Berlin Film Festival's Panorama Section Completes

Program includes strong Asian contingent including Vietnamese sci-fi pic '2030'

LONDON — The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section, which is devoted to art-house cinema, with a particular focus on auteur movies, has completed its lineup of fiction pics. It includes 24 world premieres.

The selection has a strong Asian contingent, with several titles from the continent added.

Panorama’s main program will open on Feb. 6 with a Vietnamese sci-fi pic, “2030.” In Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo’s film, the ocean levels have risen and the land of many farmers is now under water. Vegetables are cultivated on floating farms, a catastrophic situation from which global corporations want to profit.

Nao Kubota’s “Homeland” follows a farmer’s son from the Fukushima district of Japan, who has fled to the city. He returns to his home village, which lies in a no-go zone following the nuclear disaster.

In the South Korean film “Night Flight,” LeeSong Hee-il presents a poignantly unsettling duel between two schoolmates in a society deeply disturbed by the pressure to succeed. LeeSong previously showed his films “No Regret” and “White Night” in Panorama.

Chinese director Zhou Hao delivers one of the standout debuts of the festival with “The Night,” whose rough intimacy and confident sense of style is reminiscent of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean Genet or Wong Kar Wai.

Two masters of Hong Kong cinema have joined the lineup: Dante Lam employs the entertaining means of an action film to delve into deep moral issues in “That Demon Within”; and Fruit Chan gives “The Midnight After,” his adaptation of an online novel, a mysterious apocalyptic vibe. Chan made a lasting impression in Berlin with his 2005 Panorama entry, “Dumplings.”

Finally, leading Taiwanese-Malaysian director Tsai Ming-liang will present the next segment of his experimental “Walker” series, entitled “Journey to the West.”

Other pics added include American filmmaker Ira Sachs’ latest work, “Love Is Strange,” starring Alfred Molina, John Lithgow and Marisa Tomei. Sachs previously screened two films in Panorama: “Forty Shades of Blue” in 2005, and “Keep the Lights On” in 2012.

The Panorama Dokumente program, which is for documentary feature pics, will be announced soon.

Here is a list of the most recently selected films:

Panorama fiction features

“Asabani Nistam!” (I’m Not Angry!), Reza Dormishian (Iran)
With Baran Kosari, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Reza Behboudi, Misagh Zare, Bahram Afshari
IP

“Blind,” Eskil Vogt (Norway/Netherlands)
With Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali, Marius Kolbenstvedt
EP

“Difret,” Zeresenay Berhane Mehari (Ethopia)
With Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere
EP

“Fieber” (Fever), Elfi Mikesch (Luxembourg/Austria)
With Eva Mattes, Martin Wuttke, Carolina Cardoso, Nicole Max, Sascha Ley
WP

“Gueros,” Alonso Ruizpalacios (Mexico)
With Ilse Salas
WP

“Highway,” Imtiaz Ali (India)
With Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt
WP

“Ieji” (Homeland), Nao Kubota (Japan)
With Kenichi Matsuyama, Yuko Tanaka, Sakura Ando, Takashi Yamanaka, Seiyo Uchino
WP

“In Grazia di Dio,” Edoardo Winspeare (Italy)
With Celeste Casciaro, Laura Licchetta, Barbara De Matteis, Anna Boccadamo, Gustavo Caputo
WP

“Love Is Strange,” Ira Sachs (U.S.)
With John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson
IP

“Mo Jing” (That Demon Within), Dante Lam (Hong Kong, China)
With Daniel Wu, Nick Cheung
WP

“Na kathese ke na kitas” (Standing Aside, Watching), Yorgos Servetas (Greece)
With Marina Symeou, Marianthi Pantelopoulou, Yorgos Kafetzopoulos, Nikos Georgakis
EP

“Night Flight,” LeeSong Hee-il (Korea)
With Lee Jae-jun, Kwak Shi-yang
WP

“Nuoc” (2030), Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo (Vietnam)
With Quynh Hoa, Quy Binh, Thach Kim Long, Hoang Tran Minh Duc, Hoang Phi
WP

“Patardzlebi” (Brides), Tinatin Kajrishvili (Georgia/France)
With Mari Kitia, Giorgi Maskharashvili
WP

“Risse im Beton” (Cracks in Concrete), Umut Dag (Austria)
With Murathan Muslu, Alechan Tagaev, Mehmet Ali Salman, Erdem Turkoglu, Ivan Kriznjak
WP

“The Midnight After,” Fruit Chan (Hong Kong, China)
With Wong You-nam, Simon Yam, Kara Hui, Janice Man, Suet Lam
WP

“Viharsarok” (Land of Storms), Adam Csaszi (Hungary)
With Andras Suto, Adam Varga, Sebastian Urzendowsky
WP

“Ye” (The Night), Hao Zhou (China)
With Zhou Hao, Liu Xiao Xiao, Li Jin Kang, Zhou Feng Qi
WP

Previously announced fiction features
Arrete ou je continue (If You Don’t, I Will) by Sophie Fillieres, France (WP)
Bai Mi Zha Dan Ke (The Rice Bomber) by Cho Li, Taiwan (WP)
Bing Du (Ice Poison) by Midi Z, Taiwan/Myanmar (WP)
Calvary by John Michael McDonagh, Ireland/U.K. (EP)
Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (The Way He Looks) by Daniel Ribeiro, Brazil (WP)
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? by Michel Gondry, France (EP)
O Homem das Multidoes (The Man of the Crowd) by Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimaraes, Brazil (IP)
Papilio Buddha by Jayan Cherian, India/U.S. (EP)
Quick Change by Eduardo Roy Jr., Philippines (IP)
Stereo by Maximilian Erlenwein, Germany (WP)
Test by Chris Mason Johnson, U.S. (EP)
The Better Angels by A.J. Edwards, U.S. (IP)
Kuzu (The Lamb) by Kutlug Ataman, Germany/Turkey (WP)
Things People Do by Saar Klein, U.S. (WP)
Triptyque (Triptych) by Robert Lepage, Pedro Pires, Canada (EP)
Über-Ich und Du (Superegos) by Benjamin Heisenberg, Germany / Switzerland/Austria (WP)
Unfriend by Joselito Altarejos, Philippines (WP)
Xi You (Journey to the West) by Tsai Ming-liang, France / Taiwan (WP)
Yves Saint Laurent by Jalil Lespert, France (IP)

(WP= World Premiere, IP= International Premiere, EP = European Premiere)

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