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Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune’ and Eight More Films Added to Berlinale Competition 2016

Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Commune' and Eight More Films Added to Berlinale Competition 2016

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The 66th Berlin International Film Festival has announced nine more titles that will bow in the Competition program, bringing the total number of films in the category up to 15. To date, the Competition selection includes productions from 15 different countries, including Denmark, France, Iran, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, United Kingdom and the U.S. The festival takes place February 11-20.

Leading the latest batch of titles is Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune,” which represents a change of pace from his lush adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” last year. Based on his own experiences growing up in a commune, the drama centers around a couple as they start a close-knit society in their Copenhagen home. Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Helene Reingaard Neumann and Lars Ranthe star.

Below are all of the recent additions to the Berlinale Competition lineup. The films will compete for the the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears.

“Cartas da guerra (Letters from War)”
By Ivo M. Ferreira (Na Escama do Dragão)
With Miguel Nunes, Margarida Vila-Nova
World premiere

“Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!)”
By Mani Haghighi (Modest Reception, Men at Work)
With Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol
International premiere
“Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)”
Italy / France
By Gianfranco Rosi (Sacro GRA, El Sicario – Room 164)
World premiere

“Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery)”
Philippines / Singapore
By Lav Diaz (Norte, the End of History, From What Is Before, Melancholia)
With John Lloyd Cruz, Piolo Pascual, Hazel Orencio, Alessandra De Rossi, Joel Saracho, Susan Africa, Sid Lucero, Ely Buendia, Bernardo Bernardo, Angel Aquino, Cherie Gil 
World premiere

“Kollektivet (The Commune)”
Denmark / Sweden / Netherlands
By Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Submarino, It’s All About Love)
With Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Marta Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen, Lars Ranthe, Fares Fares, Magnus Millang, Anne Gry Henningsen, Julie Agnete Vang
International premiere

“L’avenir (Things to Come)”
France / Germany
By Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden, Goodbye First Love, Father of My Children)
With Isabelle Huppert, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob, André Marcon
World premiere

“Quand on a 17 ans (Being 17)”
By André Téchiné (Les Témoins)
With Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila, Alexis Loret
World premiere

“Smrt u Sarajevu / Mort à Sarajevo (Death in Sarajevo)”
France / Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Danis Tanović (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, No Man’s Land)
With Jacques Weber, Snežana Vidović, Izudin Bajrović, Vedrana Seksan, Muhamed Hadžović, Faketa Salihbegović-Avdagić, Edin Avdagić
World premiere

“Zjednoczone Stany Miłosci (United States of Love)”
Poland / Sweden
By Tomasz Wasilewski (Floating Skyscrapers)
With Julia Kijowska, Magdalena Cielecka, Dorota Kolak, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Łukasz Simlat, Andrzej Chyra, Tomek Tyndyk

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