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Press Releases 2018


Jan 25, 2018:
Programme for Berlinale Panorama 2018 Complete: What’s Your Poison?

The full programme for the 2018 edition of Panorama has been finalised and features a total of 47 films from 40 countries, with 37 world premieres and 16 directorial debuts. 20 films will be screened in the scope of Panorama Dokumente, while 27 fiction features are shown in Panorama Special as well as the main programme.

The section finds a gripping start with Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx, which will open Panorama Special on February 16 at Zoo Palast. Nearly dialogue-free, the film tells the story of a female doctor on a sailing holiday gone unexpectedly sour somewhere between Europe and Africa. The main programme will open on the evening before with the previously announced feature River’s Edge.

A Czech production opens Panorama Dokumente. Jan Gebert’s Až přijde válka (When the War Comes) treats the global trend of a socially acceptable form of nationalism using the example of the young Slovak paramilitary organisation “Slovenski Branci”. Árpád Bogdán’s feature film Genezis (Genesis) takes up the series of attacks on Roma in Hungary in 2008/2009, exposing their effects on the victimised families and the community as well as casting light on the failures of the Hungarian judicial system. The long overdue pursuit of those guilty of crimes perpetrated under the dictatorial Franco regime is depicted in The Silence of Others. Former Brazilian president Dilma Roussef’s impeachment can be witnessed first-hand in O processo (The Trial).

In Generation Wealth, Lauren Greenfield raises awareness for the way in which the self-indulgent quest for luxury and the total surrender to vanity lead to a sort of “ultra-decadence”, while in Lemonade, produced by Cristian Mungiu, the American Dream remains tauntingly out of reach for those who cannot afford to buy a piece of it. In the French-German production Game Girls, two women attempt to escape life on Skid Row, the USA’s “Capital City of the Homeless”. Shakedown immerses the viewer in the queer strip club scene of 2000s Los Angeles, relating its protagonists’ search for freedom and self-determination with great immediacy. In the Italian production Land, Iranian director Babak Jalali devotes his attention to members of a Native American family who are defending their cultural identity with dignity.

Family dynamics under the microscope: In Al Gami'ya (What Comes Around), the residents of one of Cairo’s poorest districts have developed a bank-free financing system for themselves. Two intimate portraits of rural conflict, set in Central China’s Henan province and the German state of Saxony-Anhalt respectively, are drawn in Jordan Schiele’s The Silk and the Flame and Rosa Hannah Ziegler’s Familienleben (Family Life). Yang Mingming’s debut film Rou Qing Shi (Girls Always Happy) showcases the verbal duels of an odd mother-daughter duo searching for happiness in art or daydreams of getting rich quick. In La enfermedad del domingo (Sunday's Illness), a mother and her daughter find their way back to one another following years of estrangement. In Jibril, her final work for the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Henrika Kull depicts the isolation and love experienced in the interaction between a single mom and a prison inmate.

The Argentinian production Marilyn and the Brazilian film Tinta Bruta (Hard Paint) both show the isolation and anger inherent in their young protagonists’ search for their place in the world. In the mafia tale La terra dell' abbastanza (Boys Cry), two young men discover an ostensibly simple way out of a sticky situation. A complex web of responsibilities is examined in the two instalments of the miniseries Ondes de choc (Shock Waves), directed by Lionel Baier and Ursula Meier.

Three further films serve as reflections on cinema itself: Mes provinciales (A Paris Education), which is set in a Parisian millennial student milieu; Je vois rouge (I See Red People), in which Bojina Payanotova confronts her parents with their possible connections to the Bulgarian secret police; and Hotel Jugoslavija, in which director Nicolas Wagnières elevates an abandoned Grand Hotel to the status of contemporary witness to history, acting on his principle of “filming to retain and regain”.

Fluid boundaries between reality and fiction are especially present in four productions. Xiao Mei investigates the enigma surrounding the disappearance of a young woman, while the dark fairy tale Koly padayut dereva (When the Trees Fall) encompasses the frightening and enchanting experiences of three generations of women. In a hybrid form between fiction and documentary film, Trinta Lumes (Thirty Souls) reimagines the Galician backcountry as a mythical place populated by both the living and the dead. Finally, in the deceptively calm flow of Horizonti’s (Horizon) images, a man is at risk of losing his footing in life entirely after a separation.

The hard realities reflected in two productions from India and the Democratic Republic of the Congo stand in stark contrast in this context. In Garbage, a young woman endures a nightmare of male violence. Kinshasa Makambo on the other hand provides insight into the brutal everyday existence of Congolese resistance fighters.

In addition to their appearance in Yocho (Foreboding) (see press release from Dec 15, 2017), cinematic dystopias and allegories of reality are featured in Kim Ki-duk’s Inkan, gongkan, sikan grigo inkan (Human, Space, Time and Human), in which individuals of widely differing backgrounds assembled on a warship develop a bestial need for patriarchal domination. From Iran comes the film Hojoom (Invasion), which adeptly establishes an oppressive mood with its post-apocalyptic science-fiction world devoid of sunlight.

Partisan takes a look back at Frank Castorf’s twenty-five year legacy at Berlin’s Volksbühne theatre. The conceptual art of Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales, self-proclaimed president of the Berlin underground, is the subject of Shut Up and Play the Piano. MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. portrays the controversial star between the labels attached to her by the music and media industries and her self-image as a Sri Lankan resistance artist. In Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie, the score by Dickon Hinchcliffe (“Tindersticks”) accentuates the journey of a young man from Kingston to London.

Al Gami'ya (What Comes Around) - Lebanon / Egypt / Greece / Qatar / Slovenia'
By Reem Saleh
World premiere

Až přijde válka (When the War Comes) - Czech Republic / Croatia
By Jan Gebert
World premiere

La enfermedad del domingo (Sunday's Illness) - Spain
By Ramón Salazar
With Bárbara Lennie, Susi Sánchez, Greta Fernández, Miguel Ángel Solá, Richard Bohringer
World premiere

Familienleben (Family Life) - Germany
By Rosa Hannah Ziegler
World premiere

Game Girls - France / Germany
By Alina Skrzeszewska
World premiere

Garbage - India
By Q
With Tanmay Dhanania, Trimala Adhikari, Satarupa Das
World premiere

Generation Wealth - USA
By Lauren Greenfield
International premiere

Genezis (Genesis) - Hungary
By Árpád Bogdán
With Anna Marie Cseh, Enikő Anna Illési, Milán Csordás
World premiere

Hojoom (Invasion) - Iran
By Shahram Mokri
With Abed Abest, Elaheh Bakhshi, Babak Karimi, Pedram Sharifi, Mehdi Etemad Saied
International premiere

Horizonti (Horizon) - Georgia / Sweden
By Tinatin Kajrishvili
With George Bochorishvili, Ia Sukhitashvili, Jano Izoria, Soso Gogichaishvili
World premiere

Hotel Jugoslavija - Switzerland
By Nicolas Wagnières
European premiere

Inkan, gongkan, sikan grigo inkan (Human, Space, Time and Human) - Republic of Korea
By Kim Ki-duk
With Mina Fujii, Jang Keun-suk, Ahn Sung-ki, Lee Sung-jae, Ryoo Seung-bum, Sung Ki-youn, Joe Odagiri
World premiere

Je vois rouge (I See Red People) - France / Bulgaria
By Bojina Panayotova
World premiere

Jibril - Germany
By Henrika Kull
With Susana Abdulmajid, Malik Adan, Doua Rahal, Emna El-Aouni
World premiere

Kinshasa Makambo - Democratic Republic of the Congo / France / Switzerland / Germany / Qatar / Norway
By Dieudo Hamadi
World premiere

Koly padayut dereva (When the Trees Fall) - Ukraine / Poland / Macedonia
By Marysia Nikitiuk
With Anastasiia Pustovit, Sofia Halaimova, Maksym Samchyk, Mariia Svizhynska, Alla Samoilenko
World premiere

Land - Italy / France / Netherlands / Mexico / Qatar
By Babak Jalali
With Rod Rondeaux, Florence Klein, James Coleman, Wilma Pelly
World premiere

Lemonade - Romania / Canada / Germany / Sweden
By Ioana Uricaru
With Mălina Manovici, Steve Bacic, Dylan Scott Smith, Milan Hurduc, Ruxandra Maniu
World premiere

Marilyn - Argentina / Chile
By Martín Rodríguez Redondo
With Walter Rodríguez, Catalina Saavedra, Germán de Silva, Ignacio Giménez, Rodolfo García Werner
World premiere

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. - USA / United Kingdom / Sri Lanka
By Steve Loveridge
With Maya Arulpragasam
International premiere

Mes provinciales (A Paris Education) - France
By Jean Paul Civeyrac
With Andranic Manet, Corentin Fila, Gonzague Van Bervesselès, Diane Rouxel, Jenna Thiam, Sophie Verbeeck
World premiere

O processo (The Trial) – Brazil / Germany / Netherlands
By Maria Ramos
World premiere

Ondes de choc - Journal de ma tête (Shock Waves - Diary of My Mind) - Switzerland
By Ursula Meier
With Fanny Ardant, Kacey Mottet-Klein, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, Carlo Brandt, Stéphanie Blanchoud, Jean-Quentin Châtelain
International premiere

Ondes de choc - Prénom: Mathieu (Shock Waves - First Name: Mathieu) – Switzerland
By Lionel Baier
With Maxime Gorbatchevsky, Michel Vuillermoz, Ursina Lardi, Mickael Amman, Adrien Barazzone, Piere-Isaïe Duc, Nastassja Tanner
International premiere

Partisan - Germany
By Lutz Pehnert, Matthias Ehlert, Adama Ulrich
With Frank Castorf, Sophie Rois, Kathrin Angerer, Herbert Fritsch, Henry Hübchen, Alexander Scheer
World premiere

Rou qing shi (Girls Always Happy) - People's Republic of China
By Yang Mingming
With Nai An, Yang Mingming, Zhang Xianmin, Li Qinqin, Huang Wei, Yuan Li
World premiere

Shakedown - USA
By Leilah Weinraub
World premiere

Shut Up and Play the Piano - Germany / France / United Kingdom
By Philipp Jedicke
With Chilly Gonzales, Peaches , Leslie Feist, Sibylle Berg, Jarvis Cocker
World premiere

La terra dell'abbastanza (Boys Cry) - Italy
By Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo
With Matteo Olivetti, Andrea Carpenzano, Milena Mancini, Max Tortora, Luca Zingaretti
World premiere

The Silence of Others - USA / Spain
By Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar
World premiere

The Silk and the Flame - USA
By Jordan Schiele
World premiere

Styx - Germany / Austria
By Wolfgang Fischer
With Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa
World premiere

Tinta bruta (Hard Paint) - Brazil
By Marcio Reolon, Filipe Matzembacher
With Shico Menegat, Bruno Fernandes, Guega Peixoto, Sandra Dani, Frederico Vasques
World premiere

Trinta Lumes (Thirty Souls) - Spain
By Diana Toucedo
With Alba Arias, Samuel Vilariño
World premiere

Xiao Mei - Taiwan
By Maren Hwang
With Chen Yi-Wen, Liu Kuan-Ting, Na Dow, Wu Chien-Ho, Yin Shin, Laurence Chiu, Chang Shao-Huai, Samantha Ko, Wu Kang-Jen, Jao Cincin
World premiere

Yardie – United Kingdom
By Idris Elba
With Aml Ameen, Shantol Jackson, Stephen Graham, Fraser James, Sheldon Shepherd, Everaldo Creary
European premiere

Already announced films:

L'Animale – Austria by Katharina Mueckstein
Bixa Travesty (Tranny Fag) – Brazil by Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman
Ex Pajé (Ex Shaman) – Brazil by Luiz Bolognesi
Malambo, el hombre bueno (Malambo, the Good Man) – Argentina by Santiago Loza
Obscuro Barroco – France / Greece by Evangelia Kranioti
La omisión (The Omission) – Argentina / Netherlands / Switzerland by Sebastián Schjaer
River's Edge – Japan by Isao Yukisada
Profile – USA / UK / Cyprus / Russian Federation by Timur Bekmambetov
That Summer – Sweden / Denmark, USA by Göran Hugo Olsson
Yocho (Yocho (Foreboding)) – Japan by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Zentralflughafen THF (Central Airport THF) – Germany / France / Brazil by Karim Aïnouz

Press Office
January 25, 2018

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