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Thursday, January 10, 2019

69th Berlinale Complete Lineup - In Progress

Post will be In Progress first, until January 29, 2019 when the entire public program will be publish online a few minutes after the press conference is over; and second, until festival uploads all movie info, trailers, etc to the official site, which usually happens about a week after the press conference.  For the record the festival runs from February 7 to 17, 2019.

Today will start the always VERY LONG annual post with (almost) ALL movies in the current edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, better known as Berlinale.  The best news from today, January 10, is learning Dieter Kosslick is still mentioned as Festival Director in an official press release! Yes, seems this will be his last festival as his contract expires May 31, 2019, so we have one last edition to enjoy a great personality with exactly my kind of humor, darkish.  Next year seems will be the turn to Italian-born Carlo Chatrian, who has been the artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival since 2013. I'm going to miss Kosslick and hope Chatrian improves his image as didn't precisely enjoyed him with whatever he was doing in Locarno.

Post will be updated constantly as soon as there is new information available.


Opening Film: The Kindness of Strangers, Lone Scherfig, Denmark, Canada, Sweden, Germany and Fance
Beginning of Festival: Grâce à Dieu (By the Grace of God), François Ozon, France

Der Boden unter den Füßen (The Ground beneath My Feet), Marie Kreutzer, Austria
Der Goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove), Fatih Akin, Germany and France
Di jiu tian chang (So Long, My Song), Wang Xiaoshuai, China
Elisa y Marcela (Elisa & Marcela), Isabel Coixet, Spain
Gospod postoi, imeto i' e Petrunija (God Exists, Her Name is Petrunija), Teona Stugar Mitevska, Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia and France
Ich war zuhause, aber (I Was at Home, but), Angela Schanelec, Germany and Serbia
Kız Kardeşler (A Tale of Three Sisters), Emin Alper, Turkey, Germany, Netherlands and Greece
La Paranza dei bambini (Piranhas), Claudio Giovannesi, Italy
Marighella, Wagner Moura, Brazil
Mr. Jones, Agnieszka Holland, Poland, UK and Ukraine
Öndög, Wang Quan'an, Mongolia
Répertoire des villes disparues (Ghost Town Anthology), Denis Côté, Canada
Synonymes (Synonyms), Nadav Lapid, France, Israel and Germany
Systemsprenger (System Crasher), Nora Fingscheidt, Germany
The Operative, Yuval Adler, Germany, Israel, France and USA
Ut og stjæle hester (Out Stealing Horses), Hans Petter Moland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark
Varda par Agnès (Varda by Agnès), Agnès Varda, France (documentary)
Yi miao zhong (One Second), Zhang Yimou, China

Out of Compeatition
Amazing Grace, Alan Elliott, USA (documentary)
L'adieu à la nuit (Farewell to the Night), André Téchiné, France
Vice, Adam McKay, USA

International Jury
President: Juliette Binoche, actress, France

Berlinale Special

Berlinale Special at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Anthropocene: the Human Epoch, Jennifer Baichwal, Canada (documentary)
Brecht, Heinrich Breloer, Germany and Austria
El Norte (The North), Gregory Nava, USA, 1984 - restored in 2017
Es hätte schlimmer kommen können - Mario Adorf (It Could Have Been Worse - Mario Adorf), Dominik Wesserly, Germany (documentary)
Peter Lindbergh - Women Stories, Jean Michel Vecchiet, Germany (documentary)
Watergate, Charles Ferguson, USA (documentary)

Berlinale Special Gala at the Friedrichstadt-Palast
Gully Boy, Zoya Akhtar, India
Lampenfieber (Kids in the Spotlight), Alice Agneskirchner, Germany (documentary)
Phtograph, Ritesh Batra, India, Germany and USA
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Chiwetel Ejiofor, UK (first feature film)
Weil du nur einmal lebst - Die Toten Hosen auf Tour (You Only Live Once - Die Toten Hosen on Tour), Cordula Kablitz-Post, Germany (documentary)

Berlinale Special Gala at the Zoo Palast
Celle que vous croyez (Who You Think I Am), Safy Nebbou, France


37 Seconds, Hikari, Japan (debut film)
A Dog Called Money, Seamus Murphy, Ireland and UK
Dafne, Federico Bondi, Italy
Estou Me Guardando Para Quando Carnaval Chegar (Waiting for the Carnival), Marcelo Gomes, Brazil (documentary)
Eynayim Sheli (Chained), Yaron Shani, Israel and Germany
Flatland, Jenna Bass, South Africa, Germany and Luxembourg
Greta, Armando Praça, Brazil (debut film)
Hellhole, Bas Devos, Belgium and Netherlands
Jessica Forever, Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel, France
Kislota (Acid), Alexander Gorchilin, Russia (debut film)
Los Miembros de la Familia (Family Members), Mateo Bendesky, Argentina
Mid90s, Jonah Hill, USA (debut film)
Monos, Alejandro Landes, Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Uruguay and USA
O Beautiful Night, Xaver Böhm, Germany (debut film)
Selfie, Agostino Ferrente, France and Italy (documentary)
Shooting the Mafia, Kim Longinotto, Ireland and USA
Skin, Guy Nattiv, USA
Temblores (Tremors), Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, France and Luxembourg
The Day After I'm Gone, Nimrod Eldar, Israel (debut film)
The Souvenir, Joanna Hogg, UK
To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón (The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea), Syllas Tzoumerkas, Netherlands and Sweden
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael, Rob Garver, USA (documentary) (debut film)

Panorama 40
2019 markes the 40th edition of the Panorama section, on the occasion a special program from its 40-year history
To check the feature and short films go here, where there is a great article to read

A portuguesa (The Portuguese Woman) by Rita Azevedo Gomes, Portugal
A rosa azul de Novalis (The Blue Flower of Novalis) by Gustavo Vinagre, Rodrigo Carneiro, Brazil African Mirror by Mischa Hedinger, Switzerland
Aidiyet (Belonging) by Burak Çevik, Turkey, Canada and France
Bait by Mark Jenkin, United Kingdom
Breathless Animals by Lei Lei, USA
Chão (Landless) by Camila Freitas, Brazil
Chun nuan hua kai (From Tomorrow on, I Will) by Ivan Marković, Wu Linfeng, Germany, China and Serbia
Die Kinder der Toten by Kelly Copper, Pavol Liska, Austria
Demons by Daniel Hui, Singapore
El despertar de las hormigas (Hormigas) by Antonella Sudasassi Furniss, Costa Rica and Spain
Erde (Earth) by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Austria
Fern von uns (Far from Us) by Verena Kuri, Laura Bierbrauer, Argentina
Fortschritt im Tal der Ahnungslosen (Progress in the Valley of the People Who Don’t Know) by Florian Kunert, Germany
Fourteen by Dan Sallitt, USA
Fukuoka by Zhang Lu, Korea
Gli ultimi a vederli vivere (The Last to See Them) by Sara Summa, Germany
Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit (Heimat Is A Space in Time) by Thomas Heise, Germany andAustria
Kameni govornici (The Stone Speakers) by Igor Drljača,  Bosnia Herzegovina and Canada
Kimi no tori wa utaeru (And Your Bird Can Sing) by Sho Miyake, Japan
Lapü by César Alejandro Jaimes, Juan Pablo Polanco, Colombia
Malchik russkiy (A Russian Youth) by Alexander Zolotukhin, Russia
Man you (Vanishing Days) by Zhu Xin,  China
Monștri. (Monsters.) by Marius Olteanu, Romania
Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You. by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, Lesotho
MS Slavic 7 by Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell, Canada
Nasht (Leakage) by Suzan Iravanian, Iran and Czech Republic
Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle (Just Don't Think I'll Scream) by Frank Beauvais, France
Nos défaites (Our Defeats) by Jean-Gabriel Périot, France
Olanda by Bernd Schoch, Germany
Oufsaiyed Elkhortoum (Khartoum Offside) by Marwa Zein, Sudan, Norway and Denmark
Querência (Homing) by Helvécio Marins Jr., Brazil and Germany
Retrospekt by Esther Rots, Netherlands and Belgium
Serpentário (Serpentarius) by Carlos Conceição, Angola and Portugal
So Pretty by Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli, USA and France
The Plagiarists by Peter Parlow, USA
Une rose ouverte / Warda (An Open Rose) by Ghassan Salhab, Lebanon
Weitermachen Sanssouci (Music and Apocalypse) by Max Linz, Germany
Years of Construction by Heinz Emigholz, Germany


Generation Kplus

Feature Films
Opening Film:  Cleo, Erik Schmitt, Germany (debut film)
Ambessa, Mo Scarpelli, USA (documentary)
Baracoa, Pablo Briones and The Moving Picture Boys, Switzerland, USA and Spain (documentary)
Daniel fait face (Daniel), Marine Atlan, France (debut film)
Di yi ci de li bie (A First Farewell), Wang Lina, China (debut film)
Driveways, Andrew Ahn, USA
Kinder, Nina Wesemann, Germany (documentary)
Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels, Kim Tae Yong, Korea
Lotte ja kadunud lohed (Lotte and the Lost Dragons), Janno Põldma and Heiki Ernits, Estonia and Latvia
Månelyst i Flåklypa (Louis & Luca - Mission to the Moon), Rasmus A. Sivertsen, Norway
Mijn bijzonder rare week met Tess (My Extraordinary Summer with Tess), Steven Wouterlood, Netherlands and Germany (debut film)
Sune vs Sune, Jon Holmberg, Sweden and Denmark
Une Colonie (A Colony), Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, Canada (debut film)
Where We Belong, Jacqueline Zünd, Switzerland (documentary)

Out of Competition
2040, Damon Gameau, Australia (documentary)

Short Films
Ani, Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, New Zealand
Armed Lullaby, Yana Ugrekhelidze, Germany
City Plaza Hotel, Anna Paula Hönig and  Violeta Paus, France, Germany and Chile (documentary)
Dian jiao jian (Tiptoe), I-Ju Lin, Taiwan
El tamaño de las cosas (The Size of Things), Carlos Felipe Montoya, Colombia
Juste moi et toi (Just Me and You), Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers, Canada
Le dernier jour d'automne (The Last Day of Autumn), Marjolaine Perreten, Switzerland, Belgium and France
Magralen, Maryam Zarei, Iran and Canada
Nest, Sonja Rohleder, Germany
Oh Corbeau! Oh Corbeau! (Oh Crow! Oh Crow!), Pierre Garcia-Renne, Canada
Pappa (Dad), Atle S. Blakseth, Einar Dunsæd, Norway
#pestverhaal (#bullyingstory), Eef Hilgers, Netherlands (documentary)
Šarkan (The Kite), Martin Smatana, Slovak Republic and Czech Republic
She-Pack, Fanny Ovesen, Norway

Out of Competition
Los ausentes (The Absents), José Lomas Hervert, Mexico
Zibilla, Isabelle Favez, Switzerland and Belgium

Generation Kplus International Jury

Generation 14plus

Feature Films
Opening Film:  We Are Little Zombies, Makoto Nagahisa, Japan (debut film)
Beoi-sae (House of Hummingbird), Bora Kim, Korea (debut film)
Bulbul Can Sing, Rima Das, India
By the Name of Tania, Bénédicte Liénard, Mary Jiménez, Belgium and Netherlands (documentary
Espero tua (re)volta (Your Turn), Eliza Capai, Brazil (documentary)
Goldie, Sam de Jong, USA
Guo chun tian (The Crossing), Bai Xue, China
Hölmö nuori sydän (Stupid Young Heart), Selma Vilhunen, Finland, Netherlands and Sweden
Knives and Skin, Jennifer Reeder, USA
Ringside, André Hörmann, Germany and USA
Shao nian de ni (Better Days), Derek Kwok-Cheung Tsang, Hong Kong and China
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn, Canada and Norway
The Magic Life of V, Tonislav Hristov, Finland, Denmark and Bulgaria (documentary)
The Red Phallus, Tashi Gyeltshen, Bhutan, Germany and Nepal (debut film)

Out of Competition
Rekonstruktion Utøya (Reconstructing Utøya), Carl Javér, Sweden, Norway and Denmark (documentary)

Short Films
Cocodrilo (Crocodile), Jorge Yúdice, Spain
Four Quartets, Marco Alessi, UK
Hush, Armağan Ballantyne, New Zealand
Kids, Michael Frei, Switzerland and France
Leaking Life, Shunsaku Hayashi, Japan
Les petites vagues (Little Waves), Ariane Louis-Seize, Canada
Liberty, Faren Humes, USA
Los rugidos que alejan la tormenta (The Roar That Keeps the Storm Away), Santiago Reale, Argentina (documentary)
Mientras las olas (Meanwhile the Waves), Delfina Gavaldá and Carmen Rivoira, Argentina
Mosul 980, Ali Mohammed Saeed, USA
Paula sans lui (About Love), Maéva Berol, France
Soeurs Jarariju (The Sisters Jarariju), Jorge Cadena, Switzerland
Story, Jola Bańkowska, Poland
Tattoo, Farhad Delaram, Iran
Tigre, Delphine Deloget, France
Yulia & Juliet, Zara Dwinger, Netherlands

Generation 14plus International Jury

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Berlin Bouncer, David Dieti (documentary)
Born in Evin, Maryam Zaree (documentary)
Das innere Leuchten (The Inner Light), Stefan Sick (documentary)
Die Einzelteile der Liebe (The Components of Love), Miriam Bliese
Die Grube (The Pit), Hristiana Raykova (documentary)
Dreissig (Thirty), Simona Kostova
Dust, Udita Bhargava
easy love, Tamer Jandali
Fisch lernt fliegen (Fish Takes Off), Deniz Cooper
Heute oder morgen (Before We Grow Old), Thomas Moritz Helm
Off Season, Henning Beckhorr (medium-long feature film)
Oray, Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay

Guest of the Perspektive
6Minuten66 (6Minutes66), Katja Feldmeier and Julius Feldmeier (documentary)
Tackling Life, Johannes List (documentary)
Winner of the Max Ophüls Preis 2019

First Feature Award Jury
Documentary Award Jury

Berlinale Shorts

All on a Mardi Gras Day, Michal Pietrzyk, USA, 22’
Blue Boy, Manuel Abramovich, Argentina, Germany, 19’
Can't You See Them? - Repeat., Clarissa Thieme, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 9’
Entropia, Flóra Anna Buda, Hungary, 10’
Flexible Bodies, Louis Fried, Germany, 19’
Héctor, Victoria Giesen Carvajal, Chile, 19’
How to Breathe in Kern County, Chris Filippone, USA, 9’
It has to be lived once and dreamed twice, Rainer Kohlberger, Germany, Austria, 28’
Kingdom, Tan Wei Keong, Singapore, 5’
Leyenda dorada, Chema García Ibarra, Ion de Sosa, Spain, 11’
Lidérc úr, Luca Tóth, Hungary, France, 19’
Mot Khu Dat Tot, Pham Ngoc Lan, Vietnam, 19’
Në Mes, Samir Karahoda, Kosovo, 15’
Omarska, Varun Sasindran, France, 19’
Past Perfect, Jorge Jácome, Portugal, 23’
Prendre feu, Michaël Soyez, France, 26’
Rang Mahal, Prantik Basu, India, 27’
Rise, Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca, Brazil, Canada, USA, 20’
Shakti, Martín Rejtman, Argentina, Chile, 19’
The Spirit Keepers of Makuta'ay, Yen-Chao Lin, Canada, 11’
Splash, Shen Jie, China, 9’
Suc de síndria, Irene Moray, Spain, 22’
Umbra, Florian Fischer, Johannes Krell, Germany, 20’
Welt an Bord, Eva Könnemann, Germany, 29’

Out of Competition
Al Mahatta, Eltayeb Mahdi, Sudan, 16’, 1989
Crvene gumene čizme, Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 18’, 2000

Berlinale Shorts Jury
Jeffrey Bowers, Senior Curator at Vimeo, USA
Vanja Kaludjercic, MUBI Director fo Acquisitions, Croatia
Koyo Kouoh, artistic director, Senegal

In 2019, NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema is screening 16 short and feature-length fiction and documentary films from the Pacific region. Characteristic of the programme is the presence of women on both sides of the camera: the special series’ opening film Vai alone features the collaborative efforts of a group of eight female filmmakers.  Check info here.

13th Culinary Cinema
The 13th Culinary Cinema will be held under the motto “A Taste for Balance” from February 10 to 15, 2019. Ten documentaries and two fiction films focussing on the relationship between food, culture, and politics are being presented this year.  Check info here.


Berlinale Classics
A total of six Berlinale Classics will be screening as part of the Retrospective at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. Check line up here.  Also there are three restored films in the program by Dominik Graf, Carl Theodor Dreyer and Márta Mészáros, check info here.

Retrospective 2019
The Retrospective of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival takes as its subject women filmmakers between 1968 and 1999. The programme encompasses 26 narrative and documentary features from the former East and West Germany, as well as German films after re-unification in 1990. In addition, the Retrospective will show some 20 shorter films on their own, or as lead-ins to the features. To check more info plus films to be screened go here.

Berlinale Goes Kiez

Books At Berlinale

Berlinale Series 
The fifth year of the Berlinale Series program will see seven drama series from Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Israel, Austria and Sweden celebrating their premieres at the Zoo Palast. The rapid development of episodic content in Europe is reflected in this year’s Berlinale Series programme. Blockbusters and film classics have been re-interpreted and bestselling books brought vividly to the big screen, while well-known series are back at the Berlinale with exciting new stories.  Check more info here.

Alongside Berlinale Series, the festival will also host the Drama Series Days for the fifth time this year from February 11 – 13, a joint initiative of the European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, and Berlinale Talents. There are ten new international series projects in the Co-Pro Series pitch event which is taking place in the scope of Drama Series Days.  Check info about the projects here.

17th Berlinale Talent Campus
From February 9 to 14, 2019, 250 up-and-coming film professionals from 77 countries will gather at Berlinale Talents to share ideas, network, and further develop their latest projects. This year’s group of 141 women and 109 men is socially, culturally, and artistically extremely diverse. Check lots of info at official site here.

European Film Market & Co-Production Market
From February 9 to 13, 2019, the 16th edition of Berlinale Co-Production Market invites 600 international producers and financiers to come together to explore new partnerships. This time out, 37 new feature film projects whose producers are looking to team up with co-production partners from other countries have been chosen to participate. In addition, five exceptional production companies will be presented in the scope of the Berlinale Co-Production Market’s “Company Matching” program.

Also in the Co-Production Market there are 22 Projects, 3 Berlinale Directors' projects, 2 Rotterdam-Berlinale Express projects and 11 Talent Project Market projects and selected production talents.  Check info about projects here.

The 69th Berlin International Film Festival will award the Honorary Golden Bear to British film and stage actress Charlotte Rampling for her lifetime achievement, as well as dedicating the Homage to a selection of her films.  To check info and the Homage films go here.

The Berlinale Camera

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