So much for trying to keep a secret. Kirsten Dunst revealed a little while back that Jeff Nichols‘s upcoming sci-fi film “Midnight Special” would appear at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. But Warner Bros. has one more trick up their sleeve, and it turns out its world premiere will actually be at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival in February. Also joining the line-up is a new doc by Alex Gibney, and “Genius” the Colin Firth/Jude Law-starring drama among others.
The first nine films for the 66th Berlin International Film Festival Competition and Berlinale Special programme have been selected. Joining opening film “Hail, Caesar!” by Joel and Ethan Coen, which will be presented out of competition, five productions and co-productions from Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom and the US are the newest additions to the Competition programme.
As part of the official programme, Berlinale Special will feature current works by contemporary filmmakers, documentaries and unique formats. Three productions have already been invited. Check out the Berlin titles below.
Boris sans Béatrice (Boris without Béatrice)
By Denis Côté (Vic+Flo Saw a Bear)
With James Hyndman, Simone-Elise Girard, Denis Lavant, Isolda Dychauk, Dounia Sichov
United Kingdom / USA
By Michael Grandage
With Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce, Dominic West
World premiere – first feature
Jeder stirbt für sich allein (Alone in Berlin)
Germany / France / United Kingdom
By Vincent Perez (The Secret)
With Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Persbrandt
By Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter)
With Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaedan Lieberher, Sam Shepard
Zero Days – documentary
By Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side)
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble – documentary
By Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom)
The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger – documentary
By Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz, Tilda Swinton
Where To Invade Next – documentary
By Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine)