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Berlinale's Panorama Announces "Almost Half" Of Programming

"Almost half the programme has been decided", said Panorama director Wieland Speck in a statement. Speck recently returned from trips to Asia, North and Latin America, as well as several European countries, where he viewed and selected films. His "almost half" refers to the first 21 films in the Panorama programme, which indieWIRE has listed below. The Panorama program, which offers (as its name suggests) a wide range of perspectives, as part of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival will ultimately include around 50 films that will screen from February 5-15, 2009.

Jose Padilha, winner of the Golden Bear in 2008 for "The Elite Squad," will present his documentary "Garapa," a work that "radically addresses the issue of global hunger." Chema Rodriguez, who screened "The Railroad All-Stars" in the 2006 Panorama, details in "Coyote" smuggling in South America. In the Indonesia entry "At Stake," five young directors explore prevailing moral conceptions in the world's most populous Islamic country. The topics range from female genital mutilation to the conflict that results when unmarried women want to go to the gynecologist.

Alongside a number of well-known names like Wolfgang Murnberger, Tom DiCillo, Julie Delpy and Ulli Lommel, this year's feature films include many discoveries. In Jean-Paul Lilienfeld's "Skirt Day," Isabelle Adjani plays a teacher "who works in a violent milieu where suddenly the tables turn." Jan Krueger, whose short film "The Whiz Kids" won the Silver Lion in Venice in 2001, recounts in "Light Gradient" a post-emancipatory love story set in Berlin's outskirts. Actress Rie Rasmussen makes her directorial debut with "Human Zoo," a grim post-traumatic life of a young woman in Paris after she has escaped from the Balkan crisis.

So far the following films have been confirmed for the Main Programme, Panorama Special, and Panorama Dokumente:

"Absolute Evil" by Ulli Lommel, USA (world premiere) With David Carradine, Carolyn Neff, Ulli Lommel, Chris Kiesa

"Ander" by Roberto Caston, Spain (directorial debut and world premiere) With Josean Bengoetxea, Cristhian Esquivel, Mamen Rivera, Pilar Rodriguez, Leire Ucha

"At Stake" by Iwan Setiawan, Muhammad Ichsan, Lucky Kuswandi, Ucu Agustin, Ani Ema Susanti, Indonesia PANORAMA DOKUMENTE

"Coyote" by Chema Rodriguez, Spain (world premiere) PANORAMA DOKUMENTE

"Der Knochenmann" (The Bone Man) by Wolfgang Murnberger, Austria (world premiere) With Josef Hader, Josef Bierbichler, Birgit Minichmayr, Simon Schwarz, Christoph Luser, Stipe Erceg

"Fig Trees" by John Greyson, Canada (world premiere) With Van Abrahams, David Wall, Alexander Chapman

"Fucking Different Tel Aviv" by Yair Hochner, Avital Barak, Stephanie Abramovic, Elad Zakai, Eran Koblik Kedar, Ricardo Rojstaczer, Nir Ne'Eman, Hila Ben Baruch, Yossi Brauman, Sivan Levy, Eyal Bromberg,
Anat Salomon, Sie Gal, November Wanderin, Yasmin Max, Germany/Israel

"Garapa" by Jose Padilha, Brazil (world premiere) PANORAMA DOKUMENTE

"Ghosted" by Monika Treut, Germany/Taiwan (world premiere) With Inga Busch, Huan-Ru Ke, Ting-Ting Hu, Jack Kao, Marek Harloff

"Gururi No Koto" (All Around Us) by Hashigushi Ryosuke, Japan With Kimura Tae, Lily Franky, Baisyo Mitsuko

"High Life" by Gary Yates, Canada (world premiere) With Timothy Olyphant, Stephen Eric McIntyre, Joe Anderson, Rossif Sutherland

"Human Zoo" by Rie Rasmussen, France (directorial debut and world premiere) With Rie Rasmussen, Nikola Djuricko, Nick Corey, Vojin Cetkovic, Hiam Abbass, Said Amadis

"La journee de la jupe" (Skirt Day) by Jean-Paul Lilienfeld, France/Belgium With Isabelle Adjani, Denis Podalydes, Yann Collette

"Laskar Pelangi" (The Rainbow Troops) by Riri Riza, Indonesia With Cut Mini, Zulfani, Ferdian, Veris Yamarno, Ikranagara

"Pedro" by Nick Oceano, USA (directorial debut) With Alex Loynaz,Justina Machado, Hale Appleman, DaJuan Johnson

"Rueckenwind" (Light Gradient) by Jan Krueger, Germany (world premiere) With Sebastian Schlecht, Eric Golub, Iris Minich, Denis Avevi

"Solo quiero caminar" (Just Walking) by Augustin Diaz Yanes, Spain/Mexico With Diego Luna, Victoria Abril, Ariadna Gil, Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Elena Anaya

"The Countess" by Julie Delpy, Germany/France (world premiere) With Julie Delpy, William Hurt, Daniel Bruehl

"Unmistaken Child" by Nati Baratz, Israel (directorial debut) With Tenzin Zopa PANORAMA DOKUMENTE

"When You're Strange" by Tom DiCillo, USA With Kevin Krasny PANORAMA DOKUMENTE

"White Lightnin'" by Dominic Murphy, Great Britain/USA (directorial debut) With Edward Hogg, Carrie Fisher, Muse Watson

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