The Berlin Film Festival has added eight titles to the lineup for the 66th event in February, including the first competition pics. As previously announced, the fest opens with the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! on February 11; it’s confirmed to be running out of competition. Among the films now set to screen in competition is the world premiere of Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, the Mud and Take Shelter helmer’s new film with Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaedan Lieberher and Sam Shepard starring. The tale of a father and his 8-year-old who go on the run is releasing via Warner Bros on March 18.
Stage veteran Michael Grandage’s first feature Genius is also in the lineup. Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and Dominic West star in the story of a life changing friendship that developed between literary lion Thomas Wolfe (Law) and Max Perkins (Firth), the respected literary editor. Lionsgate acquired U.S. rights to Genius in Cannes.
There are a handful of documentaries in the mix including Alex Gibney’s cybercrime investigation, Zero Days. That film is world premiering in competition while Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next has its European premiere in the Berlinale Special section. There will be more titles announced over the coming weeks and into early February. The fest runs from Feb 11-21 with Meryl Streep as jury president.
Below is the full list announced today:
Boris Sans Béatrice (Boris Without Béatrice)
By Denis Côté
With James Hyndman, Simone-Elise Girard, Denis Lavant, Isolda Dychauk, Dounia Sichov
By Michael Grandage
With Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce, Dominic West
World premiere – first feature
Alone In Berlin
Germany / France / United Kingdom
By Vincent Perez
With Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Persbrandt
By Jeff Nichols
With Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaedan Lieberher, Sam Shepard
Zero Days – documentary
By Alex Gibney
The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble – documentary
By Morgan Neville
The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits Of John Berger – documentary
By Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz, Tilda Swinton
Where To Invade Next – documentary
By Michael Moore