Berlin Completes Competition Lineup, Adds Wim Wenders 3D Drama
Wenders' 'Every Thing Will Be Fine,' starring James Franco and Rachel McAdams, will screen out of competition.
The Berlin Film Festival said Monday that it has added Wim Wenders' 3D drama Every Thing Will Be Fine, starring James Franco, Rachel McAdams and Charlotte Gainsbourg, to its lineup.
The film will get its world premiere in a special out-of-competition screening in Berlin.
Berlin also completed its competition lineup, adding Radu Jude's Aferim!, Chilean drama The Club from director Pablo Larrain (No), Patricio Guzman's documentary The Pearl Button, Japanese feature Chasuke's Journey, directed by Sabu (Dead Run), and Laura Bispuri's directorial debut Sworn Virgin to the official selection.
Elser, aka 13 Minutes, the biopic of would-be Adolf Hitler assassin Georg Elser, from Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel, will have its world premiere out of competition in Berlin.
The script to Every Thing Will Be Fine was written by Norwegian scribe Bjorn Olaf Johannessen. It tells the story of Tomas (Franco), a writer who causes an accident and spends the next 12 years examining the effect of the tragedy on his life and that of Kate (McAdams).
The Club, featuring actors Roberto Farias, Antonia Zegers and Alfredo Castro, is Larrain's first feature in Berlin competition and his first film since the Oscar-nominated No in 2012. The Chilean filmmaker is also a producer of Sebastian Silva's Nasty Baby, starring Kristen Wiig and Alia Shawkat, which will screen in Berlin's Panorama sidebar.
Romanian director Jude is also making his Berlin competition debut with Aferim!, though his first two features, The Happiest Girl in the World and Everybody in Our Family, both debuted in Berlin's Forum sidebar. Documentarian Guzman, famous for nonfiction films such as Nostalgia for the Light and Salvador Allende, also appeared in Berlin's Forum section, with En nombre de Dios in 1988. Japanese artist and director Sabu is also a Berlinale veteran, having screening features Blessing Bell and Monday at the German festival.
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Wenders is also getting a lifetime achievement honor in Berlin this year. The festival will give the legendary German director an honorary Golden Bear.
Some of his best-known works include 1973 road movie Alice in the Cities, which was his international breakthrough, Wings of Desire in 1987, and Paris, Texas, which won the Palme d'Or in Cannes in 1994.
Wenders has also directed several documentaries. His Oscar-nominated Buena Vista Social Club was the first-ever fully digital documentary, while dance film Pina, which also got an Oscar nomination, was cutting-edge in its use of 3D technology. Wenders' latest documentary, The Salt of the Earth, a look at Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado, was nominated in the best documentary category for this year's Academy Awards.
Wenders has promised that Every Thing Will Be Fine will break new ground with 3D, using the technology not to create effects, but to immerse the audience in the drama of the film's characters. French cinematographer Benoit Debie, who worked behind the camera on Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers and Gaspard Noe's Irreversible, lensed Every Thing Will Be Fine. Wenders' Berlin-based Neue Road Movies produced the film together with Montauk Productions in Canada, Sweden's Gota Film, MER Film in Norway and European TV networks ZDF/ARTE.
Warner Bros. Germany, which released Pina locally, has the German rights to the film, while Mongrel Media prebought Every Thing Will Be Fine for Canada. HanWay Films is handling international sales at Berlin's European Film Market.
Here is the full lineup for the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival's competition and special out-of-competition screenings:
Nobody Wants the Night Isabel Coixet – Opening film
45 Years Andrew Haigh
Aferim! Radu Jude
As We Were Dreaming Andreas Dresen
Body Malgorzata Szumowska
Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories Phan Dang Di
Chasuke's Journey Sabu
Cinderella Kenneth Branagh (out of competition)
Diary of a Chambermaid Benoit Jacquot
Eisenstein in Guanajuato Peter Greenaway
Elsner (aka 13 Minutes) Oliver Hirschbiegel
Every Thing Will Be Fine Wim Wenders (out of competition)
Gone with the Bullets Jiang Wen
Ixcanul Volcano Jayro Bustamante
Knight of Cups Terrence Malick
Mr. Holmes Bill Condon (out of competition)
Under Electric Clouds Alexey German
Queen of the Desert Werner Herzog
Sworn Virgin Laura Bispuri
Taxi Jafar Panahi
The Club Pablo Larrain
The Pearl Button Patricio Guzman
Victoria Sebastian Schipper