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Berlin Film Festival Fleshes Out Competition Lineup

The competition lineup for the Berlin International Film Festival is taking shape, with the organizers adding a raft of new titles Monday, including Robert Pattinson-starrer “Damsel.”

New competition entries for the 68th edition of the Berlin Film Festival hail from France, Germany, Ireland, the U.K. and other European countries, as well as from the U.S., Iran and Paraguay.

Pattinson stars opposite Mia Wasikowska in period Western comedy “Damsel,” which is directed by David and Nathan Zellner. It will have its world premiere at Sundance and its international premiere at Berlin.

Two German movies feature in the expanded Berlin competition lineup: Emily Atef’s “3 Tage in Quiberon” (“3 Days in Quiberon”) and Christian Petzold’s “Transit.” Both will have their world premieres at Berlin. “3 Tage in Quiberon” scooped the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award at Berlin in 2015.

Elsewhere, Marcelo Martinessi’s international co-production “Las herederas” (“The Heiresses”) and Mani Haghighi’s “Khook” (“Pig”) from Iran also feature and receive world premieres at the festival.

Chinese picture “Monster Hunt 2,” the sequel to the 2015 Chinese smash hit, will feature in the Berlinale Special Gala at the Friedrichstadt-Palast, where it will have its European debut.

Two documentaries were also announced for Berlin: “Gurrumul” out of Australia and “Viaje a los Pueblos Fumigados” from Argentina.

The organizers said that the full competition and Berlinale Special programs will be announced soon.

The lineup in full:

“3 Tage in Quiberon” (“3 Days in Quiberon”)
Dir: Emily Atef
World premiere

“Damsel”
Dir: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
International premiere

“Las herederas” (“The Heiresses”)
Dir: Marcelo Martinessi
World premiere – Debut feature

“Khook” (“Pig”)
Dir: Mani Haghighi
World premiere

“La prière” (“The Prayer”)
Dir: Cédric Kahn
World premiere

“Toppen av ingenting” (“The Real Estate”)
Dir: Måns Månsson
World premiere

“Touch Me Not”
Dir: Adina Pintilie
World premiere – First Feature

“Transit”
Dir: Christian Petzold
World premiere

“Black 47”
Dir: Lance Daly
World premiere – Out of competition

“Eldorado”
Dir: Markus Imhoof
World premiere – Out of competition

 

Berlinale Special Gala at the Friedrichstadt-Palast

“Monster Hunt 2”

Dir: Raman Hui (Monster Hunt)

European premiere

 

Berlinale Special at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

“Gurrumul”

Dir: Paul Williams

International premiere

“Viaje a los Pueblos Fumigados”

Dir: Fernando Solanas

World premiere

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