Selection opens with a documentary about what motivates Somali pirates and includes the European premiere of 20,000 Days on Earth, starring Nick Cave, and 10 world premieres.

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The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16) has unveiled the 16 films that will make up the documentary section of its Panorama strand.

This year’s Panorama Dokumente comprises 16 films, including ten world premieres, and will open on Feb 7 with the world premiere of Dutch co-production The Last Hijack by Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting. The film depicts what motivates piracy in Somalia.

The topic of Africa, which is also reflected in the Ethiopian fictional feature Difret, is also central to Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson in Concerning Violence. This commentary on Africa’s decolonisation, cites Frantz Fanon’s “The Wretched of the Earth” - and US singer Lauryn Hill lends these texts her voice.

Olsson previously presented The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 about the Afro-American civil rights movement in Panorama in 2011.

The history of photography is shown from an Afro-American perspective by Thomas Allen Harris in Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People.

In Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, Michel Gondry conveys his impressions from a series of talks with American linguist Noam Chomsky.

UK feature 20,000 Days on Earth by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard is a portrait of Australian musician, author and actor Nick Cave.

Tamara Trampe and Johann Feindt’s My Mother, a War and Me traces the Second World War in the Ukraine.

Annekatrin Hendel’s Anderson also takes a look at Germany’s past by focusing on Sascha Anderson, pop star of the alternative literature scene in East Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg during the 1980s, who was an informant for the Stasi.


The PanoramaPublikumsPreis (PPP – the Panorama’s audience award) for both the best fictional and the best documentary feature will be presented on the last day of the festival on Feb 16.

After the ceremony, there will be a screening of the winning fictional film, followed by the best documentary. Last year, almost 28,000 moviegoers voted.

In collaboration with DEFA Foundation, the Heiner Carow Prize, which was launched to promote German cinematic art, will be awarded for the second time to a documentary, fictional or essay film from the Panorama section.

After the ceremony on Feb 13, Heiner Carow’s Ikarus (1975) will be screened at Kino International.

The three jury members are: director Jan Krüger; director Peter Welz; and Gudrun Scherp, head of Information Management and the Archives of Personal Histories at DEFA.

Panorama Dokumente

20,000 Days on Earth (UK) EP
dir. Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
With Nick Cave

Anderson (Germany) WP
dir. Annekatrin Hendel

Another World (USA) WP
dir. Rebecca Chaiklin, Fisher Stevens

Concerning Violence (Sweden / USA / Denmark) EP
dir. Göran Hugo Olsson

Der Anständige (The Decent One) (Israel / Austria / Germany) WP
dir. Vanessa Lapa

Der Kreis (The Circle) (Switzerland) WP
dir. Stefan Haupt
With Marianne Sägebrecht, Anatole Taubman, Matthias Hungerbühler, Sven Schelker

Felice chi è diverso (Happy to Be Different) (Italy) WP
dir. Gianni Amelio

Finding Vivian Maier (USA) EP
dir. John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Fucking different XXY (Germany) WP
By Mor Vital, KAy Garnellen, Felix Endara & Sasha Wortzel, J.Jackie Baier, Buck Angel, Jasco Viefhues, Gwen Haworth

The Last Hijack (Netherlands / Germany / Ireland / Belgium) WP
dir. Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting

Meine Mutter, ein Krieg und ich (My Mother, a War and Me) (Germany) WP
dir.Tamara Trampe, Johann Feindt

Natural Resistance (Italy) WP
dir. Jonathan Nossiter

The Dog (USA) EP
dir. Frank Keraudren, Allison Berg

Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (USA) IP
dir. Thomas Allen Harris

Vulva 3.0 (Germany) WP
dir. Claudia Richarz, Ulrike Zimmermann

Panorama upporting films

Mario Wirz (Germany) WP
dir. Rosa von Praunheim

Previously announced…

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (France) EP
dir. Michel Gondry