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July’s “Future” Among Initial 2011 Berlinale Competition Titles Revealed

July's "Future" Among Initial 2011 Berlinale Competition Titles Revealed

The Berlin International Film Festival unveiled the first eight titles screening in its competition section, including American filmmaker Miranda July’s “The Future,” which was recently added to the Sundance lineup and the world premiere of Victoria Mahoney’s “Yelling to the Sky” with Zoë Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe and Tim Blake Nelson. In addition to the previously announced opening film “True Grit” by Joel and Ethan Coen (screening out of competition) another seven productions and co-productions have been selected. The titles in this initial selection includes work from Turkey, the Netherlands, Israel, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the USA.

“In 2011 we’ll once again be cooperating closely with the Sundance Film Festival not only at the European Film Market but also in the Official Programme,” commented Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick in a statement. “To offer independent films an opportunity to be perceived on a grand scale, we are, in the case of US-American director Miranda July, opening up the competition for an extraordinary German-American co-production that will run out of competition in the Premieres section at Sundance.”

The first seven Berlinale titles with information provided by the festival:

“Bizim Büyük Çaresizligimiz” (Our Grand Despair); Turkey / Germany / Netherlands
by Seyfi Teoman (Tatil Kitabi/Summer Book)
with Ilker Aksum, Fatih Al, Günes Sayın, Baki Davrak, Taner Birsel, Mehmet Ali Nuroglu
World premiere

“Coriolanus”; UK – debut film
by Ralph Fiennes
with Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, James Nesbitt
World premiere / out of competition

“Lipstikka”; Israel/UK
by Jonathan Sagall (Urban Feel)
with Clara Khoury, Nataly Attiya, Moran Rosenblatt, Ziv Weiner
World premiere

“Pina”; Germany/France – dance film in 3D
by Wim Wenders (The American Friend, Buena Vista Social Club, The Million Dollar Hotel)
with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal
World premiere / out of competition

“Wer wenn nicht wir” (If not us, who?); Germany
by Andres Veiel (The Survivors, Addicted to Acting)
with August Diehl, Lena Lauzemis, Alexander Fehling
World premiere

“Yelling To The Sky”; USA – debut film
by Victoria Mahoney
with Zoë Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe, Tim Blake Nelson
World premiere

“The Future”; Germany / USA
by Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know)
with Hamish Linklater, Miranda July, David Warshofsky
International premiere

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