Documentaries cover gay Muslims, Patti Smith
BERLIN — The Berlin Intl. Film Festival’s Panorama and Forum sections have added a slew of pics, including documentaries about the gay Muslims, an Iraqi heavy metal band and singer Patti Smith.
Panorama, the arthouse sidebar, will unspool Parvez Sharma’s “A Jihad for Love,” a U.S./German/U.K. co-production about growing up gay in Islamic cultures; Steven Sebring’s “Patti Smith: Dream of Life,” about the godmother of punk; “Heavy Metal in Baghdad,” Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi’s U.S. doc about Iraqi heavy metal act Acrassicauda; and “Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story,” Julian Shaw’s Australian doc about the South African political satirist.
Also screening in Panorama will be “Everything Is Fine,” Yves-Christian Fournier’s Canadian drama about a suburban teen whose life comes crashing down when he discovers four friends have committed suicide.
Forum will present the international premieres of “Leo,” by Lebanese-Swedish helmer Josef Fares (“Jalla! Jalla!”), about a man who seeks revenge for the death of his girfriend; French helmer Audrey Estrougo’s “Regarde-moi”; Greek filmmaker Thanos Anastopoulos’ “Correction,” about an ex-con; and “Corridor No. 8” from Bulgaria’s Boris Despodov, about the construction of a road linking Bulgaria with Macedonia and Albania.
“Divizionz,” a Uganda/South Africa co-production, follows four Kampala youths who dream of making it big as musicians. Pic is directed by Talent Campus alumni Donald Mugisha. Asian productions include Singing Chen’s Taiwanese title “God Man Dog”; “Invisible City” from Singapore helmer Tan Pin Pin; Mun Jeong-hyun’s Korean drama “Grandmother’s Flowers”; Thai director Aditya Assarat’s “Wonderful Town”; Indian filmmaker Ameer Sultan’s “Paruthiveeran”; and, from Japan, Kumasaka Izuru’s “Park and Love Hotel”; Wakamatsu Koji’s “United Red Army”; “Higurashi,” by Hirosue Hiromasa; and “Musunde-Hiraite,” by Takahashi Izumi.
The Berlin fest runs Feb. 7-17.