Doerrie's 'Bliss,' Eisenstein's 'October' also screening
BERLIN — Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult” and Barnaby Southcombe’s “I, Anna” are among the latest international pics selected for this year’s Berlin Film Festival.“Young Adult,” with Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt, and “I, Anna,” a noir thriller starring Charlotte Rampling, Gabriel Byrne and Hayley Atwell that got a major boost at the fest’s Co-production Market in 2010, will screen as part of the Berlinale Special sidebar. Also unspooling in the section is Doris Doerrie’s “Bliss,” a love story based on a short story by bestselling author and Berlin defense attorney Ferdinand von Schirach that follows a young prostitute and her punk boyfriend on the run. The Berlinale Special is showcasing 18 features and documentaries, including U.S. entries “Side by Side,” by Chris Kenneally, and Alison Klayman’s “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.” Also showing are Bassam Mortada’s Egyptian doc “Reporting … A Revolution”; Dutch helmer Klaartje Quirijns’ “Anton Corbijn Inside Out”; and Alvaro Longoria’s Spanish doc “Sons of the Clouds, the Last Colony.” To celebrate the 60th anniversary of French film journal Positif, the Berlinale Special will also present Volker Schloendorff’s 1975 drama “Coup de grace” and all 15 hourlong episodes of Mark Cousins’ documentary “The Story of Film: An Odyssey.” The sidebar will also unspool Ulrike Schamoni’s docu “Farewell to the Frogs” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Oberhausen Manifesto that ushered in a new era in German film. Additional screeners include a restored version of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1943 British drama “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.” As part of Berlinale Retrospective, the Berlinale Special will also unspool a newly restored version of Sergei Eisenstein’s 1928 Soviet classic “October,” accompanied by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra performing the original score by Edmund Meisel. This year’s Retrospective, dubbed The Red Dream Factory, looks at early Soviet socialist cinema. Meanwhile, the Berlinale’s Co-production Market will showcase 39 projects including three from the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express initiative with Rotterdam’s CineMart and 11 from the Berlinale’s Talent Campus program. The producers and directors of the projects, which range in budget between $1.25 million and $9 million, will meet with some 450 potential co-production and financing partners. The Berlin Film Festival runs Feb. 9-19.
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