BERLIN — Mary Harron’s “The Notorious Bettie Page,” Neil Jordan’s “Breakfast on Pluto,” Marc Forster’s “Stay,” John Hillcoat’s Aussie tale “The Proposition” and Robert Greenwald’s documentary “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” are among the pics screening in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section.
The Panorama sidebar explores trends in international arthouse cinema and bridges the divide between artsy works and commercial interests. All pics screen as either world or European premieres.
Within the sidebar, the Panorama Special section showcases major independent productions and U.S. studio pics. Section will be opened by Argentine helmer Daniel Burman’s “Family Law.”
Burman has become a regular contributor to the Berlinale in recent years, most notably in 2004, when his “Lost Embrace” ran in competition and won two Silver Bears.
More than half the films for the main program, the Panorama Special and Panorama Documentary sections have so far been chosen, with the rest expected to be finalized by late January.
Other selections include Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s U.K. pic “Brothers of the Head,” about Siamese twins who start a unique rock ‘n’ roll act in the 1970s; India’s “Memories in the Mist,” from Buddhadep Dasgupta; Iranian director Maziar Miri’s “Gradually”; Japan’s “Dead Run,” from Sabu; Clement Virgo’s Canadian pic “Lie With Me”; and Lian Lunson’s “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man,” a documentary on the singer-songwriter with performances by artists he has influenced, including Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright and U2.
Among the Panorama’s German selections are “Bye Bye Berlusconi!” by Jan Henrik Stahlberg, Andres Veiel’s “The Kick” and Vanessa Jopp’s “Happy as One.”
Some 18,000 moviegoers are expected to pick their favorites for the Panorama Audience Awards, to be presented on the last day of the festival.
Also screening in Panorama during the Berlinale’s Feb. 9-19 run are “Rampage,” George Gittoes, Australia; “The House of Sand,” Andrucha Waddington, Brazil; “Camping sauvage,” Christophe Ali, Nicolas Bonilauri, France; “Eleven Men Out,” Robert Douglas, Iceland/Finland/Britain; “Forgiveness,” Udi Aloni, Israel/U.S.; “Paper Dolls,” Tomer Heymann, Israel/Switzerland; “Heaven’s Doors,” Swel Noury and Imad Noury, Morocco; “No. 2,” Toa Fraser, New Zealand; “Nachbeben,” Stina Werenfels, Switzerland; “4:30,” Royston Tan, Singapore/Japan; “Little Red Flowers,” Zhang Yuan, China/Italy; “Absolute Wilson,” Katharina Otto-Bernstein, U.S./Germany; “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party,” Michel Gondry, U.S.; “Lover Other: The Story of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore,” Barbara Hammer, U.S.