BERLIN — Brad Anderson’s “The Machinist,” recently unspooled at Sundance and starring Christian Bale and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and “Go Further,” Ron Mann’s documentary about Woody Harrelson’s campaign to raise environmental awareness, are among pics screening in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section, which has completed its lineup of 34 features, 16 docs and 26 shorts from 32 countries, including 25 world preems.
Among stars due in town for Panorama screenings are Julie Depardieu, who stars in Daniele Dubroux’s “I Am Your Man”; Sylvie Testud and Elsa Zylberstein of “Tomorrow We Move,” from Belgian director Chantal Akerman; and Nicoletta Braschi, who heads the cast of Italian director Francesca Comencini’s “I Like to Work.”
Final entries also include “The Far Side of the Moon,” Canadian director Robert Lepage’s film of his legit hit, and “Wild Side” from France’s Sebastien Lifshitz (“Come Undone”).
The Panorama’s main program will open with Israeli helmer Eytan Fox’s “Walk on Water,” in which a reluctant Mossad agent and a German tourist uncover the truth about the “last Nazi,” while the Panorama Special opens with two films: the angst-driven Canadian arthouse indie “A Problem With Fear,” by Gary Burns, and “Untold Scandal” by E J-Yong, rising star of South Korean cinema.
As usual, the eclectic section’s documentary selections are decidedly political in nature. The aftermath of 9/11 and the war in Iraq inspired two projects: Helga Reidemeister’s “Texas — Kabul,” a political road movie about women in war zones, and “Freedom2Speak V.2.0,” a group project launched at the 2003 Berlinale and continued at the Istanbul and Cannes fests. Pic offers contributions from a host of international filmmakers including Abderrahmane Sissako and Volker Schlondorff.
Religion and political change in Iran are the topics of Iranian director Mitra Farahani’s “Zohre et Manouchehr,” while Madeleine Farley’s “Trollywood” looks at Los Angeles’ homeless people and the influence of Hollywood.
With a Berlinale focus on Latin America, Panorama is screening three docus and two features about the region. Felipe Cazals’ documentary “Digna … Worthy to Her Final Breath” attempts to find out the truth about the murder of Mexican human rights activist Digna Ochoa y Placido, while Romano Scavolini’s “Che — The Last Hours” investigates the murder of Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara and his comrades. Hip-hop and rap originating in the favelas of Brazil is the focus in “Fala Tu — Lives of Rhyme” by Guilherme Coelho. Features are “The Other Side of the Street” by Marcos Bernstein and “Up Against Them All” by Roberto Moreira, both from Brazil.
New York’s 1970s music scene is documented in two productions. The Nomi Song,” by Berlin-based American filmmaker Andrew Horn, examines the life of German New Wave artist Klaus Nomi, while “End of the Century — The Story of the Ramones” by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields looks at the influential American punk band.
The international jury awarding the LVT — Manfred Salzgeber Prize for innovative European contributions includes Eva Zaoralova, artistic director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival; Tania Blanich, associate director of the National Video Resources, Rockefeller Foundation; and Eduardo Antin, director of the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival.
A complete list of the Berlinale’s Panorama lineup follows.
“The Other Side of the Street,” Marcos Bernstein, Brazil, France
“Up Against Them All,” Roberto Moreira, Brazil
“The Far Side of the Moon,” Robert Lepage, Canada
“A Problem With Fear — Or Laurie’s Anxiety Confronting the Escalator,” Gary Burns, Canada
“Lost in Time,” Derek Yee, Hong Kong, China
“The Story of Er Mei,” Wang Quanan, China
“Avanim,” Raphael Nadjari, France/Israel
“I Am Your Man,” Daniele Dubroux, France
“L’Esquive,” Abdelatif Kechiche, France
“Tomorrow We Move,” Chantal Ackerman, France/Belgium
“Wild Side,” Sebastien Lifshitz, France
“Kick’n Rush,” Aage Rais-Nordentoft, Denmark
“Cold Light,” Hilmar Oddsson, Iceland/U.K./Germany/Norway
“Love in Thoughts,” Achim von Borries, Germany
“The Raspberry Reich,” Bruce LaBruce, Germany
“The Stratosphere Girl,” M.X. Oberg, Germany/Switzerland/France/U.K./Italy/Netherlands
“Walk on Water,” Eytan Fox, Israel
“I Like to Work,” Francesca Comencini, Italy
“Akame 48 Waterfalls,” Genjirou Arato, Japan
“A Day on the Planet,” Isao Yukisada, Japan
“Untold Scandal,” E J-Yong, Korea
“Shouf shouf habibi!,” Albert ter Heerdt, Netherlands
“Insatiability,” Wiktor Grodecki, Poland/Czech Republic
“You I Love,” Olga Stolpolskava, Dmitri Troitsky, Russia
“Proteus,” John Greyson and Jack Lewis, South Africa/Canada
“Cachorro (Bear Cub),” Miguel Albaladejo, Spain
“The Machinist,” Brad Anderson, Spain
“Beautiful Boxer,” Ekachai Uekrongtham, Thailand
“Anonymous,” Todd Verow, U.S.
“Brother to Brother,” Rodney Evans, U.S.
“D.E.B.S.,” Angela Robinson, U.S.
“Baadassss!” Mario Van Peebles, U.S.
“The Graffiti Artist,” James Bolton, U.S.
“Quattro Noza,” Joey Curtis, U.S.
“Fala Tu — Lives of Rhyme,” Guilherme Coelho, Brazil
“Go Further,” Ron Mann, Canada
“Zohre & Manouchehr,” Mitra Farahani, France
“Addicted to Acting,” Andres Veiel, Germany
“The Center,” Stanislaw Mucha, Germany
“Freedom2Speak V2.0,” Markus C. M. Schmidt, Christoph Gampl, Brigitte Kramer, Marc Meyer, Uwe Nagel, Germany
“Land of Annihilation,” Romuald Karmakar, Germany
“The Nomi Song,” Andrew Horn, Germany
“Texas — Kabul,” Helga Reidemeister, Germany
“Che — The Last Hours,” Romano Scavolini, Italy
“Digna …Worthy to Her Final Breath,” Felipe Cazals, Mexico
“Death in Gaza,” James Miller, U.K.
“Trollywood,” Madeleine Farley, U.K.
“End of the Century — The Story of the Ramones,” Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia, U.S.
“A Letter to True.,” Bruce Weber, U.S.
“The Yes Men,” Dan Ollman, Sarah Price, Chris Smith, U.S.