While everyone was getting their panties into a wad over this morning’s Oscar nominations, some other, perhaps less “sexy” news went down in the wee, small hours. The 65th Berlin International Film Festival has added more films to its lineup, including “Listen Up Philip” director Alex Ross Perry‘s hotly anticipated “Queen of Earth,” starring Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston
Here’s the Berlinale synopsis: Best friends Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) and Virginia (Katherine Waterston) have “reached a turning point. Last year, Virginia wasn’t doing well, while it’s Catherine that’s suffering this time round. The lakeside cabin owned by Virginia’s parents seems the perfect place for a week of mutual wound licking. It won’t be an easy ride.”
Film bud and mumblecore granddaddy Joe Swanberg produces Perry’s film, which sounds on paper like early Altman a la “3 Women” or even “Images,” or Peter Weir’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock.” The multi-hyphenate actor, producer, writer and director behind darkly comic incestuous road movie “The Color Wheel,” Alex Ross Perry has seen, and knows, these movies.
Moss was transcendently good in Perry’s critics’ darling “Philip.” So good, in fact, that we picked one of her scenes as one of the 10 best of the year. Chalk this project, which shows Perry entering thriller territory and with a steadier camera for the first time, up with Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert” and Malick’s “Knight of Cups” as one of the most exciting Berlinale entries.
The fest also added Anton Corbijn’s “Life,” starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Dreamy casting. Generic title. Here’s the synopsis: “LIFE is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for LIFE magazine in 1955. Stock was 26 and old before his time, when into his buttoned-down world came fledgling star James Dean, a free spirit who would change popular culture from suits to jeans and from matinee idols to teenage heartthrobs. The assignment, which took the pair on a photographic journey across the US, from LA to New York and on to Indiana would change Stock’s life and provide the world with some of the most iconic images of the age.”
Germany’s largest film festival also added a wave of other international titles, rounded up nicely here by David Hudson on Fandor’s Keyframe blog. Also noteworthy: Oscar Best Picture nominee “Selma” will make its international premiere in Berlin.