Berlin Film Festival Unveils Nine New Competition Titles

The 66th Berlin International Film Festival unveiled nine new competition titles Monday, including Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune, Mia Hansen-Love’s Things To Come and Danis Tanovic’s Death in Sarajevo.  Tanovic previously won the Berlin jury grand prize and best actor Silver Bears in 2013 for An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker.

Also joining the main official section are Portugese filmmaker Ivo M. Ferreira’s Letters from War, Iranian filmmaker – and Berlin stalwart- Mani Haghighi’s A Dragon Arrives, the feature length docu Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi and Lav Diaz’ A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery. Rounding out the additions is Tomasz Wasilewski’s United States of Love.

The festival kicks off February 11 with the world premiere of the Coen Bros’ Hail, Caesar! starring George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johannson. Other titles previously announced include Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, starring Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton.

Here is the full list of the nine new titles:

Cartas da guerra (Letters from War)- Portugal
Directed by Ivo M. Ferreira; starring Miguel Nunes, Margarida Vila-Nova
(World premiere)

Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!)- Iran
Directed byMani Haghighi , starring Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi
(International premiere)

Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) –Italy / France
Directed by Gianfranco Rosi
(World premiere)

Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery)- Philippines / Singapore
Directed by Lav Diaz, starring John Lloyd Cruz, Piolo Pascual, Hazel Orencio
(World premiere)

Kollektivet (The Commune)- Denmark / Sweden / Netherlands
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, starring Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingaard Neumann
(International premiere)

L’avenir (Things to Come)– France / Germany
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve , starring Isabelle Huppert, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob
(World premiere)

Quand on a 17 ans (Being 17)– France
Directed by André Téchiné, starring Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila
(World premiere)

Smrt u Sarajevu / Mort à Sarajevo (Death in Sarajevo)- France / Bosnia and Herzegovina
Directed by Danis Tanović, starring Jacques Weber, Snežana Vidović, Izudin Bajrović,
(World premiere)

Zjednoczone Stany Miłosci (United States of Love)– Poland / Sweden
Directed By Tomasz Wasilewski, starring Julia Kijowska, Magdalena Cielecka
(World premiere)


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