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2016 Berlinale Completes Competition Program With Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ and More

2016 Berlinale Completes Competition Program With Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq' and More

READ MORE: Jeff Nichols’ ‘Midnight Special’ Leads 2016 Berlin International Film Festival Competition Lineup

The 2016 Berlin Film Festival is putting the final touches on its slate by announcing the remaining titles that will play in this year’s Competition section. 18 of the 23 films playing the Competition program will be vying for the Golden and Silver Bears at the festival’s Awards Ceremony on Saturday, February 19, while 19 of the films will be having their world premieres. 

The most high profile last entry to join Competition films like the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” and Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special” is Spike Lee’s blazing political satire “Chi-Raq.” The film opened in the U.S. in December but will be having its official international premiere in Berlin. Below are the eight films now added to this year’s Competition lineup.

“24 Wochen (24 Weeks)”
By Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)
With Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske
World premiere

“Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent)”
People’s Republic of China
By Yang Chao (Passages)
With Qin Hao, Xin Zhi Lei
World premiere

By Spike Lee (Malcom X, Do the Right Thing)
With Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson
International  premiere – Out of competition

“Des nouvelles de la planète Mars (News from Planet Mars)”
France / Belgium
By Dominik Moll (Lemming, Harry, He’s Here to Help)
With François Damiens, Vincent Macaigne, Veerle Baetens, Jeanne Guittet, Tom Rivoire
World premiere – Out of competiton

“Inhebbek Hedi (Hedi)”
Tunisia / Belgium / France
By Mohamed Ben Attia
With Majd Mastoura, Rym Ben Messaoud, Sabah Bouzouita, Hakim Boumessoudi, Omnia Ben Ghali
World premiere – First feature

“Mahana (The Patriarch)”
New Zealand
By Lee Tamahori (The Devil’s Double, Die Another Day, Once Were Warriors)
With Temuera Morrison, Akuhata Keefe, Nancy Brunning, Jim Moriarty, Regan Taylor, Maria Walker
World premiere – Out of competiton

“Saint Amour”
France / Belgium
By Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern (Mammuth, Le grand soir)
With Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Poelvoorde, Vincent Lacoste, Céline Sallette
World premiere – Out of competiton

“Soy Nero”
Germany / France / Mexico
By Rafi Pitts (The Hunter, It’s Winter)
With Johnny Ortiz, Rory Cochrane, Aml Ameen, Darell Britt-Gibson, Michael Harney
World premiere

The program also includes these previously announced films:

“Alone in Berlin”
“Boris sans Béatrice (Boris without Béatrice)”
“Cartas da guerra (Letters from War) “
“Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!)”
“Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)”
“Hail, Caesar!”
“Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery)”
“Kollektivet (The Commune)”
“L’avenir (Things to Come)”
“Midnight Special”
“Quand on a 17 ans (Being 17)”
“Smrt u Sarajevu / Mort à Sarajevo (Death in Sarajevo)”
“Zero Days”

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