The Berlinale’s Panorama section has now unveiled almost half of its 2011 lineup for next month’s festival, including 10 world premieres of new films by such directors as Rosa von Praunheim, Alexander Zeldovich and newcomers Jan Schomburg and Marie Kreutzer.
The selected films include Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha’s Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within, the sequel to his 2009 Golden Bear winner, Macedonian director Milcho Manchevski’s Mothers, a mix of fiction and documentary which was previously screened in San Sebastian and as the opening film of the Manaki Brothers International Cinematographers Festival in Bitola, Lee Tamahori’s The Devil’s Double, starring Dominic Cooper and Ludivine Sagnier, and the international premiere of Norwegian director Ole Giæver’s feature debut, Mountain which will open the festival in Giæver’s home city of Tromsø on Jan 18.
Section head Wieland Speck and his programming team also promise a strong showing again from documentaries which are set to make up around a third of the 50 titles screening in the Panorama this year.
It has been confirmed so far that Panorama Dokumente will include world premieres of new films by Rosa von Praunheim (Rent Boys about male prostitutes at Berlin’s Bahnhof Zoo), Elfi Mikesch (Mondo Lux as a tribute to the late German filmmaker Werner Schroeter who was presented with an Honorary Teddy Award at last year’s Berlinale only weeks before his death from cancer in March), Cyril Tuschi (Khodorkovsky, a portrait of the disgraced Russian oligarch), and Israeli director Tomer Heymann (Coming Home) who was invited to the Panorama last year with his previous documentary I Shot My Love.
Moreover, the Panorama’s traditional focus on queer cinema will feature such documentaries as the world premiere of Angelique Bosio’s The Advocate For Fagdom - with appearances by filmmakers Bruce LaBruce, Gus Van Sant, John Waters, Latvian director Kaspars Goba’s homo@lv, and writer-director David Weissman’s Sundance selected film We Were Here about the AIDS years in San Francisco.
In addition, the Queer Teddy Award, which evolved out of the Panorama and can be awarded to films screening in any of the Berlinale’s section, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
The films selected so far for the 2011 Panorama programme are:
Panorama Main Programme + Panorama Special
The Unjust (Bu-dang-geo-rae) by Seung-wan Ryoo (Republic of Korea)
Ashamed (Chang-Pi-Hae) by Soo-hyun Kim (Republic of Korea)
Dance Town by Kyu-hwan Jeon (Republic of Korea)
The Devil’s Double by Lee Tamahori (Belgium)
Dirty Girl by Abe Sylvia (US)
The Mountain (Fjellet) by Ole Giæver (Norway)
The Guard by John Michael McDonagh (Ireland/UK/Argentina)
Mothers (Majki) by Milcho Manchevski (Macedonia/France)
Target (Mishen) by Alexander Zeldovich (Russian Federation)
Bullhead (Rundskop) by Michaël R. Roskam (Belgium)
Elite Squad 2 - The Enemy Within (Tropa de Elite 2 - O Inimigo Agora é Outro) by José Padilha (Brazil)
Über Uns Das All by Jan Schomburg (Germany)
The Fatherless (Die Vaterlosen) by Marie Kreutzer (Austria)
The Advocate For Fagdom by Angélique Bosio (France)
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 by Göran Hugo Olsson (Sweden/USA)
BRASCH - Die Widersprüche sind die Hoffnung by Christoph Rüter (Germany)
Coming Home by Tomer Heymann (Israel)
homo@lv by Kaspars Goba (Latvia)
House Of Shame / Chantal All Night Long by Johanna Jackie Baier (Germany)
Khodorkovsky by Cyril Tuschi (Germany)
Mondo Lux by Elfi Mikesch (Germany)
!Women Art Revolution - A Secret History by Lynn Hershman Leeson (US)
We Were Here by David Weissman (US)