Berlin adds eight new titles to its Berlinale Special selection and announces the full program of its short films section

Berlin adds eight new titles to its Berlinale Special selection and announces the full program of its short films section

– Among the selected films which arouse the most impatience are L’ultima note di Amore by Andrea Di Stefano, Laggiù qualcuno mi ama by Mario Martone, and Sun and Concrete by David Wnendt

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On Friday, the Berlinale (16-26 February) announced the addition of eight new titles to its Berlinale Special line-up. In the official press release, artistic director Carlo Chatrian defined the second batch of Berlinale Special films as “a great example of how colourful, vibrant, committed, entertaining and gripping cinema can be”.

Among the most hotly anticipated titles is Guy Nattiv‘s Golda (UK/USA), star ring Helen Mirren as Israel’s prime minister from 1969-1974 and based on a script penned by Nicholas Martin. The movie revolves around the life of the stateswoman, with a special focus on the events of the Yom Kippur War.

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Meanwhile, Italy and Germany are present with two more titles each. The former will take part in Berlinale Special via mario martone‘s documentary on legendary San Giorgio a Cremano-born actor and comedian Massimo Troisititled Massimo Troisi: Somebody Down There Likes Meand via Andrea Di Stefano‘s Last Night of Lovethe cast of which is spearheaded by veteran Pierfrancesco Favino (Nostalgia [+lire aussi :
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), playing a police officer who patrols the streets of Milan. Appearing alongside Favino are Linda Caridi, Antonio Gerardi and Francesco DiLeva.

Next, the first selected German feature is Lars Kraume‘s Der vermessene Mensch. The drama centers on Alexander Hoffmann (Leonard Scheicher), a young German anthropologist purportedly traveling through German South West Africa to collect artefacts for Berlin’s Ethnological Museum as the Ovaherero and Nama peoples rise up against German colonial troops. However, Hoffmann is, in fact, there to disprove the accepted evolutionist race theory and find the young woman Herero interpreter Kezia, who had been part of a delegation attending a colonial exhibition in Berlin. The second title is David Wnendt‘s Sun and Concretean adaptation of the best-selling novel penned by Felix Lobrecht. The story is set during the scorching summer of 2003 and follows a group of teens living in the Berlin borough of Neukölln.

The Berlinale Special line-up is rounded off by Danny and Michael Philippou‘s talk to me (Australia), Soi Cheang‘s Mad Fate (Hong Kong/China) and Byun Sung-hyun‘s Kill Boksoon (South Korea).

Last week, the German gathering also announced the 20 shorts competing for both the Golden and Silver Bears, along with some new titles included in the Forum strand. Specifically, the Berlinale Shorts line-up has been labeled as “an eclectic journey through biographies, relationships and the emotions”.

Here is the list of new titles announced last week:

Berlinale Special

GoldaGuy Nattiv (UK)
Kill BoksoonByun Sung-hyun (South Korea)
Massimo Troisi: Somebody Down There Likes Me mario martone (Italy)
Last Night of LoveAndrea Di Stefano (Italy)
Mad Fate- Soi Cheang (Hong Kong/China)
Sun and Concrete – David Wnendt (Germany)
talk to meDanny and Michael Philippou (Australia)
Der vermessene MenschLars Kraume (Germany)

Berlinale Shorts

8 – Anaïs-Tohe Commaret (France)
Back – Yazan Rabee (Netherlands)
The caterpillarsMichelle and Noel Keserwany (France)
EvaMorten Tsinakov, Lucija Mrzljak (Estonia/Croatia)
From Fish to MoonKevin Contento (USA)
Happy DoomBIlly Roisz (Austria)
Daydreaming So Vividly About Our Spanish HolidaysChristian Aviles (Spanish)
It’s a Date Nadia Parfan (Ukraine)
Jill, UncreditedAnthony Ing (UK)
A Kind of Testament – Stephen Vuillemin (France)
Dipped in BlackMatthew Thorne, Derik Lynch (Australia)
The BeadsRafaela Camelo, Emanuel Lavor (Brazil)
A Woman in Makueni – Darya Belova, Valery Aluskina (Germany)
Sleepless Night – Donatienne Berthereau (France)
Bear –Morgane Frund (Switzerland)
Daughter and Son – Cheng Yu (China)
Terra Mater – The Mother LandKantarama Gahigiri (Rwanda/Switzerland)
The Veiled City – Natalie Cubides-Brady (UK)
The Waiting –Volker Schlecht (Germany)
All Tomorrow’s Parties –Zhang Dalei (China)

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