Berlinale: Press Releases


Press Releases 2005

Competition

Dec 21, 2004:
Man to Man to open the 55th Berlinale

The 55th Berlin International Film Festival will open on February 10, 2005 with the world premiere of Man to Man by French director Régis Wargnier.

This historical adventure epic tells the story of a group of anthropologists who have embarked on a research trip to Africa in the 1870s. The main roles in the all-star cast are played by Joseph Fiennes (Luther, Shakespeare in Love) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient). Supporting roles are filled by Iain Glen (Gorillas in the Mist), Hugh Bonneville (Notting Hill) as well as Flora Montgomery (Friday Night In).

The film will run in the Competition of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Régis Wargnier, who made his international breakthrough in 1992 with Indochine, wrote the screenplay to Man to Man together with renowned bestselling Ghana-born author William Boyd (whose books include A Good Man in Africa).

A British and French co-production, Man to Man depicts the search for the so-called “Missing Link” – the connection between man and ape much discussed by scientists in the 19th century. After the anthropologists encounter a tribe of pygmies in Africa, they send a couple back to Scotland for research purposes. Man to Man portrays not just the beginnings of modern evolutionary science, but also its unscrupulous abuse for selfish motives.

Press Office

December 21, 2004