BERLIN — As part of this year’s Berlinale Special, the Berlin Film Festival is showcasing a slew of contemporary pics, film classics and works by personalities being honored by the fest.
These include Timor Bekmambetov’s Russian fantasy-thriller “Nochnoj dozor” (Night Watch), Kay Pollak’s drama “Sa som i himmelen” (As It Is in Heaven) from Sweden and Florian Gallenberger’s love story set in India, “Shadows of Time.”
The sidebar also will screen Rosa von Praunheim’s “Wer ist Helene Schwarz?” (Who is Helene Schwarz?) as part of a tribute to Schwarz, a 78-year-old former secretary of the German Film and Television Academy who has counseled and advised filmmakers such as Wolfgang Petersen. Schwarz is receiving this year’s Berlinale Camera Award. For Praunheim, it’s the third pic screening this year at the Berlinale.
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Also unspooling is Jorge Ramirez Suarez’s “Conejo en la luna” (Rabbit on the Moon), a Mexican-U.K. co-production in which the life of a middle-class family turns into a nightmare. Pic stars Bruno Bichir, Lorraine Pilkington and Jesus Ochoa.
Japan’s Shochiku Studios is being honored with a Berlinale Camera for its contribution to international film. The Berlinale Special is therefore presenting a classic Shochiku production: Keisuke Kinoshita’s 1954 drama “Nijushi no hitomi” (Twenty-four Eyes).
As part of the Berlinale Showcase honoring Korean director Im Kwon-Taek, his film “Chunhyang dyeon” will be screened.
In homage to cinematographer Carlo Di Palma, who died in July, the Berlinale will screen Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1964 pic “Il deserto rosso” (The Red Desert), on which Di Palma collaborated.
To honor this year’s jury prexy, Roland Emmerich, the Berlinale is showing his latest pic, “The Day After Tomorrow.” Helmer began his international career at the Berlinale in 1984 with his sci-fi pic “The Noah’s Ark Principle.”
An Honorary Golden Bear will be presented to Spanish actor Fernando Fernan Gomez for his lifetime achievement, and his latest film, “Para que no me olvides” (Something to Remember Me By), will be screened.