'Human Zoo' to kick off festival Feb. 5

The Berlin Film Festival unveiled the complete selection for Panorama, its international arthouse sidebar Wednesday.

It will kick off Feb. 5 with the previously announced “Human Zoo,” the directorial debut of Danish actress and filmmaker Rie Rasmussen (“Angel-A”) about a traumatized woman who escapes the horrors of the Balkan crisis for a better life in Paris.

Panorama will unspool 48 films — 17 features in the main program, 15 in Panorama Special and 16 documentaries in the Panorama Dokumente section. These include 35 world premieres and 13 directorial debuts.

Panorama Special opens Feb. 6 with one of the newly announced films, “Nord” (North). The directorial debut of Norwegian director Rune Denstad Langlo, pic is the story of a man’s search for his infant son.

Dokumente focuses on globalization, politics, culture and society in the Asian hotspots of Pakistan and Afghanistan with a number of screeners, including U.S. production “The Yes Men Fix the World,” by Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum and Kurt Engfehr. Doc examines global players such as Halliburton, Dow Chemicals and even the BBC.

Also screening is U.S.-Israeli production “Udi Aloni’s Kashmir: Journey to Freedom”; Germany’s “Mein herz sieht die welt schwarz — eine liebe in Kabul” (War and Love in Kabul) from Helga Reidemeister; and Khalid Gill’s German production “Chan di chummi” (Kiss the Moon) about Pakistan’s transgender population.

Along with its 30th anniversary, the sidebar is celebrating the 10th anni of its audience award and will unspool the winning films of the past decade. The Berlinale runs Feb. 5-15.

ADDITIONS TO PANORAMA MAIN PROGRAM
“Dongbei, Dongbei” (A North Chinese Girl) by Zou Peng, China
“Rabioso sol, rabioso cielo” (Raging Sun, Raging Sky) by Julian Hernandez, Mexico
“Rossiya 88″ (Russia 88) by Pavel Bardin, Russia
“Schlaeft ein Lied in allen Dingen” (Sleeping Songs) by Andreas Struck, Germany
“Strella” by Panos H. Koutras, Greece
“Vinganca” (Retribution) by Paulo Pons, Brazil

PANORAMA SPECIAL
“Claustrophobia” by Ivy Ho, Hong Kong
“End of Love” by Simon Chung, Hong Kong, China
“Nord” (North) by Rune Denstad Langlo, Norway
“Short Cut to Hollywood” by Marcus Mittermeier, Jan Henrik Stahlberg, Germany, Austria, U.S.
“Yang Yang” by Yu-Chieh Cheng, Taiwan

PANORAMA DOKUMENTE
“Chan di chummi” (Kiss the Moon) by Khalid Gill, Germany
“City of Borders” by Yun Suh, U.S.
“Ein Traum in Erdbeerfolie” (Comrade Couture) by Marco Wilms, Germany “Endstation der Sehnsuechte” (Home From Home) by Sung-Hyung Cho, Germany
“Kashmir: Journey to Freedom” by Udi Aloni, U.S./Israel
“Mein Herz sieht die Welt schwarz – Eine Liebe in Kabul” (War And Love In Kabul) by Helga Reidemeister, Germany
“The Good American” by Jochen Hick, Germany
“The Yes Men Fix the World” by Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Kurt Engfehr, U.S.
“VON WEGEN” (OFF WAYS) by Uli M. Schueppel, Germany

10 YEARS OF THE PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARD
“Solas” (Alone) by Benito Zambrano, Spain 1998
“Nationale 7″ by Jean-Pierre Sinapi, France 1999
“Berlin is in Germany” by Hannes Stoehr, Germany 2001
“Im toten Winkel. Hitlers Sekretaerin” (Blind Spot. Hitler’s Secretary) by Andre Heller, Othmar Schmider, Austria 2001
“Knafayim Shvurot” (Broken Wings) by Nir Bergman, Israel 2002
“Die Spielwuetigen” (Addicted to Acting) by Andres Veiel, Germany 2003 “Va, vis et deviens” (Live and Become) by Radu Mihaileanu, France/ Israel 2004
“Bubot Niyar” (Paper Dolls) by Tomer Heymann, Israel/Switzerland 2005
“Blindsight” by Lucy Walker, U.K. 2006
“Lemon Tree” by Erab Riklis, Israel/Germany/France 2008

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