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Berlin Completes Panorama Lineup

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 22, 2010 at 5:53AM

The Berlin International Film Festival has finalized its Panorama section, which will present 18 feature films in its main programme, 16 will screen in Panorama Special and 20, in its Panorama Dokumente series. Of these films, 29 different countries are represented, 31 are world premieres, and 18 are directorial debuts.
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The Berlin International Film Festival has finalized its Panorama section, which will present 18 feature films in its main programme, 16 will screen in Panorama Special and 20, in its Panorama Dokumente series. Of these films, 29 different countries are represented, 31 are world premieres, and 18 are directorial debuts.

The Panorama main programme will open on February 11 with the Russian film "Veselchaki" (Jolly Fellows), by Felix Mikhailov. The film follows the subculture of a Moscow club and its drag queen performers mirrors a profoundly homophobic society. A look at the performers' families shows the harsh normality they have fled and the effort required by each of them not to fall apart as a result. Yet despite all obstacles, the protagonists learn to stand up for themselves.

The festival said that "the past and how it mirrors the present plays a central role in many of the feature and documentary films in this year's Panorama programme." For instance, they explained "in 'Son Of Babylon,' a boy and his grandmother set out to find the boy's father, missing since the last Gulf War, and discover the horrors of recent Iraqi history. In the form of a modern Western, the Australian film 'Red Hill' brings to light the criminal tactics of a racist police force outback. Whether in Brazil's favelas (Broder!), in the life of a German-Turkish woman in Turkey (Die Fremde / When We Leave), in a small Taiwanese town (Monga), or on a family manor in France (L'arbre et la foret / Family Tree) or during the Adenauer era in the young Federal Republic of Germany (the documentary Fritz Bauer): in many of these films, the devastating consequences of a concoction of pragmatism, opportunism and corruption are glaring - be it in relation to the personal lives of the protagonists or to developments in society as a whole."

In addition to the works already announced in the first Panorama press release, the following films will be screening:

Panorama Main Programme

Barriere
by Andreas Kleinert, Germany (WP) with Volkram Zschiesche, Klara Manzel, Jan Dose, Julia Gorr, Matthias Habich

Due Vita per caso (One Life Maybe Two)
by Alessandro Aronadio, Italy (WP) with Lorenzo Balducci, Isabella Ragonese, Ivan Franek, Sarah Felberbaum

Fucking Different Sao Paulo
by Rodrigo Diaz Diaz, Luiz Rene Guerra, Sabrina Greve, Joana Galvao, Monica Palazzo, Max Julien, Ricky Mastro, Rene Guerra, Silvia Lourenco, Gustavo Vinagre, Herman Barck, Luciana Lemos, Elzemann Neves, Germany/Brazil

Propavshyi bez vesty (Missing Man)
by Anna Fenchenko, Russian Federation with Andrey Filippack, Rasim Djafarov, Polina Kamanina, Ludmila Geroeva, Yuris Lautsinsh

Red Hill
by Patrick Hughes, Australia, (WP) with Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley, Tom E. Lewis

The Owls
by Cheryl Dunye, USA, (WP) with Guinevere Turner, Lisa Gornick, V.S. Brodie

Veselchaki (Jolly Fellows)
by Felix Mikhailov, Russian Federation with Renata Litvinova, Ingeborga Dopkunaite, Danila Kozlovsky, Alexey Klimushkin, Alexander Mokhov, Mazia Shalaeva

Zona Sur (Southern District)
by Juan Carlos Valdivia, Bolivia with Ninon Del Castillo, Pascual Loayza, Nicolas Fernandez, Juan Pablo Koria, Mariana Vargas


Panorama Special

Broder! (Broder!)
by Jeferson De, Brazil with Caio Blat, Jonathan Haagensen, Silvio Guindane, Cassia Kiss, Ailton Graca

Die Fremde (When We Leave)
by Feo Aladag, Germany (WP) with Sibel Kekilli, Florian Lukas, Derya Alabora, Tamer Yigit

Mine vaganti (Loose Cannons)
by Ferzan Ozpetek, Italy (WP) with Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo, Alessandro Preziosi, Ennio Fantastichini, Lunetta Savino Monga by Doze, Niu Chen-Zer, Taiwan (WP) with Ethan Juan, Mark Chao, Ma Ju-lung, Ko Chia-yen

Open
by Jake Yuzna, USA (WP) with Gaea Gaddy, Tempest Crane, Morty Diamond, Daniel Luedtke

Paha perhe (Bad Family)
by Aleksi Salmenperae, Finland with Ville Virtanen, Lauri Tilkanen, Pihla Viitala

Reinventing Robert Axle
by Trent Cooper, USA (WP) with Kevin Spacey, Camilla Belle, Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville, Virginia Madsen

Welcome To The Rileys
by Jake Scott, USA (WP) with James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo


Panorama Dokumente

Arias With A Twist The Movie
by Bobby Sheehan, USA (WP) with Joey Arias, Basil Twist

Blank City
by Celine Danhier, USA

Budrus
by Julia Bacha, USA

Cuchillo de palo (108)
by Renate Costa, Spain (WP)

Daniel Schmid - Le chat qui pense
by Pascal Hofmann, Benny Jaberg, Switzerland (WP) with Ingrid Caven, Werner Schroeter, Renato Berta, Shiguehiko Hasumi, Bulle Ogier

David Wants To Fly
by David Sieveking, Germany/Austria/Switzerland (WP)

Friedensschlag - Das Jahr der Entscheidung (To Fight For - The Year of Decision)
by Gerardo Milsztein, Germany (WP)

Fritz Bauer - Tod auf Raten (Death By Instalments)
by Ilona Ziok, Germany (WP)

I Shot My Love
by Tomer Heymann, Israel/Germany (WP)

New York Memories
by Rosa von Praunheim, Germany (WP)

Red, White & The Green
by Nader Davoodi, Iran Rock Hudson - Dark and Handsome Stranger by Andrew Davies, Andre Schaefer, Germany (WP)

Shtikat Haarchion (A Film Unfinished)
by Yael Hersonski, Israel


Supporting Films

Covered
by John Greyson, Canada

Herbert White
by James Franco, USA with Michael Shannon

Last Address
by Ira Sachs, USA

The Feast Of Stephen
by James Franco, USA with Remy Germinario, Ty Anania, Louis Anania, Phil Naess, Theo Saluan

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