26 films in view for Berlin's Panorama
EmptyCOLOGNE, Germany -- The Berlin International Film Festival's Panorama section will feature 26 world premieres in a lineup that represents a typically eclectic mix of established art house names including Hal Hartley, Wim Wenders, Steve Buscemi and Sarah Polley, along with a raft of first-time helmers.
Buscemi and Polley represent one trend in this year's Panorama lineup: actors behind the camera. Buscemi will screen his latest directorial effort, "Interview," while Polley's helming debut, "Away From Her," will premiere as part of the Panorama Special section.
Other actor-directors at this year's Panorama include Julie Delphy, with "Two Days In Paris," and Antonio Banderas, whose "Summer Rain" also has been selected for the Panorama.
Polley is one of three Canadian entries this year, joining Panorama opener "The Tracey Fragments" from Bruce McDonald and Clement Virgo's drama "Poor Boy's Game."
U.S. independents also have a strong presence, with titles ranging from Hartley's tale of international espionage, "Fay Grim," to Jamie Babbit's high-school-set comedy "Itty Bitty Titty Committee" to such politically-tinged documentaries as Lynn Hershmann Leeson's "Strange Culture" and "Miss Gulag" by Maria Yatskova.
International highlights include Turkish drama "Takva: A Man's Fear of God" by Ozer Kiziltan, which was produced by famed German director Fatih Akin ("Head-On"); and the omnibus documentary "Invisibles," produced by Spanish actor Javier Bardem and featuring sections directed by Isabel Coixet, Fernando Leon de Aranoa, Mariano Barroso, Javier Corcuera and Wim Wenders.
This year's Panorama jury, which selects the winners for the section's Manfred Salzgeber Prize, are Kanako Hayashi, director of Tokyo's FILMeX film festival; visual artist and filmmaker Udi Aloni; and German producer Jost Hering.
The Panorama section is expanding this year, offering 41 extra screenings, including ones at the Cubix theaters on Berlin's Alexanderplatz for the first time. The Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 8-18.
The full Panorama lineup follows:
Opening Film: "The Tracey Fragments" by Bruce McDonald (Canada)
"The Home Song Stories" by Tony Ayres
"La Leon'" by Santiago Otheguy
From Azerbaijan /Russian Federation:
"Good Bye, Southern City" by Oleg Safarliyev
"Alice's House" by Chico Teixeira
"Happy Desert" by Paulo Caldas
"Away From Her" by Sarah Polley
"Poor Boy's Game" by Clement Virgo
From the Czech Republic:
"Grandhotel" by David Ondricek
"Anna M." by Michel Spinosa
"Lady Chatterley" by Pascale Ferran
"Two Days in Paris" by Julie Delpy
"Good Morning Mr. Grothe" by Lars Kraume
"Vacation" by Thomas Arsla
"Fay Grim" by Hal Hartley
From Germany /Republic of Serbia/Bulgaria:
"Gucha -- Distant Trumpet" by Dusan Milic
From the U.K.:
"Surveillance" by Paul Oremland
"Happy New Life" by Arpad Bogdan
"Men In The Nude" by Karoly Esztergalyos
"The Bubble" by Eytan Fox
"Riparo" by Marco Simon Puccioni
From the Republic of Korea:
"Dasepo Naughty Girls" by E. J-Yong
"Woman on the Beach" by Hong Sangsoo
"No Regret" by Leesong Hee-il
From the People?s Republic of China/Hongkong, China:
"Getting Home" by Zhang Yang
"When Darkness Falls" by Anders Nilsson
"Summer Rain" by Antonio Banderas
"Spider Lilies" by Zero Chou
"Takva - A Man's Fear of God" by Ozer Kiziltan
From the U.S.:
"Itty Bitty Titty Committee" by Jamie Babbit
"Teeth" by Mitchell Lichtenstein
From the U.S./Netherlands:
"Interview" by Steve Buscemi