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The Berlin International Film Festival has announced the first group of titles for its Panorama sidebar, and the list is a mix of the eclectic and the political, with the occasional genre film thrown in for fun.
Maggie’s Plan, Rebecca Miller’s drama about a woman (Greta Gerwig) who wants to have a baby on her own, only to fall in love with a married man (Ethan Hawke), is one of the biggest among the Panorama titles announced Thursday.
But the list also includes such star-studded features as The Ones Below, a British drama with Clemence Poesy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn as two couples with newborns and very different parenting styles; and John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone, a comedy about corrupt cops in New Mexico starring Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgard. War on Everyone will have its world premiere in Berlin.
McDonagh is no stranger to the fest, having brought his previous films The Guard and Calvary to Panorama in 2011 and 2013, respectively.
Other Panorama highlights include: Remainder, Omer Fast’s adaptation of the critically hailed Tom McCarthy novel of the same name starring Tom Sturridge; Don’t Blink — Robert Frank, a documentary from Laura Israel about the acclaimed Swiss-born, New York-based photographer and filmmaker; and Hotel Dallas, a doc by Romanian filmmakers Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang, which takes former Dallas TV star Patrick Duffy on a tour of modern-day Romania to investigate the impact of the show and visions of the American Dream on the still-struggling Eastern European nation.
Additionally, French filmmakers Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau return to Berlin with their latest, Paris 05:59, which unspools over a single night in the City of Lights, and Moroccan filmmaker Hicham Lasri, who scored a festival hit last year with The Sea in Behind, will bring his new drama, Starve Your Dog, to Panorama in 2016.
The Panorama lineup will also include a number of firsts. Among them is the first fiction film from Ghana — Kelly Daniela Norris and TW Pittman’s In Nakom — to screen at the Berlin event. And, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Teddy, Panorama’s gay cinema award, the festival will present the world premiere of the restored version of Different From the Others, the 1919 German drama believed to be the first gay film in cinema history.
Panorama announced around a quarter of the some 32 fiction and 18 documentary titles it plans to screen at the 66th Berlin festival, which is set to run Feb.11-21.
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