26 films in view for Berlin's Panorama


COLOGNE, Germany -- The Berlin International Film Festival's Panorama section will feature 26 world premieres in a lineup that represents a typically eclectic mix of established art house names including Hal Hartley, Wim Wenders, Steve Buscemi and Sarah Polley, along with a raft of first-time helmers.

Buscemi and Polley represent one trend in this year's Panorama lineup: actors behind the camera. Buscemi will screen his latest directorial effort, "Interview," while Polley's helming debut, "Away From Her," will premiere as part of the Panorama Special section.

Other actor-directors at this year's Panorama include Julie Delphy, with "Two Days In Paris," and Antonio Banderas, whose "Summer Rain" also has been selected for the Panorama.

Polley is one of three Canadian entries this year, joining Panorama opener "The Tracey Fragments" from Bruce McDonald and Clement Virgo's drama "Poor Boy's Game."

U.S. independents also have a strong presence, with titles ranging from Hartley's tale of international espionage, "Fay Grim," to Jamie Babbit's high-school-set comedy "Itty Bitty Titty Committee" to such politically-tinged documentaries as Lynn Hershmann Leeson's "Strange Culture" and "Miss Gulag" by Maria Yatskova.

International highlights include Turkish drama "Takva: A Man's Fear of God" by Ozer Kiziltan, which was produced by famed German director Fatih Akin ("Head-On"); and the omnibus documentary "Invisibles," produced by Spanish actor Javier Bardem and featuring sections directed by Isabel Coixet, Fernando Leon de Aranoa, Mariano Barroso, Javier Corcuera and Wim Wenders.

This year's Panorama jury, which selects the winners for the section's Manfred Salzgeber Prize, are Kanako Hayashi, director of Tokyo's FILMeX film festival; visual artist and filmmaker Udi Aloni; and German producer Jost Hering.

The Panorama section is expanding this year, offering 41 extra screenings, including ones at the Cubix theaters on Berlin's Alexanderplatz for the first time. The Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 8-18.

The full Panorama lineup follows:

Opening Film: "The Tracey Fragments" by Bruce McDonald (Canada)

From Australia:
"The Home Song Stories" by Tony Ayres

From Argentina/France:
"La Leon'" by Santiago Otheguy

From Azerbaijan /Russian Federation:
"Good Bye, Southern City" by Oleg Safarliyev

From Brazil:
"Alice's House" by Chico Teixeira

From Brazil/Germany:
"Happy Desert" by Paulo Caldas

From Canada:
"Away From Her" by Sarah Polley
"Poor Boy's Game" by Clement Virgo

From the Czech Republic:
"Grandhotel" by David Ondricek

From France
"Anna M." by Michel Spinosa

From France/Belgium:
"Lady Chatterley" by Pascale Ferran

From France/Germany:
"Two Days in Paris" by Julie Delpy

From Germany:
"Good Morning Mr. Grothe" by Lars Kraume
"Vacation" by Thomas Arsla

From Germany/U.S.:
"Fay Grim" by Hal Hartley

From Germany /Republic of Serbia/Bulgaria:
"Gucha -- Distant Trumpet" by Dusan Milic

From the U.K.:
"Surveillance" by Paul Oremland

From Hungary:
"Happy New Life" by Arpad Bogdan
"Men In The Nude" by Karoly Esztergalyos

From Israel:
"The Bubble" by Eytan Fox

From Italy/France:
"Riparo" by Marco Simon Puccioni

From the Republic of Korea:
"Dasepo Naughty Girls" by E. J-Yong
"Woman on the Beach" by Hong Sangsoo
"No Regret" by Leesong Hee-il

From the People?s Republic of China/Hongkong, China:
"Getting Home" by Zhang Yang

From Sweden/Germany:
"When Darkness Falls" by Anders Nilsson

From Spain/U.K.:
"Summer Rain" by Antonio Banderas

From Taiwan:
"Spider Lilies" by Zero Chou

From Turkey/Germany:
"Takva - A Man's Fear of God" by Ozer Kiziltan

From the U.S.:
"Itty Bitty Titty Committee" by Jamie Babbit
"Teeth" by Mitchell Lichtenstein

From the U.S./Netherlands:
"Interview" by Steve Buscemi