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Berlin adds 17 films to Panorama

Genre features among selection

Ten world preems are among 17 titles added to the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama sidebar on Wednesday.

Genre pics feature strongly in the lineup announced so far, including four fantasies: U.S.-Mexican co-production “Sleep Dealer,” helmed by Alex Rivera; Spanish pics “3 dias” (Before Fall), by Javier Gutierrez, and “Eskalofrio” (Shiver), by Isidro Ortiz; and German film “Otto; or, Up With Dead People,” from Canadian director Bruce LaBruce.

Entries from former Berlinale participants include “Det som ingen ved” (What No One Knows), by Soren Kragh-Jacobsen (“Rubber Tarzan,” Kinderfilmfest, 1992) and “Jerusalema,” by Ralph Ziman (“Hearts and Minds,” Panorama, 1996).

Panorama announced 13 titles in late December. These included Madonna’s directorial debut, “Filth and Wisdom,” and Brad Anderson’s “Transsiberian.”

The full lineup for Panorama, including its subsections Panorama Special and Panorama Documentaries, will total around 50 films.

In related news, the Berlinale Talent Campus has launched an initiative on contemporary filmmaking in Africa, Focus Africa.

In cooperation with Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, the fest has invited filmmakers including Ghanaian-born docu director John Akomfrah, Nigerian actress Kate Henshaw-Nuttall and short filmmaker Abderrahmane Ahmed Salem from Mauritania.

The campus also will host a session on the influence of hip-hop music on film, “From Street Cred to Screen Credibility — Hip Hop and the Movies.” Guests include Uganda’s Donald Mugisha, whose film “Divizionz” plays in fest’s Forum section; Kevin Fitzgerald, founder of the Los Angeles Hip Hop Film Festival; and Senegalese filmmaker Fatoumata Kande Senghor.

Integrated to this year’s campus theme — screening emotions — is the fest’s sixth Score Competition, which invites young composers and sound designers to submit soundtracks for pre-selected film excerpts.

Gustavo Santaolalla (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Babel”) will mentor participants and is a member of the jury.

NEW FILMS CONFIRMED FOR PANORAMA AND PANORAMA SPECIAL

“3 Zan” (3 Women), Manijeh Hekmat (Iran) (World premiere)
Key cast: Niki Karimi, Pegah Ahangarani, Maryam Boubani, Reza Kianian, Babak Hamidian, Atyla Pessiani

“Arumdabda” (Beautiful), Jaihong Juhn (South Korea) (World premiere)
Key cast: Soo-yeon Cha, Chun hee Lee.
Screenplay and production: Kim Ki-duk

“Det som ingen ved” (What No One Knows), Soren Kragh-Jacobsen (Denmark/Sweden) (World premiere)
Key cast: Anders W. Barthelsen, Maria Bonnevie, Ghita Norby

“Genenet al asmak” (The Aquarium), Yousry Nasrallah (Egypt/France/Germany) (World premiere)
Key cast: Hend Sabry, Amr Waked, Gamil Rateb, Bassem Samra, Ahmed El Fichawy, Dorra Zarouk, Menha El Batraoui, Tamim Abdou

“Hatsu-koi” (First Love), Imaizumi Koichi (Japan)
Key cast: Murakami Hiroshi, Matsunoki Teppen, Kawashima Ryoya, Horie Shinji, Shibata Kei

“Jerusalema,” Ralph Ziman (South Africa) (World premiere)
Key cast: Rapulana Seiphemo, Jeffery Zekele, Ronnie Nyakale, Jafta Mamabolo, Malusi Skenjana

“La fabrique des sentiments” (The Feelings Factory), Jean-Marc Moutout (France/Belgium)
Key cast: Elsa Zylberstein, Jacques Bonnaffe, Bruno Putzulu

“La Rabia,” Albertina Carri (Argentina) (World premiere)
Key cast: Analina Concevro, Javier Lorenzo, Victor Hugo Carrizo

“The Ring,” Anais Barbeau-Lavalette (Canada)
Key cast: Jason Roy Leveillee, Jean-Francois Casabonne, Stephane Demers, Suzanne Lemoine, Rene-Daniel Dubois

“Lemon Tree,” Eran Riklis (Israel/Germany/France)
Key cast: Hiam Abbas

“Love and Other Crimes,” Stefan Arsenijevic (Germany/Serbia/Austria/Slovenia) (World premiere)
Key cast: Anica Dobra, Milena Dravic, Fedja Stojanovic, Hanna Schwamborn, Vuk Kostic

“Revanche,” Goetz Spielmann (Austria) (World premiere)
Key cast: Johannes Krisch, Irina Potapenko, Ursula Strauss, Andreas Lust, Hannes Thanheiser

“Rusalka” (Mermaid), Anna Melikyan (Russia)
Key cast: Masha Shalaeva, Evgeniy Ciganov, Maria Sokolova, Nastya Doncova

“Sleep Dealer,” Alex Rivera (U.S./Mexico)
Key cast: Luis Fernando Pena, Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas, Tenoch Huerta, Metztli Adamina

“Sonetaula,” Salvatore Mereu (Italy) (World premiere)

“Soul of a Demon,” Tso-chi Chang (Taiwan)
Key cast: Yi-che Tseng, Pei-chun Chen

“Tout est parfait” (Everything Is Fine), Yves-Christian Fournier, Canada (World premiere)
Key cast: Maxime Dumontier, Chloe Bourgeois, Maxime Bessette, Jean-Noel Raymond-Jette, Niels Schneider

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