‘Blue Blood’ to Open Berlin Festival’s Panorama Section

LONDON — Brazilian production “Sangue azul” (Blue Blood), directed by Lirio Ferreira, will open the main program of the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 5.

The film, which won top prize at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, is the story of a circus performer’s attempted reconciliation with his family’s past.

Panorama Special will open on February 6 with two films. First up is Mexican filmmaker Gabriel Ripstein’s directorial debut, “600 Millas” (600 Miles), in which a young gunrunner, en route from Texas to Mexico, finds himself stuck with a U.S. military veteran, played by Tim Roth.

The other film is German director Rosa von Praunheim’s latest work, “Härte” (Tough Love), which tells the story of karate world champion Andreas “Andy” Marquardt, who also appears in the pic, and accompanies the audience on his journey from a childhood of abuse to an adulthood of violence. Ultimately he evolves into a man who cares (albeit rather gruffly) about others. The film introduces the thematic focus of abuse that runs through all three Panorama series.

Latin America makes a strong showing: Chilean director Sebastian Silva presents his film “Nasty Baby,” which is set in Brooklyn, and Chico Teixeira and Anna Muylaert, both from Brazil, contribute “Ausencia” (Absence) and “Que horas ela volta?” (The Second Mother) respectively. Argentina is repped by Marco Berger’s “Mariposa” (Butterfly), and Juan Schnitman’s “El incendio” (The Fire).

Among the U.S. additions to the lineup is Mitchell Lichtenstein’s “Angelica,” which is part wicked and whimsical sociological study, part psychodrama and part horror story. Also from the U.S. is Takeshi Fukunaga’s directorial debut, “Out of My Hand,” about a worker on a Liberian rubber plantation who wants to get away from a life overshadowed by civil war and so moves to New York.

Two European-U.S. co-productions portray the emotional worlds of young people in the U.S. In “Bizarre,” French director Etienne Faure places teenage Maurice in a tender and playful environment, a commune of sorts, in Brooklyn. While DFFB graduate Micah Magee’s debut film, “Petting Zoo,” sets its protagonist in Texas, where she tries to maintain her autonomy despite daily adversities.

Panorama has now completed its selection of fiction films, with 34 features from 29 countries.

600 Millas (600 Miles) – Mexico
By Gabriel Ripstein
With Tim Roth, Kristyan Ferrer, Harrison Thomas, Noé Hernández, Armando Hernández
World premiere

Al bahr min ouaraikoum (The Sea Is Behind) – Morocco
By Hicham Lasri
With Malek Akhmiss, Hassan Badida, Yassine Sekkal
European premiere

Al-Hob wa Al-Sariqa wa Mashakel Ukhra (Love, Theft and Other Entanglements) – Palestinian Territories
By Muayad Alayan
With Sami Metwasi, Maya Abu Alhayyat, Riyad Sliman, Ramzi Maqdisi, Kamel Elbasha
World premiere

Angelica – U.S.
By Mitchell Lichtenstein
With Jena Malone, Janet McTeer, Ed Stoppard, Tovah Feldshuh
World premiere

Ausência (Absence) – Brazil/Chile/France
By Chico Teixeira
With Matheus Fagundes, Irandhir Santos, Gilda Nomacce, Thiago de Matos, Francisca Gavilán
International premiere

Bizarre – France/U.S.
By Étienne Faure
With Pierre Prieur, Adrian James, Raquel Nave, Rebekah Underhill
World premiere

De ce eu? (Why me?) – Romania/Bulgaria/Hungary
By Tudor Giurgiu
With Emilian Oprea, Mihai Constantin, Andreea Vasile, Dan Condurache, Liviu Pintileaska
World premiere

El incendio (The Fire) – Argentina
By Juan Schnitman
With Pilar Gamboa, Juan Barberini
World premiere

Härte (Tough Love) – Germany
By Rosa von Praunheim
With Luise Heyer, Hanno Koffler, Katy Karrenbauer, Marion Erdmann, Andreas Marquardt
World premiere

How To Win At Checkers (Every Time) – Thailand/U.S./Indonesia
By Josh Kim
World premiere

Mariposa (Butterfly) – Argentina
By Marco Berger
With Ailín Salas, Javier De Pietro, Julián Infantino, Malena Villa
World premiere

Nasty Baby – U.S.
By Sebastián Silva
With Kristen Wiig, Sebastián Silva, Tunde Adebimpe, Mark Margolis, Reg E. Cathey
International Premiere

Necktie Youth – South Africa
By Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
With Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Bonko Cosmo, Emma Tollman, Jonathan Young, Colleen Balchin
World premiere

Onthakan (The Blue Hour) – Thailand
By Anucha Boonyawatana
With Atthaphan Poonsawas, Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang, Duangjai Hirunsri
World premiere

Out of My Hand – U.S.
By Takeshi Fukunaga
With Bishop Blay, Duke Murphy Dennis, Zenobia Kpoto
World premiere

Paridan az Ertefa Kam (A Minor Leap Down) – Iran/France
By Hamed Rajabi
With Negar Javaherian, Rambod Javan
World premiere

Petting Zoo – Germany/Greece/U.S.
By Micah Magee
With Devon Keller, Austin Reed, Deztiny Gonzales, Kiowa Tucker
World premiere

Pionery-geroi (Pioneer Heroes) – Russia
By Natalia Kudryashova
With Natalia Kudryashova, Daria Moroz, Aleksei Mitin, Aleksandr Userdin
World premiere

Que Horas Ela Volta? (The Second Mother) – Brazil
By Anna Muylaert
European premiere

Sangailė (The Summer of Sangailé) – Lithuania/France/Netherlands
By Alanté Kavaïté
With Julija Steponaityté, Aisté Diruté, Juraté Sodyté, Martynas Budraitis
European premiere

Sangue azul (Blue Blood) – Brazil
By Lirio Ferreira
With Daniel de Oliveira, Caroline Abras, Sandra Coverloni, Rômulo Braga
International premiere

Zui Sheng Meng Si (Thanatos, Drunk) – Taiwan
By Chang Tso-Chi
With Lee Hong-Chi, Chen Jen-Shuo, Huang Shang-Ho, Lu Hsueh-Feng, Wang Ching-Ting
World premiere

54: The Director’s Cut by Mark Christopher, U.S. (world premiere)
Chorus by François Delisle, Canada (European premiere)
Der letzte Sommer der Reichen (The Last Summer of the Rich)
by Peter Kern, Austria (world premiere)
Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern (Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents) by Stina Werenfels, Switzerland/Germany (international premiere)
Dyke Hard by Bitte Andersson, Sweden (international premiere)
Gukje Shijang (Ode to My Father) by JK Youn, Republic of Korea (European premiere)
I Am Michael by Justin Kelly, U.S. (international premiere)
Jun Zhong Le Yuan (Paradise in Service) by Doze Niu Chen-Zer, Taiwan (European premiere)
Meurtre à Pacot (Murder in Pacot) by Raoul Peck, France/Haiti/Norway (European premiere)
Mot Naturen (Out of Nature) by Ole Giæver, Marte Vold, Norway
Ned Rifle by Hal Hartley, U.S. (European premiere)
Stories of Our Lives by Jim Chuchu, Kenya (European premiere)

Previously announced films in Panorama Dokumente:
B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin by Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange, Germany (world premiere)
Danielův Svět (Daniel’s World) by Veronika Liskova, Czech Republic (international premiere)
El hombre nuevo (The New Man) by Aldo Garay, Uruguay/Chile (world premiere)
Fassbinder – lieben ohne zu fordern (Fassbinder – To Love Without Demands) by Christian Braad Thomsen, Denmark (world premiere)
Iraqi Odyssey by Samir, Switzerland/Germany/Iraq/United Arab Emirates (European premiere)
The Yes Men Are Revolting by Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, U.S. (European premiere)

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