“Margin Call,” J.C. Chandor’s debut film starring Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons, and Jaume Collet-Serra’s “Unknown” with Liam Neeson, are among the films unspooling in the main competition section at next month’s Berlin Film Fest (Feb. 10-20).
Twenty-two films are screening in the section, 16 of which will actually compete for awards. Among the screeners are 16 world premieres.
“Margin Call,” a thriller set in an investment bank during the early stages of the financial crisis, also stars Demi Moore, Paul Bettany and Zachart Quinto. It will have its international premiere in Berlin after its world premiere at Sundance.
Screening out of competition, “Unknown,” about a man who awakens from a coma only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and no one believes him, was largely shot in Berlin and other German locations and received $6.2 million in local funding support. Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn and Bruno Ganz also star.
Also selected are “The Forgiveness of Blood,” by Joshua Marston (“Maria Full of Grace”), about blood feuds in Albania; Michel Ocelot’s French 3D animated film “Tales of the Night”; and “A Mysterious World,” from Argentine director Rodrigo Moreno, whose “The Custodian” screened in Berlin in 2006.
Other contenders include Iranian drama “Nader and Simin, a Separation,” by Asghar Farhadi (who competed at the fest in 2009 with “About Elly”) and “Sleeping Sickness,” by German director Ulrich Koehler (“Windows on Monday”), which examines the cultural challenges facing aid workers in Africa.
Unspooling out of competition is “My Best Enemy,” by Austrian helmer Wolfgang Murnberger (“The Bone Man”).
Meanwhile, Ralph Fiennes’ modern take on Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus,” initially slotted as an out-of-competition screener, is now contending for the Golden Bear, a move the director has welcomed.
In addition to the previously released selections, the Berlinale competition lineup includes “Almanya,” Yasemin Samdereli (Germany), world premiere/out of competition; “Come Rain Come Shine,” Lee Yoon-ki (South Korea), world premiere; “Innocent Saturday,” Alexander Mindadze (Russia-Germany-Ukraine), world premiere; “The Prize,” Paula Markovitch (Mexico-France-Poland-Germany), world premiere; “Service Entrance,” Philippe Le Guay (France), international premiere/out of competition; “The Turin Horse,” Bela Tarr (Hungary-France-Germany-Switzerland), world premiere.
(Diana Lodderhose in London contributed to this report.)