Berlinale: Press Releases

Press Releases 2009


Jan 15, 2009:
Competition of Berlinale 2009 Almost Complete

26 films will participate in the Competition programme of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival, 25 of which have already been confirmed. In addition to the eleven titles announced earlier (see press releases from November 28 and December 12, 2008), another 14 films have now been invited.

These include productions from Argentina, Denmark, Germany, France, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Iran, Peru, Poland, Romania, Spain, Hungary, Uruguay and USA.

“With their very distinctive artistic styles, the films of the 2009 Competition provide evidence of living conditions in our globalized world. We are also pleased to present many world premieres again this year”, comments Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick.

Cheri UK/Germany/France

By Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons)

With Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend, Felicity Jones

World premiere

Darbareye Elly (About Elly) Iran

By Asghar Farhadi (Fireworks Wednesday)

With Golshifteh Farahani, Taraneh Alidousti, Mani Haghighi

World premiere

Deutschland 09 - 13 kurze Filme zur Lage der Nation Germany - Out of Competition

Compilation film by Fatih Akin, Tom Tykwer, Wolfgang Becker, Sylke Enders, Dominik Graf, Romuald Karmakar, Nicolette Krebitz, Isabelle Stever, Hans Steinbichler, Hans Weingartner, Christoph Hochhäusler, Dani Levy and Angela Schanelec

World premiere

Eden à l'ouest (Eden is West) France/Greece/Italy - Out of Competition

By Costa-Gavras (Missing, Amen)

With Riccardo Scamarcio, Juliane Köhler, Ulrich Tukur

International premiere

Gigante Uruguay/Germany/Argentina

By Adrián Biniez (Total Disponibilidad)

With Horacio Camandulle, Leonor Svarcas

World premiere

Happy Tears USA

By Mitchell Lichtenstein (Teeth)

With Demi Moore, Parker Posey, Rip Torn, Ellen Barkin

World premiere

In the Electric Mist France/USA

By Bertrand Tavernier (Laissez-Passer, La Guerre Sans Nom)

With Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard

World premiere

Katalin Varga Romania/UK/Hungary - debut film

By Peter Strickland

With Hilda Péter, Norbert Tankó, Tibor Pálfy, Sebastian Marina

World premiere

La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow) Spain/Peru

By Claudia Llosa (Madeinusa)

With Magaly Solier, Susi Sánchez, Efraín Solis

World premiere

Lille Soldat (Little Soldier) Denmark

By Annette K. Olesen (Minor Mishaps)

With Trine Dyrholm, Finn Nielsen, Lorna Brown

International premiere

Notorious USA - Out of Competition

By George Tillman Jr. (Men of Honor)

With Angela Bassett, Jamal Woolard, Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie

International premiere

Ricky France/Italy

By François Ozon (8 Femmes, Swimming Pool)

With Alexandra Lamy, Sergi Lopez, Mélusine Mayance, Arthur Peyret

World premiere

Storm (Sturm) Germany/Denmark/The Netherlands

By Hans-Christian Schmid (Requiem, Distant Lights)

With Kerry Fox, Anamaria Marinca, Stephen Dillane, Rolf Lassgård

World premiere

Tatarak (Sweet Rush) Poland

By Andrzej Wajda (Popiól i diament, Katyn)

With Krystyna Janda, Pawel Szajda, Jan Englert

World premiere

Press Office

January 15, 2009