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BERLINALE 2020 Competition

The Berlinale turns to the dark side with its main competition

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- Usual suspects Christian Petzold, Sally Potter and Philippe Garrel are scheduled to show their new films at the German festival

The Berlinale turns to the dark side with its main competition
Undine by Christian Petzold

Artistic director of the Berlin International Film Festival Carlo Chatrian and its executive director, Mariette Rissenbeek, have announced the 18 films that will be competing for the Golden Bear in the main competition. “We don’t make films; we receive them, and we don’t start a selection with an idea in mind. But we were happy when we saw films that paid homage to the different faces of Berlin, for example,” observed Chatrian during the press conference, answering questions about Burhan Qurbani’s Berlin Alexanderplatz [+see also:
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That being said, this year’s line-up is bound to shake some viewers up. “A good number of films decided to look at the dark side of the human being. Not without hope, but to face what is happening around us and talk about fear,” said Chatrian, mentioning Abel Ferrara’s Siberia [+see also:
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as a title that “deals with something that’s bigger than us”. DAU. Natasha [+see also:
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by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel, devoted to an experiment already raising some ethical questions, or Caetano Gotardo and Marco Dutra’s All the Dead Ones [+see also:
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are likely to follow in a similar direction. Or, rather, directions. “Our goal is not to give one direction, as hopefully there will be more than one story,” he added. Some of these are to be delivered by filmmakers who are no strangers to the Berlinale, including Sally Potter, coming back with The Roads Not Taken [+see also:
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, Hong Sangsoo and Christian Petzold, with Undine [+see also:
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Battling some comparisons to the initiatives of previous director Dieter Kosslick, who signed the 50/50 by 2020 gender parity pledge, Chatrian said: “The most important thing is to create awareness of all the differences that still exist, not just in cinema, but in life. It’s not just about male-female. Film is always a collective process, and focusing just on a director is a bit tricky. [Our selection] is not 50/50, but we are on the right path. It’s a process,” he said of an assortment that includes the latest works by Kelly Reichardt, Eliza Hittman and Natalia Meta, but also those of many directorial duos – fittingly, perhaps, given this year’s Berlinale Talents focus on collectives. “If you need a motto, tell me: we will find you one!” joked Chatrian to a journalist. “Before introducing the line-up, I said that it’s important not just to choose, but also to support. I encourage you all to be curious and find your own topics or trends. With Twitter, it’s all about 'mottos'. But I believe we need more than that.”

The line-up of Berlinale Special has been completed as well, with Dan Scanlon’s animation Onward, Johannes Naber’s Curveball [+see also:
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 and the documentaries DAU. Degeneration [+see also:
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and Speer Goes to Hollywood all rounding off the section.

The 70th edition of the Berlinale will run from 20 February-1 March 2020. The list of guests and jury members will be unveiled over the next few weeks.

Here is the complete list of titles in the Competition and Berlinale Special sections:

Competition

Berlin Alexanderplatz [+see also:
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- Burhan Qurbani (Germany/Netherlands)
DAU. Natasha [+see also:
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- Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Jekaterina Oertel (Germany/Ukraine/UK/Russia)
The Woman Who Ran - Hong Sangsoo (South Korea)
Delete History [+see also:
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- Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern (France/Belgium)
The Intruder - Natalia Meta (Argentina/Mexico)
Bad Tales [+see also:
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- Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo (Italy/Switzerland)
First Cow - Kelly Reichardt (USA)
Irradiated [+see also:
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- Rithy Panh (France/Cambodia)
The Salt of Tears [+see also:
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- Philippe Garrel (France/Switzerland)
Never Rarely Sometimes Always - Eliza Hittman (USA)
Days - Tsai Ming-Liang (Taiwan)
The Roads Not Taken [+see also:
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- Sally Potter (UK)
My Little Sister [+see also:
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- Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond (Switzerland)
There Is No Evil [+see also:
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- Mohammad Rasoulof (Germany/Czech Republic/Iran)
Siberia [+see also:
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- Abel Ferrara (Italy/Germany/Mexico)
All the Dead Ones [+see also:
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- Caetano Gotardo, Marco Dutra (Brazil/France)
Undine [+see also:
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- Christian Petzold (Germany/France)
Hidden Away [+see also:
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- Giorgio Diritti (Italy)

Berlinale Special

My Salinger Year [+see also:
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- Philippe Falardeau (Canada/Ireland) (opening film)
The American SectorCourtney Stephens, Pacho Velez (USA)
Charlatan [+see also:
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- Agnieszka Holland (Czech Republic/Ireland/Poland/Slovakia)
Curveball [+see also:
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- Johannes Naber (Germany)
DAU. Degeneration [+see also:
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- Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Ilya Permyakov (Germany/Ukraine/UK/Russia)
Golda Maria [+see also:
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Patrick Sobelman, Hugo Sobelman (France)
High GroundStephen Maxwell Johnson (Australia)
Hillary - Nanette Burstein (USA)
Last and First Men [+see also:
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- Jóhann Jóhannsson (Iceland)
Numbers [+see also:
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Oleg Sentsov in collaboration with Akhtem Seitablaiev (Ukraine/Poland/Czech Republic/France)
The Nutty Professor - Jerry Lewis (USA) (1963)
Onward - Dan Scanlon (USA)
Paris Calligramme [+see also:
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- Ulrike Ottinger (Germany/France)
Persian Lessons [+see also:
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- Vadim Perelman (Russia/Germany/Belarus)
Night Shift - Anne Fontaine (France)
Time to HuntYoon Sung-hyun (South Korea)
Minamata [+see also:
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- Andrew Levitas (UK)
Pinocchio [+see also:
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- Matteo Garrone (Italy/France)
Speer Goes to Hollywood - Vanessa Lapa (Israel)
Swimming Out Till The Sea Turns Blue (Yi Zhi You Dao Hai Shui Bian Lan) - Jia Zhang-ke (China)

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