The 2016 Berlin International Film Festival is getting a hearty dose of acclaimed American television this year.
Bob Odenkirk in "Better Call Saul"
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The 2016 Berlin International Film Festival is inviting series from Denmark, Britain, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. to finish off this year's Berlinale Special program. The section is designed to put a spotlight on the creativity and variety of forms evident in television series production.
"As we were reviewing this year’s submissions, we once again noticed how their makers embraced experimentation," said Festival director Dieter Kosslick. "They use the series format for expeditions into new narrative and visual forms in every genre, without losing sight of the realities of society."
Amidst new titles from the BBC and the Israel Broadcasting Authority, the big addition here for American audiences is most likely "Better Caul Saul" Season 2. The AMC drama confidently stepped away from the shadow of "Breaking Bad" in its acclaimed first season and carved its own unique path. The show's second season will be having its international premiere in Berlin.
Below are all the new additions to the 2016 Berlinale Special program.
"Better Call Saul" – Season 2
Showrunners: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould (Breaking Bad – series)
With Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Ed Begley Jr.
Broadcaster: AMC, Netflix
Australia / New Zealand
Original Concept: Ryan Griffen
Directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires), Leah Purcell
With Iain Glen, Frances O'Connor, Deborah Mailman, Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Stef Dawson, Ryan Corr, Tasma Walton
Broadcaster: ABC (Australia), SundanceTV (USA)
Directed by SJ Clarkson (Jessica Jones - series)
Writer: Nick Hornby
With Faye Marsay, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Watkins, Joshua McGuire
"The Night Manager"
United Kingdom / Spain
Directed by Susanne Bier (In a Better World)
Written by David Farr, based on the novel by John le Carré
With Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Debicki, Tom Hollander
Broadcaster: BBC (United Kingdom), AMC (USA)
"Splitting Up Together"
Creator: Mette Heeno (Park Road – series)
Directed by Hella Joof
With Maria Rossing, Peter Plaugborg, Stine Schrøder Jensen, Katrine Greis-Rosenthal, Esben Dalgaard
Broadcaster: TV 2 Denmark A/S
Creator: Sayed Kashua (Arab Labor – series)
Directed by Shay Capon
With Yousef Sweid, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Yasmin Churi, Adham Bachus
Broadcaster: Keshet Broadcasting, IBA Israel Broadcasting Authority