One-third of pics are directorial debuts

BERLIN — The Berlin Intl. Film Festival wrapped up its selection of pics for the Intl. Forum of New Cinema sidebar Thursday, announcing 52 films from 24 countries in a lineup focusing on contemporary indie filmmaking.

Nearly a third are debuts by young filmmakers from Argentina, China, Japan, Mozambique, Hungary, Thailand and the U.S. Half of the films to be unspooled will world preem in the Forum, which starts Feb. 7, a day after the Berlinale kicks off. Fest and sidebar end Feb. 16.

For the first time, the sidebar includes video and digital works as well as 35mm productions.

Seven U.S. titles and two U.S. co-productions have been selected, including Amie Siegel’s “Empathy,” “All the Real Girls” by David Gordon Green and Ernie Gehr’s “Cotton Candy.”

German filmmakers are well repped, including Christoph Hochhaeusler with “This Very Moment,” a take on the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” played out along the German-Polish border, and Soeren Voigt with “Identity Kills,” an experimental improv work.

New documentary and experimental films from Germany include works by Romuald Karmakar, Jorg Siepmann, Uli Gaulke and Jeanette Eggert, Barbara and Winfried Junge, Angelika Levi and Heinz Emigholz.

Enhancing this year’s strong presence of Asian films is a tribute to Hong Kong filmmaking brothers Run Run and Run Me Shaw. Five classics produced at the Shaw Brothers Studio will be presented, some of them in restored form and on new prints.

Intl. Forum of New Cinema sidebar lineup

Berlin Int’l.Film Fest, Intl. Forum of New Cinema
“Mercano the Martian,” director, Juan Antin (Argentina)
“Cine Piquetero,” various directors (Argentina)
“6th Street, No Number,” director, Joao Batista de Andrade (Brazil)
“Yellow Mango,” director, Claudio Assis (Brazil)
“Cala, My Dog!” director, Lu Xuechang (China)
“Remnants,” director, Wang Bing (China)
“Two Hearts,” director, Sheng Zhimin (China)
“My Camera Doesn’t Lie,” director, Solveig Klassen, Katharina Schneider-Roos (China)
“The Key to Determining Dwarfs or The Last Travel of Lemuel Gulliver,” director, Martin Sulik (Czech Republic)
“Mimi,” director, Claire Simon (France)
“Mon Voyage d’hiver,” director, Vincent Dieutre (France)
“Mary and the Wolf,” director, Eve Heinrich (France)
“Marry Me,” director, Uli Gaulke, Jeannette Eggert (Germany)
“196 bpm,” director, Romuald Karmakar (Germany)
“Identity Kills,” director, Soeren Voigt (Germany)
“Eigentlich wollte ich foerster werden – bernd aus golzow,” director, Barbara and

Winfried Junge (Germany)
“Golden Lemons,” director, Joerg Siepmann (Germany)
“This Very Moment,” director, Christoph Hochhaeusler (Germany)
“My Life Part 2,” director, Angelika Levi (Germany)
“Goff in the Desert,” director, Heinz Emigholz (Germany)
“PTU,” director, Johnnie To (Hong Kong)
“Chinese Odyssey,” director, Jeff Lau (Hong Kong)
“Infernal Affairs,” director, Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Alan Mak Siu-Fai (Hong Kong)
“Forest,” director, Benedek Fliegauf (Hungary)
“Company,” director, Ram Gopal Varma (India)
“Bird Man Tale,” director, Garin Nugroho (Indonesia)
“Salt,” director, Bradley Dust Gray (Iceland/U.S.)
“A City With No Pity,” director, Tsipi Reibenbach (Israel)
“Galoot,” director, Asher de Bentolila Tlalim (Israel)
“Letters From Palestine,” director, var. directors (Italy)
“The Blessing Bell,” director, Sabu (Japan)
“Border Line,” director, Lee Sang-il (Japan)
“A Visit to Ogawa Productions,” director, Oshige Jun’ichiro (Japan)
“Dream Cuisine,” director, Li Ying (Japan)

“Ardor,” director, Byun Young-joo (Korea)
“Gina Kim’s Video Diary,” director, Gina Kim (Korea/U.S.)
“Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,” director, Park Chan-uk (Korea)
“Eclipse,” director, Orlando Mesquita (Mozambique)
“Night Stop,” director, Licinio Azevedo (Mozambique)
“Edi,” director, Piotr Trzaskalski (Poland)
“The Day of the Wacko,” director, Marek Koterski (Poland)
“Gololed,” director, Mikhail Brashinsky (Russia)
“The Suit,” director, Alberto Rodriguez (Spain)
“Mutter,” director, Miklos Gimes (Switzerland)
“One Night Husband,” director, Pimpaka Towira (Thailand)
“Teknolust,” director, Lynn Hershman Leeson (U.S.)
“Something More Than Night,” director, Daniel Eisenberg (U.S.)
“Empathy,” director, Amie Siegel (U.S.)
“All the Real Girls,” director, David Gordon Green (U.S.)
“Cotton Candy,” director, Ernie Gehr (U.S.)
“Morning Sun,” director, Carma Hinton, Geremie Barme, Richard Gordon (U.S.)
“Power Trip,” director, Paul Devlin (U.S.)
“Missing Object,” director, Vuong Duc (Vietnam)

Tribute to the Shaw Brothers:
“Kingdom and the Beauty” (Jiang shan mei ren), director, Li Han-hsiang, restored version, (Hong Kong 1959)
“Come Drink with Me” (Da zui xia), director, King Hu, restored version, (Hong Kong 1966)
“Hong Kong Nocturne” (Xiang jiang hua yue ye), director, Inoue Umetsugu (Hong Kong 1966)
“Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan” (Ai nu), director, Chu Yuan (Hong Kong 1972)
“The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” (Shao lin sa liu fang), director, Liu Chia-liang, restored version, (Hong Kong 1978)

Special Sscreenings:
“Suedostpassage,” director, Ulrike Ottinger (Germany)
“The Border City,” director, Hong Hyung-sook (Korea)

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