Friday, February 04, 2011

61st Berlin International Film Festival Line Up - Final

Post is ready for Final.


Yes I'm still updating this post... it takes me lots of time as always take a brief look at what film is about. But this year fest site is fantastic as just have to place cursor on top of picture to get a brief idea of what film is all about. Thanks Berlinale for improving the browsing on your site.

The post is growing and still have one last section to cover but for the first time in this blog I'm listing almost everything, which I usually spend hours and hours browsing the fest site and only publish the main films in each section.


Was waiting for film information and trailers to be up at the fest site but today is a good day to start this post from press releases and later on, when info is up at official site, will post at MOC trailers and movie info. As you know this is the first festival of the year that gets my total attention and follow every day. This post will be updated constantly until becomes final and this year decided to do only ONE post with all sections, so will be a very long post. Only films competing for the Teddy Award will have a different post.

Let’s start with films in the Competition that includes 22 films, 16 of which will be competing for the awards. In addition there will be two special screenings: In solidarity with the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, his film Offside will be presented on February 11, the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Also, the European premiere of Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams will be shown as a special screening in the Berlinale Palast. In all, three 3D films are to be presented in the Official Programme.


A Torinói Ló (The Turin Horse), Béla Tar, Hungary, France, Germany, Switzerland, and USA
Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz (Our Grand Despair), Seyfi Teoman, Turkey, Germany and Netherlands
Coriolanus, Ralph Fiennes, UK
El Premio (The Prize), Paula Markovitch, Mexico, France, Poland, and Germany (debut film)
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation), Asghar Farhadi, Iran
Les contes de la nuit (Tales Of The Night), Michel Ocelot, France (animated film in 3D)
Margin Call, JC Chandor, USA (debut film)
Odem (Lipstikka), Jonathan Sagall, Israel and UK
Saranghanda, Saranghaji Anneunda (Come Rain Come Shine), Lee Yoon-ki, South Korea
Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness), Ulrich Köhler, Germany, France and Netherlands
The Forgiveness Of Blood, Joshua Marston, USA, Albania, Denmark and Italy
The Future, Miranda July, Germany and USA
Un Mundo Misterioso (A Mysterious World), Rodrigo Moreno, Argentina, Germany and Uruguay
V Subbotu (Innocent Saturday), Alexander Mindadze, Russia, Germany and Ukraine
Wer wenn nicht wir (If Not Us, Who), Andres Veiel, Germany
Yelling To The Sky, Victoria Mahoney, USA

Out of Competition

Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland (Almanya), Yasemin Samderel, Germany (debut film)
Les femmes du 6ème étage (Service Entrance), Philippe Le Guay, France
Mein bester Feind (My Best Enemy), Wolfgang Murnberge, Austria and Luxemburg
Pina, Wim Wenders, Germany and France (dance film in 3D)
True Grit, Joel and Ethan Coen, USA
Unknown, Jaume Collet-Serra, Germany, Great Britain and France

Competition Special Screening

Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Werner Herzog, USA and France, 2010
Offside, Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2005

To check press release go here. To check Competition program plus information about each film go here.

International Jury

President: Isabella Rossellini, actress, producer and director
Jafar Panahi (place open to signalize its support for his struggle for freedom), director, author and producer, Iran
Jan Chapman, producer, Australia
Nina Hoss, actress, Germany
Aamir Khan, actor, director, producer, India
Guy Maddin, filmmaker, Canada
Sandy Powell, costumes designer, UK

Without an in-depth analysis my first impression is that this year Berlinale feels and looks very female oriented, which is extremely good and an excellent example for other festivals to emulate as well as all cinema activities in the world. Great!!!

Section will open on February 10 with Céline Sciamma's second film Tomboy and this year will present 16 feature films in its main program, 14 feature films in Panorama Special, and 20 in Panorama Dokumente (documentaries).

Main Program
Bu-dang geo-rae (The Unjust), Ryoo Seung-wan, South Korea
Byakuyakou (Into the White Night), Yoshihiro Fukagawa, Japan
Chang-Pi-Hae (Ashamed), Kim Soo-hyun, South Korea
Dance Town, Jeon Kyu-hwan, South Korea
Dernier étage gauche gauche (Top Floor Left Wing), Angelo Cianci, France and Luxemburg
Gandu (Asshole), Kaushik Mukherjee (Q), India
Here, Braden King, USA
Lo Roim Alaich (Invisible), Michal Aviad, Israel and Germany (world premiere)
Majki (Mothers), Milcho Manchevski, Macedonia, France and Bulgaria
Qualunquemente (Whatsoeverly), Giulio Manfredonia, Italy
Romeos, Sabine Bernardi, Germany (world premiere)
OFF BEAT by Jan Gassmann, Switzerland
También la lluvia (Even the Rain), Icíar Bollaín, Spain, France and Mexico
The Mortician, Gareth Maxwell Roberts, UK and USA (world premiere, 3D)
Tomboy, Céline Sciamma, France (world premiere)
Vampire, Iwai Shunji, USA and Canada

Panorama Special
7 Khoon Maaf (7 Sins Forgiven), Vishal Bhardwaj, India (world premiere)
Amador, Fernando León De Aranoa, Spain (with Magaly Solier)
Die Vaterlosen (Fatherless), Marie Kreutzer, Austria
Fjellet (The Mountain), Ole Giæver, Norway (lesbian interest)
Life In A Day, Kevin MacDonald, UK
Man At Sea, Constantine Giannaris, Greece (world premiere)
Medianeras, Gustavo Taretto, Argentina, Germany and Spain (world premiere)
Mishen (Target), Alexander Zeldovich, Russia
Rundskop (Bullhead), Michaël R. Roskam, Belgium and Netherlands
Sala samobójców (Suicide Room), Jan Komasa, Poland
The Devil’s Double, Lee Tamahori, Belgium (in English with Ludivine Sagnier)
The Guard, John Michael McDonagh, Ireland, and UK
Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within), José Padilha, Brazil
Über uns das All (Above Us Only Sky), Jan Schomburg, Germany

Panorama Dokumente
Barzakh, Mantas Kvedaravicius, Finland and Lithuania
Bombay Beach, Alma Har’el, USA
BRASCH - Das Wünschen und das Fürchten, Christoph Rüter, Germany (world premiere)
Die Jungs vom Bahnhof Zoo (Rent Boys), Rosa von Praunheim, Germany (world premiere)
homo@lv, Kaspars Goba, Latvia
House Of Shame / Chantal All Night Long, Johanna Jackie Baier, Germany (world premiere)
How Are You, Jannik Splidsboel, Denmark (world premiere)
Im Himmel, Unter der Erde. Der Jüdische Friedhof Weißensee (In Heaven Undreground – The Weissensee Jewish Cementery), Britta Wauer, Germany (world premiere)
Khodorkovsky, Cyril Tuschi, Germany (world premiere)
Leicht muss man sein, Fliegen muss man können (Lightflight), Annette Frick, Germany (world premiere)
Mama Africa, Mika Kaurismäki, Germany, South Africa and Finland (world premiere)
Mondo Lux – die Bilderwelten des Werner Schroeter (Mondo Lux – The Visual Worlds of Werner Shcroeter), Elfi Mikesch, Germany (world premiere, Isabelle Huppert)
The Advocate For Fagdom, Angélique Bosio, France (world premiere, gay interest)
The Bengali Detective, Philip Cox, UK,USA and Austria
The Big Eden, Peter Dörfler, Germany (world premiere)
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Göran Hugo Olsson, Sweden and USA
The Queen Has No Crown, Tomer Heymann, Israel (world premiere)
!Women Art Revolution - A Secret History, Lynn Hershman Leeson, USA
We Were Here, David Weissman, USA
Zai Yi Qi (Together), Zhao Liang, China

Supporting Films
Porno Melodrama, Romas Zabarauskas, Lithuania, France and Finland (world premiere)
Spring, Hong Khaou, UK
Warum Madame Warum, Johny Heys, Germany

Panorama Special Screening
Dayereh (The Circle), Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2000

To check information about each film in the Panorama section go here.


This is the most craziest and daring section of the festival and there are some films that I’m not sure that if I want to watch but definitively are interesting in concept like, for example, the one that has many people smoking one cigarette in real time and is shown one person taking all his necessary time to smoke one cigarette until is put out, then comes next person. Obviously there are some interesting more traditional films in this section that always explore the boundaries between art and cinema as well as the grey area between genres.

Amnistia (Amnesty), Bujar Alimani, Albania, Greece, and France, 2011
Art History, Joe Swanberg, USA, 2011
Auf der Suche (Looking for Simon), Jan Krüger, Germany, 2011
Ausente (Absent), Marco Berger, Argentina, 2011
Brownian Movement, Nanouk Leopold, Netherland, Germany, and Belgium, 2010
Chenggyecheon Medley: A Dream of Iron, Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, South Korea, 2010
Day is Done, Thomas Imbach, Switzerland, 2011
Der Engel van Doel (An Angel in Doel), Tom Fassaert, Netherlands and Belgium, 2011
Dom (The House), Zuzana Liová, Slovak Republic and Czech Republic, 2011
Etwas Besseres als den Tod (Beats Being Dead), Christian Petzold, Germany, 2011
Komm mir nitch nach (Don’t Follow Me Around), Dominik Graf, Germany, 2011
Eine Minute Dunkel (One Minute of Darkness), Christoph Hochhäusler, Germany 2011
Eine Serie von Gedanken (A Series of Thoughts), Germany, 2011
El Mocito (The Young Buttler), Marcela Said and Jean de Certeau, Chile, 2011
E-Love, Anne Villacèque, France, 2011
En terrains connus (Familiar Ground), Stéphane Lafleur, 2011
FIT, Hirosue Hiromasa, Japan, 2010
Folge mir (Follow Me), Johannes Hammel, Austria, 2010
Halaw (Ways of the Sea), Sheron Dayoc, Philippines, 2010
Heaven’s Story, Zeze Takahisa, Japan, 2010
Himmel und Erde (Heaven and Earth), Michael Plitz, Austria, from 1979 to 1982
Hi-So, Aditya Assarat, Thailand, 2010
Jagadangchak: shidaejeongshin kwa hyeonshilchamyeo (Self Referential Traverse: Zeitgeist and Engagement), Kim Sun, South Korea, 2011
Karen Llora en un Bus (Karen Cries on the Bus), Gabriel Rojas Vera, Colombia, 2011
Kazoku X (Household X), Yoshida Koki, Japan, 2010
Les Mains Libres (Free Hands), Brigitte Sy, France, 2010
Made in Poland, Przemyslaw Wojcieszek, Poland, 2010
Man chu (Late Autumn), Kim Tae-Yong, South Korea, Hong Kong, China and USA, 2010
Nesvatbov (Matching Mayor), Erika Hníková, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic, 2010
Ocio (Idleness), Juan Villegas and Alejandro Lingenti, Argentina, 2010
Osmdesát dopisů (Eighty Letters), Václav Kadrnka, Czech Republic, 2011
Os Residentes (The Residents), Tiago, Mata Machado, Brazil, 2010
Patang (The Kite), Prashant Bhargava, India and USA, 2011
Poo kor karn rai (The Terrorists), Thunska Panisittivorakul, Thailand and Germany, 2011
Sekai Good Morning!!! (Good Morning to the World!!!), Hirohara Satoru, Japan, 2010
Silver Bullets, Joe Swanberg, USA, 2011
Sleepless Nights Stories, Jonas Mekas, USA, 2011
State of Violence, Khalo Matabane, South Africa and France, 2010
Submarine, Richard Ayoade, UK, 2010
Swans, Hugo Viera da Silva, Germany and Portugal, 2011
Territoire Perdu (Lost Land), Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd, France and Belgium, 2011
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Marie Losier, USA and France, 2011
The Stool Pigeon, Dante Lam, Hong Kong and China, 2010
Traumfabrik Kabul (Kabul Dream Factory), Sebastian Heidinger, Germany and Afghanistan, 2011
Twenty Cigarettes, James Benning, USA, 2011
Unter Kontrolle (Under Control), Volker Sattel, Germany, 2011
Utopians, Zbigniew Bzymek, USA, 2011
Viva Riva!, Djo Tunda Wa Munga, Congo, France and Belgium, 2010

Forum Special Screening
Talaye Sorkh (Crimson Gold), Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2003

Shibuya Minoru Forum Tribute
Want to record these films in blog as will try to watch them in one of my Japanese cycles.

Akujo no kisetsu (The Days of Evil Women), Shibuya Minoru, Japan, 1958
Daikon to ninjin (The Radish and the Carrot), Shibuya Minoru, Japan, 1964
Gendajin (Modern People), Shibuya Minoru, Japan, 1952
Honjitsu kyushin (Doctor’s Day Off), Shibuya Minoru, Japan, 1952
Kojin kojitsu (A Good Man, A Good Day), Shibuya Minoru, Japan, 1961
Mozu (The Shrikes), Shibuya Minoru, Japan, 1961
Seigiha (Righteousness), Shibuya Minoru, Japan, 1957
Yopparai tengoku (Drunkard’s Paradise), Shibuya Minoru, Japan, 1962

To read information about each film in the Forum section go here and to check films in the Forum Expanded section of Forum go here.

As Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections are not completed yet will wait to do posting; Generation sections are complete and these are the films.


This is the festival section with films suited for children and youths but as we know films are not made for that target audience, but theme/message is one that young audiences should watch.

Generation Kplus - feature length films
A Pas de Loup (On The Sly), Olivier Ringer, Belgium and France, 2011
Bad o Meh (Wind & Fog), Mohammad Ali Talebi, Iran 2011
Den kæmpestore bjørn (The Great Bear), Esben Toft Jacobsen, Denmark, 2011 (Animation)
De Sterkste Man van Nederland (The strongest man in Holland), Mark de Cloe, Netherlands, 2010
HaDikduk HaPnimi (Intimate Grammar), Nir Bergman, Israel, 2010
Jørgen + Anne = Sant (Totally True Love), Anne Sewitsky, Norway and Germany, 2010
Jutro będzie lepiej (Tomorrow will be better), Dorota Kędzierzawska, Poland and Japan, 2010
Keeper`n til Liverpool (The Liverpool Goalie), Arild Andresen, Norway, 2010
Knerten gifter seg (Twigson ties the knot), Martin Lund, Norway, 2010
Las Malas Intenciones (The Bad Intentions), Rosario García-Montero, Peru, Germany and Argentina, 2011
Mabul (The Flood), Guy Nattiv, Israel, Canada, Germany and France, 2010
Sampaguita, National Flower, Francis Xavier E. Pasion, Philippines, 2010 (documentary)
Une vie de chat (A Cat In Paris), Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland 2010 (animation)

Kplus Special Screening
Badkonak-e Sefid (The White Balloon), Jafar Panahi, Iran, 1995

Generation 14plus – feature length films

Opening Film: Griff The Invisible, Leon Ford, Australia, 2010

Apflickorna (She Monkeys), Lisa Aschan, Sweden, 2011
The Dynamiter, Matthew Gordon, USA, 2010
El Chico que Miente (The Kid Who Lies), Marité Ugás, Venezuela and Peru, 2011
Frit fald (Rebounce), Heidi Maria Faisst, Denmark, 2011
Jess + Moss, Clay Jeter, USA, 2011
Mit dem Bauch durch die Wand (Against All Odds), Anka Schmid, Switzerland 2011 (documentary)
On the Ice, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, USA, 2011
Red Dog, Kriv Stenders, Australia, 2010
Shanzha shu zhi lian (Under The Hawthorn Tree), Zhang Yimou, China, 2010
Skyskraber (Skyscraper), Rune Schjøtt, Denmark, 2010
Stadt Land Fluss (Harvest), Benjamin Cantu, Germany, 2011
West Is West, Andy De Emmony, UK, 2010

To read complete press release that includes out of competition feature films and short films in each category go here. To check information about each film go here.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

The section aims to stimulate interest in new thematic and stylistic trends amongst the next generation of German filmmakers. This section takes audiences on a journey of discovery. Alongside established names, it presents the unexpected and takes risks to provide some insight into the future of German cinema. The following list includes feature films, short films and documentaries.

Der Preis (The Prize), Elke Hauck, Germany, 2011
Die Ausbidung (The Education), Dirk Lütter, Germany, 2011
Dígame - Sag mir (Dígame – Tell Me), Josephine Frydetzki, Germany, 2010
Eisblumen (Ice Flowers), Susan Gordanshekan, Germany, 2011
Kampf der Königinnen (Battle of the Queens), Nicolas Steiner, Germany and Switzerland, 2011
Lollipop Monster, Ziska Reimann, Germany, 2011
Rotkohl und Blaukraut (Turkish Kraut), Anna Hepp, Germany, 2011
Kamakia – Die Helden der Insel (Kamakia – The Heroes of the Island), Jasin Challah, Germany, 2010
Utopia Ltd, Sandra Trostel, Germany, 2011
Vaterlandsverräter, Annekatrin Hendel, Germany, 2011
weisst du eigentlich dass ganz viele blumen blühen im park (you know the park is filled with flowers), Lothar Herzog, Germany, 2010

Guest of Perspektive Deutches Kino
Der Albaner (The Albanian), Johannes Naber, Germany and Albania, 2010
Ein Sommer voller Türen (Charity Salesmen), Stefan Ludwig, Germany, 2010
Stuggart 21 – Denk mal! (Stuggart 21 – think to remember!), Lisa Sperling and Florian Kläger, Germany, 2011

To check info about films in Perspektive Deutsches Kino go here.

Other Sections

Most interesting is Ingmar Bergman Retrospective press release is here. More information available here. The list of Bergman films in the Retrospective is overwhelming with almost all his films if not all; also in the list that's here there are other films that will be screened in other retrospectives.

Homage will screen films starring Armin Mueller-Stahl from excellent directors like Costa-Gravas, Sluizer, Cronenber and several others. Check movies here.

Berlinale Special this year includes recent films as well as a Tribute to Lia Van Leer, In Memoriam Mario Monicelli, and In Memoriam Bernd Eichinger. To check all films in this section go here.

German Cinema - LOLA@Berlinale will screen many films that you can check here.

Berlinale Shorts 2011 press release and list is here. To check list of all short films in this section go here.

Berlinale Talent Campus about Filming War, press release is here.To check events and all films in this section go here.  Most interesting is an event called "As Queer As It Gets" with John Greyson, Wieland Speck, Thunska Pansittivorakul and Christine Vachon.  Talent Campus with info for filmmakers separate site is here.

Berlinale Co-Production Market 2011, press release with details and list of 38 selected film projects from 25 countries is here.

Culinary Cinema 2011, preliminary information is here. To check films in this VERY interesting-concept section go here.

European Film Market site is here.

I’m so tempted to start ‘playing’ with this festival but I know is too early so will wait until full programs are posted at site, but now we all have the first idea about what will be happening at the fest this year. Obviously films competing for the Teddy will be identified when full program is published.

I’m still hook on current awards season and many awards news will come in the next 5 weeks, but I know I will stop all award news when the fest starts on February 10th.


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