie Aron, Moritz Knapp, Michael Kamp, Birge Schade, Hanns Zischler, Ramin Yazdani, Georg Wesch
A delicate and frequently touching debut drama, Australian director Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays is the chronologically shot story of how a teenage girl deals with her mother’s female-to-male gender transition. Shot docudrama-style and using non-professional actors, it is a remarkably assured and striking debut that mixes up film-making styles to come up with a film that will likely spark distributor interest. It is the challenging and moving story of a family turned upside down, and while the non-professional actors at times find it a struggle to match the ambition of the concept, this bittersweet story has a real sense of honesty — Hyde drew from her experiences with own her parents — that helps to drive the story. The structure of the film is that it was shot every Tuesday for 52 consecutive weeks, with the film-makers applying the rule that they could only shoot up until midnight. The writers, Matthew Cormack and Sophie Hyde, created the structure before they decided on character and story. Led by the performances of Del Herbert-Jane, playing the mother Jane/James, and Tilda Cobham-Hervey as teenage daughter Billie, the non-professional actors were given the script one week at a time and only received the scenes in which they appeared. Billie begins a video diary as her mother, Jane, begins her process to become a man. Billie goes to live with her father (Williams), meeting up with her mother for a few hours each Tuesday. She films their meetings, struggling at times to deal with not just the process but the fact she feels out of the loop in terms of what is happening. She adores her mother, but finds her feelings for James much more complex, and in a move to explore her own burgeoning sexuality crops off her hair and uses her video camera to film her tentative flirtations with older schoolmates Josh (Althuizen) and Jasmine (Archer). James also has issues. His body rejects testosterone, which leads to bouts of depression and hampers his transformation, and he embarks on a relationship with work colleague Lisa (Moors), which he keeps secret from Billie. It is a complex family structure, with its members trying to deal with equally complex issues and emotions, and it is a tribute to the cast that they keep their characters honest and affecting. There is a niggling sense that Hyde and Cormack are trying a little too hard to cover the full range of transgender issues, with some characters perhaps not as rounded as they might be. But the core of the story and the honest relationship between James and Billie is beautifully sustained, with Herbert-Jane — a diversity consultant on the film before shooting began — delivering a striking performance.
Generation 14plus Aus. 2013. 114mins Director Sophie Hyde Production Closer Productions, in association with Australian Film Corporation, Adelaide Film Festival International sales Visit Films, www.visitfilms.com Producers Bryan Mason, Matthew Cormack, Rebecca Summerton, Sophie Hyde Screenplay Matthew Cormack Cinematography Bryan Mason Production designer Sophie Hyde Music Benjamin Speed Main cast Tilda CobhamHervey, Del Herbert-Jane, Mario Spate, Beau Travis Williams, Imogen Archer, Sam Althuizen, Danica Moors, Audrey MasonHyde
Another World Reviewed by David D’Arcy The New York City police ousted Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters from a park in lower Manhattan in November 2011, after an improvised settlement there lasted almost two months. Another World follows 10 occupiers for whom the experience didn’t end with the police action. In this earnest documentary, it is too soon to tell whether US politics were transformed by the protests that spawned similar encampments around the world. Yet in tracking individuals drawn to the park, film-makers Rebecca Chaiklin and Fisher Stevens find stories that go beyond the boilerplate anti-corporate anger and cloying group hugs of political chronicles. Another World — a term taken from what protesters said they wanted to create — faces a challenge in finding an audience. Every major city in the US and Europe had its own occupation experience. Still, the centrality of OWS and its window on US politics should put the doc into festivals internationally. Distilling the sprawling demonstrations and economic demands of OWS into the voices of 10 characters puts the protests into a manageable narrative for the film-makers and potential audiences. With prodigious editing and surprising production values, Chaiklin and Stevens (the actor-turnedproducer) make a wieldy chunk of raw experience watchable in their well-crafted doc about committed and troubled activists that OWS drew from improbable backgrounds.
That Demon Within Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan Dante Lam conjures up an inferno in That Demon Within (Mo Jing) a dark, twisted trip through one Hong Kong cop’s explosive meltdown. Possessed by the afterlife, Lam’s story plays out in funeral parlours and graveyards, where the director’s action and special-effects co-ordinators go about setting the city on fire. Although it opts for a tricksy narrative with fussy flashbacks and hallucinations delivered in the widest-possible variety of styles, That Demon Within is bleak at its core, a dark, hopeless tale of death, corruption and mental illness shadowed by spectres. Lam is a towering box-office presence in SouthEast Asia and, with Daniel Wu in the lead opposite regular player Nick Cheung, the Hong Kong director will test his audience’s appetite for an introspective thriller that blends kinetic action with Taoist superstition when it opens on April 18. Despite a slightly opaque and somewhat overblown narrative, That Demon Within is a professionally executed production, laden with impressive special-effects shots and bone-crunching violence. Like Infernal Affairs, two male characters on opposing sides of the good/evil tightwalk lead the charge: Wu as troubled policeman Dave Wong and Nick Cheung as his nemesis, Hon Kong, leader of “the gang from Hell”. When Hon is injured in a chase during which he murders two policemen, he winds up at the hospital
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Panorama documentary US. 2014. 87mins Directors Rebecca Chaiklin, Fisher Stevens Production companies Article 19 Films, Diamond Docs, Insurgent Media, Harbor Picture Company International sales Insurgent Media, info@ insurgentmediany.com Producers Rebecca Chaiklin, Fisher Stevens, Scott Cramer, Lauren Saffa, Mark Monroe Executive producers Lekha Singh, Zak Tucker Co-producers Zara Duffy, Bruce Ehrmann, Stephen Walker Screenplay Mark Monroe Cinematography Scott Cramer Editor Lauren Saffa Music Fall On Your Sword
Besides giving a tactile perspective on the protests in Manhattan, thanks to embedded cinematographer Scott Cramer, the film puts human faces on activists whom the mainstream media stigmatised as noisy grumblers with bankers in their crosshairs. The OWS demonstrators are neither zealots nor vagrants in Another World, although plenty of both were in Zuccotti Park. They include a New Hampshire farmer’s son whose family risks losing their homestead (who falls in love with a would-be model on site), a Palestinian-American corporate lawyer frustrated in his profession, an aspiring rapper whose family in North Carolina lost their home, and a veteran woman warrior of long-forgotten activist battles. Consensus among anarchists is difficult enough.
Discussion was not helped by manic group drumming day and night. And it is hard not to laugh at the crowd’s call-and-response practice of shouting back whatever its orators say — echoing one of the best gags in Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (1979). Chaiklin and Stevens choose to focus on the ardour of their 10 appealing protagonists, while underplaying the hostility and harassment by New York police. Law enforcement sent homeless youths and ex-prisoners to the park in a shrewd cynical gambit to erode morale from within. Intrepid cinematographer Cramer was arrested and jailed for trespassing. And the visual collage of Another World is enhanced by extensive police video, hacked from a NYPD site by the anarchist group, Anonymous.
policed by Wong. Not realising who Hon is, the cop donates blood to save his life, an event that begins to tear apart Wong’s carefully constructed world and shatter his all-important beliefs in right and wrong. It turns out the upright Wong is a copper with a fiery past, and as the dreams, hallucinations and flashbacks mount up, so does the body count — gangsters, family members, policemen, scores of civilians; at times it looks as if nobody in Hong Kong is going to get out of this fast-and-furious film alive. Much of the film takes place in the dark including several key action sequences and meetings in the Kowloon Funeral Parlour with the gang from Hell, Hon’s group of robber-killers who use masks
of the Demon King as a disguise. Such an extensive use of graveyards, funeral paraphernalia and effigies is unusual for a Hong Kong action film, and may test the superstitious in home markets. The tortured Wong, meanwhile, is helped by his superintendent and her psychiatrist sister, while his efforts to look after his ‘granny’ are prompted by a level of guilt that threatens to crack his fragile psyche, and the film, apart. That Demon Within boasts an inexhaustible visual energy; Lam never lets up and the effects within a single hypnosis montage with its floating scenarios and twisting perspectives, for example, are beyond the scope of many of his Western counterparts across an entire film.
panorama special HK-Chi. 2014. 112mins Director Dante Lam Production companies Emperor Film Production Company, Sil-Metropole Organisation International sales Emperor Motion Pictures, enquiry.emp@ emperorgroup.com Producers Candy Leung, Albert Lee, Ren Yue Executive producers Albert Yeung, Song Dai Co-producers Cheung Hong-tat, Stephen Lam Screenplay Jack Ng, Dante Lam Cinematography Kenny Tse Editor Patrick Tam Production designer Lee Kin-wai Music Leon Ko Main cast Daniel Wu, Nick Cheung, Christie Chen, Andy On, Liu Kai-chi, Lam Kar-wah, Lee Kwok-lun, Stephen Au, Chi Kuan-chun
The Midnight After Reviewed by Flossie Topping
Natural Resistance Reviewed by Mark Adams The passionate and thoughtful views of a group of Italian winegrowers who are part of the rapidly spreading European natural wine revolution make for intelligently watch able viewing in Jonathan Nossiter’s documentary Natural Resistance, a niche film that could find a home on food and drink-oriented television channels and also intrigue distributors who previously handled Nossiter’s acclaimed 2004 wine film Mondovino. Though more in home-movie style than Mondovino, which played in Competition at Cannes Film Festival and also spawned 2007’s Mondovino The Series, the new film is warm-hearted and astute, with Nossiter weaving in classic movie footage and comment via Bologna film curator Gian Luca Farinelli, who engagingly ties together film archiving with creating wine. The focus of Natural Resistance is a series of winegrowers whose predilection towards growing grains, fruits and wines that link to their Etruscan heritage is at odds with the heavily controlled industry. They are fined for not using industrialised methods and chemical supplements, which also means it is impossible for them to access supermarket shelves. The wine growers are Giovanna Tiezzi and Stefano Borsa, who live in a converted 11th-century monastery and winery in Tuscany; Corrado Dottori and Valerio Bochi, refugees from industrial Milan who live at their grandfather’s farmstead in the Marches; ex-librarian Elena Pantaleoni who works her father’s vineyards in Emilia; and Stefano Bellotti, an engagingly radical farmer poet who has a ramshackle farm in the Piedmont. Their argument is that they should be free to craft wine in a ‘raw’ style, using simple, natural methods, without supplements and without having to submit to the strict rules of the governing bodies. These natural-wine rebels are filmed wandering their beautiful vineyards and sipping wine on their sun-dappled verandas with children playing happily in the garden. Nossiter, who also handles camerawork, also leads conversations and interjects when he has a viewpoint — although he has little room to get a word in once Bellotti starts talking, with his passion and natural eloquence dominating the film. In one striking scene, Bellotti displays the difference in the soil on his own vineyard compared with his neighbour’s a matter of yards away, which benefits from the full range of chemicals and fertilisers. His own soil is dark, full of mulch and moist, while his neighbour’s soil is dry and brittle. The film may be too complex and on a subject of too limited interest to attract mainstream audiences, although Nossiter peps it up with classic film extracts and comments from Farinelli. But while this is entertaining at times, it can feel as if this is padding out the film rather than helping its flow.
Panorama Fr-It. 2014. 86mins Director/ cinematography/editor Jonathan Nossiter Production companies Les films du Rat, Prodigy, Goatworks Films, Cineteca di Bologna International sales Rezo, www.rezofilms.com Producers Jonathan Nossiter, Paula Prandini, Santiago Amigorena, Giacomo Claudio Rossi With Giovanna Tiezzi, Stefano Borsa, Corrado Dottori, Valerio Bochi, Elena Pantaleoni, Stefano Bellotti, Gian Luca Farinelli
The Midnight After is a quirky apocalyptic horror from Hong Kong indie director Fruit Chan, who returns to the Panorama section after his success with Dumplings, which premiered in 2005. An adaptation of the web series turned bestselling novel Lost On A Red Minibus To Taipo by a writer who goes by the pen name ‘Pizza’, it follows 17 Hong Kongers as they travel by night bus to Taipo, a market town on the outskirts of the city. Things become mysterious when the bus passes through a tunnel, and emerges into a completely deserted street. The group soon starts to question whether they may be the last 17 people alive. Set against a backdrop of neon lights and whizzing traffic, Chan and cinematographer Lam Wah-tsuen capture the bustling city in all its glory. However, it is the diverse characters that make the film so engaging, with a potbellied gambler (Lam Suet), a cokehead (Sam Lee) and a psychic insurance saleswoman (Kara Hui) brought together to discuss their fate in an abandoned Michelin-starred restaurant. Black comedy comes in bursts when the characters start to be killed off in odd circumstances, some contracting the plague and others simply turning to stone and crumbling into dust. Odder still, the group find the only clue they have been given by their mysterious enemy is the lyrics to David Bowie’s song Space Oddity, sent to them in Morse code on their phones. Fans of Chan will warm to his unique sense of humour and many pop-culture references, such as having his characters play Candy Crush or indulge in air guitar with a mop, but for a wider audience, the randomness of events and gratuitous violence may leave them pining for a more fixed genre or plot structure. The Midnight After may be best suited to a local audience. In his earlier films, Chan made numerous references to Hong Kong’s relationship to China and its burgeoning identity. The Midnight After continues that theme, delivering a distinct local flavour while also throwing in commentary about Hong Kong’s zombie-like masses, the lasting effects of the SARS virus and the 2011 nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, Japan. During the film we are told “Hong Kong doesn’t do sci-fi”, but Chan has successfully defied genre conventions here.
panorama HK-Chi. 2014. 124mins Director Fruit Chan Production companies The Midnight After Film Production, One Ninety Films Co International sales Fortissimo Films, www.fortissimofilms.nl Producer Amy Chin Executive producers Winnie Tsang, Fruit Chan Screenplay Chan Faihung, Kong Ho-yan, Fruit Chan, based on the novel Lost On A Red Minibus To Taipo by Pizza Cinematography Lam Wah-tsuen Editors Tin Sup Fat, ToTo Production designer Andrew Wong Music Ellen Loo, Veronica Lee Main cast Wong You-nam, Janice Man, Simon Yam, Kara Hui, Chui Tien-you, Lam Suet, Cheuk Wan-chi, Lee Sheung-ching, Sam Lee, Cherry Ngan, Melodee Mak, Jan Curious, Ronny Yuen, Kelvin Chan, Endy Chow
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Interview Stellan Skarsgard and Hans Petter Moland
In Order Of Disappearance
Stellan Skarsgard and Hans Petter Moland, friends and collaborators for 20 years, tell Wendy Mitchell about driving snowploughs and surviving bitterly cold weather for their Competition action comedy
n Berlin a few days before the world premiere of In Order Of Disappearance in Competition, actor Stellan Skarsgard and director Hans Petter Moland joke that they should just get married already — and they say their wives might even allow it. The pair, who have collaborated for more than 20 years, do indeed have the air of an old married couple, finishing each other’s sentences, paying tribute to each other’s talents and sharing personal jokes. In Order Of Disappearance is their fourth feature together — they first teamed on Zero Kelvin in 1995, a pitch-black psychological drama in which Skarsgard played a rough old sailor turned trapper in east Greenland. “It was the chance to work with one of the truly great actors in Europe,” Moland says. “It became a collaboration for me, more than I could have hoped for. He had this great generosity, not just to me but to his fellow actors. He was so instrumental in keeping the process alive, joining me in digging and exploring this ‘joint venture’.” Skarsgard says: “He was a young director but it was such a great experience. I have this trust in Hans Petter, I totally trust him as a friend but also as a director. He’s a great storyteller, he’s great at the details… And he’s also so good at working with actors, you’ll never see a bad performance in one of his films.” Since Zero Kelvin, they have worked together on 2000’s award-winning Aberdeen and A Somewhat Gentle Man, which won the Berliner Morgenpost Readers’ Award at the Berlinale in 2010. Some two decades since they met, Moland says: “Being friends that have known each other so long gives you a shorthand… He can work with 10 different directors between our projects, so I also benefit from this spillover from other great colleagues.”
Ploughing on In Order Of Disappearance is described as an action comedy; it is a revenge story as well (the screenplay is by Kim Fupz Aakeson). Skarsgard plays Nils, a snowplough driver and
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Beitostolen, which looks luminously white and bright on screen, presented some challenging weather conditions. Skarsgard jokes: “I’ve done four films with Hans Petter and I’ve been cold in every fucking one.” The temperatures could be -27°c in Beitostolen. “It felt like my face would fall off,” Skarsgard says of some scenes. “You couldn’t move your face, my acting got restrained, I’m finally not able to overact,” he says with a hearty laugh. Paradox produces and TrustNordisk handles international sales, already closing deals including for Germany (Neue Visionen), the UK (Metrodome), South Korea (Atnine), France (Chrysalis) and Benelux (Wild Bunch). Nordisk releases locally on February 21. The film was also supported by the Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Eurimages, Film3 and Film i Vast.
‘It felt like my face would fall off. You couldn’t move your face, my acting got restrained, I’m finally not able to overact’ Stellan Skarsgard, above right with Hans Petter Moland
introverted good citizen who snaps when his son dies of a heroin overdose. He wants to search for his son’s ‘murderers’ and is caught up in a mix of Swedish, Norwegian and Serbian gangsters. The cast also features Bruno Ganz, Pal Sverre Hagen, Jakob Oftebro, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen and Anders Baasmo Christiansen. “I didn’t know what to make of the screenplay,” Skarsgard remembers. “But after three films I trusted him.” Moland says: “The ambition is perhaps to blow the walls off some genre limitations… we don’t know if it’s a comedy until the audience laughs.” Skarsgard says Nils was an interesting character to tackle: “He has never been violent before, then something snaps in him when his son is killed and then he goes nuts.” Moland says the character is “grotesquely violent but he’s not very good at it.” Skarsgard adds: “It’s awfully sweet for so much blood.” Moland praises Skarsgard for doing his own driving in the film — not just a simple car, but a 40-ton snowplough. Shooting in the beautiful mountains of Norway’s
Moland is adamant Norway needs to keep supporting cultural film-making, not just commercial hits. “If we’re going to have a vibrant cinema in our own language, then we need to seed 20 films a year,” he says of the Norwegian government’s support for film. “We need a variety of films,” he says. He compares it to how there is backing for hundreds of thousands of children to be active by playing sport — only a few will go on to the Olympics but it’s still important for the rest to be healthy. Skarsgard appreciates working on a film with “huge machinery” like his Hollywood projects such as Thor, but also relishes the chance to do smaller projects in his native Scandinavia. “I come from the theatre and independent film, and when you work with less money, there’s more freedom to try new things and do things a banker might not like.” The pair obviously hope to work together again, and inspire each other to take creative risks. Moland says: “Every time we get together and start working, I start feeling brave when we’re working together. I have a lust for taking chances. Why not s take some real risks?” n
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INTERVIEW KARIM AINOUZ
Praia Do Futuro
A bridge between two worlds Competition title Praia Do Futuro looks to capture the soul of Brazil and Berlin, director Karim Ainouz tells Elaine Guerini raia Do Futuro, Karim Ainouz’s most ambitious film yet, builds a “poetic bridge” between two cities close to the Brazilian director’s heart. The action takes place in Fortaleza, the beach town in north-east Brazil where Ainouz was born, and Berlin, the current home of the 48-year-old film-maker. “It is the story of men who do not cower in the face of life. They’re not afraid to start again somewhere else, becoming different people,” says the director, one of the contenders for the 2014 Golden Bear here at the Berlinale. Praia Do Futuro sees Brazil return to the Competition after an absence of six years — Jose Padilha’s Elite Squad was the 2008 Golden Bear winner. Budgeted at $2.2m, Praia Do Futuro is a co-production between Brazil’s Coracao da Selva and Germany’s Detail Film, Hank Levine Film and Watchman. The story follows Donato, played by Elite Squad’s Wagner Moura, a lifeguard who works at the Fortaleza beach that gives the film its title. He falls apart after failing for the first time in a rescue, and becomes romantically involved with German tourist Konrad (Clemens Schick), a friend of the victim. Konrad encourages Donato to leave everything behind and move to Berlin. After some years living abroad, Donato is pursued by his younger brother, Ayrton (Jesuita Barbosa), who travels to Europe wanting an explanation from his brother, who used to be his hero and who left without a word to his family. “To capture the essence of the location, I must have affection for the city where I film. I can’t work in a place that means nothing to me,’’ says the director, who will be in Brazil for the film’s release on May 1. Ainouz travelled through memories of his childhood and adolescence while filming in Fortaleza. “I
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grew up near the beach, in an area which at that time represented a promise of the future. Hence its name. But that never happened, as the region fell into decay.’’ For Ainouz, Berlin is a city that symbolises the future. The film-maker fell in love with the German capital in 2004, when he arrived on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). “Berlin is not so photogenic, but it’s my new love. I love its craziness. It reminds me of New York of the 1970s and London of the ’60s.’’ In dealing with two very different cultures, Ainouz’s biggest fear was slipping into stereotypes. “Although the film shows a German visiting Brazil and two Brazilians in Germany, I didn’t want them to carry the weight of representing their countries abroad. It’s not fair to expect a character to embody a whole country.’’ The idea is that the characters could be anywhere, despite bringing strongly specific qualities of their own cultures. “I want to create unique characters in their world views. But where they come from, it doesn’t matter that much. That doesn’t define their destiny,’’ he says. Praia Do Futuro is Ainouz’s fifth feature — following Madame Sata (2002), which screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, and Love For Sale (O Ceu De Suely,, 2006) and I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You (Viajo Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque Te Amo, 2009), both selected for Mostra Orizzonti in VenKarim Ainouz ice. His last
‘I must have affection for the city where I film. I can’t work in a place that means nothing to me’ Karim Ainouz, film-maker
film, The Silver Cliff (2011), played in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. “Until now I have explored the feminine universe much more, which is familiar to me, since I have grown up in a matriarchal family,” says Ainouz. This is his first dip into the male soul, he adds, an idea he flirted with while filming I Travel Because I Have To. “Being an only child, I always wanted a brother. This desire is somehow expressed in the new film,’’ he adds. The story of the lifeguard who reinvents himself in another country is a vehicle for the director to discuss the issue of the contemporary male. “I come from a generation where we had no fear. We used to throw ourselves at everything. Nowadays I have the impression that men want to protect themselves more than anything.’’ Praia Do Futuro, sold internationally by The Match Factory, is Ainouz’s biggest project to date, and not just because it filmed in two countries and two continents with actors known in the international market. “This is my most ambitious attempt because it has a more complex story and narrative, besides its epic aura,” says the director. In addition to Praia Do Futuro, Futuro Ainouz also had a hand in another Berlinale title, Cathedrals Of Culture. This 3D documentary about iconic buildings also includes segments directed by Wim Wenders, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Robert Redford and Margreth Olin. Ainouz’s choice is the Pompidou Centre in Paris. “Today I believe I’m doing my job right. When I started making films, I didn’t know exactly what I was doing. I was just bluffing,’’ he laughs. Ainouz uses a football analogy to describe being selected for the first time to compete for the Golden Bear: “It’s like going from s the second to the first division.’’ ■
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10/02 18:00 Cubix 8 10/02 21:30 Adria
Berlinische Galerie – IBB Videolounge 17:00
Arsenal Forum Expanded
09/02 14:30 CinemaxX (Market)
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Guidelines La Marche à suivre JEAN-FRANÇOIS CAISSY Production & Sales National Film Board of Canada (Montréal)
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BRUCE LABRUCE Production Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion (Berlin)
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EFM PANEL PRODUCERS
Producers: on the front line Veteran producers at the EFM share advice on how to thrive despite the many challenges they face. Geoffrey Macnab reports
roducing “remains difficult”, however experienced or successful you may think you are. That was a recurring message at Saturday’s EFM industry debate Producers’ Lessons Learned in the Gropius Mirror, moderated by Screen International editor Wendy Mitchell. Four veterans shared practical insights about “the lessons they have learned from the bumps along the way”. Subjects addressed by the producers included how best to work with sales agents, the secret of a good pitch, the economics of casting, the importance of tenacity, whether or not to give directors the final cut, and the foibles of Lars von Trier. “With Lars, it’s like he’s creating the content and he doesn’t give a shit what I think about,” Zentropa’s Louise Vesth said frankly of the famous auteur’s approach to collaborating with his producer. Her role on Nymphomaniac and Melancholia, she said, was that of “facilitator”. But as Vesth also made clear, a $12.3m (¤9m) feature like Nymphomaniac, which had around 20 different financiers, simply could not have been made without a resourceful producer. From the UK’s Warp Films, Robin Gutch gave an insight into why he and his partners were so willing to back first-time feature director Yann Demange’s ’71 with a budget of $8.2m (£5m) in spite of Demange’s relative inexperience. The director, Gutch revealed, gave “a blinding pitch”. He was both meticulously prepared and passionate. Film4, the BFI and StudioCanal were all quick to rally behind ’71 (the only UK feature in Berlinale Competition this year, premiering to rave reviews). Producer Judy Tossell of Germany’s Egoli Tossell revealed it had taken eight-and-a-half years to complete Hector And The Search For Happiness, which Bankside is selling at the EFM. “Eight-and-a-half years, how do you keep going?” she asked herself. “By bloody mindedly believing this was a film that was going to work.” That stubborn streak, she suggested, was something all producers needed. The downside, though, is that producers sometimes will not let go of projects, even
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Producers’ panel (from left) Robin Gutch, Warp Films; Judy Tossell, Egoli Tossell; Wendy Mitchell, Screen International; Louise Vesth, Zentropa; Lars Knudsen, Parts & Labor
‘Eight-and-a-half years, how do you keep going? By bloody mindedly believing this film was going to work’ Judy Tossell, Egoli Tossell
when it becomes apparent they are failing. “We are really bad at killing our babies!” she said. Panellists talked about the importance of developing slates and of diversifying into TV as well as film in order to sustain their businesses. Gutch welcomed the disappearance of the old “snobbery” that the UK film industry once had towards television.
Final cut There were starkly different opinions on how much control directors should be given on the films they are making. After a difficult experience on one feature that spiralled out of control (“We reached a total stalemate, the film was ruined”), Tossell’s advice was “never” to give the director final cut. However, Vesth revealed that in Denmark, directors have to receive final cut because of their union stipulations. The budget for Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange, the hit Sundance and Berlin film produced by panellist Lars Knudsen (Parts & Labor, US) was only around $1m despite a cast that includes John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Marisa Tomei. Knudsen emphasised the importance of sympathetic collaborators, especially with tight budgets. At Parts & Labor, the company he runs with Jay Van Hoy, it is a point of principle to work with business partners and film-makers who share the same val-
ues and the same essential vision. “In the US, the investors you’re working with are very different from the investors you work with in Europe — so you’re dealing with a lot of assholes.” The panellists had varying opinions about the best strategy for working with sales companies. “If you want to get a film made, you somehow have to find the right balance between what a film costs and what the market is prepared to pay for it — otherwise, you’re not going to get it made in the first place,” Tossell pointed out. Vesth advised to involve sales agents as early as possible. Knusden warned aspiring producers they need to know the international sales business “almost as well as the sales agents themselves”. “We’ve had a lot of success with Love Is Strange at Sundance and Berlin because Jay and I, with [sales agents] Fortissimo, really looked at the distributors and pushed to get the numbers up,” he said. The producers also mulled over the perils of the casting process. Sales agents and financiers, they pointed out, are so obsessed with established cast that they fail to spot new talent under their noses. When that new talent blossoms, the independent producers then find they cannot afford to use it. Tossell revealed that 26 actors turned down one of the key roles in Hector And The Search For Happiness. “It’s devastating when you’ve spent six years on a movie and the actor attached to it then drops out and you have to start all over,” Knusden added. When it comes to casting von Trier’s films, Vesth suggested, the producer invariably has a better knowledge of contemporary actors than the director. She said with a laugh: “Lars has not seen a film for the last 40 years, except for his own. The actors he knows are kind of dead, which makes it difficult s when we do films because they have to be alive!” ■
Screenings Edited by Paul Lindsell email@example.com
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.
(Germany) 91mins. Dir: Frauke Finsterwalder. Cast: Corinna Harfouch, Bernhard Schutz, Sandra Huller. A journey through a surreal Germany – an ironic antithesis of the Heimatfilm full of malicious observations and sharp-tongued remarks.
lies ahead could be their greatest adventure.
(US) 63mins. Reginald Barker. Cast: Sessue Hayakawa, Frank Borzage, Henry Kotani.
LOLA@Berlinale Zoo Palast 2
Retrospective CinemaxX 8
Competition press Berlinale Palast
(Ireland, UK) 100mins. Dir: John Michael McDonagh. Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly. A good-humoured Irish
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09:00 Blind Massage
(China, France) 114mins. Dir: Lou Ye. Cast: Guo Xiaodong, Qin Hao, Zhang Lei. The employees at this massage salon in Nanjing are all blind – and they all have their own story. Competition press Berlinale Palast
09:30 The Better Angels
(US) 94mins. Dir: AJ Edwards. Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling. Abraham Lincoln grew up in a log cabin in the backwoods of Indiana. Visualises three years in the childhood of the US president. Panorama Special press CineStar 3
priest learns during a confession that he only has one more week to live before he will be killed. How will he manage to face his Golgotha? Panorama Special CinemaxX 7
78mins. Dir: Esben Toft Jacobsen. A young hare named Johan lives on a cutter with his father. They are on the run from the Feather King, who once stole Johan’s mother away to his realm. The hare is determined to find her and plunges into a fantastical netherworld. Generation Kplus Zoo Palast 1
(Japan) 145mins. Dir: Ayumi Sakamoto. Cast: Emiko Matsuoka, Nagisa Umeno, Seiji Nozoe, Ken Mitsuishi. Former school friends Ayako and Yukari bump into each other on the street, whereupon Ayako offers Yukari a job at her company. Once at work, however, Ayako sets about ostracising Yukari with deliberate subtlety. Forum press CinemaxX 6
Stations Of The Cross
(Germany, France) 107mins. Dir: Dietrich Bruggemann. Cast: Lea
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van Acken, Franziska Weisz, Florian Stetter. Maria is caught between two worlds. At school she is a 14-year-old with typical teenage interests. At home her family follows the strict teachings of the Society of St Pius XII. Maria’s daily life begins to turn into an emotional ordeal. Competition Friedrichstadt-Palast
10:00 A Christmoose Story
(Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium) 85mins. Dir: Lourens Blok. Cast: eroen van Koningsbrugge, Jelka van Houten, Derek de Lint. Max can hardly believe it when a moose plunges out of the sky into his barn and begins to speak. Santa has also crashed somewhere. Both of them must get back on their feet as soon as possible – for Christmas will soon be here. Generation Kplus Filmtheater am Friedrichshain
As Time Goes By In Shanghai
(Germany, Netherlands) 90mins. Dir: Uli Gaulke. The members of this Shanghai Jazz Band, all aged between 65 and 87, have seen it all – from the Japanese occupation to the Communist Cultural Revolution, to turbo capitalism – but what
In Order Of Disappearance
(Norway, Sweden, Denmark) 115mins. Dir: Hans Petter Moland. Cast: Stellan Skarsgard, Bruno Ganz, Pal Sverre Hagen. A Serb Mafia boss is pursued by an unforgiving snow plough driver.
Forum CineStar 8
Festival & Press
LOLA@Berlinale Zoo Palast 2
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That Boy Emil
(Sweden) 63mins. Dir: Per Ahlin, Alicja Jaworski Bjork, Lasse Persson. Emil is driving his parents to distraction. His tomfoolery earns him banishment to the woodshed – which Emil doesn’t really see as a punishment. Generation Kplus Haus der Kulturen der Welt Kino 1
(Australia) 180mins. Dir: M Walsh. Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto. Adaptation of Tim Winton’s well-known 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. Berlinale Special Gala Haus der Berliner Festspiele
11:20 If You Don’t, I Will
(France) 102mins. Dir: Sophie Fillieres. Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric. Pomme and Pierre are drifting apart. Out walking together one day, Pomme decides to stay behind in the forest, alone. Panorama Special press CineStar 3
11:30 Aunt Hilda!
Nymphomaniac Volume I
(Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden) 145mins. Dir: Lars Von Trier. Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin. A young sex-obsessed woman ponders her life and tries to find meaning and balance. Out of competition Friedrichstadt-Palast
(France, Luxembourg) 89mins. Dir: acquesRemy Girerd, Benoit Chieux. Aunt Hilda lives in a huge glass palace devoted to her plants. A multinational company genetically engineers a wonder plant. But instead of creating a world free from hunger, it threatens catastrophe. This calls for Aunt Hilda’s flower-power.
(US) 109mins. Dir: Saar Klein. Cast: Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Vinessa Shaw. Bill Scanlin’s faith in the world crumbles when he loses his job appraising insurance claims. Propelled by his need to survive he turns to crime and becomes a latter-day Robin Hood. A world of double standards reveals itself to him.
Generation Kplus CinemaxX 3
Panorama Special CinemaxX 7
Things People Do
The Decent One
(US) 59mins. Dir: Cecil B DeMille. Cast: Sessue Hayakawa, Fannie Ward, Jack Dean.
(Israel, Austria, Germany) 94mins. Dir: Vanessa Lapa. A cinematic biography of SS commandant Heinrich Himmler.
Retrospective CinemaxX 8
Panorama Dokumente press CineStar 7
(Denmark) 100mins. Dir: Martin Miehe-Renard. Cast: Sylvester Byder, Malika Sia Graff. Karl recently moved to Copenhagen and feels alien in the big city. A Turkish girl who is a talented singer
11:00 The Cheat
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helps him find his feet. Soon, Denmark isn’t just looking for its next big star but also for two children who have disappeared without a trace. Generation Kplus Haus der Kulturen der Welt Kino 1
BERLIN THEATRES ADRIA Schlossstrasse 48 12165 Berlin – Steglitz
Competition Zoo Palast 1
(Germany) 83mins. Dir: Jons Jonsson. Cast: Gunilla Roor, Hendrik Kraft, Bjorn Andersson. Magdalena is struggling to cope with a major crisis in her life: some time ago her daughter, Sara, committed suicide. Her grief has cocooned itself deep within and refuses to come out. But at some point it emerges after all, unbidden and uncontrollable. Perspektive Deutsches Kino Colosseum 1
Potsdamer Strasse 2 10785 Berlin
Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1 10785 Berlin
CINEMAXX POTSDAMER PLATZ Potsdamer Strasse 5, Entrance Voxstrasse 10785 Berlin
Retrospective CinemaxX 8
Friedrichstrasse 107 10117 Berlin
HAUS DER BERLINER FESTSPIELE Schaperstrasse 24 10719 Berlin
HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT
Feb. 10 / 10:35am / CinemaxX 13
HISTORY OF FEAR
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 10557 Berlin
MOVIE THEATER AT MARTIN-GROPIUS-BAU
Potsdamer Strasse 4 10785 Berlin
Karl-Marx-Allee 33 10178 Berlin
Niederkirchnerstrasse 7 10963 Berlin
Potsdamer Strasse 4 10785 Berlin
Karl-Marx-Strasse 131 12043 Berlin – Neukolln
Schonhauser Allee 123 10437 Berlin
Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1 10785 Berlin
THALIA PROGRAMM KINOS POTSDAM
Alexanderplatz, Rathausstrasse 1, 10178 Berlin
MaRkEt SCREENINg: SCREENINg tODaY
CINESTAR IN THE SONY CENTRE
Kantstrasse 12a 10623 Berlin
(Japan) 86mins. Dir: Sadao Yamanaka. Cast: Chojuro Kawarasaki, Tsuruzo Nakamura. The fate of people in an 18th century Tokyo slum. A barber pushes back against the despotism of a powerful samurai by kidnapping a young woman threatened with forced marriage.
“Compelling and superbly acted.” - The Hollywood Reporter
Alexanderplatz Rathausstrasse 1 10778 Berlin
(UK) 95mins. Dir: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard. Cast: Nick Cave. An atmospheric and poetic portrait of Australian musician, writer and actor Nick Cave.
HUMANITY AND THE PAPER BALLOON
Starring Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi and Ben Kingsley
Botzowstrasse 1-5 10407 Berlin
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
Panorama Dokumente press CineStar 3
“Blessed with a suitably haunting (…) performance by the everimpressive Catherine Keener.” - Screen International
HISTORY OF FEAR
(Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, France) 79mins. Dir: Benjamin Naishtat. Cast: Jonathan Da Rosa, Cesar Bordon, Mara Bestelli. A police helicopter circles over a gated community on the outskirts of a large city.
A war photographer retreats to a small town in Sicily after being held captive during the conflict in Libya.
FILMTHEATER AM FRIEDRICHSHAIN
Rudolf-Breitscheid-Str. 50 14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg
TONI & TONINO
Feb. 10 / 3:15pm / CineStar 6 FEStIVaL SCREENINgS: SCREENINg tODaY
Feb. 10 / 1:00pm / Zoo Palast 1 Feb. 10 / 3:30pm / Friedrichstadtpalast Feb. 10 / 7:00pm / Haus der Berliner Festspiele
When a heat wave grips the suburbs, blackouts and waves of pollution push the social order to the brink of collapse, forcing each inhabitant to confront his own motives, instincts and fears.
Antonplatz 1 13086 Berlin
EISZEIT KINO Zeughofstrasse 20 10997 Berlin – Kreuzberg
ZEUGHAUSKINO Unter den Linden 2 10117 Berlin
EVA LICHTSPIELE Blissestrasse 18 10713 Berlin – Wilmersdorf
ZOO PALAST Hardenbergstrasse 29a 10623 Berlin
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Narrated by Forest Whitaker, starring Eva Longoria and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
(France) 90mins. Dir: Nadege Trebal. Documentary that takes a scrap yard on the outskirts of Marseille in its sights: a place for people from different backgrounds to search for car parts, a helping hand or a
Forum press CinemaxX 6
Bleibtreustrasse 12 10623 Berlin
In this exposé, an intrepid group of workers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry, revealing the rampant abuse of farm laborers in the United States.
Feb. 10 / 10:00pm / MgB kino Feb. 14 / 3:00pm / MgB kino
(China) 95mins. Dir: Liang Ming, Li Ziqian, Liu Yu. Cast: Liang Ming, Li Ziqian, Liu Yu.
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Renwei returns to his rural hometown with his pregnant girlfriend in tow, where his uncle, the mayor, enforces the one-child policy with violent fervour. As Renwei gets caught up in the brutal operations, his relationship runs into difficulties.
story of simple existence, of closeness, intimacy and different bodies, at the end of life, at its beginning and somewhere in-between.
Forsyth, Jane Pollard. Cast: Nick Cave.
Forum press CinemaxX 6
Forum CineStar 8
(Netherlands, Germany, Belgium) 108mins. Dir: Tamar van den Dop. Cast: Gaite Jansen, Tamar van den Dop, Bob Schwarze.
14:00 Age Of Cannibals
(Germany) 93mins. Dir: Johannes Naber. Cast: Sebastian Blomberg, Devid Striesow, Katharina Schuttler. Three successful business consultants tour the world’s industrial hubs like pitbulls of global capitalism, executing the decisions of others. Perspektive Deutsches Kino press CinemaxX 5
(Norway, Netherlands) 96mins. Dir: Eskil Vogt. Cast: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen. Panorama HAU Hebbel am Ufer
(Ecuador, Argentina) 82mins. Dir: Diego Araujo. Cast: Juan Manuel Arregui, Diego Andres Paredes. Juan is reluctantly spending his holidays in the distant Andes with his uncle’s family. His uncle is embroiled in a banking scandal. Juan Pablo tries to flee the chaos and meets Juano. Their tentative bond leads to a whole new liberating view of the world.
Generation 14plus Cubix 8
16:30 Broken Hill Blues
Festival & Press 14:30 Stereo
(Germany) 95mins. Dir: Maximilian Erlenwein. Cast: Jurgen Vogel, Moritz Bleibtreu. Erik’s perfect world
N – The Madness of Reason
(Belgium, Germany, Netherlands) 102mins. Dir: Peter Kruger. Forum Delphi Filmpalast
(Italy, France) 83mins. Dir: Jonathan Nossiter. Insight into the life of Italian wine growers who follow organic farming methods and oppose the standardisation of winemaking. Panorama Dokumente International
14:30 Concerning Violence
(Sweden, US, Denmark) 85mins. Dir: Goran Hugo Olsson.
Home from Home – Chronicle of a Vision
Panorama Dokumente CineStar 7
LOLA@Berlinale Zoo Palast 2
begins to run off the rails when the mysterious Henry appears and terrible secrets from the past resurface. Panorama Special Cubix 9
(South Korea) 93mins. Dir: Jung Yoon-suk. Forum Cubix 7
Stereo See box, above
15:00 The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
(US) 120mins. Dir: Dayna Goldfine, Dan Geller. Cast: Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger. Berlinale Special Haus der Berliner Festspiele
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(Japan) 87mins. Dir: Teinosuke Kinugasa. Cast: Akiko Chihaya, Junosuke Bando, Yukiko Ogawa. About a young man who gets involved with dubious characters in Tokyo’s redlight district. Retrospective CinemaxX 8
(Netherlands, Belgium) 90mins. Dir: Frans Weisz. Cast: Jan Decleir, Daan Schuurmans.
Generation 14plus CinemaxX 3
She’s Lost Control
(Germany, Austria) 170mins. Dir: Dominik Graf. Cast: Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius. Passions are running high when, in 1788, ambitious poet Friedrich Schiller and two sisters from the impoverished aristocracy fall hopelessly in love. Competition Adria
Happy To Be Different
(Italy) 97mins. Dir: Gianni Amelio. The history of gay people in Italy since fascist times. Panorama Dokumente festival and press CineStar 7
Land And Freedom
(UK) 110mins. Dir: Ken Loach. Cast: Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Iciar Bollain. A look at the Spanish Civil War, following a young, English communist who joins up to fight with an international brigade. Homage Zeughauskino
(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 CineStar 8
Panorama Special Cubix 9
(Argentina, France) 78mins. Dir: Ines Maria Barrionuevo. Cast: Melissa Romero, Sol Zavala, Florencia Decall.
(Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Belgium) 83mins. Dir: Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting.
Life Of Riley
Generation 14plus CinemaxX 3
(Germany, France) 230mins. Dir: Edgar Reitz. Cast: Jan Schneider, Marita Breuer, Rudiger Kriese. Set against the backdrop of a forgotten tragedy: the mass exodus of the German farmers and craftsmen and their dreams of the New World in the mid 19th century.
(Sweden) 80mins. Dir: Sofia Norlin. Cast: Sebastian Hiort af Ornas, Lina Leandersson, Alfred Juntti. In Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town, the houses tremble at every underground explosion. The mining company dictates everyone’s future – for good or for bad. There’s not much room for dreams if you’re a teenager living on this shaky ground.
Panorama Dokumente festival and press International
(France) 108mins. Dir: Alain Resnais. Cast: Sabine Azema, Sandrine Kiberlain, Caroline Silhol. Three middle-class women argue about which of them should accompany their fatally ill friend during the last weeks of his life. Competition press CinemaxX 7
Generation 14plus Zoo Palast 1
(China, France) 114mins. Dir: Lou Ye. Cast: Guo Xiaodong, Qin Hao, Zhang Lei. The employees at this massage salon in Nanjing are all blind – and they all have their own story. Competition Berlinale Palast
Generation Kplus Filmtheater am Friedrichshain
History Of Fear
(Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, France) 79mins. Dir: Benjamin Naishtat. Cast: Jonathan Da Rosa, Cesar Bordon, Mara Bestelli.
Panorama Dokumente Colosseum 1
(Poland, UK) 66mins. Dir: Wilhelm Sasnal, Anka Sasnal. Cast: Joanna Drozda, Jerzy Gajlikowski, Wojtek Slowik. An old man bearing the scars of a life spent in a factory. His daughter and her newborn baby who move in with him. A
16:45 The Honour Keeper
That Demon Within
(Hong Kong, China) 112mins. Dir: Dante Lam. Cast: Daniel Wu, Nick Cheung. Policeman Dave saves the life of a stranger, who turns out to be the boss of a brutal street gang. Dave decides to destroy the gang.
17:15 The Forest Is Like The Mountains
(India) 63mins. Dir: Pushpendra Singh. Cast: Sanghamitra Hitaishi, Pushpendra Singh. The love story between a young woman named Lajwanti and a mysterious man with an obsession for doves.
(Romania, Germany) 101mins. Dir: Christiane Schmidt, Didier Guillain. A Roma village in the Romanian provinces, where the inhabitants live off the land, making use of all the riches it has to offer.
Forum Delphi Filmpalast
Forum press CinemaxX 6
20,000 Days on Earth
(UK) 95mins. Dir: Iain
(US) 125mins. Dir:
Howard Hawks. Cast: John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy. Follows the crew of the US bomber plane Mary-Ann as they move from Pearl Harbor and the attack on the US fleet to other battle sites in the Pacific theater. Retrospective CinemaxX 8
(US) 87mins. Dir: Rebecca Chaiklin, Fisher Stevens. Intimate portraits of Occupy Wall Street protesters. Panorama Dokumente Cubix 7
(Australia) 103mins. Dir: Rhys Graham. Cast: shleigh Cummings, Aliki Matangi, Lily Sullivan. Drama set in the Australian wilderness. Generation 14plus Haus der Kulturen der Welt Kino 1
(Germany, Switzerland, Austria) 94mins. Dir: Benjamin Heisenberg. Cast: Andre Wilms, Georg Friedrich. A small-time crook and an elderly philosopher band together in a partnership of convenience that is subjected to some intense knocks. Panorama Special CineStar 3
18:00 Stations Of The Cross
(Germany, France) 107mins. Dir: Dietrich Bruggemann. Cast: Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz, Florian Stetter. Competition Friedrichstadt-Palast
(Canada) 90mins. Dir: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky. Twenty watery sites in 10
countries merge to become one cycle that includes untouched paradises, polluted rivulets and a vast construction site for a dam. A declaration of love that is also a wakeup call. Berlinale Special Cubix 8
18:30 In The Courtyard
(France) 97mins. Dir: Pierre Salvadori. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gustave Kervern, Feodor Atkine. The courtyard of a Parisian tenement building and its endearing, quirky inhabitants, their fears and desires are at the centre of this zany tragicomedy. Ex-musician Antoine takes on a job as concierge and listens to their problems â€“ especially Mathildeâ€™s. Berlinale Special Gala press CinemaxX 9
The Better Angels
18:45 In Order Of Disappearance
(Norway, Sweden, Denmark) 115mins. Dir: Hans Petter Moland. Cast: Stellan Skarsgard, Bruno Ganz, Pal Sverre Hagen. A Serb Mafia boss is pursued by an unforgiving snow plough driver. Competition Berlinale Palast
(US) 94mins. Dir: AJ Edwards. Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling. Panorama Special Zoo Palast 1
(Germany) 84mins. Dir: Max Linz. Cast: Sarah Ralfs, Pushpendra Singh, Barbara Heynen. Young Berlin curator Asta draws on all the style, charm and theory at her disposal to realise her new project, yet runs into difficulties following an overly critical interview. Forum Delphi Filmpalast
Forum CineStar 8
19:30 Age Of Cannibals
History Of Fear
(Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, France) 79mins. Dir: Benjamin Naishtat. Cast: Jonathan Da Rosa, Cesar Bordon, Mara Bestelli. Competition Haus der Berliner Festspiele
begins to bite, meticulously concealed class differences rear their head.
19:15 At Home
(Greece, Germany) 103mins. Dir: Athanasios Karanikolas. Cast: Maria Kallimani, Marisha Triantafyllidou, Alexandros Logothetis. For years, Nadja has been the housekeeper and nanny for a rich couple on the Peloponnese, almost part of the family. When she falls ill and the economic crisis
(Germany) 93mins. Dir: Johannes Naber. Cast: Sebastian Blomberg, Devid Striesow, Katharina Schuttler. Perspektive Deutsches Kino CinemaxX 3
(Spain) 82mins. Dir: Franc Aleu. Cast: Joan Roca, Josep Roca, Jordi Roca. The creations of musicians, poets, painters, composers, singers and visual artists from around the world unite in a dinner held in Barcelona, where 12 courses accompany a symphony of emotions for a cross-disciplined opera. Culinary Cinema Film & Food MGB-Kino
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(US) 117mins. Dir: Clarence Brown. Cast: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lars Hanson.
close-knit community in a remote alpine region. When several people mysteriously die, the old order begins to unravel.
Berlinale Special Gala press Zoo Palast 1
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Flesh And The Devil
(France, Switzerland) 105mins. Dir: Mehran Tamadon. Forum CinemaxX 4
Life Of Riley
(US) 105mins. Dir: David Zellner. Cast: Rinko Kikuchi, Nathan Zellner, David Zellner. The solitary Kumiko finds a video tape allegedly showing the true story of a briefcase full of money buried in snowbound Minnesota. Driven by the hope of escaping her humdrum life, she makes the journey to far-off America.
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Forum CineStar IMAX
21:00 A Long Way Down
The Midnight After
(Hong Kong, China) 124mins. Dir: Fruit Chan. Cast: Wong You-nam, Simon Yam, Kara Hui.
(UK, Germany) 96mins. Dir: Pascal Chaumeil. Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots.
(Kazakhstan) 80mins. Dir: Zhanna Issabayeva. Cast: Dina Tukubayeva, Galina Pyanova, Marya Nezhentseva. Nagima can only just make ends meet by working as a kitchen porter. When she loses her beloved friend and roommate in childbirth, her already precarious situation soon takes on unbearable dimensions. Four suicidal people meet on New Year’s Eve on the roof of a high-rise and decide to postpone their suicides to Valentine’s Day. Berlinale Special Gala Friedrichstadt-Palast
Panorama Special press Zoo Palast 2
The Circle To Singapore, With Love
(Singapore) 70mins. Dir: Tan Pin Pin. Forum CinemaxX 4
(US, Egypt) 104mins. Dir: Jehane Noujaim. For a period of two years, Jehane Noujaim trained her camera on a group of different activists at Tahrir Square: Ahmed, who has nothing to lose; Magdy, who is a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood; and actor Abdallah, who seeks to document the events. Forum press CinemaxX 6
20:00 And There We Are, In The Middle
(Austria) 85mins. Dir: Sebastian Brameshuber. In 2009, Ebensee in Austria hit the headlines after teenagers disrupted a concentration camp memorial ceremony. Without direct comment, the film paints a complex picture of the town’s youth: daily life, identity formation and dwindling perspectives. Forum Kino Arsenal 1
(Switzerland) 102mins. Dir: Stefan Haupt. Cast: Marianne Sagebrecht, Anatole Taubman, Matthias Hungerbuhle. In 1950s Zurich ‘The Circle’ blossoms into an internationally renowned gay liberation community. Ernst Ostertag and Robi Rapp fight for their love, made taboo by society, with inspiring courage. Panorama Dokumente press CineStar 7
the management board at work. An institutional portrait straddling proud tradition and the economics of culture. Forum Cubix 9
If You Don’t, I Will
(France) 102mins. Dir: Sophie Fillieres. Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric. Panorama Special International
Late Autumn Free Range
(Estonia) 104mins. Dir: Veiko Ounpuu. Cast: Lauri Lagle, Jaanika Arum, Laura Peterson. A young man trying to find his way in life: torn between his dream of living for his art and the demands placed on him by everyday life, his goal is to find a state of true weightlessness. Forum Colosseum 1
The Great Museum
(Austria) 94mins. Dir: Johannes Holzhausen. A look behind the scenes of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna: curators, technicians, restorers, taxidermists, marketing strategists and
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(Japan) 129mins. Dir: Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Setsuko Hara, Yoko Tsukasa, Mariko Okada, Keiji Sada. Three middle-aged men decide to marry off the daughter of their late friend. If necessary, one of them will marry her mother first. Berlinale Classics CinemaxX 8
Someone You Love
(Denmark, Sweden) 100mins. Dir: Pernille Fischer Christensen. Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen. A world-famous but egocentric musician returns to his native Denmark where he is
(France) 108mins. Dir: Alain Resnais. Cast: Sabine Azema, Sandrine Kiberlain, Caroline Silhol. Competition Berlinale Palast
Port Of Shadows
forced to come to terms with himself, his past and his family.
Forum Delphi Filmpalast
(France) 92mins. Dir: Marcel Carne. Cast: Jean Gabin, Michele Morgan, Michel Simon. A deserter from the French army falls in love with a young girl in Le Havre, which puts him in conflict with local hoodlums.
Berlinale Special Gala press CinemaxX 5
Nymphomaniac Volume I
The Way He Looks
(Brazil) 96mins. Dir: Daniel Ribeiro. Cast: Ghilherme Lobo, Tess Amorim, Fabio Audi. Panorama festival and press CinemaxX 7
20:15 The Rice Bomber
(Taiwan) 115mins. Dir: Cho Li. Cast: Huang Chien-wei, Nikki Hsieh, Michael Chang. Panorama CineStar 3
(Philippines) 93mins. Dir: Joselito Altarejos. Cast: Sandino Martin, Angelo Ilagan, Boots Anson-Roa. Panorama Cubix7 and 8
(Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden) 145mins. Dir: Lars Von Trier. Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin.
Top Girl Or La Deformation Professionnelle
(Turkey) 89mins. Dir: Melisa Onel. Cast: Mira Furlan, Timucin Esen, Ahmet Rifat Sungar.
(Germany) 94mins. Dir: Tatjana Turanskyj. Cast: Julia Hummer, Susanne Bredehoft, RP Kahl. The second part of the ‘Women and Work’ trilogy shows the everyday life of Helena, a frustrated actress who works as a high-class prostitute while trying to take care of her young daughter. Forum Press CinemaxX 6
Berlinale Special Adria
Perspektive Deutsches Kino CinemaxX 1
21:30 The Dark Valley
(Austria, Germany) 115mins. Dir: Andreas Prochaska. A stranger finds himself confronted with a suspecting and unwittingly
Forum Zoo Palast 2
See box, above
(Germany) 83mins. Dir: Jons Jonsson. Cast: Gunilla Roor, Hendrik Kraft, Bjorn Andersson.
(France) 90mins. Dir: Nadege Trebal.
Out of competition Haus der Berliner Festspiele
(Canada) 90mins. Dir: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky.
A Long Way Down
22:00 Food Chains
(US) 82mins. Dir: Sanjay Rawal. Cast: Eric Schlosser, Eva Longoria, Dolores Huerta. Exposes the abuse in farm labour and reveals the forces behind this exploitation via the narrative of a brave group of tomato pickers in Florida. Culinary Cinema MGB-Kino
Forum CineStar 8
Standing Aside, Watching
(Greece) 90mins. Dir: Yorgos Servetas. Cast: Marina Symeou, Marianthi Pantelopoulou. On her return to the Greek town where she grew up, a young city-dweller encounters a brutalised male world where discrimination, violence and submissiveness rule the streets. Panorama CineStar IMAX
22:15 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 Cubix 9
(Brazil) 95mins. Dir: Davi Pretto. Cast: Joao Carlos Castanha, Celina Castanha. Reality, performance and fantasy coalesce in the life of 52-year-old Joao, a transvestite and actor marked by his extravagant life and hounded by the shadows of his past. Forum Kino Arsenal 1
(UK) 79mins. Dir: Ken Loach. Cast: Phil Askham, Rita May, Andrew Grubb. Homage CinemaxX 8
Cast: Tenoch Huerta, Sebastian 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. Panorama Colosseum 1
(Taiwan, Myanmar) 95mins. Dir: Midi Z. Cast: Wang Shin-Hong, Wu Ke-Xi. A poor farmer and a penniless mother try opium and karaoke as a means of finding a new place in their impoverished country. Panorama Cubix 7 and 8
The Man Of The Crowd Gueros
(Mexico) 106mins. Dir: Alonso Ruizpalacios.
(Brazil) 95mins. Dir: Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimaraes. Cast: Paulo
Andre, Silvia Lourenco. Reticent Juvenal drives a tram. His colleague Margo asks him to be a witness at her wedding, but this means that some sort of friendly relationship should first exist between them.
Vogt. Cast: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen. Ingrid lives with her husband, Morten. She is blind and afraid to leave their apartment. She suspects Morten secretly stays at home to spy on her.
Panorama festival and press CinemaxX 7
Panorama CineStar 3
My Mother, A War And Me
(Germany) 78mins. Dir: Tamara Trampe. Panorama Dokumente CineStar 7
Stations Of The Cross
(Germany, France) 107mins. Dir: Dietrich Bruggemann. Cast: Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz, Florian Stetter.
(US) Rezo, 117mins. Dir: Peter Sattler. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, JJ Soria, John Carroll Lynch.
(Norway, Netherlands) 96mins. Dir: Eskil
08:45 Hunting Elephants
(US, Israel) Bleiberg Entertainment, 107mins. Dir: Reshef Levi. Cast:
Patrick Stewart, Moni Moshonov, Sasson Gabai, Gil Blank. Three old men and a clever kid team up to rob a bank. CinemaxX Studio 13
(Germany) ARRI Worldsales, 103mins. Dir: Frederik Steiner. Cast: Liv Lisa Fries, Lena Stolze, Sophie Rogall, Kerstin de Ahna. Terminally ill, Lea surprises her family with her wish to die, consciously and controlled, on her own birthday. Her mother tries everything to prevent the plan. But things turn out differently. CinemaxX 8
(Spain) Wide/Wide House, 86mins. Dir: Eva Vila. Cast: Karime Amaya, Winny Amaya, Juanito Manzano, Lisardo Manzano.
Juanito is about to fulfil his dream of getting a pair of red boots that will make him a true flamenco dancer. His uncle Coco, a legendary singer in the flamenco tablaos of Barcelona, will help him achieve it. Marriott 3
(France) Wild Bunch, 90mins. Dir: Fabrice Du Welz. Cast: Gerard Lanvin, JoeyStarr, Alice Taglioni, Ymanol Perset. CineStar 1
(UK) Studiocanal, 100mins. Dir: James Griffiths. Cast: Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris Oâ€™Dowd, Olivia Colman. Beneath Bruce Garrettâ€™s under-confident, overweight exterior, the passionate heart of a salsa king lies dormant. Now, one woman is about to reignite his Latin fire. CineStar 4
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(Spain) Latido Films, 87mins. Dir: Ventura Pons. Cast: Ignasi Millet.
(US) Arclight Films, 110mins. Dir: Richard Gray. Cast: John Corbett, Justin Long, Gina Gershon, Luis Guzman. Drug-lord William Spinks has a curious obsession with the beautiful Sadie Hill and uses gangster friends Bobby and Frank to get to her. But when Sadie’s murder jeopardises their profitable arrangement, the two gangsters risk their lives to find a lookalike replacement before Spinks discovers the truth.
CinemaxX Studio 19
Judas See box, right
(France) Pathe International, 107mins. Dir: Dany Boon. Cast: Dany Boon, Kad Merad, Alice Pol, Judith El Zein. CinemaxX 1
We Gotta Get Out of This Place
(US) Lightning Entertainment, 91mins. Dir: Zeke and Simon Hawkins. Cast: Mackenzie Davis, Logan Huffmann, Jeremy Allen White, Mark Pellegrino. With only weeks left until his girlfriend Sue and best friend Bobby leave their dead-end hometown for college, BJ robs his workplace safe of all its cash. Loaded with stolen money, he treats the group to one last blow-out weekend. After arriving home, the teens find the consequences of BJ’s actions to be brutal and unrelenting. CinemaxX Studio 17
(Mexico) Mundial, 102mins. Dir: Michael Rowe. Cast: Maria Fernanda Sass, Tania Arredondo, Arnoldo Picazzo. Following the divorce of her parents, six-yearold Caro moves into the house of her mother’s new boyfriend, Felipe. Caro does not have a good relationship with Felipe and instead finds refuge in the neglected backyard of the house. CineStar IMAX by invitation only
Market 09:00 Judas
(Russia) Intercinema Agency, 112mins. Dir: Andrey Bogatyrev. Cast: Andrei Barilo, Alexey Shevchenkov, Olga Stashkevich. Judas, a seasoned thief, finds himself in the market square where Christ is giving a sermon 09:15 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. CinemaxX 5
The Missing Picture
(France) Films Distribution, 90mins. Dir: Rithy Panh. CineStar 5
Ready, Steady, Ommm! The World Made Straight
(US) Myriad Pictures, 119mins. Dir: David Burris. Cast: Jeremy Irvine, Noah Wyle, Minka Kelly, Adelaide Clemens. Story of Travis, a teenage dropout living in a small Appalachian town in North Carolina. CinemaxX 3
(Switzerland) Global Screen, 92mins. Dir: Oliver Rihs. Cast: Matthias Britschgi, Marco Rima, Martin Rapold. Alex and his pregnant girlfriend Anna can’t find an affordable flat. Anna’s father, Swiss Army Commander Reiker, is ready to help, but on the condition that Alex – a
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and his apostles are collecting alms. He follows them and steals their money, only to be caught red-handed. Nevertheless, the teacher forgives him. He invites the thief to become one of his followers and offers him a position as the group’s treasurer. CinemaxX Studio 14
Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Miranda Otto. CinemaxX 10
09:30 Balkan Spirit
(Germany) Parkland Pictures, 81mins. Dir: Hermann Vaske. Cast: Angelina Jolie, Marina Abramovic, Emir Kusturica, Slavoj Zizek. CinemaxX Studio 18
pacifist and yoga teacher – shape up his troops. CinemaxX 4
The Silent Mountain
(Austria, US) Premiere Entertainment, 94mins. Dir: Ernst Gossner. Cast: William Moseley, Eugenia Constantini, Claudia Cardinale, Fritz Karl. A young Austrian soldier in the First World War fights his way through the Alps to rescue his Italian girlfriend and escape the impending explosion that will rock the mountain.
(China) Edko Films, 108mins. Dir: Alan Yuen. Cast: Andy Lau, Ka Tung Lam, Yao Chen, Jun Hu. A hardboiled police 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. CinemaxX Studio 11
(Japan), 145mins. Dir: Ayumi Sakamoto. Cast: Emiko Matsuoka, Nagisa Umeno, Seiji Nozoe, Ken Mitsuishi.
(Ireland, UK) 6 Sales, 100mins. Dir: Jake Paltrow. Cast: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Codi SmitMcPhee. Not all children have a childhood.
(Germany) Beta Cinema, 95mins. Dir: Hannes Stoehr. Cast: Stefan Hallmayer, Monika Anna Wojtyllo, Rita Lengyel, JinJin Harder.
The Last Impresario
9:20 The Turning
(Australia) LevelK, 106mins. Dir: Various. Cast: Rose Byrne, Hugo
CinemaxX Studio 16
(Australia) Dogwoof, 86mins. Dir: Gracie Otto. Cast: Michael White, Naomi Watts, Kate Moss, John Cleese. CinemaxX Studio 12
instructions: “Do not feed meat – will become feral” and a gun in case of any threat to human life. dffb-Kino
Parts per Billion
(US) XYZ Films, 95mins. Dir: Brian Hourichi. Cast: Rosario Dawson, Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Josh Harnett. As the US is devastated by biological attacks, life as we know it is pushed to the brink of extinction and three couples must fight for love, survival, and the legacy of humanity.
Kino Arsenal 1
Mafia Only Kills in Summer
(Italy) Rai Trade, 90mins. Dir: Pierfrancesco (Pif ) Diliberto. Cast: Pierfrancesco (Pif ) Diliberto, Cristiana Capotondi, Claudio Gioe, Ninni Bruschetta. A twenty-year long story through the eyes of a child, Arturo, who grows up in a fascinating and terrible city, where there is still room for passion and smile. CineStar 6
(US) Panorama Media, 104mins. Dir: Marjane Satrapi. Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver. Zoo Palast 5
09:45 Chefurs Raus!
(Slovenia) Slovenian Film Centre, 100mins. Dir: Goran Vojnovic. Cast: Benjamin Krnetic, Dino Hajderovic, Ivan Pasalic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic. Parliament
Me, Myself and Mum
(France) Gaumont, 87mins. Dir: Guillaume Gallienne. Cast: Guillaume Gallienne, Francoise Fabian, Andre Marcon, Diane Kruger.
Forest Brothers – The Partisans of the Ile Bunker
Zoo Palast Club B
(US) TF1 International, 97mins. Dir: Andrea Pallaoro. Cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Brian F O Byrne, Kevin Alejandro, Ian Nelson. An intimate portrait of a US rural family’s inner lives and their relationship to a harsh and shifting landscape. CinemaxX 2
(Japan) Celluloid Dreams/Celluloid Nightmares, 85mins. Dir: Sabu. Cast: Ayaka Komatso, Makoto Togashi. A rich doctor, his wife and son receive a mysterious large box. It contains a cage with one of the living dead sitting peacefully inside, along with
(Germany) Atelier Reichl Filmproduktion, 82mins. Dir: Peter Grimm. 10:00 As Time Goes By in Shanghai
(Germany, Netherlands) Autlook Filmsales, 90mins. Dir: Uli Gaulke. Zoo Palast 2
10:35 For Those Who Can Tell No Tales
(Bosnia and Herzegovina) MPM Film, 75mins. Dir: Jasmila Zbanic. Cast: Kym Vercoe. An Australian tourist discovers the silent legacy of wartime atrocities when she arrives in a seemingly idyllic little town on the border of Bosnia and Serbia. CinemaxX Studio 19
(Mexico, Germany) Picture Tree
FROM THE NETHERLANDS MONDAY FEBRUARY 10
International, 97mins. Dir: Damian John Harper. Cast: Mateo Bautista Matias, Lidia Garcia Garcia, Marcos Rodriguez Ruiz. CinemaxX Studio 17
(US) Visit Films, 92mins. Dir: Mark Jackson. Cast: Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi, Vincenzo Amati, Donatella Finocchiaro. A war photographer retreats to a small town in Sicily after being held captive during the conflict in Libya. CinemaxX Studio 13
(Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia) Wide/Wide House, 87mins. Dir: Ivan Ikic. Cast: Zeljko Markovic, Nenad Petrovic, Jasna Djuricic, Mirko Vlahovic. A depiction of Serbian youth brought up in a time of economic and moral demise. Told through the character of Luka, a small-town football hooligan, the film tells a story about manipulation of this troubled youth using hatred and deception. Marriott 3
(Germany) ARRI Worldsales, 122mins. Dir: Caroline Link. Cast: Ulrich Tukur, Samuel Schneider, Hafsia Herzi, Marie-Lou Sellem. The relationship between 17-year-old Ben and his father Heinrich is reserved. During Heinrich’s assignment in Morocco, Ben falls in love with a local girl and follows her on an adventurous trip. Heinrich and Ben end up in a life-threatening situation, their last chance to unite as a family. Kino Arsenal 2
(South Africa) Fortissimo Films, 99mins. Dir: Donovan Marsh. Cast: Sdumo Mtshali, Presley Chweneyagae, Israel Makoe, Owen Sejake. CinemaxX Studio 15
10:45 Those Happy Years
(Italy) Celluloid Dreams/ Celluloid Nightmares, 100mins. Dir: Daniele Luchetti. Cast: Kim Rossi Stuart, Micaela Ramazzotti, Martina Gedeck.
Set in 1970s Rome, young Darlo, movie camera in hand, captures the events that forever change his family’s destiny, once the progressive Helke enters their lives. CinemaxX 9
(France) Wild Bunch, 78mins. Dir: Raphael Frydman. Cast: Remi Gaillard. CineStar 1
(Italy) Rai Trade, 95mins. Dir: Alessio Cremonini. Cast: Kim Rossi Stuart, Michaela Ramazzoti, Martina Gedeck. Two sisters escaping burning Syria are seeking freedom and are fighting for their survival.
Beardsley, Carl Leslie, Eleanor Hollingsworth. Pim and Pom are two lovely house cats to the Lady, until one day they run away from the “evil nieces” and get lost on the wild wild streets. Pim and Pom will experience adventures, and their friendshipt will be put to an unprecedented test. Marriott 2
(France) Gaumont, 101mins. Dir: Christophe Offenstein. Cast: Francois Cluzet, Samy Seghir, Virginie Efira, Guillaume Canet. CineStar 4
(US) The Open Reel, 80mins. Dir: Lex Sidon. Cast: Charlotte Riley, Mia Maestro, Kelly McGillis, Renoly Santiago. A chance encounter between an out-of-work film executive and an aspiring writer leads to a 24-hour Manhattan odyssey through an underworld and back. CinemaxX 4
(US) Myriad Pictures, 103mins. 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.
(Australia) Cinephil, 79mins. Dir: Kitty Green. CinemaxX Studio 18
The Yellow Eyes of the Crocodiles
(France) Elle Driver, 125mins. Dir: Cecile Telerman. Cast: Emmanuelle Beart, 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. CinemaxX Studio 14
11:10 Best in Bed
(France) Rezo, 87mins. Dir: Delphine de Vigan. Cast: Laurence Arne, Eric Elmosnino, Valerie Bonneton. CineStar 6
If You Don’t, I Will
(France) Les Films du Losange, 102mins. Dir: Sophie Fillieres. Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric. CinemaxX Studio 12
The Mystery of Happiness Inside Out: The People’s Art Project
(France, UK) WestEnd Films, 4mins. Dir: Alastair Siddons. CinemaxX 1
Pim & Pom: The Big Adventure
(Netherlands) Attraction Distribution, 70mins. Dir: Gioia F Smid. Cast: Ally
Two Men in Town
(France, Algeria, US, Belgium) Pathe International, 120mins. Dir: Rachid Bouchareb. Cast: Forest Whitaker, Brenda Blethyn, Harvey Keitel, Luis Guzman. CineStar 2
A CHRISTMOOSE STORY
Dir: Lourens Blok Prod: Lemming Film Sales: Attraction Distribution (feature, 85’) 10:00 Filmtheater am Friedrichshain
(Italy, France) Doc & Film International, 93mins. Dir: Gianfranco Rosi. CinemaxX Studio 16
Ukraine Is Not a Brothel – The Femen Story
journey to find him and end up discovering that they prefer to stay together rather than finding Eugenio.
(Argentina, 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
Stations of the Cross
(Germany, France) Beta Cinema, 107mins. Dir: Dietrich Bruggemann. Cast: Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz, Florian Stetter. CinemaxX 10
Dir: Frans Weisz Prod: Flinck Film Sales: Attraction Distribution (feature, 90’) 15:30 Filmtheater am Friedrichshain
(Malaysia, India) United Studios, 86mins. Dir: Chuck Powers. Cast: Sean Astin, Tim Curry, Russell Peters. Ribbit is a frog with an identity crisis. Unlike frogs, he hates hopping and has a strong aversion to water. Feeling a misfit, he is full of questions about his life… and so together with his best friend, a flying squirrel, he embarks on a soul-searching journey in search of the truth and his rightful place in this world.
Dir: Tamar van den Dop Prod: Revolver Co-prod: IJswater Films Sales: Wide Management (feature, 107’) 15:30 Cubix 8
Wolf Creek 2
(Australia) Arclight Films, 105mins. Dir: Greg Mclean. Cast: John Jarrett, Ryan Corr, Phillippe Klaus, Shannon Ashlyn. Seeking to experience the real Australia, backpackers Rutger and Katarina hitchhike off the main tourist route to the awe-inspiring Wolf Creek crater. A place that’s also the hunting ground of psychopathic pigshooter Mick Taylor. Marriott 1
EVEN COWBOYS GET TO CRY Dir: Mees Peijnenburg Prod: Netherlands Film Academy (short, 20’) 15:00 CinemaxX 1
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I Can Quit Whenever I Want
(Italy) Fandango, 101mins. Dir: Sydney Sibilia. CinemaxX Studio 11
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& Distribution, 91mins. Dir: Andrey Silvestrov, Yury Leiderman. Cast: Mikhail Efremov, Shinichi Watabe, Pradumna Chatterjee, Alik Ligaliu.
Dir: Elvira Lind. Cast: Ryan Cassata, Alexis Ann, Fran Cassata. A love story following two young teenagers’ fight for identity and love for each other in a grown-up world.
Zoo Palast 2
The Happets in the Rainbow Forrest
Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang
(Spain) Latido Films, 75mins. Dir: Alex Collis.
(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment, 97mins. Dir: Oskar Santos. Cast: Javier Gutierrez, Claudia Vega, Daniel Cerezo, Raúl Rivas. Naughty twins Zip and Zap are punished and sent to summer school at Hope, a strict re-education center run by Falconetti, who rules with a heavy hand and an eyepatch and forbids all forms of recreation and entertainment. They form the Marble Gang, the children’s Resistance, in order to defy the evil headmaster.
(Germany) Global Screen, 91mins. Dir: Frauke Finsterwalder. Cast: Corinna Harfouch, Bernhard Schutz, Sandra Huller, Roland Zehrfeld.
(US) Voltage Pictures, 117mins. Dir: Claudia Myers. Cast: Michelle Monaghan, Ron Livingston, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber.
CinemaxX Studio 17
The Invention of Love
(Argentina) Memento Films International, 77mins. Dir: Natalia Smirnoff. Cast: Esteban Lamothe, Erica Rivas, Yosiria Huaripata.
(Germany, Luxembourg) Eastwest Filmdistribution, 104mins. Dir: Lola Randl. Cast: Maria Kwiatkowsky, Sunnyi Melles, Bastian Trost, Samuel Finzi. Deals with the oldest business of the world, but in an extraordinary way.
CinemaxX Studio 19
CinemaxX Studio 13
Zoo Palast 4
Songs for Alexis
Birmingham Ornament 2
(Russia) Antipode Sales
(Denmark) Copenhagen Bombay Sales, 75mins.
12:20 Jacky in the Kingdom of Women
(France) Pathe International, 90mins. Dir: Riad Sattouf. Cast: Vincent Lacoste, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Didier Bourdon. In the People’s Democratic Republic of Bubunne, it’s the women who are in power, while the men wear veils and look after the home. One of these men, Jacky, has the same inaccessible fantasy as all the bachelors in the land – to marry the Colonelle, daughter of the dictatrix known as the Generale. CineStar 1
12:30 Away from the World
(Spain, Colombia) Latido Films, 92mins. Dir: Gerardo Herrero. Cast: Carmelo Gomez, Ursula Corbero, Silma Lopez, Luis Fernando Hoyos. A strange murder turns a peacefull holiday atmosphere into a nightmare. CinemaxX Studio 18
(Ireland) The Works, 102mins. Dir: Diarmuid Lavery, Michael Hewitt. Cast: Liam Neeson. CinemaxX 4
(Mexico) Mundial, 102mins. Dir: Mariana Chenillo. Cast: Andres Alameida, Daniela Rincon. Kino Arsenal 2 by invitation only
The Punk Singer
(US) Autlook Filmsales, 83mins. Dir: Sini Anderson.
FOR A ONE YEAR
(Ireland) Protagonist Pictures, 95mins. Dir: Lenny Abrahamson. Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy. A comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.
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(Mexico) Mundial, 106mins. Dir: Alonso Ruizpalacios. Cast: Tenoch Huerta, Sebastian Aguirre, Leonardo Ortizgris. CineStar IMAX by invitation only
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(US) Red Sea Media, 110mins. Dir: Joe McClean. Cast: Matt Dallas, Rebecca Marshall, Barry Finnegan. If your DNA could predict your future would you want to know? Zoo Palast Club B
Meetings With A Young Poet
A Thousand Times Goodnight
(Taiwan) Ablaze Image, 112mins. Dir: Yi-Chi LIEN. Cast: Alec Su, Ariel Lin, Matt Wu. What looks lovely may turn out deadly. CineStar 6
The Ultimate Accessory
(France) Wild Bunch, 101mins. Dir: Valerie Lemercier. Cast: Valerie Lemercier, Samatin Pendev, Gilles Lellouche, Marina Fois. CinemaxX Studio 12
13:15 Happy Birthday Woody Allan & Keep Going!
(Poland, US) Adyton International, 85mins. Dir: Dariusz Zawislak. Cast: Joe Quick, Evgeniya Orudzheva, Dariusz Zawislak, David Bryant. Parliament
(Norway, Sweden, Ireland) Global Screen, 117mins. Dir: Erik Poppe. Cast: Nikolaj CosterWaldau, Juliette Binoche.
CinemaxX Studio 16
(Canada) Films Distribution, 85mins. Dir: Rudy Barichello. Cast: Vincent Hoss-Desmarais, Maria de Medeiros, Stephen McHattie. A young poet, Paul Susser, meets his master, the great author Samuel Beckett, in a small café. The two men initiate a complex friendship that spans the last two decades of Beckett’s life and forever changes Paul’s future.
CinemaxX Studio 15
(France) Pyramide International, 89mins. Dir: Julie Bertuccelli.
(Germany) Picture Tree International, 102mins. Dir: Christian Schwochow. Cast: Jordis Triebel, Tristan Gobel, Alexander Scheer, Jacky Ido. Summer, late 1970s. Three years after her boyfriend Wassilij died in a car accident, Nelly Senff decides to escape from the GDR with her son Alexej and leave her memories and grief behind. She pretends to marry a West German, who takes them over the border.
School of Babel
(Germany) Beta Cinema, 103mins. Dir: Edward Berger. Cast: Ivo Pietzker, Georg Arms, Luise Heyer, Vincent Redetzki. CineStar 2
(France, Belgium) Doc & Film International, 139mins. Dir: Martin Provost. Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Hiegel. Born out ot wedlock early in the last century, Violette Leduc meets Simone de Beauvoir in post-war Saint-Germain-des-Pré. An intense relationship develops. CinemaxX Studio 14
(France) SND – Groupe M6, 95mins. Dir: Olivier Panchot. Cast: Jalil Lespert, Tcheky Karyo, Hiam Abbass, Mhamed Arezki. CinemaxX 2
(Switzerland) EuroArts Music International, 88mins. Dir: Georges Gachot. Cast: Martinho
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(Mexico) Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), 100mins. Dir: Christian Diaz Pardo. Cast: Jose Miguel Enriquez, Pablo Fernandez. Gonzalez, who lives in the biggest city of the world, is desperate to get ahead and pay his debts. Gonzalez will find a possible way to solve his problems but will be confronted with the dilemma whether to take it or not. CinemaxX Studio 19
13:30 The Rooster of St-Victor
(Canada) Attraction Distribution, 78mins. Dir: Pierre Greco. Cast: Guy Jodoin, Anne Dorval, Guy Nadon, Mariloup Wolfe. St-Victor is a small prosperous town. Its mayor credits its economic dynamism to his pet rooster who awakens everybody at precisely 4am every morning, for years, until the villagers can’t bear it anymore and decide to put a price on its head. Marriott 1
(France), 90mins. CinemaxX 6
13:40 Bringing Tibet Home
(US) Five by Nine Films, 82mins. Dir: Tenzin Tsetan Choklay. Cast: Tenzing Rigdol, Tenzin Choegyal, Topten Tsering, Dalai Lama. Zoo Palast 5
(Netherlands) Media Luna New Films, 88mins. Dir: Menno Meyjes. Cast: Jacob Derwig, Thekla Reuten, Daan Schuurmans, Kim Van Kooten. CinemaxX Studio 11
(France) Le Pacte, 85mins. Dir: Yossi Aviram. Cast: Niels Arastrup, Lior Ashkenazi, Emma De Caunes. Hanoch decides to leave his life in Tel Aviv and fly to Paris. For mysterious reasons, he starts to secretly
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13:45 3 Minutes
(Spain) Wide/Wide House, 79mins. Dir: Alvaro Torrellas. Cast: Antonio Fernandez, Mariano Romero, Jose Manuel Pacheco, David Marquez. Tells the story of Antonio Fernandez, aka El Bigotes. Marriott 2
14:00 April Apocalypse
(US) Arclight Films, 84mins. Dir: Jarret Tarnol. Cast: George Lopez, Reece Thompson, Rebekah Brandes. After finally building the courage to sweep his dream girl, April, off her feet, hopeless Artie crashes his car and wakes up in the middle of the Zombie Apocalypse.
Jovica Mihajlovski, Svetozar Cvetkovic, Vasil Zafircev. CinemaxX Studio 15
14:30 All Cheerleaders Die
(US) Celluloid Dreams/ Celluloid Nightmares, 90mins. Dir: Luke McKee, Chris Siverston. Cast: Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa SmitMcPhee, Brooke Butler, Tom Williamson. dffb-Kino
(US) The Solution Entertainment Group, 100mins. Dir: Lynn Shelton. Cast: Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz, Sam Rockwell. Megan is 28 and stuck in permanent adolescence. She’s been with her boyfriend, Anthony, since high school and now is the fun-loving bridesmaid and godmother for all her friends. CineStar 5
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(China) All Rights Entertainment, 30mins. Dir: Ding Liang. Since Bald has brought back this mysterious box, the forest is no longer peaceful while Bald’s and his friends, the Bear Brothers’ lives, have changed dramatically. Suddenly they dicover this mysterious box may contain a secret. CineStar 1
(Italy, France) Bac Films, 111mins. Dir: Paolo Virzi. Cast: Valeria BruniTedeschi, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Fabrizio Gifuni. Lake Como, Italy. A cyclist is knocked off the road by a jeep in 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? CinemaxX Studio 16
Home from Home – Chronicle of a Vision
(Germany, France) ARRI Worldsales, 230mins. Dir: Edgar Reitz. Cast: Jan Schneider, Marita Breuer, Rudiger Kriese, Maximilian Scheidt. Zoo Palast 2
14:15 Aunt Hilda!
(France, Luxembourg) SND – Groupe M6, 89mins. Dir: Jacques-Remy Girerd, Benoit Chieux. Cast: Sabine Azema, Josiane Balasko, Serguei Vladimirov. MGB-Kino
14:20 The Piano Room
(Macedonia, Slovenia) Skopje Film Studio, 102mins. Dir: Igor Ivanov. Cast: Natasha Petrovic,
The Brave Adventures of a Little Shoemaker
(Croatia) Maydi Film & Video, 102mins. Dir: Silvije Petranovic. Cast: Mile Biljanovic, Ena Lulic, Goran Navojec, Hristina Popovic. Apprentice Hlapic, the little shoemaker, sets off on a interesting journey with his friend, after experiencing injustice from the Master Mrkonja. On the night of the full moon something terrible happens, and changes everything. Zoo Palast Club B
The Magic Snowflake
(France) Gaumont, 82mins. Dir: Luc Vinciguerra.
Dir: Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting Prod: Submarine Sales: The Match Factory (documentary, 83’) 15:30 Colosseum 1
Dir: Sam de Jong Prod: 100% Halal (short, 15’) 16:00 CinemaxX 5
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Nacucchi. Cast: Marco Gandolfi Vannini, Jessica Resteghini, Graziano Scarabicchi, Simona Molinari. An Italian lesbian couple want a child. A gay couple try to help them.
(UK) Dogwoof, 86mins. Dir: Beeban Kidron. Takes us on a journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, to find out what exactly the internet is doing to our children.
15:05 Heavenly Shift
(Hungary) Magyar Filmunio/Hungarian National Film Fund, 105mins. Dir: Mark Bodzsar. Cast: Andras Otvos, Roland Raba, Tamas Keresztes. Marriott 2
15:10 Brazilian Western
(Brazil) Imagina International Sales, 105mins. Dir: Rene Sampaio. Cast: Fabricio Boliveira, Isis Valderde, Felipe Abib, Antonio Calloni. Follows a young man from the provinces who decides to try his luck in the capital, where he falls in with a rough crowd – and falls for a senator’s daughter. CinemaxX Studio 19
Zoo Palast Club A
14:55 Black Butler
(Japan) Gaga Corporation, 119mins. Dir: Kentaro Otani, Keiichi Sato. Cast: Hiro Mizushima, Ayame Goriki. CinemaxX Studio 12
15:00 Beyond Love
(Italy) Reel Suspects, 108mins. Dir: Silvio
(Belgium) Media Luna New Films, 118mins. Dir: Stijn Coninx. Cast: Matteo Simoni, Evelien Bosmans, Luigi Lo Cascio, Donatella Finocchiaro. CinemaxX Studio 17
Dir: Menno Meyjes Prod: Eyeworks Film & TV Drama Sales: Media Luna New Films (feature, 88’) 13:40 CinemaxX 11 (EFM)
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History of Fear
(Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, France) Visit Films, 79mins. Dir: Benjamin Naishtat. Cast: Jonathan Da Rosa, Claudia Cantero, Mirella Pascual, Cesar Bordon.
(Croatia) Wide/Wide House, 109mins. Dir: Tomislav Mric. Cast: Sasa Anocic, Zivko Anocic, Matija Antolic, Kruno Klabucar.
(France) TF1 International, 95mins. Dir: Nicolas Castro. Cast: Pio Marmai, Laetitia Casta, Gaspard Proust, Andre Dussollier.
CinemaxX Studio 15
(Canada) Ellipsis Media International, 83mins. Dir: Matt Johnson. Cast: Matthew Johnson, Owen Williams, Krista Madison, Brandon Wickens.
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(Mexico) Arclight Films, 110mins. Dir: Alfonso Pineda Ulloa. Cast: Paz Vega, Alfonso Herrera. After being raped, a renowned psychic loses
faith in her gift, develops agoraphobia, and traps herself indoors. A spectre then begins to haunt her, and she must fight to get her gift back, before her rapist returns. CinemaxX Studio 11
(Poland, UK), 66mins. Dir: Wilhelm Sasnal, Anka Sasnal. CinemaxX 6
Hellstrom. Cast: Evabritt Strandberg, Hanna Schygulla, Joni Franceen, Jorgen Svensson. CinemaxX Studio 14
The Quiet Roar
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Whispers Behind the Wall
(Germany) Eastwest Filmdistribution, 95mins. Dir: Grzegorz Muskala. Cast: Vincent Redetzki, Katharina Heyer, Florian Panzner, Ronald Nitschke. Martin leaves his sheltered life with his parents and
arrives in Berlin with high hopes – to study law. He finds a tiny place in a gloomy, run-down apartment, from which the previous tenant Robert has disappeared without a trace. CinemaxX Studio 13
16:20 Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq
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(Germany) Picture Tree International, 89mins. Dir: Nana Neul. Cast: Dagmar Manzel, Ernst Stotzner, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Arthur Igual. CinemaxX Studio 16
15:50 The Man of the Crowd
17:00 Another Year
(Russia) Antipode Sales & Distribution, 107mins. Dir: Oksana Bychkova. Cast: Ekaterina Fedulova, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Aleksey Barabash, Irina Rakhmanova. Marriott 2
(France) Pathe International, 95mins. Dir: Nils Tavernier. Cast: Jacques Gamblin, Alexandra Lamy, Fabien Heraud.
(UK) Altitude Film Sales, 84mins. Dir: Daniel Simpson. Cast: Danny Shayler, Robert Curtis, Abbie Salt. Three friends’ passion for treasure hunting inadvertently leads them onto land owned by the Ministry of Defence, where they become accidental participants in a terrifying alien incursion.
Wind of Change
(Italy, France) Rezo, 83mins. Dir: Jonathan Nossiter. Cast: Stefano Bellotti, Elena Pantaleoni, Giovanna Tiezzi, Corrado Dottori. MGB-Kino
(Argentina, France) Media Luna New Films, 78mins. Dir: Ines Maria Barrionuevo. Cast: Melissa Romero, Sol Zavala, Florencia Decall, Guillermo Pfening.
(Brazil) FiGa Films, 95mins. Dir: Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimaraes. Cast: Paulo Andre, Silvia Lourenco.
(Italy) Mimesi’S Culture, 60mins. Dir: Massimiliano Davoli. Cast: Massimiliano Davoli.
CinemaxX Studio 18
Zoo Palast Club B
A Burning Dream
Dir: Taedong Park. Cast: Rob Schneider, Drake Bell, Jessica DiCicco. 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. CineStar 6
Love Is Strange
(US) Fortissimo Films, 98mins. Dir: Ira Sachs. Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Charlie Tahan. CinemaxX 2
(Spain, Argentina) Axxon Films, 56mins. Dir: Alejandro Cortes. Cast: Sanz Raul, Jimenez Salome, Rubio Nacho, Angulo Alex. CinemaxX Studio 19
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(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 1
Yves Saint Laurent
(France) SND – Groupe M6, 110mins. Dir: Jalil Lespert. Cast: Pierre Niney, Guillaume Gallienne, Charlotte Le Bon, Laura Smet. CinemaxX 4
(Austria) Memento Films International, 91mins. Dir: Hubert Canaval. Marriott 3
House of Magic
(Belgium) Studiocanal, 85mins. Dir: Ben Stassen, Jeremie Degruson. CineStar 4
(Korea) SC Films International, 82mins.
17:10 The Decent One
(Israel, Austria, Germany) Cinephil, 94mins. Dir: Vanessa Lapa. Cast: Tobias Moretti, Sophie Rois, Antonia Moretti, Lenz Moretti. CinemaxX Studio 14
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17:15 The Forest is Like the Mountains
(Romania, Germany), 101mins. Dir: Christiane Schmidt, Didier Guillain. CinemaxX 6
interest; we’ve all been teenagers and been in love for the first time and we’ll all wish to get old. Teen love, friendship, brotherhood and finding identity are the main themes of the movie. MGB-Kino
(Spain) Imagina International Sales, 95mins. Dir: Fernando Franco. Cast: Marian Alvarez, Rosana Pastor, Manolo Solo, Ramon Barea. CinemaxX Studio 17
17:30 Beloved Sisters
(Germany, Austria) Global Screen, 170mins. Dir: Dominik Graf. Cast: Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius, Claudia Messner. CineStar 2
I’ll Bury You
(Belgium, France) Wild Bunch, 91mins. Dir: Sylvestre Sbille. Cast: Jonathan Zaccai, Ben Riga, David Murgia, Tania Garbarski. Estate agent Joe hates his ancient neighbour and her disgusting hovel on his property. He’d do anything to get rid of her. CineStar 1
We Come as Friends
(France, Austria) Le Pacte, 109mins. Dir: Hubert Sauper. CinemaxX Studio 18
Why Don’t You Play in Hell?
(Japan) Elle Driver, 119mins. Dir: Sion Sono. Cast: Jun Kunimura, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Gen Hoshino. CinemaxX Studio 13
17:40 The Nightingale
(France, China) Kinology, 99mins. Dir: Philippe Muyl. Cast: Bao Tian Li, Xiao Ran Li, Hao Qin, Xin Yi Yang. dffb-Kino
(Australia) Lightning Entertainment, 119mins. Dir: Craig Monahan. Cast: Hugo Weaving, Don Hany, Xavier Samuel, Mark Leonard Winter. CinemaxX Studio 15
(Italy) Rai Trade, 84mins. Dir: Francesco Calabrese, Enrico Audenino. Cast: Remo Girone, Stefania Casini, Tommaso Neri, Vittorio Gianotti. We’ve all been kids and we’ve all had an obsessive
(Russia) Intercinema Agency, 138mins. Dir: Marina Migunova. Cast: Viktoria Isakova, Roman Polyansky. CinemaxX Studio 16
(Australia, Cambodia) Reel Suspects, 88mins. Dir: Amiel CourtinWilson, Michael Cody. Cast: Rous Mony, Sang Malen, Johnny Brennan. Two young lovers inexplicably drawn together after escaping a brutal and exploitative world of crime and violence in modern-day Cambodia. Running away from Phnom Penh after a murder, they travel deeper into the jungle. Parliament
18:30 Desert Dancer
(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
Lemon Tree Passage
(Australia) Odin’s Eye Entertainment, 85mins. Dir: David Campbell. Cast: Jessica Tovey, Pippa Black, Andrew Ryan. When a group of young backpackers learn of a ghost of which is said to appear in the rearview mirror of a speeding car they set out to recreate it with the help of some locals. After speeding down Lemon Tree Passage, a remote road
surrounded by dense woods, their jubilation turns to terror as one by one each passenger begins to disappear in a violent fashion. CineStar 5
18:35 The Geographer Drank His Globe Away
(Russia) Antipode Sales & Distribution, 125mins. Dir: Alexandr Veledinsky. Cast: Konstantin Khabensky, Elena Lyadova, Alexandr Robak, Anna Ukolova.
19:00 Lucky Them
(UK, US) The Works, 97mins. Dir: Megan Griffiths. Cast: Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Ryan Eggold, Oliver Platt. A rock journalist is given the impossible assignment to hunt down a long-unseen revered local musician, and is joined on the road by a music-hating, aspiring documentarian.
(US, Egypt), 104mins. Dir: Jehane Noujaim. What does it mean to risk your life for your ideals? How far will five revolutionaries go in defending their beliefs in the fight for their nation?
18:40 American Burger – Promo Screening
(Sweden) LittleBig Productions, 30mins. Dir: Bonita Drake, Johan Bromander. Cast: Fredrik Hiller, Liam Macdonald, Benjamin Brooks, Aggy Ness Kukawka. A busload of American students on a culture trip in Europe stumble upon a mysterious Hamburger stand in the deep European woods. Trapped in this unknown territory, they are about to realise that European notion of American Hamburgers is terrifyingly different from what they’re used to. Marriott 3
18:45 Three Many Weddings
(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment, 95mins. Dir: Javier Ruiz Caldera. Cast: Maria Botto, Martino Rivas, Rossy de Palma, Quim Gutierrez. CineStar 6
surgeon, confirms what he foresaw: someone stole his kidney.
(Canada) Filmax International, 82mins. Dir: Jordan Barker. Cast: Robin Dunne, Katie Isabelle. CinemaxX Studio 17
19:05 Break Loose
(Russia) Wide/Wide House, 85mins. Dir: Alexey Uchitel. Cast: Alexey Mantsygin, Vilma Kutavichute, Alexander Novyn, Artyom Bystrov. CinemaxX Studio 11
(France, Belgium) Funny Balloons, 90mins. Dir: Arnold de Parscau. Cast: Denis Menochet, Virginie Ledoyen, Yolande Moreau. A man wakes up at dawn in a wasteland, with no memory of his escapades the night before. Back at his hotel, he discovers a freshly stitched scar on the side of his back. His former mistress, now a
19:20 Patch Town
(Canada) Reel Suspects, 85mins. Dir: Craig Goodwill. Cast: Zoie Palmer, Julian Richings, Rob Ramsay, Suresh John. CinemaxX Studio 19
19:30 The Square
20:10 Cam Girl
(Italy) Minerva Pictures Group, 90mins. Dir: Mirca Viola. Cast: Antonia Liskova, Alessia Piovan, Sveva Alviti, Maria Grazia Cucinotta. Alice involves three friends in a new business, opening a webcam website. At first things seem to be going well but soon will emerge differences and conflicts and each of them will be forced to come to terms with her own destiny. CineStar 5
21:30 Top Girl or la deformation professionnelle
(Germany), 94mins. CinemaxX 6
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