Berlinale Rounds Out Competition Lineup

Posted by Nicholas Kemp on 1.15.2014


Richard Linkalter's Boyhood

Announcements about the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (a.k.a. the Berlinale) began back in early November when it was revealed that Wes Anderson's new film The Grand Budapest Hotel would have its World Premiere on opening night of the February fest. Last month, the tally of competition titles was increased to seven and, now, the complete program of 23 films has finally been released.

The completed lineup includes 18 world premieres, three feature debuts, and four films by female directors. Among the notable additions is Richard Linklater's highly anticipated, 12-years-in-the-making project Boyhood, which will have a preview screening at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. Previous Golden Bear winner Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow, 2009) returns with her English language debut Aloft starring Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murhpy. Screening out of competition is Beauty and the Beast, from genre director Christophe Gans, which stars Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color).

This year's Berlinale takes place February 6 - 16. The Award Ceremy will be on February 15 and will feature a screening of the Golden Bear-winning film.

Complete Competition Program Lineup:

71 – United Kingdom
By Yann Demange (Top Boy – TV series)
With Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer
World premiere

Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Riley) – France
By Alain Resnais (Smoking/No smoking, On connaît la chanson)
With Sabine Azéma, Sandrine Kiberlain, Caroline Silhol, André Dussolier, Hippolyte Giradot, Michel Vuillermoz
World premiere

Aloft – Spain / Canada / France
By Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow)
With Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent
World premiere


Claudia Llosa's Aloft

Bai Ri Yan Huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice) – People’s Republic of China
By Yinan Diao (Night Train, Uniform)
With Fan Liao, Lun Mei Gwei, Xuebing Wang
World premiere

Boyhood – USA
By Richard Linklater (Before Midnight, Me & Orson Welles)
With Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater
International premiere

Chiisai Ouchi (The Little House) – Japan
By Yoji Yamada (Tokyo Family, About Her Brother)
With Takako Matsu, Haru Kuroki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Chieko Baisho
International premiere

Die geliebten Schwestern – Germany
By Dominik Graf (In Face of the Crime, Lawinen der Erinnerung)
With Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius
World premiere

Historia del miedo (History of Fear) – Argentina / Uruguay / Germany / France
By Benjamin Naishtat - feature debut
With Jonathan Da Rosa, Claudia Cantero, Mirella Pascual, Cesar Bordon, Tatiana Gimenez
World premiere


Christophe Gans's Beaty and the Beast

Jack – Germany
By Edward Berger
With Ivo Pietzcker, Georg Arms, Luise Heyer, Vincent Redetzki, Jacob Matschenz, Nele Mueller-Stöfen
World premiere

Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) – Norway / Sweden / Denmark
By Hans Petter Moland (A Somewhat Gentle Man, The Beautiful Country)
With Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Jakob Oftebro, Anders Baasmo Christiansen
World premiere

Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross) – Germany
By Dietrich Brüggemann (Move; Renn, wenn du kannst)
With Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz, Florian Stetter
World premiere

La belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) – France / Germany
By Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the Wolf)
With Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux, André Dussollier
International premiere - Out of competition

La tercera orilla (The Third Side of the River) – Argentina / Germany / Netherlands
By Celina Murga (A Week Alone, Ana and the Others, Normal School)
With Alian Devetac, Daniel Veronese, Gaby Ferrero, Irina Wetzel, Dylan Agostini van del Boch
World premiere


Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac

La voie de l‘ennemi (Two Men in Town) – France / Algeria / USA / Belgium
By Rachid Bouchareb (London River, Little Senegal)
With Forest Whitaker, Harvey Keitel, Brenda Blethyn, Luis Guzmán, Dolores Heredia
World premiere

Macondo – Austria
By Sudabeh Mortezai - feature debut
With Ramasan Minkailov, Aslan Elbiev, Kheda Gazieva
World premiere

Nymphomaniac: Part One (Uncut Version) – Denmark
By Lars Von Trier
With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf
World premiere - Out of competition

Praia do Futuro – Brazil / Germany
By Karim Aïnouz (Suely in the Sky, Madame Satã)
With Wagner Moura, Clemens Schick, Jesuita Barbosa
World premiere

Stratos – Greece / Germany / Cyprus
By Yannis Economides (Matchbox, Soul Kicking)
With Vangelis Mourikis, Vicky Papadopoulou, Petros Zervos
World premiere


Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel – United Kingdom / Germany
By Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou)
With Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody
World premiere – Opening film

The Monuments Men – Germany / USA
By George Clooney (The Ides of March; Good Night, and Good Luck.)
With George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett
International premiere – Out of competition

Tui Na (Blind Massage) – People’s Republic of China / France
By Ye Lou (Mistery, Suzhou River)
With Hao Qin, Xiaodong Guo, Lei Zhang
World premiere

Wu Ren Qu (No Man’s Land) – People’s Republic of China
By Hao Ning (Crazy Stone, Mongolian Ping Pong)
With Zheng Xu, Nan Yu, Bo Huang, Bujie Duo
International premiere

Zwischen Welten (Inbetween Worlds) – Germany
By Feo Aladag (When We Leave)
With Ronald Zehrfeld
World premiere

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