9 Hot Titles to Watch

2012-05 FEA Berlin Two Little Boys H
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Bret McKenzie plays Nige, whose long-term bromance with best mate Deano (Hamish Blake) is falling apart due to an unfortunate incident involving a hot meat pie, a ginger cat and the untimely death of a Scandanavian soccer star.

A look at buzz films at this year's Berlinale.

Untitled Bell/Peterman Project

The Pitch: Not much is known about the latest horror picture from writer-director William Brent Bell and producer-writer Matthew Peterman, the team behind come-from-nowhere exorcism blockbuster The Devil Inside. The plot to the untitled chiller is being kept tightly under wraps, but early word is it will be an origin story about one of the horror genre's great iconic figures (the title suggest we're talking about the wolfman here) and will be shot in the same creepy, faux-documentary style used for Devil Inside. Sales: Sierra/Affinity


The Pitch: The true story of Jewish resistance hero Walter Suskind, who saved nearly 1,000 Jewish children from the Holocaust. This entry comes with an Oscar-ready pedigree including director Rudolf van den Berg (Tirza) and actor Karl Markovics of the 2007 Oscar winner The Counterfeiters. Sales: Beta Cinema

My Way

The Pitch: Asian titles play well in Berlin, and this World War II epic is one of the most ambitious ever made. The Korean film features an all-star Asian cast including Jang Dong-gun, Fan Bingbing and Odagiri Joe. The globe-trotting plot follows two childhood friends -- one Korean, one Japanese -- whose fate sees them travel from the Pacific Rim to the shores of Normandy. Sales: CJ Entertainment

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

The Pitch: Directed by Roman Coppola (son of Francis) and featuring Charlie Sheen's first big-screen role since his Two and a Half Men meltdown. The comedy has Sheen as the titular 45-year-old graphic designer whose life falls apart when his girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) breaks up with him. Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman also star. Sales: Independent

Black's Game

The Pitch: Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn executive produced this drug drama debut from Iceland's Oskar Thor Axelsson. Following in the bloody footsteps of Refn's Pusher trilogy, Black's Game explores the violent takeover of the Reykjavik drug scene by global gangsters in the 1990s. Sales: TrustNordisk

Two Little Boys

The Pitch: For fans of quirky Kiwi comedy, Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) plays Nige, whose long-term bromance with best mate Deano (Hamish Blake) is falling apart due to an unfortunate incident involving a hot meat pie, a ginger cat and the untimely death of a Scandinavian soccer star. Sales: New Zealand Film Commission


The Pitch: French rock 'n' roll pioneer Claude Francois, nicknamed CloClo by fans, gets the hagiographic treatment in this biopic from Florent Emilio Siri (2005's Hostage). It features Belgian actor Jeremie Renier (In Bruges) as the man himself and Robert Knepper (Prison Break) as Frank Sinatra, whose signature tune, "My Way," was a cover of Francois' French original "Comme d'habitude." Sales: StudioCanal


The Pitch: Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly star in this dramedy about a single, fateful year in the life of an acclaimed novelist, his ex-wife, their collegiate daughter and teenage son. Written and directed by first-timer Joshua Boone and produced by veteran Judy Cairo (Crazy Heart), Writers is set to begin shooting this spring in North Carolina. Sales: The Solution Entertainment Group


The Pitch: Lars von Trier may have muzzled himself following his now-infamous Nazi comments at the Cannes Film Festival in May, but the Danish bad boy hasn't censored his cinematic output. His upcoming feature promises hard-core pornography paired with a discussion of "the difference between the Eastern and Western Christian churches," he says. TrustNordisk locked up multiple territories in Toronto last year with just the concept and von Trier's name. Expect this sex film to sell wide. Sales: TrustNordisk