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James Franco and Hal Hartley Films to Screen at Berlin Film Festival

James Franco and Hal Hartley Films to Screen at Berlin Film Festival

Yesterday the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival revealed some of its competition titles (including Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups”). Today the festival’s revealed the first 19 films that make up the Panorama section.

Justin Kelly’s directorial debut “I Am Michael,” co-produced by Gus Van Sant, is one of the highest profile films set to screen. The drama stars James Franco as a gay rights activist who tries to turn straight. Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts also star. Other highlights include Hal Hartley’s latest “Ned Rifle,” starring Aubrey Plaza, and the world premiere of Mark Christopher’s “54: The Director’s Cut.” The original film, which was released 17 years ago, was reportedly heavily edited by its investors.

Additionally the festival announced the Panorama’s Teddy Award will be held on February 13, with the Special Teddy going to Udo Kier.

Below are the newly announced films playing in Berlin. The festival runs February 5-15, 2015.

Panorama
54: The Director’s Cut
USA
By Mark Christopher
With Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, Sela Ward, Mark Ruffalo
World premiere
Chorus
Canada
By François Delisle
With Sébastien Ricard, Fanny Mallette, Pierre Curzi, Geneviève Bujold
European premiere
Der letzte Sommer der Reichen (The Last Summer of the Rich)
Austria
By Peter Kern
With Amira Casar, Nicole Gerdon, Winfried Glatzeder
World premiere
Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern (Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents)
Switzerland / Germany
By Stina Werenfels
With Victoria Schulz, Jenny Schily, Lars Eidinger, Urs Jucker
World premiere
Dyke Hard
Sweden
By Bitte Andersson
With Alle Eriksson, Peggy Sands, M. Wågensjö, Iki Gonzales Magnusson, Lina Kurttila
International premiere
Gukje Shijang (Ode to My Father)
Republic of Korea
By JK Youn
with Hwang Jung-min, Kim Yunjin
International premiere
I Am Michael
USA
By Justin Kelly
With James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts
International premiere
Jun Zhong Le Yuan (Paradise in Service)
Taiwan / People’s Republic of China
By Doze Niu Chen-Zer
With Ethan Juan, Wan Qian, Chen Jianbin, Chen Yi-Han
European premiere
Meurtre à Pacot (Murder in Pacot)
France / Haiti / Norway
By Raoul Peck
With Alex Descas, Ayo, Thibault Vinçon, Lovely Kermonde Fifi, Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin
European premiere
Mot Naturen (Out of Nature)
Norway
By Ole Giæver, Marte Vold
With Ole Giæver, Marte Magnusdotter Solem, Rebekka Nystadbakk, Ellen Birgitte Winther, Sievert Giaever Solem
European premiere
Ned Rifle (Ned Rifle)
US
By Hal Hartley
With Liam Aiken, Martin Donovan, Aubrey Plaza, Parkey Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan
European premiere
Panorama Dokumente
B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin
Germany
By Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange
With Mark Reeder, Marius Weber
World premiere
Danieluv svet (Daniel’s World)
Czeck Republic
By Veronika Liskova
International premiere
El hombre nuevo (The New Man)
Uruguay / Chile / Nicaragua
By Aldo Garay
World premiere
Fassbinder – lieben ohne zu fordern (Fassbinder – To Love without Demands)
Denmark
By Christian Braad Thomsen
with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Irm Hermann, Harry Baer, Lilo Pempeit
World premiere
Iraqi Odyssey
Switzerland
By Samir
European premiere
Stories of Our Lives
Kenya / South Africa
By Jim Chuchu
With Kelly Gichohi, Paul Ogola, Tim Mutungi, Mugambi Nthinga, Rose Njenga
European premiere
The Yes Men Are Revolting
US
By Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno

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