With less than a month to go before the curtain rises on the 66th Berlin Film Festival, the full competition section is now complete. Joining the previously announced titles vying for Golden and Silver Bears are another four films from across Europe and Asia (see below).
The competition now includes 18 films with five more in non-competitive slots. Those include Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, out of competition with its international premiere, along with the world premieres of With A Friend Like Harry helmer Dominik Moll’s News From Planet Mars and Lee Tamahori’s The Patriarch. The Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! is opening the fest, also out of competition, on February 11.
Among the higher profile competition films unveiled in December and early January are Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, Michael Grandage’s Genius, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune and Danis Tanovic’s Death In Sarajevo. The lineup is otherwise typically eclectic, with an emphasis on Europe. The awards ceremony will take place at the Berlinale Palast on February 20 with Meryl Streep presiding over the jury. Here’s the additional list:
24 Wochen (24 Weeks)
Dir: Anne Zohra Berrached
Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent)
People’s Republic of China
Dir: Yang Chao
Inhebbek Hedi (Hedi)
Dir: Mohamed Ben Attia
Dir: Rafi Pitts
OUT OF COMPETITION
Des Nouvelles De La Planète Mars (News From Planet Mars)
Dir: Dominik Moll
Mahana (The Patriarch)
Dir: Lee Tamahori
Dirs: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
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