Pic panoply in Panorama

Fest lineup include pics from Mideast, North Africa

BERLIN — The Berlinale’s Panorama section has completed its lineup with a notable number of titles from the Middle East and North Africa plus cinematic themes ranging from music and art to sexual diversity.

Exploring trends in international arthouse cinema, Panorama is unspooling 37 features, 14 documentaries and 23 shorts from 33 countries in its Main Program, Panorama Special, Dokumente and short films segments. Selection includes 31 world premieres.

Joining previously announced Middle Eastern titles “Gradually” from Iran and “Heaven’s Doors” from Morocco are Iraqi entry “Narcissus Blossom,” by Masoud Arif Salih and Hussein Hassan Ali, and “The Yacoubian Building,” by Egyptian helmer Maravan Hamed.

From the U.S., “Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema,” by Lisa Ades and Lesli Klainberg, and Todd Verow’s “Vacationland” will unspool. Also selected: Julian Hernandez’s Mexican entry “Broken Sky,” Japanese helmer Takashi Miike’s “Big Bang Love, Juvenile A” (“46-okunen no koi”) and Sweden’s “Container” from Lukas Moodysson.

In the lineup as well are Mireia Ros’ Spanish pic “El triunfo: The Beat of the Streets”; Germany’s “18.15 Uhr ab Ostkreuz,” by Joern Hartmann; and French entry “Four Stars,” by Christian Vincent.

Other selections are “1:1,” Annette K. Olesen, Denmark-U.K.; “The Collector,” Feliks Falk, Poland; “Love Sick,” Tudor Giurgiu, Romania; and “Birds of Heaven;” Eliane de Latour, U.K.-France.

Among newly announced docs screening in Panorama are “Hamburger Lektionen,” Romuald Karmakar, Germany; “Matthew Barney: No Restraint,” Alison Chernick, U.S.-U.K.; “Teen Mothers,” Sandra Werneck, Gisela Camara, Brazil; “Octopusalarm,” Elisabeth Scharang, Austria; and “The Railroad All-Stars,” Chema Rodriguez, Spain.

In addition to the films’ directors, Nick Cave is expected in Berlin for the screening of John Hillcoat’s Aussie tale “The Proposition,” which Cave penned and scored, as well as Lian Lunson’s doc “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man,” in which he performs.

The previously announced “Brothers of the Head” kicks off the Panorama’s Main Program Feb. 9.

The Panorama this year is replacing its New York Film Academy Scholarship prize for short film with a three-month scholarship offered by Artist-in-Berlin, a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) program. The winner will be selected by the international short film jury, which awards the Golden Bears and Silver Bears for shorts as well as the Prix UIP and the Panorama Short Film Award.

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