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Muriel breeds horses and runs an almond plantation. Her beloved grandson Alex, whom she raised, pays her a visit before he travels to Canada. But Muriel finds out that he has another, far more dangerous goal.

Feb 11 21:30

CinemaxX 9

daily press only

From the 1950s onwards, Swiss filmmaker and writer René Gardi left his mark on how a whole generation viewed Africa. Compiled from archive material, this essay film reveals Gardi’s colonialist ways of thinking and reflects upon the projections of today.

This unconventional blend of documentary photo-novel and fictional love story first gives an account of a murder before shifting modes to suggest how the perpetrators might have met: a sober, objective confession gives way to romantic hope.

Three siblings leading comfortable middle-class lives discover the gaps in their existences and begin searching for happiness and inner peace. Three concentrated character studies that paint a picture of an insecure generation in a rapidly changing world.

Los Angeles, January 1972. Aretha Franklin spends two days recording her legendary gospel album ‘Amazing Grace’. It has taken 47 years for the concert film that was made at the time to be released.

Feb 15 09:00

Berlinale Palast

Twenty-six people talk about love and hardship, hope and bitterness, fear and happiness accompanied by celluloid images of Berlin at night. A symphony of life, a magical cosmos. The third part of the filmmaker’s ‘Chants’ trilogy on space, time and the body.

In hand-developed 16mm images in shimmering black and white, Bait tells a narratively unconventional story of structural change in a picturesque fishing village in Cornwall: tensions reach breaking point as the locals are pushed out by tourists.

Successful management consultant Lola’s career is thrown off course when her mentally ill sister Conny attempts suicide. Order turns into chaos and it becomes apparent just how thin the line is that separates rise and fall.

Feb 09 09:00

Berlinale Palast

Born in Evin tells the story of the family of director and actor Maryam Zaree, who sets out to investigate the circumstances of her birth in one of the world’s most notorious jails for political prisoners.

Feb 09 14:00

CinemaxX 5

With accreditation only

Set in the interplay between climate change, poverty and a lack of education, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut tells the true story of an inventive boy in Malawi who has to leave school when his parents can no longer afford the school fees.

This striking essay film juxtaposes a woman in voiceover describing how her family suffered during the Cultural Revolution with the images of a country on the rise that dance across the screen: two competing visions of everyday life in China.

Biography of the writer Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), presented in a mixture of fiction and documentary. Heinrich Breloer portrays the icon of political theatre as someone with a lust for life who was also a vulnerable, deeply torn individual.

Claire, 50, falls in love with the much younger Alex who in turn falls for the fake 24-year-old Claire creates on Facebook. This novel adaptation sees Juliette Binoche entangled in a game of love in a virtual realm that knocks her completely off balance.

Freitas crafts arresting images to portray the struggles of the Landless Workers Movement in Brazil. Activists occupy the grounds of a sugar cane factory in Goiás and begin to farm them: an exercise in ecological mixed cultivation and political utopia.

This fiction debut captures the life of a night watchman in Beijing, who shares a place to sleep with another worker employed by day. In atmospheric, beautifully composed images, the thin line separating precariousness and luxury comes into sharp focus.

Download Press Screening Guide 2019, PDF (503 KB)
Note: For public screenings (incl. replays), press accreditation holders will be issued tickets at the Ticket Counter (limited allocation).

"Embargo" regulation for world premieres
Please respect the embargo regulation for world premieres. Reviews of films that celebrate their world premieres at the Berlinale ( Download PDF (214 KB) ) may only be published after the beginning of the first public screening (start of the screening + 30 minutes).