The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the first wave of titles for its competition lineup, including new films from François Ozon, Marie Kreutzer, Denis Côté and Fatih Akin. Charles Ferguson’s Watergate documentary is among the Berlinale Special titles.
The first nine Competition and Berlinale Special films were revealed today, alongside the previously announced opening film, The Kindness of Strangers by Lone Scherfig.
Festival favourites Akin (In The Fade) and Ozon (In The House) return with German-language thriller The Golden Glove and French-language drama By The Grace Of God, respectively. The former follows a serial killer who strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s. The latter looks at a real-life case of sexual abuses allegedly committed by a French priest in the late 1980s. Oscar-winner Ferguson (Inside Job) will present anticipated 260-minute feature doc Watergate, which is sure to draw plenty of contemporary parallels.
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Der Boden unter den Füßen (The Ground Beneath My Feet)
by Marie Kreutzer (The Fatherless, We Used to be Cool)
with Valerie Pachner, Pia Hierzegger, Mavie Hörbiger, Michelle Barthel, Marc Benjamin, Axel Sichrovsky, Dominic Marcus Singer, Meo Wulf
Der Goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove)
Germany / France
by Fatih Akin (Head On, In the Fade)
with Jonas Dassler, Margarethe Tiesel, Hark Bohm
Grâce à dieu (By the Grace of God)
by François Ozon (8 Women, In the House)
with Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Éric Caravaca, François Marthouret, Bernard Verley, Martine Erhel, Josiane Balasko, Hélène Vincent, François Chattot, Frédéric Pierrot
Ich war zuhause, aber (I Was at Home, but)
Germany / Serbia
by Angela Schanelec (The Dreamed Path, Marseille)
with Maren Eggert, Franz Rogowski, Lilith Stangenberg, Jakob Lassalle, Clara Möller
Kız Kardeşler (A Tale of Three Sisters)
Turkey / Germany / Netherlands / Greece
by Emin Alper (Beyond the Hill, Frenzy)
with Cemre Ebüzziya, Ece Yüksel, Helin Kandemir, Kayhan Açikgöz, Müfit Kayacan, Kubilay Tunçer
Répertoire des villes disparues (Ghost Town Anthology)
by Denis Côté (Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, Bestiaire)
with Robert Naylor, Josée Deschênes, Jean-Michel Anctil, Larissa Corriveau, Rémi Goulet, Diane Lavallée, Hubert Proulx, Rachel Graton, Normand Carrière, Jocelyne Zucco
Berlinale Special Gala at the Friedrichstadt-Palast
by Zoya Akhtar (You Won’t Get This Life Again, Lust Stories)
with Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Raaz, Amruta Subhash, Vijay Verma
Berlinale Special at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Germany / Austria
by Heinrich Breloer (The Manns – Novel of a Century, Buddenbrooks – The Decline of a Family)
with Burghart Klaußner, Tom Schilling, Adele Neuhauser, Trine Dyrholm, Mala Emde, Franz Hartwig, Friederike Becht, Ernst Stötzner, Lou Strenger
Watergate – Documentary
by Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight, Inside Job)
with Douglas Hodge, Jill Wine-Banks, Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Richard Ben-Veniste
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