The Berlinale announces six Golden Bear candidates for its 69th edition
by Bénédicte Prot
- Amongst the first titles to enter the competition are the latest films by three Berlinale regulars: François Ozon, Fatih Akin and Denis Côté
After revealing the opening film of its prestigious competition, Lone Scherfig's The Kindness of Strangers (see the news), and the president of the jury that will weigh up the selected films, French actress Juliette Binoche (see the news), the organisers of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (7-17 February 2019) have revealed six more titles that will be vying for the Golden Bear, as well as some Berlinale Special selections.
These candidates for the supreme trophy, representing Austria, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Serbia, Canada and Turkey, include the latest offerings by three regulars in the Berlin Competition: François Ozon, with By the Grace of God [+see also:
film profile] (after he competed in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2009, with Water Drops on Burning Rocks, 8 Women [+see also:
film profile], Angel [+see also:
film profile] and Ricky [+see also:
film profile], respectively); Fatih Akin, with The Golden Glove [+see also:
film profile] (after he won the Golden Bear in 2004 with Head-On [+see also:
film profile]); and Quebec's Denis Côté, with Ghost Town Anthology (after he was awarded in 2013 for Vic + Flo Saw a Bear and was in competition again in 2016 with Boris Without Béatrice).
Austrian director Marie Kreutzer, whose feature debut, The Fatherless [+see also:
film profile], screened in the Panorama section and was granted an Honourable Mention, will be presenting The Ground Beneath My Feet [+see also:
film profile]. Her German colleague Angela Schanelec – responsible for Marseille (selected in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2004) and The Dreamed Path [+see also:
film profile] (in competition at Locarno in 2016), amongst others – will run with I Was at Home, but. Finally, Turkey's Emin Alper has been selected with his third film, A Tale of Three Sisters.
Meanwhile, three productions have been invited to participate in the Berlinale Special, including Academy Award winner Charles Ferguson (Inside Job), with the long-awaited 260-minute documentary Watergate.
Here is a list of the new selections for the 69th Berlinale:
The Ground Beneath My Feet [+see also:
film profile] - Marie Kreutzer (Austria)
The Golden Glove [+see also:
film profile] - Fatih Akin (Germany/France)
By the Grace of God [+see also:
film profile] – François Ozon (France/Belgium)
I Was at Home, but - Angela Schanelec (Germany/Serbia)
A Tale of Three Sisters - Emin Alper (Turkey/Germany/Netherlands/Greece)
Ghost Town Anthology - Denis Côté (Canada)
Brecht - Heinrich Breloer (Germany/Austria)
Watergate - Charles Ferguson (USA)
Berlinale Special Gala
Gully Boy - Zoya Akhtar (India)
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