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Terence Davies’ Emily Dickinson Biopic, ‘A Quiet Passion,’ to Premiere in Berlin

Terence Davies' Emily Dickinson Biopic, 'A Quiet Passion,' to Premiere in Berlin

A Quiet Passion,” Terence Davies’ portrait of the reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson, starring Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, and Keith Carradine, will debut out of competition at next month’s Berlinale, one of eight films to be presented in the festival’s Special section. Among the others are Michael Moore’s latest, “Where to Invade Next,” and the international premiere of Don Cheadle’s feature directorial debut, Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead.” 

READ MORE: “First Look: Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson in Terence Davies’ ‘A Quiet Passion'”

This year’s Berlinale Special, which presents recent works by contemporary filmmakers, biopics of renowned personalities, and extraordinary formats, also features new films from Kiyoshi Kurosawa (“Tokyo Sonata”) and Pernilla August, the Swedish actress who played Ingmar Bergman’s mother in the miniseries and subsequent movie “The Best Intentions,” written by Bergman and directed by Bille August. Read the list of newly announced Berlinale Special titles. This year’s festival runs from February 11-21.

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Berlinale Special Galas at the Friedrichstadt-Palast

“A Quiet Passion” 

United Kingdom / Belgium

By Terence Davies (“Distant Voices,” “Still Lives,” “Sunset Song”)

With Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Jodhi
May, Catherine Bailey, Emma Bell, Duncan Duff

World premiere



By Kiyoshi Kurosawa (“Journey to the Shore,” “Tokyo Sonata”)

With Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yuko Takeuchi, Teruyuki Kagawa,
Haruna Kawaguchi, Masahiro Higashide

World premiere

“Den allvarsamma leken” (“A Serious Game”)

Sweden / Denmark / Norway

By Pernilla August (“The Legacy,” “Beyond”)

With Sverrir Gudnason, Karin Franz Körlof, Liv Mjönes,
Michael Nyqvist, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

World premiere

“Miles Ahead”


By Don Cheadle

With Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi,
LaKeith Lee Stanfield, Michael Stuhlbarg

International premiere – First feature

Berlinale Special at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

“National Bird” – documentary


By Sonia Kennebeck

World premiere 

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