Other films include Andrea Di Stefano’s “Last Night of Amore,” about the last night of a Milan policeman, played by Pierfrancesco Favino, documentary “Massimo Troisi: Somebody Down There Likes Me,” Mario Martone’s tribute to actor and filmmaker Troisi, and Byun Sung-hyun’s “Kill Boksoon,” starring Jeon Do-yeon (“The Housemaid”) as an unflappable female killer in South Korea.
Also selected is David Wnendt’s “Sun and Concrete,” an adaption of Felix Lobrecht’s novel of the same name, following seven days in the life of a bunch of 15-year-old boys in Berlin-Neukölln as they search for weed, girls, and a way to steal their school’s computers.
Other titles include “Mad Fate,” directed by Soi Cheang, who recently won a Golden Horse Award for crime thriller “Limbo,” Danny Philippou and Michael Philippou’s horror-thriller “Talk to Me,” and Lars Kraume’s “Der vermessene Mensch,” about a tragedy perpetrated in Africa by German colonial troops in the late 19th century.
The latest tranche of films is in addition to those announced on Dec. 20.
“The second batch of films presented at Berlinale Special is a great example of how colorful, vibrant, committed, entertaining and gripping cinema can be,” artistic director Carlo Chatrian said.
Forum Special, a strand of the independent Forum section, has selected two newly restored feature-length works that explore different aspects of black culture.
The Harvard Film Archive has restored Dick Fontaine’s 1982 documentary “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” With James Baldwin by his side, the filmmaker travels through the southern states of the U.S. to find out what has become of the promises of the civil rights movement.
“The Devil Queen” by Antonio Carlos da Fontoura from 1974 is a slice of queer genre cinema from Brazil. Although the film was made during the military dictatorship, it is astonishingly candid and flamboyant, starring Milton Gonçalves, who died in May.