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Panorama Completes '09 Lineup

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 22, 2009 at 6:33AM

This year's Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival has finalized its programming, presenting 17 feature films in its Main Programme, 15 in Panorama Special, and 16 in its Panorama Dokumente series. Thirty-five of the films are world premieres, while 13 are directorial debuts. Five films will be shown as Celebration Presentations ("30 Years of Programming".) For 10 Years Panorama Audience Award, we will also be re-screening the winning films of the past decade.
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This year's Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival has finalized its programming, presenting 17 feature films in its Main Programme, 15 in Panorama Special, and 16 in its Panorama Dokumente series. Thirty-five of the films are world premieres, while 13 are directorial debuts. Five films will be shown as Celebration Presentations ("30 Years of Programming".) For 10 Years Panorama Audience Award, we will also be re-screening the winning films of the past decade.

As previously announced, the Main Programme will open on February 5 with Danish director Rie Rasmussen's "Human Zoo." On February 6, the Panorama Special will open with Rune Denstad Langlo's "Nord" (North), and the Panorama Dokumente will screen two films, Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum and Kurt Engfehr's "The Yes Men Fix The World" and Udi Aloni's "Kashmir: Journey To Freedom."

The following is a list of freshly announced Panorama. For previously announced titles, click here.man

Panorama Main Programme

"Dongbei, Dongbei" (A North Chinese Girl) by Zou Peng, People's Republic of China (WP) With Tian Yi-Wen, Wu Rui-Peng, Liu Xing-Ping

"Rabioso sol, rabioso cielo" (Raging Sun, Raging Sky) by Julian Hernandez, Mexico (WP) With Jorge Becerra, Javier Olivan, Guillermo Villegas, Giovanna Zacarias

"Rossiya 88" (Russia 88) by Pavel Bardin, Russian Federation (WP) With Petr Fyodorov, Vera Strokova, Kazbek Kibizov

"Schlaeft ein Lied in allen Dingen" (Sleeping Songs) by Andreas Struck, Germany (WP) With Stefan Rudolf, Chulpan Khamatova, Traute Hoess, Paula Kalenberg, Barnaby Metschurat

"Strella" by Panos H. Koutras, Greece (WP) With Mina Orfanou, Yiannis Kokkiasmenos, Minos Theoharis, Betty Vakalidou

"Vinganca" (Retribution) by Paulo Pons, Brazil With Barbara Borges, Erom Cordeiro, Branca Messina, Guta Stresser, Marcio Kieling


Panorama Special

"Claustrophobia" by Ivy Ho With Karena Lam, Ekin Cheng, Felix Lok, Derek Tsang, Chucky Woo

"End Of Love" by Simon Chung, Hong Kong, China (WP) With Chi Kin Lee, Guthrie Yip, Ben Yeung, Joman Chiang, Clifton Kwan

"Nord" (North) by Rune Denstad Langlo, Norway (WP) With Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Marte Aunemo, Lars Olsen, Mads Sjogard Pettersen, Astrid Solhaug

"Short Cut To Hollywood" by Marcus Mittermeier, Jan Henrik Stahlberg, Germany, Austria, USA (WP) With Jan Henrik Stahlberg, Marcus Mittermeier, Christoph Kottenkamp, Marta McGonagle, Allison Findlater-Galinsky

"Yang Yang" by Yu-Chieh Cheng, Taiwan (WP) With Sandrine Pinna, Ruei-Jia Chang, Chien-Wei Huang


Panorama Dokumente

"Chan di chummi" (Kiss The Moon) by Khalid Gill, Germany (WP)

"City of Borders" by Yun Suh, USA (WP)

"Ein Traum in Erdbeerfolie" (Comrade Couture) by Marco Wilms, Germany (WP) With Frank Schaefer, Sabine von Oettingen, Klaus Ehrlich, Marco Wilms, Juergen Hohmuth

"Endstation der Sehnsuechte" (Home From Home) by Sung-Hyung Cho, Germany (WP)

"Kashmir: Journey To Freedom" by Udi Aloni, USA/Israel

"Mein Herz sieht die Welt schwarz - Eine Liebe in Kabul" (War And Love In Kabul) by Helga Reidemeister, Germany (WP)

"The Good American" by Jochen Hick, Germany (WP) With Tom Weise, Keith Richmond, Freddy Spells, Vin Nolan, Alex Baresi

"The Yes Men Fix The World" by Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Kurt Engfehr, USA

"VON WEGEN (OFF WAYS)" by Uli M Schueppel, Germany (WP) With the Einstuerzende Neubauten, Roland Galenza, Heiner Mueller, Alexander Pehlemann, Claus Loeser


Supporting Short Films

"575 Castro Street" by Jenni Olson, USA Featuring the voice of Harvey Milk

"Das Ende des Schweins ist der Anfang der Wurst" (The End Of The Pig Is The Beginning Of The Sausage) by John Edward Heys, Germany (WP) With Napoleon Seyfarth

"Gevald" by Netalie Braun, Israel With Gil Naveh, Noga Meltzer, Adili Liberman, Samira Saraya

"Queer Sarajevo Festival 2008" by Masa Hilcisin, Cazim Dervisevic, Bosnia and Herzegovina (WP)

"Tanjong Rhu" (The Casuarina Cove) by Junfeng Boo, Singapore (WP) With Nick Shen, Scott Lei, Yann Yann Yeo


10 Years Panorama Audience Award

"Solas" (Alone) by Benito Zambrano, Spain 1998 With Ana Fernandez, Maria Galiana, Carlos Alvarez-Novoa

'Nationale 7" by Jean-Pierre Sinapi, France 1999 With Nadia Kaci, Olivier Gourmet, Lionel Abelanski, Chantal Neuwirth

"Berlin is in Germany" (Berlin Is In Germany) by Hannes Stoehr, Germany 2001 With Joerg Schuettauf, Julia Jaeger, Robin Becker, Tom Jahn

"Im toten Winkel. Hitlers Sekretaerin" (Blind Spot. Hitler's Secretary) by Andre Heller, Othmar Schmider, Austria 2001

"Knafayim Shvurot" (Broken Wings) by Nir Bergman, Israel 2002 Wotj Orli Zilbershatz-Banai, Maya Maron, Nitai Gvirtz, Vladimir Freedman

"Die Spielwuetigen" (Addicted To Acting) by Andres Veiel, Germany 2003 With Prodomos Antoniadis, Constanze Becker, Karina Plachetka, Stephanie Stremler

"Va, vis et deviens" (Live and Become) by Radu Mihaileanu, France/Israel 2004 With Yael Abecassis, Roschdy Zem, Moshe Agazai, Moshe Abebe

"Bubot Niyar" (Paper Dolls) by Tomer Heymann, Israel/Switzerland 2005

"Blindsight" by Lucy Walker, Great Britain 2006

"Lemon Tree" by Erab Riklis, Israel/Germany/France 2008 With Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Doron Tavory, Ali Suli