Fest adds 13 docus, Coixet drama
BERLINThe Berlin Film Festival has added 14 pics to complete the Panorama lineup, among them works about Pirate Bay, an assassinated Palestinian artist, Mexican cartel music and gays and lesbians in East Berlin and Cameroon. Thirteen will play in Panorama Dokumente, including Simon Klose’s Swedish title “TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard,” which kicks off the documentary showcase on Feb. 8. The pic looks at the controversial Swedish file-sharing platform and the trial against its founders. Embracing the spirit of its subject matter, the film will be released free online at the same time as its Panorama premiere. “Art/Violence,” a U.S.-Palestinian Territories co-production by Udi Aloni, Batoul Taleb and Mariam Abu Khaled, focuses on the Palestinian-Jewish actor, director and peace activist Juliano Mer-Khamis, who was assassinated last year outside the Freedom Theater, which he had co-founded in the West Bank’s Jenin Refugee Camp. Shaul Schwarz’s U.S. doc “Narco Cultura” examines the growing phenomena of violence-glorifying music inspired by the brutal crimes of Mexican drug pushers. In U.S. production “Born This Way,” Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullmann examine the life-threatening challenges gays and lesbians face in Cameroon. “Exposed,” by underground artist Beth B, looks at New York’s neo-burlesque scene that has reinvented the classic striptease. Germany’s Jochen Hick, meanwhile, travels back in time with “Out in East Berlin — Lesbians and Gays in the GDR.” The other Dokumente titles are”Bambi,” Sebastien Lifshitz (France); “Belleville Baby,” Mia Engberg (Sweden); “Fifi Howls From Happiness,” Mitra Farahani (U.S.); “La Maison de la radio,” Nicolas Philibert (France/Japan); “Parade,” Oliver Meyrou (France); “Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open,” Daniel Young (Switzerland); and “Salma,” Kim Longinotto (U.K.) The Panorama Special completed its lineup with Isabel Coixet’s “Yesterday Never Ends,” a dark look at Spain, still mired in economic crisis in the year 2017 as society teeters on the verge of collapse. Panorama will present 52 films — 16 in the main program, 20 in Doukumente, 16 in Panorama Special and two shorts that will screen as supplements. The Berlinale runs Feb. 7-17.