Berlin Film Fest Unveils Competition Titles
BERLIN – The new films from Berlin Golden Bear winner Claudia Llosa, French director Alain Resnais, German helmer Dominik Graf, Greece's Yannis Economides and Britain's Yann Demange have joined George Clooney's Monuments Men and The Grand Budapest Hotel from Wes Anderson in the official selection of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, running Feb. 6-16, 2014.
Grand Budapest Hotel will open the festival. Monuments Men will run in an out of competition slot.
Llosa's Aloft, her English-language debut, will have its world premiere in Berlin. The drama stars Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy and Melanie Laurent. The Peruvian-born Llosa won the Golden Bear with her second feature, The Milk of Sorrow, in 2009.
Renais' Life of Riley, Demange's '71, Stratos from Economides and Graf's Die Geliebten Schwestern will all be Berlinale world premieres.
Also making its world premiere in Berlin will be A Long Way Down, Pascal Chaumeil's ensemble drama featuring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots, which will receive a special, out of competition screening.
Other special screenings include Australian omnibus film The Turning -- which features short films by, among others, David Wenham, Mia Wasikowska and Ashlee Page -- and two documentaries: We Come As Friends from Austrian director Hubert Sauper and The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden from American directors Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller.
The 2014 Berlinale official selections are below.
By Yann Demange (Top Boy – TV series)
With Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer
Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Riley)
By Alain Resnais (Smoking/No smoking, On connaît la chanson)
With Sabine Azema, Sandrine Kiberlain, Caroline Silhol, Andre Dussolier, Hippolyte Giradot, Michel Vuillermoz
Spain / Canada / France
By Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow)
With Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Melanie Laurent
Die geliebten Schwestern
By Dominik Graf (In Face of the Crime, Lawinen der Erinnerung)
With Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius
Greece / Germany / Cyprus
By Yannis Economides (Matchbox, Soul Kicking)
With Vangelis Mourikis, Vicky Papadopoulou, Petros Zervos
The Grand Budapest Hotel
United Kingdom / Germany
By Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou)
With Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody
World premiere – Opening film
The Monuments Men
Germany / USA
By George Clooney (The Ides of March, Good Night, and Good Luck)
With George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett
International premiere – Out of competition