Berlin: Panorama Lineup Includes James Franco's 'I Am Michael,' Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle'
A director's cut of the Studio 54 film '54' will also screen
The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the 11 narrative and eight documentary films making up its Panorama program.
The titles set to screen in Berlin include James Franco's I Am Michael, based on the true story of a gay activist who rejected his homosexuality and became a Christian pastor (Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts also star), which will make its international premiere just weeks after the film screens at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Hal Hartley's Ned Rifle, which screened at September's Toronto Film Festival, will receive its European premiere in Berlin. The final chapter of Hartley's Henry Fool trilogy, features original star Parker Posey, joined this time out by Aubrey Plaza and others. The narrative lineup also includes director Mark Christopher's original cut of the 1998 Studio 54 film 54, starring Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, Sela Ward and Mark Ruffalo.
The section's documentary titles include Laura Nix's The Yes Men are Revolting, about the activist pranksters, another leftover from September's Toronto Film Festival, which will get its European premiere.
The section also features a strong East Asian presence, with significant works by renowned directors from Taiwan and South Korea. Child abuse is the subject of several films, including Aldo Garay's The New Man, a co-production from Uruguay, Chile and Nicaragua about a young boy from Nicaragua who finds himself with foster parents in Uruguay. When he decides to change his gender, he is confronted by the limits of tolerance in leftist society. Child abuse also figures into four other titles: The Last Summer of the Rich, Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents, Chorus and Daniel's World. More information about the titles in the 2015 panorama section is available here.
The festival also announced Tuesday that the Special Teddy 2015 award will go to Udo Kier.
The 2015 Berlin Film Festival will run from Feb. 5-15.
A full list of the titles is below.
54: The Director's Cut
By Mark Christopher
With Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, Sela Ward, Mark Ruffalo
By François Delisle
With Sébastien Ricard, Fanny Mallette, Pierre Curzi, Geneviève Bujold
Der letzte Sommer der Reichen (The Last Summer of the Rich)
By Peter Kern
With Amira Casar, Nicole Gerdon, Winfried Glatzeder
Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern (Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents)
Switzerland / Germany
By Stina Werenfels
With Victoria Schulz, Jenny Schily, Lars Eidinger, Urs Jucker
By Bitte Andersson
With Alle Eriksson, Peggy Sands, M. Wågensjö, Iki Gonzales Magnusson, Lina Kurttila
Gukje Shijang (Ode to My Father)
Republic of Korea
By JK Youn
with Hwang Jung-min, Kim Yunjin
I Am Michael
By Justin Kelly
With James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts
Jun Zhong Le Yuan (Paradise in Service)
Taiwan / People’s Republic of China
By Doze Niu Chen-Zer
With Ethan Juan, Wan Qian, Chen Jianbin, Chen Yi-Han
Meurtre à Pacot (Murder in Pacot)
France / Haiti / Norway
By Raoul Peck
With Alex Descas, Ayo, Thibault Vinçon, Lovely Kermonde Fifi, Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin
Mot Naturen (Out of Nature)
By Ole Giæver, Marte Vold
With Ole Giæver, Marte Magnusdotter Solem, Rebekka Nystadbakk, Ellen Birgitte Winther, Sievert Giaever Solem
Ned Rifle (Ned Rifle)
By Hal Hartley
With Liam Aiken, Martin Donovan, Aubrey Plaza, Parkey Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan
B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin
By Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange
With Mark Reeder, Marius Weber
Danieluv svet (Daniel’s World)
By Veronika Liskova
El hombre nuevo (The New Man)
Uruguay / Chile / Nicaragua
By Aldo Garay
Fassbinder – lieben ohne zu fordern (Fassbinder – To Love without Demands)
By Christian Braad Thomsen
With Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Irm Hermann, Harry Baer, Lilo Pempeit
Stories of Our Lives
Kenya / South Africa
By Jim Chuchu
With Kelly Gichohi, Paul Ogola, Tim Mutungi, Mugambi Nthinga, Rose Njenga
The Yes Men Are Revolting
By Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno