Rob Marshall’s Nine and new films by Doris Dorrie, Matti Geschonneck and Jo Baier will be screened as part of the Berlinale’s Special programme this year.
Musical Nine will have a 60th birthday special screening at the Friedrichstadtpalast musical theatre a week before it is released through Senator Film in Germany. The theatre will also host the world premiere of the reconstructed original version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, which will have live musical accompaniment by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.
Gala premieres will include Dörrie’s social comedy The Hairdresser (Die Friseuse); Geschonneck’s “declaration of love” to his home town of Berlin in Boxhagener Platza; and Baier’s lavish adaptation of the Heinrich Mann novel of the same name Henry Of Navarre.
Other world premieres lined up in Berlinale Special include Silvio Soldini’s Italian-Swiss film What More Do I; Norberto Lopez and Carlos Carcas’ documentary portrait of architect Lord Norman Foster in How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?; Simone Lainé’s documentary on the veteran French critic in Michel Ciment, The Art of Sharing Movies; and the compilation film Revolución with contributions by such Mexican filmmakers as Fernando Eimbcke, Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo García, Diego Luna, and Carlos Reygadas.
The section will also include Hans-Christoph Blumenberg and Alfred Holighaus’ Trace Of The Bears, which looks back at 60 years of the festival, and restored versions of Stuart Schulberg’s 1948 film Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1973 film World On A Wire.
The Berlinale Special line-up:
Boxhagener Platz, (German) Matti Geschonneck, world premiere
Dancing Dreams (Tanzträume), (Germany), Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffmann, world premiere
Henry of Navarre (Henri 4), (Germany/France/Spain/Austria), Jo Baier, world premiere
How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?, (UK/Spain), Norberto Lopez and Carlos Carcas, world premiere
Ingelore, (USA), Frank Stiefel, international premiere
Kinshasa Symphony, (Germany), Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer, world premiere
L´Autre Dumas, (France/Belgium), Safy Nebbou, international premiere
L´Illusionist, (UK/France), Sylvain Chomet
Little Big Soldier (Da Bing Xiao Jiang), (China), Ding Sheng, European premiere
Metropolis, (Germany), Fritz Lang (world premiere of restored print)
Michel Ciment, The Art of Sharing Movies (Michel Ciment, Le Cinéma En Partage), (France) Simone Lainé, world premiere
Moloch Tropical, (France/Haiti), Raoul Peck, European premiere
Nine, (SU), Rob Marshall, birthday special
Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today, (US), Stuart Schulberg [The 2009 Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration]
Peepli Live, (India) Anusha Rizvi, European premiere
Revolución, (Mexico), Mariana Chenillo, Patricia Riggen, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo García, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Plá, Carlos Reygadas, world premiere
S.O.S./State of Security, (US), Michèle Ohayon, world premiere
The Hairdresser (Die Friseuse), (Germany) Doris Dörrie, world premiere
Trace of the Bears (Spur der Bären - 60 Jahre Berlinale Germany), (Germany), Hans-Christoph Blumenberg and Alfred Holighaus, world premiere
True Legend (Su Qi Er), (China/Hiong Kong), Yuen Woo Ping, European premiere
What More Do I Want (Cosa Voglio Di Piu), (Italy/Swizerland) Silvio Soldini, world premiere
World On A Wire (Welt Am Draht), (Germany 1973) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, cinema premiere of restored version