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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

French Films at #Berlinale2016


A few days back Unifrance published at their official site an article that listed the French (majority and minority) productions at #Berlinale2016. As many of you know, I LOVE French cinema, so the easiest way to uncover the films is to copy and paste the article here for our present and future reference, as most films absolutely are must-be-seen for me.

What follows is the article. If you wish to read it at Unifrance official site please go here.

French cinema will be in the spotlight at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival, to be held February 11 through 20, 2016, with three majority-French productions in competition (along with three minority co-productions) and two films presented out of competition.

The directors André Téchiné (whose film The Witnesses was previously shown in competition in Berlin in 2007), Mia Hansen-Løve (in the competition section for the first time this year), and Danis Tanovic (whose film An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker was presented at Berlin in 2013) are behind the three films solely or majority-produced by France that are included in the Official Competition at Berlin this year.

In addition to this, the Out of Competition section will feature world premieres of two eagerly-anticipated films: Saint Amour by Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine, starring Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Poelvoorde, and News from Planet Mars by Dominik Moll, starring François Damiens.

The lineup for the festival's Panorama and Generation sections will be announced at a later late.

The Forum section, which serves as an independent platform for discovering new talent at the Berlinale, will showcase 44 films this year, including 10 titles crediting France as a co-production partner. Guillaume Nicloux will present his intriguing fantasy thriller The Wandering, which reunites the director with lead actor Gérard Depardieu, while Eugène Green will reveal his latest offering Le Fils de Joseph, featuring Mathieu Amalric.

Feature Films - Official Competition:
Seul dans Berlin by Vincent Perez (minority co-production)
Things to Come by Mia Hansen-Løve
Death in Sarajevo by Danis Tanovic
Quand on a 17 ans by André Téchiné
Soy nero by Rafi Pitts (minority co-production)
Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi (minority co-production)

Feature Films - Out of Competition:
Saint Amour by Gustave Kervern, Benoît Delépine
News from Planet Mars by Dominik Moll

Feature Films - Forum:
The Wandering by Guillaume Nicloux
Le Fils de Joseph by Eugène Green
Between Fences by Avi Mograbi
Baden Baden de Rachel Lang (50% French production)
El Dorado XXI by Salomé Lamas (minority co-production)
TA'ANG by Bing Wang (minority co-production)
A Maid For Each by Maher Abi Samra (minority co-production)
We Are Never Alone by Petr Vaclav (minority co-production)
Depth Two, by Ognjen Glavonic (minority co-production)
Ilegitim, by Adrian Sitaru (minority co-production)

Feature Films - Génération :
Jamais contente de Émilie Deleuze
Ma révolution de Ramzi Ben Sliman

Feature Films - Panorama :
Aloys de Tobias Nölle
Mariupolis de Mantas Kvedaravicius
Don't Blink - Robert Frank de Laura Israel
I, Olga Hepnarova de Tomas Weinreb, Petr Kazda
The Wounded Angel de Emir Baigazin
Road to Istanbul de Rachid Bouchareb
Les Premiers, les Derniers de Bouli Lanners
Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau de Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau

Feature Films - Forum Expanded :
A Mina dos Vagalumes de Raphaël Grisey
Reason's Oxymorons de Kader Attia

Short Films - Official Competition :
Our Legacy de Jonathan Vinel
LOVE de Réka Bucsi
Estate de Ronny Trocker
In the Soldier's Head de Christine Rebet

Short Films - Generation Competition :
The Teeny-Weeny Fox de Sylwia Szkiladz

Feature Films - Panorama / Teddy 30 :
I, You, She, He de Chantal Akerman
All Night Long de Chantal Akerman

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