Berlin Completes Panorama Lineup With Strong Asian Presence

"Love Is Strange"

UPDATED: Ira Sachs' "Love Is Strange" is one of the few U.S. titles screening this year in Berlin's main sidebar.

Asian cinema will take center stage at the Berlin International Film Festival's Panorama sidebar this year, with new titles from Fruit Chan, Nao Kubota and LeeSong Hee-il among the films picked to complete the 2014 Panorama lineup, organizers said Friday.

The 2014 Panorama section opens Feb. 6 with the Vietnamese sci-fi feature Nuoc from director Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo.

Other Asian titles screening in the Panorama program this year include That Demon Within from Hong Kong's Dante Lam, feature debut The Night from Chinese first-timer Hao Zhou; Journey to the West from Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang and The Rice Bomber from fellow Thai Cho Li; Midi Z' Ice Poison and the Filipino features Quick Change and Unfriend.

Among the few U.S. features selected to participate in Panorama this year were Ira Sachs' Love Is Strange, which stars John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Marisa Tomei; The Better Angels, A. J Edwards' look at Abraham Lincoln's childhood, which stars Diane Kruger, Jason Clarke and Wes Bentley; and Saar Klein's Things People Do, a crime drama featuring Bentley, True Blood star Sam Trammell and Brit actor Jason Isaacs. This will be Sachs third film to screen in Berlin's Panorama following Keep the Lights on (2012) and Forty Shades of Blue (2005).
Jalil Lespert’s biopic Yves Saint Laurent will open the Panorama Special program Feb. 7.

Here is the full 2014 Panorama lineup:

Opening Film – Panorama
Nuoc (2030)
By Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo
World premiere

Opening Film – Panorama Special
Yves Saint Laurent
By Jalil Lespert
International premiere

I'm Not Angry!
By Reza Dormishian
International premiere

By Eskil Vogt
European premiere

By Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
European premiere

By Elfi Mikesch
World premiere

By Alonso Ruízpalacios
World premiere

By Imtiaz Ali
World premiere

By Nao Kubota
World premiere

In Grazia di Dio
By Edoardo Winspeare
World premiere

Love Is Strange
By Ira Sachs
International premiere

That Demon Within
By Dante Lam
World premiere

Standing Aside, Watching
By Yorgos Servetas
European premiere

Night Flight
By LeeSong Hee-il
World premiere

By Tinatin Kajrishvili
World premiere

Cracks in Concrete
By Umut Dag
World premiere

The Midnight After
By Fruit Chan
World premiere

Land of Storms
By Adam Csaszi
World premiere

The Night
By Hao Zhou
World premiere

If You Don't, I Will
By Sophie Fillieres
World premiere

By John Michael McDonagh
European premiere

The Way He Looks
By Daniel Ribeiro
World premiere

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
By Michel Gondry
European premiere

The Man of the Crowd
By Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimaraes
International premiere

Papilio Buddha
By Jayan Cherian
European premiere

By Maximilian Erlenwein
World premiere

By Chris Mason Johnson
European premiere

The Better Angels
By A. J Edwards
International premiere

The Lamb
By Kutlug Ataman
World premiere

Things People Do
By Saar Klein
World premiere

By Robert LePage, Pedro Pires
European premiere

By Benjamin Heisenberg
World premiere

Journey to the West
By Tsai Ming-liang
World premiere