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Rolling Stones to rock Berlin

Scorsese's concert film to open festival

Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones concert pic “Shine a Light” will open the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 7 with the director and band in attendance.

Scorsese captured the Stones during gigs at Gotham’s Beacon Theater on Oct. 29 and Nov. 1, 2006. The two concerts include guest performances from Jack White of the White Stripes, Christina Aguilera and Buddy Guy.

Pic was produced by Steve Bing’s Shangri-La Entertainment and Stones tour promoter Michael Cohl’s Concert Promotions Intl.

“We are extremely excited to have the world premiere of this magnificent film as our opening gala,” said fest director Dieter Kosslick. “Martin Scorsese has captured the pure essence of an iconic band on the big screen.”

Tuesday saw a slew of announcements from the fest, which completed the programming of its German films showcase Perspektive Deutsches Kino and unveiled the full list of shorts playing in competition.

Perspektive highlights a trend for more “bold, topical and volatile themes” from a new generation of filmmakers. Many of the pics in the lineup are from female helmers.

Entries include Iris Janssen’s “Die dinge zwischen uns” (The Things Between Us), Pola Schirin Beck’s “In deiner haut” (Inside You) and Lola Randl’s “Die besucherin” (In Between Days).

Documentaries include Sebastian Heidinger’s “Drifters,” about Berliners outside the mainstream society, and “Love, Peace & Beatbox,” a selection featured in cooperation with the fest’s Generation 14plus section, in which pic also plays.

Ten of the 13 films in the section are world premieres.

The Berlinale Shorts section will unspool 29 entries, with 11 in competition for Golden and Silver Bears. The selections will be shown in five blocks of around 80 minutes each.

The awards ceremony will be held midway through the fest on Feb. 12. The competition’s jury consists of Romanian producer Ada Solomonoff, French actor-director Marc Barbe and German actress Laura Tonke.

This year’s selections “give us an inkling of the kind of new filmmakers coming our way and how they aspire to tell stories in new dramatic compositions with imageries all their own,” said program curator Maike Mia Hoehne.

The section includes one special presentation of a pic made in 1975. Serbian director Zelimir Zilnik, who won the Golden Bear in 1969 for “Rani radovi” (Early Works), will present his film “Inventar” (Inventory), about the tenants of a house in Munich.

Fest ends Feb. 17.

BERLIN SHORT FILMS (in competition):

Program 1
“RGB XYZ,” David O’Reilly (Ireland)
“Haze,” Anthony Chen (Singapore)
“Mompelaar,” Marc Roels and Wim Reygaert (Belgium)
“Traces,” Rachel Zisser (U.S.)
“Frankie,” Darren Thornton (Ireland)

Program 2
“Giganti” (Giants), Fabio Mollo (Italy)
“Dreznica,” Anna Azevedo (Brazil)
“Three of Us,” Umesh Kulkarni (India)
“Bonne Mere,” Maxime Desmons (Canada)
“Reise zum Wald” (Journey to the Forest), Joern Staeger (Germany)
“K,” Piers Thompson (U.K.)

Program 3
“Udedh Bun” ((Un)ravel), Siddharth Sinha (India)
“White Horse,” Maryann DeLeo and Christophe Bisson (U.S.)
“Nightstill,” Elke Groen (Austria)v”Black Cabinet,” Christine Rebet (U.S.)
“Trip,” Harry Wootliff (U.K.)

“impermanent,” Mario Rizzi (Italy)

Program 4
“Inventur-Metzstrasse 11” (Inventory), Zelimir Zilnik (Serbia and Montenegro)
“Kizi Mizi,” Mariusz Wilczynski (Poland)
“Tommy,” Tora Martens (Sweden)
“Shooting Geronimo,” Kent Monkmann (Canada)
“Teat Beat of Sex: Episodes 8, 9, 10, 11,” Signe Baumane (U.S./Italy)
“Tarziu” (Late), Paul Negoescu (Romania)

Program 5
“Superfície” (Surface), Rui Xavier (Portugal)
“Nadie” (No one), Belen Blanco (Argentina)
“B teme” (In the theme), Olga Popova (Russian Federation)
“O zi buna de plaja” (A Good Day for a Swim), Bogdan Mustaþa (Romania)
“Szmolinsky,” Julius Onah (U.S.)
“Second Hand Sale,” Temur Butikashvili (Georgia)


“Berlin — 1. Mai” (1st of May — All Belongs to You), Sven Taddicken, Jakob Ziemnicki, Ludwig & Glaser
“Robin,” Hanno Olderdissen
“Teenage Angst,” Thomas Stuber
“Jesus liebt Dich” (Jesus Loves You), Liliane Frank, Michaela Kirst, Robert Cibis and Matthias Luthardt
“Football Undercover,” David Assmann and Nayad Ajafi
“In Deiner Haut” (Inside You), Pola Schirin Beck
“Lea,” Steffi Niederzoll
“Lostage” (Star-Crossed), Bettina Eberhard
“Die Besucherin” (In Between Days), Lola Randl
“Die Dinge zwischen uns” (The Things Between Us), Iris Janssen
“Helden aus der Nachbarschaft” (Heroes From the Neighborhood), Jovan Arsenic
“Drifter,” Sebastian Heidinger
“Love, Peace & Beatbox,” Volker Meyer-Dabisch

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