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Berlin Film Festival Reveals First Competition Section Films

Variety logo Variety 12/15/2016 Leo Barraclough
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Oren Moverman’s “The Dinner,” starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall, and Sally Potter’s “The Party,” starring Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Timothy Spall, are among the first films selected for the competition section of the Berlin Film Festival, which runs Feb. 9-19. All are world premieres.

Also selected are Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Other Side of Hope,” Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor,” Andres Veiel’s “Beuys,” Ildiko Enyedi’s “On Body and Soul,” Calin Peter Netzer’s “Ana, mon amour,” Teresa Villaverde’s “Colo,” Alain Gomis’ “Felicite,” and Sebastian Lelio’s “Una Mujer Fantastica.”

The festival also revealed four of the films that will play in its Berlinale Special section: Fernando Trueba’s “The Queen of Spain,” Raoul Peck’s “The Young Karl Marx,” Fernando Perez’s “Last Days in Havana,” and the world premiere of a restored version of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day.”


A testrol es a lelekrol (On Body and Soul)


By Ildiko Enyedi (My 20th Century, Simon the Magician)

With Geza Morcsanyi, Alexandra Borbely, Zoltan Schneider

World premiere

Ana, mon amour


By Calin Peter Netzer (Child’s Pose, Maria)

With Mircea Postelnicu, Diana Cavallioti, Carmen Tănase, Adrian Titieni, Vlad Ivanov

World premiere

Beuys (Documentary)


By Andres Veiel (Black Box Germany, Addicted to Acting, If Not Us, Who)

World premiere



By Teresa Villaverde (The Major Age, The Mutants, Trance)

With Joao Pedro Vaz, Alice Albergaria Borges, Beatriz Batarda, Clara Jost

World premiere

The Dinner


By Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart)

With Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, Chloe Sevigny

World premiere



By Alain Gomis (L’Afrance, Andalucia, Tey)

With Vero Tshanda Beya, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka

World premiere

The Party


By Sally Potter (Orlando, Yes, Ginger & Rosa)

With Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall

World premiere

Pokot (Spoor)

Poland/Germany/Czech Republic/Sweden/Slovak Republic

By Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, Bitter Harvest, In Darkness)

With Agnieszka Mandat, Wiktor Zborowski, Miroslav Krobot, Jakub Gierszal, Patricia Volny, Borys Szyc

World premiere

Toivon tuolla puolen (The Other Side of Hope)


By Aki Kaurismaki (The Match Factory Girl, Juha, Le Havre)

With Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji

International premiere

Una Mujer Fantastica


By Sebastian Lelio (El Ano del Tigre, Gloria)

With Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Kuppenheim, Amparo Noguera

World premiere

Berlinale Special

La Reina de Espana (The Queen of Spain)


By Fernando Trueba (The Year of Awakening, Belle Epoque, The Girl of Your Dreams)

With Penelope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Chino Darin, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Neus Asensi, Ana Belen

International premiere

Le Jeune Karl Marx (The Young Karl Marx)


By Raoul Peck (Sometimes in April, Moloch Tropical, Fatal Assistance)

With August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps, Hannah Steele, Olivier Gourmet

World premiere

Ultimos dias en La Habana (Last Days in Havana)


By Fernando Perez (Life Is to Whistle, Madrigal)

With Jorge Martinez, Patricio Wood, Gabriela Ramos

European premiere

Acht Stunden sind kein Tag (Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day)

Federal Republic of Germany, 1972 – TV series with five episodes

By Rainer Werner Fassbinder

With Hanna Schygulla, Gottfried John, Luise Ullrich, Werner Finck, Irm Hermann

World premiere of the restored version


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