Spanish helmer Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night has been selected as the opening film for the 65th Berlin Film Festival. The world premiere will take place on February 5, and the movie will be part of the competition. A Spanish-French-Bulgarian co-production, it’s set in 1908, in the Arctic seclusion of Greenland. The adventure film focuses on courageous women and ambitious men who put anything at stake for love and glory. Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) and Gabriel Byrne star.
Last year’s Berlin opener, The Grand Budapest Hotel, scored a leading 11 BAFTA nominations this morning. The year prior, Berlin opened with Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, making this choice seem a bit obscure.
However, Coixet has been a fixture in Berlin with six films previously presented in various sections, including My Life Without Me (2003) and Elegy (2008) in Competition.