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11 films we are looking forward to seeing at the Berlinale

Preview of the film festival

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
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Berlinale 2016

340 films are screened this year at the Berlin International Film Festival. World premieres, revivals, documentaries, experimental and world cinema: there are exciting discoveries from all over the world. We have read through the announcements and picked out eleven tips from the different sections for you, which sound particularly promising.

Tip 1: My Salinger Year

My Salinger Year
My Salinger Year © micro_scope

The opening film of the Berlinale is My Salinger Year with Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley. The film tells the coming of age story of a young woman who answers the fan mail of the famous author J.D. Salinger in a frahlingur.
Based on the novel by Joanna Rakoff, Philippe Falardeau's film is set in the New York literary scene of the 1990s and questions the significance of art in our lives.

Tip 2: Berlin Alexanderplatz

Welket Bungué in Berlin Alexanderplatz
Welket Bungué in Berlin Alexanderplatz © Wolfgang Ennenbach/2019 Sommerhaus/eOne Germany


Another novel adaptation is one of the highlights of the competition. The new film adaptation of Döblin's novel is one of the four German competition entries and sounds like an interesting interpretation of the well-known story. And it is - with Undine and Schwesterlein - one of three Berlin films in the competition.

Tip 3: Police

Omar Sy, Virginie Efira in Police
Omar Sy, Virginie Efira in Police © F comme Film / Ciné@ / Thibault Grabherr

Omar Sy (from The Intouchables) and Virginie Efira  are the stars in the French drama Police by Anne Fontaine. This sounds like a thrilling story with great actors. The film celebrates its world premiere at the film festival.

Tip 4: Minamata

Minami, Johnny Depp in Minamata
Minami, Johnny Depp in Minamata © Larry D. Horricks

Another world premiere: Johnny Depp plays a war photographer who uncovers an environmental scandal in Japan. In addition to Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy is also in the cast, who was already a guest at the Berlinale last year for the opening film The Kindness of Strangers.

Tip 5: 1971 in Forum

Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther
Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther © Still from Ruben/Benston Film Collection Walker Art Center

The Forum is also celebrating its birthday: the section specializing in innovative discoveries from all over the world and border crossings between formats is celebrating its 50th anniversary! All films from 1971 will be screened during the anniversary. 21 films can be seen during the festival, the remaining 22 afterwards at Kino Arsenal.

Tip 6: Exil

Exil
Sandra Hüller in Exil © Komplizen Film

The Panorama section is sure to make some promising discoveries this year. The German film Exil features two of the most outstanding German actors, Mišel Matičević and Sandra Hüller. Sandra Hüller is also starring in the film Schlaf in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section.

Tip 7: War and Peace

Henry Fonda, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer in War and Peace
Henry Fonda, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer in War and Peace © Image courtesy of Park Circus/Paramount

In the retrospective to the director King Vidor, a number of great films are running, such as the tragic love story Duel in the Sun, Beyond the Forest with Bette Davies or the western Man Without a Star. The epic drama War and Peace is one of Vidor's best-known works and has a top-class cast including Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer and Henry Fonda.

Tip 8: The Roads Not Taken

 Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning in The Roads not taken
Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning in The Roads not taken © Adventure Pictures

Sally Potter has been a guest at the Berlinale on several occasions, including the wicked fun The Party two years ago. This time she has assembled a top-class star ensemble with Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek and Laura Linney in her film The Roads not taken.

Tip 9: DAU. Natasha

Alexei Blinov, Luc Bige, Olga Shkabarnya in DAU. Natasha
Alexei Blinov, Luc Bige, Olga Shkabarnya in DAU. Natasha © Phenomen Film

The DAU project is one of the great, mysterious art projects. The planned installation in Berlin failed, but now you can get an insight into the project. In addition to the competition entry, the complementary Berlinale Special  is also running at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele the film Degeneratsia (DAU. Degeneration).

Tip 10: Pinocchio

Roberto Begnini in Pinocchio
Roberto Begnini in Pinocchio © Greta De Lazzaris

This time Roberto Benigni does not play the wooden boy Pinocchio (as in his 2002 film adaptation), but the woodcarver Geppetto. The live-action film adaptation of Carlo Collodi's popular novel brings the beloved story back to the screen in a new way.

Tip 11: Stateless

Cate Blanchett in Stateless
Cate Blanchett in Stateless © Ben King

Not a film, but a series: Stateless with Cate Blanchett. In recent years, the series section has become a real eye-catcher, with stars like Tom Hiddleston already having passed by. Cate Blanchett not only acts as an actress in the series about migration and its effects, but also as co-creator and executive producer. The series is particularly close to the heart of the actress because of the subject.


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Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter visitBerlin.de/blog

Kristin

doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog.

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