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BERLIN 2017 Selection

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Berlin's competition filling out nicely

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- The most recent batch of filmmakers invited to take part in the main section of the Berlinale includes Volker Schlöndorff, Thomas Arslan, Danny Boyle and Álex de la Iglesia

Berlin's competition filling out nicely
Return to Montauk by Volker Schlöndorff

The organisers of the 67th Berlin Film Festival (9-19 February 2017) have announced ten additional selections for its main section: six films that will be vying for the Golden Bear (fresh additions to the ten titles already unveiled in mid-December – read the article) and four movies set to be screened out of competition. Meanwhile, for its part, the Berlinale Special section has been bulked up with an extra three films.

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Featuring among the new additions to the competition is the new film by German Palme d'Or-winning maestro Volker Schlöndorff, Return to Montauk [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, which brings together a top-drawer European cast comprising Stellan Skarsgård, Nina Hoss (a Shooting Star in 2000, and winner of the Silver Bear ten years ago for Yella [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), Susanne Wolff and Niels Arestrup (who already appeared in his previous film, Diplomacy [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
). The genius behind The Tin Drum will be going head to head with his fellow countryman Thomas Arslan. Having already been in competition in 2013 with Gold [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Thomas Arslan
film profile
]
, this time he will be presenting Bright Nights [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Thomas Arslan
film profile
]
, which stars such names as Georg Friedrich. Meanwhile, Austrian actor Josef Hader will be showing off his directorial debut, Wilde Maus [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Josef Hader
film profile
]
(which also stars Friedrich himself). Also of note among the hopefuls for the Bear are South Korea's Hong Sangsoo with On the Beach at Night Alone and Japanese director Sabu (who took part in the competition in 2015) with Mr. Long [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
.

Out of competition, audiences will be able to discover some truly tantalising titles, beginning with the sequel to a cult film: T2: Trainspotting [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Danny Boyle
film profile
]
. And Danny Boyle will be in good company: Alex de la Iglesia and Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
) have also been invited along with their latest offerings.

Three features (two hailing from Germany and one Czech-Slovak production) have also been added to the Berlinale Special selection.

Here is the list of the latest additions to the Competition and Berlinale Special sections:

Competition (new films selected)

Return to Montauk [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Volker Schlöndorff (Germany/France/Ireland)
Bright Nights [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Thomas Arslan
film profile
]
- Thomas Arslan (Germany/Norway)
Wilde Maus [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Josef Hader
film profile
]
- Josef Hader (Austria)
Joaquim [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Marcelo Gomes (Brazil/Portugal)
On the Beach at Night Alone - Hong Sangsoo (South Korea)
Mr. Long [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Sabu (Japan/Germany/Hong Kong/China/Taiwan)

Out of competition

T2: Trainspotting [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Danny Boyle
film profile
]
- Danny Boyle (United Kingdom)
Viceroy’s House [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Gurinder Chadha (India/United Kingdom)
The Bar [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alex de la Iglesia
film profile
]
- Alex de la Iglesia (Spain)
Logan - James Mangold (USA)

Berlinale Special

Bye Bye Germany [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Sam Garbarski (Germany/Luxembourg/Belgium)
In Times of Fading Light [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Matti Geschonneck (Germany)
A Prominent Patient [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Julius Sevcík (Czech Republic/Slovakia)

(Translated from French)

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