LONDON — The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has selected its first films. It unveiled 19 titles on Thursday out of a total 50 pics that will be in the program, which favors innovative and alternative pics.
Among the pics confirmed so far are those by Michel Gondry, Kutlug Ataman, Robert Lepage, Sophie Fillieres, Benjamin Heisenberg, Maximilian Erlenwein, John Michael McDonagh and Tsai Ming-liang.
Gondry’s “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?,” an animated docu in which the director converses with philosopher/linguist/political activist Noam Chomsky, premiered last month at DOC NYC, the Gotham documentary festival.
The lineup includes two directorial debuts by U.S. helmers, “Things People Do” by Saar Klein, and “The Better Angels” by A. J. Edwards.
Latin America will be well represented. Two Brazilian productions were named today — Daniel Ribeiro’s “Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho” (The Way He Looks), and “O Homem das Multidoes”(The Man of the Crowd),” the latest film from Marcelo Gomes (“Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures”), here co-directing with Cao Guimaraes.
“The Man of the Crowd” picks up on themes of loneliness and a search for love first explored by Gomes in his second feature, road movie “I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Want.”
The opening film of the Panorama Special will be Jalil Lespert’s “Yves Saint Laurent” on Feb. 7. The film will play in Berlin’s flagship cinema, the Zoo Palast, which will be re-inaugurated as a Berlinale venue after extensive renovations.
Lespert appeared as a thesp in Robert Guediguian’s “Le Promeneur du Champ de Mars,” which played in the Berlinale’s Competition section in 2005.
“Arrete ou je continue” (If You Don’t, I Will) (France)
Dir: Sophie Fillieres
With Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric
“Bai Mi Zha Dan Ke” (The Rice Bomber) (Taiwan)
Dir: Cho Li
With Huang Chien-wei, Nikki Hsieh, Michael Chang
“Bing Du” (Ice Poison)
Dir: Midi Z
With Wang Shin-Hong, Wu Ke-Xi
Dir: John Michael McDonagh
With Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen
“Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho” (The Way He Looks) (Brazil)
Dir: Daniel Ribeiro
With Ghilherme Lobo, Tess Amorim, Fabio Audi
“Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?” (France)
Dir: Michel Gondry
With Noam Chomsky
“O Homem das Multidoes” (The Man of the Crowd) (Brazil)
Dir: Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimaraes
With Paulo Andre, Silvia Lourenco
“Papilio Buddha” (India/U.S.)
Dir: Jayan Cherian
With Kallen Pokkudan, Saritha Sunil, Sreekumar SP, David Briggs, Prakash Bare, Thampy Antony
“Quick Change” (Philippines)
Dir: Eduardo Roy Jr.
With Mimi Juareza, Jun jun Quintana, Miggs Cuaderno, Natashia Yumi, Francine Garcia
Dir: Maximilian Erlenwein
With Jurgen Vogel, Moritz Bleibtreu, Petra Schmidt-Schaller, Georg Friedrich, Rainer Bock
Dir: Chris Mason Johnson
With Scott Marlowe, Matthew Risch
“The Better Angels” (U.S.)
Dir: A. J. Edwards
With Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley
“The Lamb” (Germany/Turkey)
Dir: Kutlug Ataman
With Nesrin Cavadzade, Cahit Gok, Mert Taştan, Sıla Lara Canturk, Nursel Kose
“Things People Do” (U.S.)
Dir: Saar Klein
With Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett
“Triptyque” (Triptych) (Canada)
Dir: Robert Lepage, Pedro Pires
With Lise Castonguay, Frédérike Bédard, Hans Piersbergen
“Uber-Ich und Du” (Superegos) (Germany/Switzerland/Austria)
Dir: Benjamin Heisenberg
With Andre Wilms, Georg Friedrich
Dir: Joselito Altarejos
“Xi You” (Journey to the West) (France/Taiwan)
Dir: Tsai Ming-liang
With Lee Kang-sheng, Denis Lavant
“Yves Saint Laurent” (France)
Dir: Jalil Lespert
With Pierre Niney, Guillaume Gallienne, Charlotte Le Bon, Laura Smet, Marie De Villepin
International premiere – Opening film Panaroma Special