Section celebrates 30th anniversary
New pics by helmers Michael Winterbottom and Catherine Breillat, a special presentation of Gus Van Sant’s “Milk” and a triple feature starring John Hurt as gay icon Quentin Crisp are among the 12 pics that the Berlin Film Festival added to its Panorama section on Wednesday.
Winterbottom and co-helmer Mat Whitecross, who won a Silver Bear for their 2006 doc “The Road to Guantanamo,” will present “The Shock Doctrine” as a work in progress. Based on Naomi Klein’s book, pic examines the rise of “disaster capitalism.”
Representing what the sidebar’s selectors describe as radical, audacious and inspiring to independent cinema are “La Barbe bleue,” Breillat’s retelling of the sinister Bluebeard tale and his all-too-curious wife, plus Argentine helmer Lucia Puenzo’s “El Nino pez,” a lesbian romance that morphs into a political thriller.
Panorama will celebrate its 30th anniversary by screening pics from filmmakers who got their starts at the sidebar, which launched as the Info-Schau under late director Manfred Salzgeber.
In 1985, the section screened Van Sant’s directorial debut, “Mala noche,” as well as Robert Epstein’s Oscar-winning documentary “The Times of Harvey Milk.” The doc will screen again along with Van Sant’s “Milk.”
Breillat’s “Tapage nocturne,” which first screened in 1980, will also unspool as part of the festivities.
Panorama will honor Crisp and Hurt with three films, including the world premiere of Richard Laxton’s Crisp biopic “An Englishman in New York,” in which Hurt reprises the role that made him a star.
The actor shot to fame playing the flamboyant writer in Jack Gold’s 1975 TV movie, “The Naked Civil Servant,” based on Crisp’s autobiography, and he also appeared in Jonathan Nossiter’s 1990 Crisp documentary “Resident Alien.” Both will unspool as part of the 30th anniversary program.
Other Panorama pics unveiled are Michael Glawogger’s “Das Vaterspiel” (Kill Daddy Good Night); “Welcome,” by Philippe Lioret; and the world preem of U.S. helmer Nicole Haeusser’s “Little Joe.”
The Berlin Film Festival runs Feb. 5-15.
“La Barbe bleue,” by Catherine Breillat, France (world premiere)
“An Englishman in New York,” by Richard Laxton, U.K./U.S. (world premiere)
“Das Vaterspiel” (Kill Daddy Good Night), by Michael Glawogger, Germany/Austria/France (world premiere)
“El Nino pez” (The Fish Child), by Lucia Puenzo, Argentina/Spain (world premiere)
“Welcome,” by Philippe Lioret, France
“The Shock Doctrine,” by Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross, U.K. (world premiere)
“Little Joe,” by Nicole Haeusser, U.S. (world premiere)
30 YEARS OF PROGRAMMING — CELEBRATION PRESENTATIONS
“Milk,” by Gus Van Sant, U.S. (2008)
“Resident Alien,” by Jonathan Nossiter, U.S. (1990)
“Tapage nocturne,” by Catherine Breillat, France (1979)
“The Naked Civil Servant,” by Jack Gold, U.K. (1975)
“The Times of Harvey Milk,” by Robert Epstein, U.S. (1984)