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BERLINALE 2010 EFM / Germany

Bavaria’s international slate includes Popogrebsky’s competition entry

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Alexei Popogrebsky’s How I Ended this Summer, screening in official competition at the 60th Berlinale next Wednesday, is leading the Bavaria Film International (BFI) slate at the European Film Market.

The film stars well-known Russian actor-director Sergei Puskepalis (Simple Things) and up-and-coming actor Grigory Dobrygin (Black Lightning) as two men forced to carve out a relationship of trust and forgiveness in the desolate Russian Arctic. The young Popogrebsky was selected in Berlin’s Forum sidebar in 2003 for his directorial debut Koktebel, co-directed with Boris Khlebnikov.

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Another high profile title screening tomorrow (Saturday), as a Berlinale Special gala, is the costume drama Henry of Navarre [+see also:
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. The €18m German/French co-production directed by Jo Baier (Stauffenberg) stars Julien Boisselier, Joachim Król and Roger Casamajor.

It’s Your Fault, to be presented in world premiere on Sunday as part of the Panorama Special, is a moving portrayal of a young mother on the verge of losing her grip on herself and her life, when she falls under the suspicion of mistreating her children. The drama is directed by Argentine-born Anahí Berneri (A Year Without Love).

BFI’s eclectic line-up also includes the youth film Joy [+see also:
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by Dutch filmmaker Mijke de Jong, which will have its world premiere in the Generation 14+ section. The story of a young woman in search of her biological mother is produced by IdtV in the Netherlands.

BFI CEO Thorsten Ritten and his sales team are introducing in German Cinema Til Schweiger’s Rabbit Without Ears 2, the sequel to his box office hit Rabbit Without Ears [+see also:
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(over 6.3m admissions in Germany alone), while the new romantic comedy Beloved Berlin Wall [+see also:
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by Peter Timm is screening as part of Berlinale 10.

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