Berlinale Special

Jan 25, 2024
Three Films Have Been Added to the Berlinale Special Programme

Yukino Murakami, Shuri Suwa, Takuma Fujie in August My Heaven by Riho Kudo

Three more films have been invited to the Berlinale Special programme: two mid-length films Chime by Kiyoshi Kurosawa and August My Heaven by Riho Kudo as Berlinale Special and The Strangers’ Case by Brandt Andersen as a Berlinale Special Gala.

In Chime, Tashiro, a student at a culinary school, hears voices in his head. His teacher, Matsuoka, remains unconcerned. But then Tashiro claims that half of his brain has been replaced by a machine. In August My Heaven, Joe earns a living as a professional stand-in actor for hire to play a relative, lover or friend for her clients and attend ceremonies. After an encounter at a funeral, her professional and private live begin to merge. Both Japanese films – one by a renowned master, the other by a young filmmaker - are great examples of the art of shaping riveting stories in a shorter length.

Tragedy strikes a Syrian family in Aleppo in The Strangers’ Case. This triggers a chain reaction of events involving five different families in four different countries. A kaleidoscopic tale that flows from place to place thanks to an incredibly rich cast, featuring Omar Sy, Jason Beghe and Yasmine Al Massri, among others.

The programme of the Berlinale Special 2024 is now complete.

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January 25, 2024