Screen profiles selected world premieres across other festival sections, including Berlinale Special selection I, Anna [pictured].
Anton Corbijn Inside Out (Neth)
This documentary explores the life and work of photographer, filmmaker and Berlinale 2012 juror Anton Corbijn. Klaartje Quirijns directs the film, which was produced by LEV Pictures. The revealing and artful portrait includes interviews with Corbijn and the likes of Bono and George Clooney.
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US writer/director Olivia Silver’s debut feature is based on her 2008 short film Little Canyon, which she developed at the Sundance Institute’s producing and directing labs and which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. The indie drama stars Oscar nominee John Hawkes — who generated buzz at Sundance this year for his performance in The Surrogate — as a father struggling in his relationship with his 12-year-old daughter.
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Bliss (Glück) (Ger)
German director Doris Dörrie was named best director at the recent Bavarian Film Awards for Bliss, a Berlin-set love story between a punk and a refugee starring Alba Rohrwacher and Vinzenz Kiefer. The screenplay was adapted by Dörrie from a story by German author Ferdinand von Schirach. Dörrie was in competition in Berlin in 2008 with Cherry Blossoms.
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Comes A Bright Day (UK)
First-time feature director Simon Aboud recruited a hot cast of Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, Kevin McKidd and Timothy Spall in this romance/thriller set against an armed robbery at a London jewellery store. Expect the film to look especially stylish as Paul Smith outfitted the cast. Producer Christine Alderson of Ipso Facto previously had a Berlinale hit with Irina Palm in 2007.
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Death Row (US)
Werner Herzog has turned material from his feature documentary Into The Abyss into this four-part documentary series, in which he interviews death-row inmates in Florida and Texas, focusing on a triple homicide case in Texas and interviewing a prisoner who was executed eight days after agreeing to appear on camera. The series is due to air in the US on the Investigation Discovery channel. Herzog headed up the Berlin jury in 2010, and his documentary Cave Of Forgotten Dreams had its European premiere at the festival last year.
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Electrick Children (US)
US director Rebecca Thomas’ Electrick Children, starring Julia Garner, Rory Culkin and Billy Zane, is set in a Mormon community and centres on a 15-year-old girl who believes forbidden rock music has caused her pregnancy. Shot on location in Las Vegas and backed with crowd funding, this is Thomas’ first feature, having written the screenplay to short film Nobody Knows You, Nobody Gives A Damn which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
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Everybody In Our Family (Toata Lumea Din Familia Noastra) (Rom-Neth)
Director Radu Jude follows his 2010 festival hit The Happiest Girl In The World with a satire about a father who wants to take his daughter on an outing but who runs into futile arguments with his ex-wife and her family. The project participated in Sarajevo’s CineLink, Thessaloniki’s Crossroads and Sofia Meetings. Ada Solomon (Best Intentions) produces.
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Following Toronto and Rotterdam documentary selection The Patron Saints, Brian M Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky direct their first fictional story, starring Melissa Leo as a near-silent misfit. Leo plays a woman who tries to rebuild her life after prison, and who relates better to animals than to humans. Washington Square Arts & Films’ Joshua Blum and Katie Stern, whose credits include Margin Call, produced.
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I, Anna (UK-Ger-Fr)
Barnaby Southcombe makes his feature directorial debut with this moody, London-set film noir starring his mother Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne. Rampling plays a woman whose life is turned upside down after a date goes wrong. The seven distributors already on board include Artificial Eye in the UK, NFP/Warner Bros for Germany and ABC/Cinemien for Benelux. The project is the first film for Southcombe, Felix Vossen and Christopher Simon’s new company Embargo Films.
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Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald follows his YouTube documentary Life In A Day with a doc about reggae icon Bob Marley. Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme were previously attached to the film, which features recordings of Marley’s songs and sees the director travel to Tunisia, the US and India to highlight the singer’s global impact. Executive producers include Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and Marley’s son Ziggy. The doc has secured a number of pre sales.
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Modest Reception (Paziraie Sadeh) (Iran)
Mani Haghighi directs the story of a rich couple who find it difficult to hand out money to their allegedly needy neighbours.
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Reported Missing (Die Vermissten) (Ger)
Perspektive Deutsches Kino
Jan Speckenbach’s German Film and Television Academy graduation feature Reported Missing is an anticipated local title. The director is a veteran of Cannes Cinéfondation with short The Other Day In Eden. This drama examines parental fears after a 16-year-old girl goes missing. Andre M Hennicke stars.
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Secret (Sekret) (Pol)
Przemyslaw Wojcieszek, whose credits include Made In Poland, screens for the third time in the Forum section. Psychological drama Secret focuses on the story of a 30-year-old drag queen who learns that his beloved grandfather murdered a Jewish family at the end of the Second World War. Polish star Tomasz Tyndyk (The Pianist) leads the cast.
Side By Side (US)
Keanu Reeves produces Chris Kenneally’s documentary on the transition from film to digital cinema.
The topic is close to the hearts of many in Berlin, and for a further draw the project includes interviews with Christopher Nolan, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, James Cameron (pictured above) and Martin Scorsese. Kenneally previously directed award-winning documentary Crazy Legs Conti: Zen And The Art Of Competitive Eating.
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Sons Of The Clouds: The Last Colony (Hijos De Las Nubes, La Ultima Colonia) (Sp)
Oscar-winner Javier Bardem produces and appears in this harrowing portrait of the situation facing people in the Western Sahara, where more than 200,000 refugees live in camps in the desert. Director Alvaro Longoria is the co-founder of Morena Films, which has made pictures including Che and 7 Days In Havana.
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Two Little Boys (NZ)
Flight Of The Conchords’ Bret McKenzie stars alongside Australian comedian Hamish Blake as two friends who have a series of misadventures after their friendship goes sour. Audiences are promised “an unfortunate incident involving a hot meat pie, a ginger cat and the untimely death of a Scandinavian soccer star”. Robert Sarkies directs a script adapted from the novel of the same name by his brother Duncan Sarkies. Vicky Pope and Tim White produce. Hopscotch has Australia/New Zealand rights.
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