Berlin Unveils More Competition Titles

Christian Geisnaes
'The Commune'

Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Commune,' Andre Techine's 'Being 17' and 'Death in Sarejevo' from Bosnian director Danis Tanovic are among the nine new titles added to Berlin's lineup.

The Berlin International Film Festival on Monday bulked up the competition lineup for its 66th edition, adding nine films to the list of features in the running for this year's Berlinale Golden Bear. 

Among the titles added to Berlin's competition lineup are The Commune, the new feature from Danish auteur Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt); Andre Techine's latest, Being 17; and Death in Sarajevo, from acclaimed Bosnian director Danis Tanovic, whose previous feature, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, won the jury grand prize and best actor Silver Bears in Berlin in 2013. 

Also joining the competition slate are: Letter From War from Portuguese helmer Ivo M. Ferreira; Iranian drama A Dragon Arrives! from director Mani Haghighi; documentary Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi; A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery from Lav Diaz; Mia Hansen-Love's Things to Come starring Isabelle Huppert; and United States of Love from Polish filmmaker Tomasz Wasilewski.

Among the competition titles previously announced are Boris Without Beatrice from Canadian director Denis Cote; real-life literary drama Genius from Michael Grandage, which stars Colin Firth, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman; and Vincent Perez's Nazi-era Alone in Berlin toplined by Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson and Daniel Bruhl.

U.S. titles going for the Golden Bear this year include Jeff Nichols' sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton and Kirsten Dunst; and Zero Days, a documentary about hacking and cybersecurity from Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief).

Among the films getting special out-of-competition red-carpet screenings in Berlin are three documentaries: Michael Moore's Where to Invade NextThe Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble by Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom); and The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger from the directing team of Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz and Tilda Swinton.

The 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, which is set to run Feb. 11-21, will kick off with the Coen Brothers' Hail, Ceasar!, which will screen out of competition. Three-time Oscar-winner Meryl Streep will head up the jury that will pick this year's Berlin Golden and Silver Bear recipients, which will be awarded during a Feb. 20 ceremony.