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Berlin Film Festival Reveals First Competition Section Films

Sally Potter's 'The Party is 'a comedy wrapped around a tragedy'

Oren Moverman’s “The Dinner,” starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall, and Sally Potter’s “The Party,” starring Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Timothy Spall, are among the first films selected for the competition section of the Berlin Film Festival, which runs Feb. 9-19. All are world premieres.

Also selected are Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Other Side of Hope,” Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor,” Andres Veiel’s “Beuys,” Ildiko Enyedi’s “On Body and Soul,” Calin Peter Netzer’s “Ana, mon amour,” Teresa Villaverde’s “Colo,” Alain Gomis’ “Felicite,” and Sebastian Lelio’s “Una Mujer Fantastica.”

The festival also revealed four of the films that will play in its Berlinale Special section: Fernando Trueba’s “The Queen of Spain,” Raoul Peck’s “The Young Karl Marx,” Fernando Perez’s “Last Days in Havana,” and the world premiere of a restored version of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day.”

Competition
A testrol es a lelekrol (On Body and Soul)
Hungary
By Ildiko Enyedi (My 20th Century, Simon the Magician)
With Geza Morcsanyi, Alexandra Borbely, Zoltan Schneider
World premiere

Ana, mon amour
Romania/Germany/France
By Calin Peter Netzer (Child’s Pose, Maria)
With Mircea Postelnicu, Diana Cavallioti, Carmen Tănase, Adrian Titieni, Vlad Ivanov
World premiere

Beuys (Documentary)
Germany
By Andres Veiel (Black Box Germany, Addicted to Acting, If Not Us, Who)
World premiere

Colo
Portugal/France
By Teresa Villaverde (The Major Age, The Mutants, Trance)
With Joao Pedro Vaz, Alice Albergaria Borges, Beatriz Batarda, Clara Jost
World premiere

The Dinner
U.S.
By Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart)
With Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, Chloe Sevigny
World premiere

Felicite
France/Senegal/Belgium/Germany/Lebanon
By Alain Gomis (L’Afrance, Andalucia, Tey)
With Vero Tshanda Beya, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka
World premiere

The Party
U.K.
By Sally Potter (Orlando, Yes, Ginger & Rosa)
With Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall
World premiere

Pokot (Spoor)
Poland/Germany/Czech Republic/Sweden/Slovak Republic
By Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, Bitter Harvest, In Darkness)
With Agnieszka Mandat, Wiktor Zborowski, Miroslav Krobot, Jakub Gierszal, Patricia Volny, Borys Szyc
World premiere

Toivon tuolla puolen (The Other Side of Hope)
Finland
By Aki Kaurismaki (The Match Factory Girl, Juha, Le Havre)
With Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji
International premiere

Una Mujer Fantastica
Chile/Germany/U.S./Spain
By Sebastian Lelio (El Ano del Tigre, Gloria)
With Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Kuppenheim, Amparo Noguera
World premiere

Berlinale Special
La Reina de Espana (The Queen of Spain)
Spain
By Fernando Trueba (The Year of Awakening, Belle Epoque, The Girl of Your Dreams)
With Penelope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Chino Darin, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Neus Asensi, Ana Belen
International premiere

Le Jeune Karl Marx (The Young Karl Marx)
France/Germany/Belgium
By Raoul Peck (Sometimes in April, Moloch Tropical, Fatal Assistance)
With August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps, Hannah Steele, Olivier Gourmet
World premiere

Ultimos dias en La Habana (Last Days in Havana)
Cuba/Spain
By Fernando Perez (Life Is to Whistle, Madrigal)
With Jorge Martinez, Patricio Wood, Gabriela Ramos
European premiere

Acht Stunden sind kein Tag (Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day)
Federal Republic of Germany, 1972 – TV series with five episodes
By Rainer Werner Fassbinder
With Hanna Schygulla, Gottfried John, Luise Ullrich, Werner Finck, Irm Hermann
World premiere of the restored version

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