Disobedience, anti-machismo and the importance of the body at Berlin's Panorama
by Bénédicte Prot
- Eleven titles have been unveiled in the important section at Berlin International Film Festival, which is being directed by Paz Lázaro for the first time
While the organisers of Berlin International Film Festival welcome the selection of four of its 2017 official program films (read the news here) in the Oscar nominations pre-list for Best Foreign Language Film, the preliminary eleven titles selected for the 68th Panorama (15 to 25 February 2018) have been announced.
The important section at the Berlinale and the first programme curated by new section head Paz Lázaro together with Michael Stütz and Andreas Struck (Wieland Speck, who directed the Panorama for 25 years, is now a consultant), focuses on disobedience, anti-machismo and the body in motion.
South American cinema is also well-represented, Argentina in particular, with two titles including a co-production with Europe, as well as Brazil, with three titles including a co-production with Germany and France: the documentary THF: Central Airport [+see also:
interview: Karim Aïnouz
film profile] by Karim Ainouz (in competition four years ago with Futuro Beach [+see also:
film profile]), about refugees living in the hangars of Berlin's former Tempelhof airport. Brazil is also represented by the Franco-Greek documentary Obscuro Barroco [+see also:
film profile] by Evangelia Kranioti, which details the life of the Brazilian transsexual icon, Luana Muniz.
The only other entirely European title selected for the Panorama is the Austrian feature film L'Animale, about a high school student and member of a motocross clique who is divided between his need to be part of a group and the weight of male domination.
Also of note is the return of Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson (Black Power Mixtape [+see also:
film profile]) with That Summer [+see also:
film profile], which brings together footage shot in 1972 by Peter Beard, Lee Radziwill (la soeur de Jackie O) and Andy Warhol.
A list of the first films selected for the Panorama section at Berlin 2018:
L'Animale [+see also:
interview: Katharina Mückstein
film profile] - Katharina Mückstein (Austria)
The Omission [+see also:
film profile] - Sebastián Schjaer (Argentina/The Netherlands/Switzerland)
Profile - Timur Bekmambetov (USA/UK/Cyprus)
Malambo, the Good Man - Santiago Loza (Argentina)
River's Edge - Isao Yukisada (Japan)
Yocho - Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan)
Tranny Fag - Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman (Brazil)
Ex Shaman - Luiz Bolognesi (Brazil)
Obscuro Barroco [+see also:
film profile] - Evangelia Kranioti (Greece/France)
That Summer [+see also:
film profile] - Göran Hugo Olsson (Sweden/Denmark/USA)
THF: Central Airport [+see also:
interview: Karim Aïnouz
film profile] - Karim Aïnouz (Germany/Brazil/France)
(Translated from French)
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