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COLOGNE, Germany – Korean war epic My Way – directed by Kang Je-Kyu and featuring an Asian all-star cast including Jang Dong-gun, Fan Bingbing and Odagiri Joe – and WWII period piece Calm at Sea from Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum) are two of the highlights of the 62 Annual Berlin International Film Festival’s Panorama sidebar. My Way, with a $30 million budget, arguably Korea’s biggest film ever, spans WWII battlefield action from Japan to the Battle of Normandy. Calm At Sea is set in Nazi-occupied Paris and focuses on the real-life story of 17-year-old resistance fighter Guy Moquet, executed by the Nazis in 1941.
Other promising titles in Panorama’s typically eclectic lineup this year: the documentary Indignados, a look at the life of an illegal immigrant in France from director Tony Gatlif (Exils), and Elles, from Polish director Malgoska Szumowska (Stranger), which stars Juliette Binoche in a story about female university students who turn to prostitution to pay their tuition fees.
The 20 titles picked so far for the Panorama and Panorama Special sections range from the omnibus work 10 +10, a survey of the work of 10 established and 10 new directors from Taiwan, to Dollhouse from Irish helmer Kirsten Sheridan (Disco Pigs) to Baltic drama The Parade from director Srdjan Dragojevic (Pretty Village, Pretty Flame).
The full Panorama line-up will be announced in by late January.
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