Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Panorama Titles For 2018

The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled the first titles in its Panorama sidebar. The festival has confirmed 11 films, put together for the first time by new section head Paz Lázaro together with Michael Stütz and Andreas Struck.

Highlights include Timur Bekmambetov’s US fiction film Profile, which follows a British journalist who goes undercover and infiltrates the digital propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, German documentary Zentralflughafen THF (Central Airport THF), directed by Brazilian-Algerian Karim Aïnouz, who films the everyday lives of refugees in the hangars of the defunct Berlin airport Tempelhof and Yocho (Foreboding), a science fiction film by Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, which follows aliens that take over human emotions.

There are four films from Latin America: La Omisión (The Omission), a story about a transient worker from Argentinian filmmaker Sebastián Schjaer, Malambo, El Hombre Bueno (Malambo, The Good Man), the Santiago Loza-directed tale of a malambo dancer, Brazilian documentary Ex-Pajé (Ex Shaman) by Luiz Bolognesi, which explores the imminent ethnocide of the indigenous Paiter Suruí who live in the Amazon basin, and Bixa Travesty (Tranny Fag), which follows a black, transgender singer Linn da Quebrada.

The full list:

L’Animale – Austria
By Katharina Mückstein
With Sophie Stockinger, Kathrin Resetarits, Dominik Warta, Julia Franz Richter, Jack Hofer, Dominic Marcus Singer, Simon Morzé
World premiere

Bixa Travesty (Tranny Fag) – Brazil
By Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman
With Linn da Quebrada, Jup do Bairro, Liniker
World premiere

Ex Pajé (Ex Shaman) – Brazil
By Luiz Bolognesi
World premiere

Malambo, El Hombre Bueno (Malambo, The Good Man) – Argentina
By Santiago Loza
With Gaspar Jofre, Fernando Muñoz, Pablo Lugones, Nubecita Vargas, Gabriela Pastor, Carlos Defeo
World premiere

Obscuro Barroco – France / Greece
By Evangelia Kranioti
World premiere

La Omisión (The Omission) – Argentina / The Netherlands / Switzerland
By Sebastián Schjaer
With Sofía Brito, Lisandro Rodriguez, Malena Hernández Díaz, Victoria Raposo, Pablo Sigal
World premiere

Profile – USA / UK / Cyprus
By Timur Bekmambetov
With Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams, Morgan Watkins, Amir Rahimzadeh
World premiere

River’s Edge – Japan
By Isao Yukisada
With Fumi Nikaidou, Ryo Yoshizawa, SUMIRE , Shiori Doi, Aoi Morikawa
International premiere

That Summer – Sweden / Denmark / USA
By Göran Hugo Olsson
With Peter Beard, Lee Radziwill, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, Edith Bouvier Beale, Andy Warhol
European premiere

Yocho (Foreboding) – Japan
By Kiyoshi Kurosawa
With Kaho, Shota Sometani, Masahiro Higashide
European premiere

Zentralflughafen THF (Central Airport THF) – Germany / Brazil / France
By Karim Aïnouz
World premiere

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