Mughal Mowgli

Source: BBC Films

‘Mogul Mowgli’

The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 20-Mar 1) has completed the line-up of its Panorama strand with a further 15 world premieres.

The newly announced titles take the Panorama total to 35, after a first wave of features for the strand were announced last month.

They include the world premiere of Bassam Tariq’s Mogul Mowgli (previously titlted Mughal Mowgli), which stars Riz Ahmed as a UK rapper on the verge of international stardom when a crippling illness strikes him down, and he is forced to move back in with his family. Ahmed, star of Rogue One and Nightcrawler, co-write the film with Tariq and produces the BBC Films-backed feature through his Left Handed Films banner with Pulse Films.

BBC Films has also backed another Panorama title, Aneil Karia’s Surge, starring Ben Whishaw, that is debuting at Sundance.

The section will also showcase the world premiere of Srdan Golubović’s Father. It marks the Serbian director’s first feature since Circles, which won prizes at Berlin, Tallinn, Sarajevo and Sundance, where it debuted in 2013. His latest centres on a father whose children are taken away from him after social services decide that he is too poor to provide them with a decent living environment, leading him to set off on foot to lodge a complaint in Belgrade.

The festival has also announced five additional titles to its Special strand including Numbers, based on the eponymous play by Oleg Sentsov, who was Russia’s most famous political prisoner from 2014 to 2019. He co-directed in collaboration with Akhtem Seitablaiev. The first titles for the strand were announced last week.

New Panorama titles

All titles are world premieres unless otherwise stated.

A l’abordage (Fr)
Dir: Guillaume Brac

Always Amber (Swe)
Dirs: Lia Hietala, Hannah Reinikainen

Days of Cannibalism (Fr-SA-Neth)
Dir: Teboho Edkins

I Dream of Singapore (Sing) International premiere
Dir :Lei Yuan Bin

The Foundation Pit (Rus)
Dir: Andrey Gryazev

Mare (Swi-Cro)
Dir: Andrea Štaka

Minyan (US)
Dir: Eric Steel

Mogul Mowgli (UK)
Dir: Bassam Tariq

Nardjes A. (Alg-Fra-Ger-Bra-Qat)
Dir:Karim Aïnouz

One of These Days (Ger-US)
Dir: Bastian Günther

Father (Ser-Fra-Ger-Cro-Slo-B&H)
Dir: Srdan Golubović

Amazon Mirror (Braz)
Dir:Fernando Segtowick

Schlingensief – A Voice That Shook the Silence (Ger)
Dir: Bettina Böhler

Sow the Wind (It-Fr-Gre)
Dir: Danilo Caputo

Surge (UK) International premiere
Dir: Aneil Karia

A Common Crime (Arg-Bra-Swi)
Dir: Francisco Márquez

Dry Wind (Braz)
Dir: Daniel Nolasco

Berlinale Special Gala

High Ground (Aus)
Dir: Stephen Maxwell Johnson

Time to Hunt (Kor)
Dir:Yoon Sung-hyun

Berlinale Special

The American Sector (US)
Dir: Courtney Stephens, Pacho Velez

Golda Maria (Fr)
Dirs: Patrick Sobelman, Hugo Sobelman

Numbers (Ukr-Pol-Cze-Fra)
Dirs; Oleg Sentsov, Akhtem Seitablaiev