Berlinale 65 – Panorama line-up of Fictional Films
The complete selection of the 65th Berlinale Panorama Fiction Feature Films
Berlinale Panorama has always been the most innovative section of the Berlin Film Festival. Without trying to balance between the artistic vision and the commercial interest, Panorama explores new forms of filmmaking and creators that need to establish their voice in the spectrum of art cinema. The selection of fictional films that participate in 65th Berlinale Panorama has been announced. In total there will be 34 feature films from 29 countries that will have their European or their World Premiere from February 5 – 15 2015.
The complete list of films presented in Panorama is in alphabetical order:
54: The Director’s Cut – USA by Mark Christopher with Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, Sela Ward, Mark Ruffalo – World Premiere. Seventeen years after the premiere of the film 54 about the legendary New York nightclub, Studio 54, director Mark Christopher is presenting his original cut to the public.
600 Millas (600 Miles) – Mexico by Gabriel Ripstein with Tim Roth, Kristyan Ferrer, Harrison Thomas, Noé Hernández, Armando Hernández – World Premiere. A tension-driven directorial debut in which a young gunrunner, en route from Texas to Mexico, suddenly finds himself stuck with a US task force veteran (Tim Roth). Trying to get rid of the guy, turns into the biggest adventure of the young man’s life.
Al bahr min ouaraikoum (The Sea Is Behind) – Morocco by Hicham Lasri with Malek Akhmiss, Hassan Badida, Yassine Sekkal – European Premiere
Al-Hob wa Al-Sariqa wa Mashakel Ukhra (Love, Theft and Other Entanglements) – Palestinian Territories by By Muayad Alayan with Sami Metwasi, Maya Abu Alhayyat, Riyad Sliman, Ramzi Maqdisi, Kamel Elbasha – World Premiere
Angelica – USA by Mitchell Lichtenstein with Jena Malone, Janet McTeer, Ed Stoppard, Tovah Feldshuh – World Premiere. A part wicked and whimsical sociological study, psychodrama and horror story.
Ausência (Absence) – Brazil / Chile / France by Chico Teixeira with Matheus Fagundes, Irandhir Santos, Gilda Nomacce, Thiago de Matos, Francisca Gavilán – International Premiere
Bizarre – France / USA by Étienne Faure with Pierre Prieur, Adrian James, Raquel Nave, Rebekah Underhill – World Premiere. Teenage Maurice is placed in a tender and playful environment, a commune of sorts, in Brooklyn.
Chorus – Canada by François Delisle with Sébastien Ricard, Fanny Mallette, Pierre Curzi, Geneviève Bujold – European Premiere
De ce eu? (Why me?) – Romania / Bulgaria / Hungary by Tudor Giurgiu with Emilian Oprea, Mihai Constantin, Andreea Vasile, Dan Condurache, Liviu Pintileaska – World Premiere
Der letzte Sommer der Reichen (The Last Summer of the Rich) – Austria by Peter Kern with Amira Casar, Nicole Gerdon, Winfried Glatzeder – World Premiere
Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern (Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents) – Switzerland / Germany by Stina Werenfels with Victoria Schulz, Jenny Schily, Lars Eidinger, Urs Jucker – International Premiere
Dyke Hard – Sweden by Bitte Andersson with Alle Eriksson, Peggy Sands, M. Wågensjö, Iki Gonzales Magnusson, Lina Kurttila – International Premiere. A zany, quasi musical of post-punk-lesbo-rock-‘n’-roll calibre: this is underground fun at its purest.
El incendio (The Fire) – Argentina by Juan Schnitman with Pilar Gamboa, Juan Barberini – World Premiere
Gukje Shijang (Ode to My Father) – Republic of Korea by JK Youn with Hwang Jung-min, Kim Yunjin – International Premiere. Half of a still divided country, investigates the repercussions of the Korean War and their impact on today.
Härte (Tough Love) – Germany by Rosa von Praunheim with Luise Heyer, Hanno Koffler, Katy Karrenbauer, Marion Erdmann, Andreas Marquardt – World Premiere. The film tells the story of karate world champion Andreas “Andy” Marquardt, who also appears in this hybrid feature, and accompanies the audience on his journey from a childhood of abuse to an adulthood of violence. Ultimately he evolves into a man who cares (albeit rather gruffly) about others.
How To Win At Checkers (Every Time) – Thailand / USA / Indonesia by Josh Kim – World Premiere
I Am Michael – USA by Justin Kelly with James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts – International Premiere. An unusual directorial debut, which was co-produced by Gus Van Sant. In it James Franco portrays a gay activist during the so emancipating 1980s, who then tries to turn straight in the 1990s.
Jun Zhong Le Yuan (Paradise in Service) – Taiwan by Doze Niu Chen-Zer with Ethan Juan, Wan Qian, Chen Jianbin, Chen Yi-Han – European Premiere The film presents a difficult chapter of East Asian history that has hardly ever been dealt with before: the establishment of brothels to keep up the morale of armed forces in the battle “against Mao”.
Meurtre à Pacot (Murder in Pacot) – France / Haiti / Norway by Raoul Peck with Alex Descas, Ayo, Thibault Vinçon, Lovely Kermonde Fifi, Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin – European Premiere. A character piece set outdoors against the catastrophe of the earthquake in Port-au-Prince looks with bitter rage at class distinctions in Haitian society.
Mariposa (Butterfly) – Argentina by Marco Berger with Ailín Salas, Javier De Pietro, Julián Infantino, Malena Villa – World Premiere
Mot Naturen (Out of Nature) – Norway by Ole Giæver, Marte Vold with Ole Giæver, Marte Magnusdotter Solem, Rebekka Nystadbakk, Ellen Birgitte Winther, Sievert Giaever Solem – European Premiere. A zeitgeisty parable about a man, and his search for identity and joy in life. The young father needs a break from parental bliss: he retreats to the mountains to rethink what he wants from life.
Nasty Baby – USA by Sebastián Silva with Kristen Wiig, Sebastián Silva, Tunde Adebimpe, Mark Margolis, Reg E. Cathey – International Premiere
Necktie Youth – South Africa by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer with Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Bonko Cosmo, Emma Tollman, Jonathan Young, Colleen Balchin – World Premiere
Ned Rifle – USA by Hal Hartley with Liam Aiken, Martin Donovan, Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan – European Premiere. The conclusion of the trilogy by the cult American indie filmmaker.
Onthakan (The Blue Hour) – Thailand by Anucha Boonyawatana with Atthaphan Poonsawas, Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang, Duangjai Hirunsri – World Premiere
Out of My Hand – USA by Takeshi Fukunaga with Bishop Blay, Duke Murphy Dennis, Zenobia Kpoto – World Premiere. A directorial debut about a worker on a Liberian rubber plantation who wants to get away from a life overshadowed by civil war and so moves to New York.
Paridan az Ertefa Kam (A Minor Leap Down) – Iran / France by Hamed Rajabi with Negar Javaherian, Rambod Javan – World Premiere
Petting Zoo – Germany / Greece / USA by Micah Magee with Devon Keller, Austin Reed, Deztiny Gonzales, Kiowa Tucker – World Premiere. Director’s debut film sets its protagonist in Texas, where she tries to maintain her autonomy despite daily adversities.
Pionery-geroi (Pioneer Heroes) – Russian Federation by Natalia Kudryashova with Natalia Kudryashova, Daria Moroz, Aleksei Mitin, Aleksandr Userdin – World Premiere
Que Horas Ela Volta? (The Second Mother) – Brazil by Anna Muylaert – European Premiere
Sangailė (The Summer of Sangailé) – Lithuania / France / Netherlands by Alanté Kavaïté with Julija Steponaityté, Aiste Diržiute, Juraté Sodyté, Martynas Budraitis – European Premiere
Sangue azul (Blue Blood) – Brazil by Lirio Ferreira with Daniel de Oliveira, Caroline Abras, Sandra Coverloni, Rômulo Braga – International Premiere. In the magnificent visuals of a fairy tale, the film tells of a family torn by strife and how, bit by bit, its members find their way back to each other. In doing so they disclose secrets whose consequences only become evident as things unfold.
Zui Sheng Meng Si (Thanatos, Drunk) – Taiwan by Chang Tso-Chi with Lee Hong-Chi, Chen Jen-Shuo, Huang Shang-Ho, Lu Hsueh-Feng, Wang Ching-Ting – World Premiere