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
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
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 (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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
What are your highlights at the Berlnale 2020?