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BERLIN – Art house film fans will get their fill at this year’s Forum, the Berlin Film Festival’s alternative and often out-there sidebar, which unveiled its lineup Monday.
Among the Forum’s highlights are the world premieres of two trailblazers in avant-garde cinema: James Benning, whose Twenty Cigarettes will bow in Berlin and Lithuanian filmmaker Jonas Mekas, who arrives with his latest, Sleepless Nights Stories.
Three of Germany’s leading art house directors — Christian Petzold, Dominik Graf and Christoph Hochhausler— will premiere their joint project Dreileben. The film is an experimental triptych of three, 90-minute features each looking at the same event — the escape of an allegedly violent criminal from police custody — from a different perspective and using a different cinematic style.
But not everything in the Forum’s 2011 lineup is experimental and avant-garde. Actor Richard Ayoade, best known for his role as a computer geek in Channel 4’s hit sitcom The IT Crowd will screen his directorial debut, the coming-of-age comedy Submarine, starring Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor and Paddy Considine.
Hong Kong director Dante Lam, a favorite of action fans worldwide, is bringing his latest cop-and-gangster thriller, The Stool Pigeon to Berlin while Jeff Nichols, whose debut Shotgun Stories premiered here four years ago, returns with his sophomore effort, Take Shelter, featuring Mike & Molly star Katy Mixon and Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Shannon.
For a full list of Forum titles, click here.
The 61st Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 10-20.
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