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Berlinale Announces Its Lineup For The Competition 2022

The 72nd Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) is coming back to winter season, as in pre-pandemic times, and today announces its official programme. From the 10th of February around 400 films of all genres, length and formats will be showcased in various sections and special presentations till on the 20th of February the International Jury will hand the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears to the best.

This year the International Jury headed by a screenwriter, director and producer M. Night Shyamalan will be assuming 18 entries of the Competition, the selection of which has been announced today. These are going to be productions from 15 countries, 17 of them will be world premieres, seven directed by women. Eleven filmmakers have been at the festival before, eight in Competition, and five of them already hold a “bear” in their hands. One film is a non-fiction and animated one, set in an unspecified time.

According to the Artistic Director of Berlinale Carlo Chatrian, "We are happy to have back artists we cherish and whose work is important to us. We are also happy to welcome for the first time in the Competition filmmakers whose films have thrilled us. More than half of the films selected take place in the present day, but only two deal with the current pandemic times. Human and emotional bonds are a common thread – with half of the selection choosing the family as a context for their tales. Almost all films set their tales out of the city centre, in the periphery, in the countryside or they follow the characters in their journeys away from towns."

Here are the films listed in Competition:

A E I O U - Das schnelle Alphabet der Liebe (A E I O U - A Quick Alphabet of Love) Germany / France by Nicolette Krebitz with Sophie Rois, Udo Kier, Milan Herms, Nicolas Bridet World premiere

Alcarràs Spain / Italy by Carla Simón with Jordi Pujol Dolcet, Anna Otin, Xènia Roset, Albert Bosch, Ainet Jounou, Josep Abad World premiere

Avec amour et acharnement (Both Sides of the Blade) France by Claire Denis with Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon, Grégoire Colin, Bulle Ogier World premiere

Rimini Austria / France / Germany by Ulrich Seidl with Michael Thomas, Hans-Michael Rehberg, Tessa Göttlicher, Inge Maux, Claudia Martini World premiere

Call Jane USA by Phyllis Nagy with Elizabeth Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Mara International premiere

Drii Winter (A Piece of Sky) Switzerland / Germany by Michael Koch with Michèle Brand, Simon Wisler World premiere

Everything Will Be Ok France / Cambodia by Rithy Panh World premiere / documentary form

La ligne (The Line) Switzerland / France / Belgium by Ursula Meier with Stéphanie Blanchoud, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Elli Spagnolo World premiere

Leonora addio Italy by Paolo Taviani with Fabrizio Ferracane, Matteo Pittiruti, Dania Marino, Dora Becker World premiere

Les passagers de la nuit (The Passengers of the Night) France by Mikhaël Hers with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Quito Rayon-Richter, Noée Abita, Megan Northam, Thibault Vinçon, Emmanuelle Béart World premiere

Nana (Before, Now & Then) Indonesia by Kamila Andini with Happy Salma, Laura Basuki, Arswendy Bening Swara, Ibnu Jamil World premiere

Peter von Kant France by François Ozon with Denis Ménochet, Isabelle Adjani, Hanna Schygulla World premiere / opening film

Rabiye Kurnaz gegen George W. Bush (Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush) Germany / France by Andreas Dresen with Meltem Kaptan, Alexander Scheer World premiere

Robe of Gems Mexico / Argentina / USA by Natalia López Gallardo with Nailea Norvind, Antonia Olivares, Aida Roa World premiere / debut film

So-seol-ga-ui Yeong-hwa (The Novelist's Film) South Korea by Hong Sangsoo with Lee Hyeyoung, Kim Minhee, Seo Younghwa World premiere

Un año, una noche (One Year, One Night) Spain / France by Isaki Lacuesta with Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Noémie Merlant, Quim Gutiérrez World premiere

Un été comme ça (That Kind of Summer) Canada by Denis Côté with Larissa Corriveau, Aude Mathieu, Laure Giappiconi, Anne Ratte Polle, Samir Guesmi World premiere

Yin Ru Chen Yan (Return to Dust) People’s Republic of China by Li Ruijun with Wu Renlin, Hai Qing World premiere

Source: Berlinale Press Office, January 19, 2022


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