Berlinale 2017 Lineup, Round 11
The Competition, Special and Classics lineups are now complete.
With its most recent announcements, the Berlin International Film Festival has completed the lineups for the Competition and Berlinale Special as well as the Berlinale Classics sections. The new additions:
Final Portrait, directed by Stanley Tucci. With Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Tony Shalhoub, James Faulkner and Sylvie Testud. World premiere. Out of competition. From the British Council: "Paris, 1964. Alberto Giacometti, the celebrated artist, bumps into his old friend, a respected American critic, James Lord, and begs that he sit for a portrait because he has an interesting face. Lord is flattered by the request and as the days go by and turn into weeks and weeks seemingly with no end in sight, he realizes his entire life has been hijacked by the erratic genius. The portrait continues to ebb and flow. Veering between frustration and joy, Lord ultimately sees logic in the artist's chaotic mind and witnesses Giacometti complete one of his last masterpieces."
Hao ji le (Have a Nice Day), Liu Jian. World premiere. Animation.
Sage femme (Midwife), Martin Provost. With Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve and Olivier Gourmet. World premiere. Out of competition. Last year, Variety's John Hopewell noted that it "turns on Claire (Frot), a tremendously gifted traditional midwife who one day receives out of the blue a phone call from Beatrice (Deneuve), her father’s ex-mistress who disappeared from her life 30 years ago, saying she has something important to tell her."
The Lost City of Z, James Gray. With Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland. International premiere. Reviews from the New York Film Festival, where the film saw its world premiere last fall.
the bomb, Kevin Ford, Smriti Keshari and Eric Schlosser. Live music by The Acid. International premiere. From the site: "The odds of a city vanishing in a mushroom cloud may be greater today than at any other point in history. the bomb is a film and music experience that presents the reality of nuclear weapons to the modern age with visceral immediacy."
La libertad del diablo (Devil's Freedom), Everardo González. World premiere. From Cinélatino: "In five years, its estimated that the war against organized crime in Mexico has left a death toll of 100,000 people executed and more than 300,000 indirect victims (children, widows, parents, friends of the deceased, etc.). This documentary will record the stories of some of the victims of these nationwide stories, of those who committed the acts of violence, of those that suffer them, and of those who work in the resolution of the cases."
Nema-ye nazdik (Close Up, 1990), Abbas Kiarostami. With Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah and Monoochehr Ahankhah. German Premiere of the restored version, as part of the Goethe-Institut program Iranian Modernity. Reviews at Critics Round Up.
The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov, Askold Kurov. World premiere. Marking 30 years of the European Film Academy, which offers background: "The Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was involved in supporting the Euro Maidan protests in Kiev and who has opposed the annexation of Crimea by Russia, was arrested by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) in his house in Simferopol on 10 May 2014 and brought to Moscow where he was detained and awaiting trial for over a year."
4 Blocks, Marvin Kren. With Kida Khodr Ramadan, Frederick Lau, Veysel Gelin, Almila Bagriacik, Maryam Zaree, Karolina Lodyga, Oliver Masucci and Massiv. Broadcaster: TNT Serie. World premiere. Tells a story in six episodes of an Arabian community in the Berlin district of Neukölln
Below the Surface, Kasper Barfoed. With Johannes Lassen, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen and Paprika Steen. Broadcasters: Kanal 5 and Discovery Networks Denmark. World premiere. From Studiocanal: "Copenhagen, 2017. 15 innocent people are held hostage underground in a subway train."
Black Spot. Creator: Mathieu Missoffe. Directors: Thierry Poiraud and Julien Despaux. With Suliane Brahim, Laurent Capelluto, Hubert Delattre and Samuel Jouy. Broadcaster: France 2. World premiere. From AB International Distribution: "Villefranche. A small border town lost in the heart of a large forest which makes any phone call hazardous. A place like no other, increasingly deserted by its inhabitants while crime rate is six times higher than elsewhere in the area. Besides that, everything is fine. The urban, awkward and newly appointed prosecutor of the district, Frank Siriani, decides to settle in Villefranche to figure out the phenomenon. He meets with Major Laurène Weiss, the native and locally known 'Sheriff' of the territory. This single mother, loudmouth and strangely connected to the forest, solves criminal cases with the help of her unusual team. Each new crime makes Laurène sink deeper and deeper into secrets of the area, and encourages her to resolve the mystery that always obsessed her: her own kidnapping twenty years ago."
Der gleiche Himmel (The Same Sky). Creator: Paula Milne. Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel. With Tom Schilling, Sofia Helin, Friederike Becht, Ben Becker and Jörg Schüttauf. Broadcaster: ZDF. World premiere. From Drama Quarterly: "Set in 1970s Berlin, the story centres on East German agent Lars (Tom Schilling) who is sent to West Berlin as a 'Romeo' agent on a mission to seduce high-ranking British intelligence officer Lauren. Elsewhere, gay teacher Axel (Hannes Wegener) takes dramatic steps to escape the oppressive East German regime, and Lars' cousin Klara (Stephanie Amarell), a talented swimmer, proves she is willing to do anything to join the East's Olympic swimming team by taking pills that produce disturbing side effects."
Patriot. Creator: Steve Conrad. With Michael Dorman, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Chernus, Kathleen Munroe, Aliette Opheim, Chris Conrad and Terry O’Quinn. Broadcaster: Amazon Prime Video. World Premiere. From the Facebook page: "Patriot follows the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner," whose "latest assignment, to prevent Iran from going nuclear, requires him to forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous 'non-official cover'—that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm. A bout with PTSD, the Federal government’s incompetence, and the intricacies of keeping a day job in industrial piping cause a barrage of ever-escalating fiascos that jeopardize the mission."
SS-GB, Philipp Kadelbach. With Sam Riley, Kate Bosworth, Lars Eidinger, James Cosmo, Rainer Bock, Maeve Dermody, Aneurin Barnard and Jason Flemyng. Broadcaster: BBC One. World premiere. The Wikipedia page currently notes that it's a "dystopian alternate history television series produced by BBC Films and Sid Gentle Films. The series is based on the 1976 novel of the same name by Len Deighton. The story is an alternate history of the world in which the Axis powers won the Battle of Britain. The King is a prisoner and Winston Churchill has been shot. The story follows a police detective, Douglas Archer, who in following up a routine murder case uncovers a web of intrigue involving British atomic weapons research secrets, which the Abwehr is keen to get its hands on."
Annie Hall (1977), Woody Allen. World premiere of the digitally restored version. In 4K DCP. Critics Round Up.
Avanti Popolo (1986), Rafi Bukaee. International premiere of the digitally restored version. In 2K DCP. Wikipedia notes that the title "is derived from the opening words of the Italian revolutionary song Bandiera Rossa, which is sung by the film's protagonists, very non-heroic Israeli and Egyptian soldiers wandering the Sinai Desert in the aftermath of the 1967 War."
Canoa (1976), Felipe Cazals. World premiere of the digitally restored version. In 2K DCP. From Criterion: "One of Mexico’s most highly regarded works of political cinema, Canoa: A Shameful Memory reimagines a real-life incident that had occurred just eight years before its release, when a group of urban university employees on a hiking trip were viciously attacked by residents of the village of San Miguel Canoa who had been manipulated by a corrupt priest into believing the travelers were communist revolutionaries. Director Felipe Cazals adopts a gritty documentary style to narrate the events in Canoa while referencing the climate of political repression that would lead to the massacre of student protesters in Mexico City shortly thereafter. The resulting film is a daring commentary on ideological manipulation, religious fanaticism, and mass violence, as well as a visceral expression of horror."
Maurice (1987), James Ivory. World premiere of the digitally restored version. In 4K DCP. From Criterion: "Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster’s Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. Maurice Hall (James Wilby) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality was punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret. Sparkling direction by James Ivory, distinguished performances from the ensemble cast, and a charged score by Richard Robbins all combine to create a film of immense power. Maurice is a romantic, moving story of love and self-discovery for all audiences."
Schwarzer Kies (Black Gravel, 1961), Helmut Käutner. World premiere of the digital version. In 2K DCP. From the Locarno Film Festival: "In a Hunsrück backwater, FRG firms working for NATO are building runways for jet fighters, supervised by the U.S. military. The local criminal element is yielding strange fruit… The lucid cynicism of this settling of accounts with the FRG was a world away from the cinema of its time."
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (1991/2017), James Cameron. World premiere of the digitally restored version. In 2K DCP. Critics Round Up.