Melissa Leo [pictured] stars in US independent drama Francine.
The Berlinale has announced the 38 selections for its Forum section, with 26 world premieres.
They include Ann-Kristen Reyels’ Formentera, about a couple on holiday who realise their ideas about life diverge; Spanish gay love story Sleepless Knights; five-vignette Austrian story What Is Love; shepherds story Winter Nomads; Amman taxi driver story The Last Friday; family drama The Wait from Uruguay; and school documentary Normal School set in Buenos Aires.
Among US indies, Kid-Thing is about the fantasies of a neglected girl; Francine stars Melissa Leo as an ex-convict with an affinity for animals; and So Yong Kim’s For Ellen stars Paul Dano as a musician trying to build a relationship with his daughter.
From Japan three films deal with the March 2011 tsunami: No Man’s Zone, friends after 3.11 and Nuclear Nation.
Special screenings will be announced later.
FORUM Main Programme
The Last Friday (Al Juma Al Akheira) by Yahya Alabdallah (Jordan/United Arab Emirates)
The Woman in the Septic Tank (Ang Babae sa Septic Tank) by Marlon N. Rivera (The Philippines)
Avalon by Axel Petersén (Sweden)
Soldier / Citizen (Bagrut Lochamim) by Silvina Landsmann (Israel) [WP]
Bestiaire by Denis Côté (Canada/France)
Negotiating Love (Beziehungsweisen) by Calle Overweg (Germany) [WP]
The Wait (La demora) by Rodrigo Plá (Uruguay/Mexico/France) [WP]
Normal School (Escuela normal) by Celina Murga (Argentina) [WP]
Espoir voyage by Michel K. Zongo (France/Burkina Faso)
For Ellen by So Yong Kim (US)
Formentera by Ann-Kristin Reyels (Germany) [WP]
Francine by Brian M. Cassidy/Melanie Shatzky (US/Canada) [WP]
Friends after 3.11 by Iwai Shunji (Japan)
Living/Building (Habiter/Construire) by Clémence Ancelin, France [WP]
Hemel by Sacha Polak (The Netherlands/Spain) [WP]
Winter Nomads (Hiver nomade) by Manuel von Stürler, Switzerland [WP]
Jaurès by Vincent Dieutre (France) [WP]
Choked (Kashi) by Kim Joong-hyun (Republic of Korea)
Our Homeland (Kazoku no kuni) by Yang Yonghi, Japan [WP]
Kid-Thing by David Zellner (US)
The End of Puberty (Koi ni itaru yamai) by Kimura Shoko (Japan)
Condition (Die Lage) by Thomas Heise (Germany) [WP]
No Man’s Zone (Mujin chitai) by Fujiwara Toshi (Japan/France)
Nuclear Nation by Funahashi Atsushi (Japan) [WP]
Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete (Parabeton - Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton) by Heinz Emigholz (Germany) [WP]
Modest Reception (Paziraie Sadeh) by Mani Haghighi (Iran) [WP]
A Night Too Young (Příliš mladá noc) by Olmo Omerzu (Czech Republic/Slovenia) [WP]
Revision by Philip Scheffner (Germany) [WP]
Salsipuedes by Mariano Luque (Argentina) [WP]
Sekret (Secret) by Przemysław Wojcieszek (Poland) [WP]
Sleepless Knights by Stefan Butzmühlen/Cristina Diz (Germany) [WP]
Golden Slumbers (Le sommeil d’or) by Davy Chou (France/Cambodia)
Spain (Spanien) by Anja Salomonowitz (Austria) [WP]
Beyond The Hill (Tepenin Ardı) by Emin Alper (Turkey/Greece) [WP]
Keep Me Upright (Tiens moi droite) by Zoé Chantre (France) [WP]
Everybody in Our Family (Toată lumea din familia noastră) by Radu Jude (Romania/The Netherlands) [WP]
What Is Love by Ruth Mader (Austria) [WP]
Tomorrow (Zavtra) by Andrey Gryazev (Russia) [WP]