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Press Releases 2019


Jan 17, 2019:
Selection for Competition and Berlinale Special Completed

The programmes for the Competition and Berlinale Special sections at the 69th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival have been finalised.

In the Competition, 17 of a total of 23 selected films will be vying for the Golden Bear and Silver Bears. All in all, 25 different countries were involved in the making of the productions and co-productions (see the country list at the end of the press release for a detailed overview). 20 of the films will be celebrating their world premiere at the festival.

Of the 17 entries to the competition, seven films were realised by female directors while ten were made under the direction of male filmmakers.

Three additional films have been invited to screen in the scope of the Berlinale Special programme.

The Berlinale Special Gala premieres will take place at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, the Friedrichstadt-Palast and at the Zoo Palast.


The following films will complete the Competition programme:

L'adieu à la nuit (Farewell to the Night)
France / Germany
by André Téchiné (Being 17, In the Name of My Daughter, The Witnesses)
with Catherine Deneuve, Kacey Mottet Klein, Oulaya Amamra, Stéphane Bak, Mohamed Djouhri
World premiere - Out of competition

Amazing Grace - Documentary
Realised by Alan Elliott from original 1972 Warner Bros. footage
European premiere – Out of competition

Synonymes (Synonyms)
France / Israel / Germany
by Nadav Lapid (Policeman, From the Diary of a Wedding Photographer, The Kindergarten Teacher)
with Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte
World premiere

by Adam McKay (The Big Short)
wih Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Tyler Perry
German premiere – Out of competition

Yi miao zhong (One Second)
People’s Republic of China
by Zhang Yimou (Red Sorghum, The Road Home, A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop)
with Zhang Yi, Fan Wei
World premiere

Berlinale Special at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Peter Lindbergh - Women Stories - Documentary
by Jean Michel Vecchiet (Vies et morts d’Andy Warhol, Basquiat, une vie, 6 juin 1944, ils étaient les premiers)
World premiere

Berlinale Special Gala at the Friedrichstadt-Palast

India / Germany / USA
by Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox, Our Souls at Night, The Sense of an Ending)
with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Farrukh Jaffar, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Vijay Raaz, Jim Sarbh, Akash Sinha, Saharsh Kumar Shukla
European premiere

Weil du nur einmal lebst - Die Toten Hosen auf Tour (You Only Live Once - Die Toten Hosen on Tour) - Documentary
by Cordula Kablitz-Post (Christoph Schlingensief – Die Piloten, Nina Hagen - Godmother of Punk, Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to be Free)
concert director Paul Dugdale (Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour, The Rolling Stones Olé, Olé, Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America, Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall)
World premiere

Competition films:

L'adieu à la nuit (Farewell to the Night) by André Téchiné (France / Germany) – Out of competition
Amazing Grace realised by Alan Elliott (USA) – Documentary, out of competition
Der Boden unter den Füßen (The Ground beneath My Feet) by Marie Kreutzer (Austria)
Di jiu tian chang (So Long, My Son) by Wang Xiaoshuai (People’s Republic of China)
Elisa y Marcela (Elisa & Marcela) by Isabel Coixet (Spain)
Der Goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove) by Fatih Akin (Germany / France)
Gospod postoi, imeto i' e Petrunija (God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya) by Teona Strugar Mitevska (Macedonia / Belgium / Slovenia / Croatia / France)
Grâce à Dieu (By the Grace of God) by François Ozon (France)
Ich war zuhause, aber (I Was at Home, But) by Angela Schanelec (Germany / Serbia)
The Kindness of Strangers by Lone Scherfig (Denmark / Canada / Sweden / Germany / France) – Opening film
Kız Kardeşler (A Tale of Three Sisters) by Emin Alper (Turkey / Germany / Netherlands / Greece)
Marighella by Wagner Moura (Brazil) – Out of competition
Mr. Jones by Agnieszka Holland (Poland / United Kingdom / Ukraine)
Öndög by Wang Quan'an (Mongolia)
The Operative by Yuval Adler (Germany / Israel / France / USA) – Out of competition
La paranza dei bambini (Piranhas) by Claudio Giovannesi (Italy)
Répertoire des villes disparues (Ghost Town Anthology) by Denis Côté (Canada)
Synonymes (Synonyms) by Nadav Lapid (France / Israel / Germany)
Systemsprenger (System Crasher) by Nora Fingscheidt (Germany)
Ut og stjæle hester (Out Stealing Horses) by Hans Petter Moland (Norway / Sweden / Denmark)
Varda par Agnès (Varda by Agnès) by Agnès Varda (France) – Documentary, out of competition
Vice by Adam McKay (USA) – Out of competition
Yi miao zhong (One Second) by Zhang Yimou (People’s Republic of China)

Berlinale Special films:

ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky (Canada) - Documentary
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Chiwetel Ejiofor (United Kingdom)
Brecht by Heinrich Breloer (Germany / Austria)
Celle que vous croyez (Who You Think I Am) by Safy Nebbou (France)
Es hätte schlimmer kommen können - Mario Adorf (It Could Have Been Worse - Mario Adorf) von Dominik Wessely (Germany) - Documentary
Gully Boy by Zoya Akhtar (India)
Lampenfieber (Kids in the Spotlight) by Alice Agneskirchner (Germany) - Documentary
El Norte (The North) by Gregory Nava (USA 1984)
Peter Lindbergh – Women Stories by Jean Michel Vecchiet (Germany) - Documentary
Photograph by Ritesh Batra (India / Germany / USA)
Watergate - Or: How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President by Charles Ferguson (USA) - Documentary
Weil du nur einmal lebst - Die Toten Hosen auf Tour (You Only Live Once - Die Toten Hosen on Tour) by Cordula Kablitz-Post, concert director Paul Dugdale (Germany) – Documentary

List of production and co-production countries in Competition

People’s Republic of China
United Kingdom

Press Office
January 17, 2019

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