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Dec 11, 2015:
Berlinale 2016: First Films for Competition and Berlinale Special

The first nine films for the 66th Berlin International Film Festival Competition and Berlinale Special programme have been selected. Joining opening film Hail, Caesar! by Joel and Ethan Coen, which will be presented out of competition (see press release from December 4, 2015 for details), five productions and co-productions from Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom and the US are the newest additions to the Competition programme.

As part of the official programme, Berlinale Special will feature current works by contemporary filmmakers, documentaries and unique formats. Three productions have already been invited.

Colin Firth and Jude Law in Genius by Michael Grandage

More information regarding programme selections will be announced in the coming weeks.


Boris sans Béatrice (Boris without Béatrice)
By Denis Côté (Vic+Flo Saw a Bear)
With James Hyndman, Simone-Elise Girard, Denis Lavant, Isolda Dychauk, Dounia Sichov
World premiere

United Kingdom / USA
By Michael Grandage
With Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce, Dominic West
World premiere - first feature

Alone in Berlin
Germany / France / United Kingdom
By Vincent Perez (The Secret)
With Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Persbrandt
World premiere

Midnight Special
By Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter)
With Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard
World premiere

Zero Days - documentary
By Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side)
World premiere

Berlinale Special

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble - documentary
By Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom)
European premiere

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger - documentary
United Kingdom
By Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz, Tilda Swinton
World premiere

Where To Invade Next - documentary
By Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine)
European premiere

Press Office
December 11, 2015

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