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16% of Berlinale 2015’s Films in Competition Directed by Women

16% of Berlinale 2015's Films in Competition Directed by Women

Of the 19 films that will compete for the Golden and Silver Bears at the Berlin International Film Festival this year, only 3 will be directed by women, comprising a scanty 16% of the Berlinale’s highest-profile category. (The Competition program features 23 films this year, but only 19 will actually compete.) 

All three of those women-directed works hail from Europe: festival opener Nobody Wants the Night by Spain’s Isabel CoixetSworn Virgin by Italy’s Laura Bispuri, and Body by Poland’s Malgorzata Szumowska

Other films from female helmers that will debut at the Berlinale either internationally or continentally include Ava DuVernay’s Selma, Liz Garbus’ What Happened, Miss Simone?Margarethe von Trotta’s The Misplaced World, and Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum, and Mike Bonanno’s The Yes Men Are Revolting

The 65th Berlinale will take place on February 5-15, 2015. 

Here are the women-directed films of the programs that have already been announced:

COMPETITION programme (3 of 23 films directed by women)

Vergine giurata (Sworn Virgin) – Italy / Switzerland / Germany / Albania / Kosovo By Laura Bispuri – Feature debut

Body – Poland By Malgorzata Szumowska 

Nobody Wants the Night (Opening film) – Spain / France / Bulgaria By Isabel Coixet


Panorama
Dokumente [Documentaries]


Censored
Voices – Israel / Germany 
By Mor Loushy

Die
Widerständigen „also machen wir das weiter …” (The Resistors “their spirit
prevails …”) – Germany 
By Ula Stöckl, Katrin SeyboldJe suis
Annemarie Schwarzenbach (My Name is Annemarie Schwarzenbach) – France 
By Véronique Aubouy

What
Happened, Miss Simone? – USA 
By Liz Garbus

Danielův
Svět (Daniel’s World)
by Veronika Lišková, Czech
Republic 

The Yes
Men Are Revolting
by Laura Nix, Andy
Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, USA 


FORUM

Ben Zaken By Efrat Corem, Israel – IP

Ce gigantesque retournement de la terre (This Gigantic Furrowing of the Ground) by Claire Angelini, France – WP

Chaiki (The Gulls) by Ella Manzheeva, Russian Federation – WP

Exotica, Erotica, Etc. by Evangelia Kranioti, France – WP

Freie Zeiten (After Work) by Janina Herhoffer, Germany – WP

H. by Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia, Argentina / USA – IP

Hedi Schneider steckt fest (Hedi Schneider is Stuck) by Sonja Heiss, Germany / Norway – WP

Hotline by Silvina Landsmann, Israel / France – WP

Mar by Dominga Sotomayor, Chile / Argentina – IP

Nefesim kesilene kadar (Until I Lose My Breath) by Emine Emel Balcı, Turkey / Germany – WP

Zurich by Sacha Polak, The Netherlands / Germany / Belgium – WP


Forum
Expanded: “To the Sound of the Closing Door”

Ruhe
auf der Leinwand
By Friedl vom Gröller, Austria

Into
the Hinterlands
By Julia Yezbick, USA

Face B By Leila Albayaty, Belgium / Germany

Shape
Shifting
By Elke Marhöfer, Mikhail Lylov, Germany / Japan

Institute
Above – Ground
By Florian Zeyfang/Lisa Schmidt-Colinet/ Alexander
Schmoeger, Germany

Barra
Fel Share’ (Out on the Street)
By Jasmina Metwaly/Philip Rizk, Egypt

Memories
for a Private Eye
By Rania Stephan, Lebanon

Calamity
Qui?
By Isabelle Prim Canada / France

Have
You Ever Killed a Bear? Or Becoming Jamila
By Marwa Arsanios, Lebanon

A Field
Guide to the Ferns
 By Basma Alsharif, USA

Vyshybalshitsa
(Embroideress)
By Lyusya Matveeva, Russia 

Strom By Eva C. Heldmann, Germany

Berlinale
Special

Selma – United
Kingdom / USA 
By Ava
DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere)

Die
abhandene Welt (The Misplaced World) – 
Germany By
Margarethe von Trotta (Rosenstraße)

Generation
14plus 

Flocken
(Flocking) – Sweden 
By
Beata Gårdeler

Jennifer’s
claim of having been raped by a classmate lies heavily on this idyllic village
in the Swedish provinces. In chilling images, the director portrays how this
fourteen-year-old and her family are brutally shunned by the close-knit
community.

Nena –
Netherlands / Germany 
By
Saskia Diesing

Summer
’89 – the world is in turmoil, inside and out: Nena (rising star: Abbey Hoes)
is 16. She is in love and embraces life with unbridled joy. In contrast, her
paraplegic father (brilliant: Uwe Ochsenknecht) finds his life increasingly
pointless.
 


Generation
Kplus

Dorsvloer
vol Confetti (Confetti Harvest) – Netherlands 
By
Tallulah Schwab

Being
the only girl in a seven-sibling family, nobody pays much attention to
twelve-year-old Katelijne. While other children her age are having fun
discovering what it means to become a teen, her strict protestant parents and
village community see only the temptations of the devil.
 

Kar
Korsanları (Snow Pirates) – Turkey 
By
Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu

Turkey
1981: on their daily search for bits of coal, three friends defy the bitter
cold and poverty by telling each other their hopes and dreams. Their friendship
and unwavering courage are stronger than any dangerous obstacle they may
encounter.

Min
lilla syster (My Skinny Sister) – Sweden / Germany 
By
Sanna Lenken

For
Stella (brilliant: Rebecka Josephson), her big sister Katja is beautiful and a
divine figure skater. When Stella realizes that Katja vomits nearly everything
she eats, she is forced to choose between her concern for her loyalty. At the
same time she has her own private worries to deal with.

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