The first 11 titles from the 2018 Berlin Film Festival (Feb 15-25) Panorama programme have been revealed. Scroll down for the full line-up.
The selection is the first from new section head Paz Lázaro, who curated the titles with Michael Stütz and Andreas Struck.
Films selected include a new project from Timur Bekmambetov, the Russian-Kazakh director whose credits include Night Watch and Ben-Hur. He will be world premiering his US-UK-Cyprus co-production Profile, about a British journalist who goes undercover to infiltrate the digital channels of the so-called Isis terrorist group.
Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa will be screening his feature Foreboding (Yocho), a sci-fi about aliens who take control over human emotions.
The selection also features four productions from Latin America: Argentinian filmmaker Sebastián Schjaer’s feature debut The Omission (La Omision), Santiago Loza’s Malambo, The Good Man (Malambo, El Hombre Bueno) which is also from Argentina, Brazilian documentary Ex Shaman (Ex-Pajé) from Luiz Bolognesi, and Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla’s Tranny Fag (Bix Travesty), which is also from Brazil.
The focus of Panorama this year is ‘Body Politics’, and several of the other works deal with subjects such as resistance to ‘machismo’ and transforming gender lines.
The full line-up:
Dir. Katharina Mückstein World premiere
Bixa Travesty (Tranny Fag) (Brazil)
Dir. Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman World premiere
Ex Pajé (Ex Shaman) (Brazil)
Dir. Luiz Bolognesi World premiere
Malambo, el hombre bueno (Malambo, the Good Man) (Argentina)
Dir. Santiago Loza World premiere
Obscuro Barroco (France / Greece)
Dir. Evangelia Kranioti World premiere
La omisión (The Omission) – Argentina / The Netherlands / Switzerland
Dir. Sebastián Schjaer World premiere
Profile (USA / UK / Cyprus)
Dir. Timur Bekmambetov World premiere
River’s Edge (Japan)
Dir. Isao Yukisada International premiere
That Summer (Sweden / Denmark / USA)
Dir. Göran Hugo Olsson European premiere
Yocho (Yocho (Foreboding)) (Japan)
Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa European premiere
Zentralflughafen THF (Central Airport THF) (Germany / Brazil / France)
Dir. Karim Aïnouz World premiere