The Berlinale’s Panorama arthouse sidebar has added four documentaries to this year’s lineup.
They include Rosa von Praunheim’s “Tote Schwule — lebende Lesben” (Dead Gays — Living Lesbians), which juxtaposes portraits of prominent modern-day lesbians with those of deceased homosexual eye-witnesses and victims of the Nazi era.
Peter Geyer’s “Jesus Christus Savior” recounts the late Klaus Kinski’s disastrous attempt to recite the story of Jesus Christ to an uncooperative audience in a 1971 stage performance in Berlin.
In “Erika Rabau — Puck of Berlin,” Samson Vicent offers a portrait of one of the Berlinale’s longest-serving photographers. A fixture at the fest’s press conferences and on the sidelines of the red carpet since 1963, Rabau will for once be on the other side of the lens.
Julian Cole’s U.K. doc “With Gilbert & George” traces the lives of the famed performance artists from their humble beginnings through four decades of their artistic career.
The Berlinale runs Feb. 7-17.