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BERLINALE 2023

The Berlinale adds the doc Kiss the Future to its Berlinale Special strand, plus new titles to the Panorama and Generation line-ups

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- Sepideh Farsi’s “politically urgent” The Siren will kick off the Panorama programme, whilst Sonja Heiss’s comedy When Will It Be Again Like It Never Was Before will be Generation 14Plus’s opener

The Berlinale adds the doc Kiss the Future to its Berlinale Special strand, plus new titles to the Panorama and Generation line-ups
Kiss the Future by Nenad Cicin-Sain (© Bill S Carter/Not Us Ltd)

Today, the Berlinale announced a raft of new titles taking part in the 53rd edition of the gathering (16-26 February). Berlinale Special (see the previous line-up news) will be enriched by the world premiere of one more documentary feature, Nenad Cicin-Sain’s Kiss the Future (USA/Ireland). The picture has been described by the festival team as “an inescapably current story of defiance, highlighting the struggle of the citizens of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War and how aid worker Bill Carter’s determination resulted in the enlistment of the world’s largest rock band, U2, to help shine a light when the world wasn’t paying attention”.

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The gathering has also confirmed that the Panorama line-up is now complete. As previously announced, the programme will be opened by Sepideh Farsi’s “engaging and politically urgent film” The Siren (France/Germany/Luxembourg/Belgium) on 16 February (see the news). Among the new European titles announced today are three films “inviting us into the club as a social place and a space of timeless seduction and seemingly endless possibilities”: Patric Chiha’s “mesmerising club elegy” The Beast in the Jungle [+see also:
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(France/Belgium/Austria), Anthony Lapia’s After (France) and Hannes Hirsch’s “Berlin metamorphosis” depicted in Drifter (Germany).

Two more German-language titles are to be showcased in the Panorama strand. In İlker Çatak’s The Teachers’ Lounge (Germany), the director “takes a close look at the microcosm of a high school poisoned by power games and uncovers a social minefield”. Sisi & I comes ten years after Frauke Finsterwalder’s previous effort, Finsterworld [+see also:
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. It promises to offer “a feminist reinterpretation of the myth of the Austro-Hungarian empress from the point of view of her final companion and admirer, Irma Sztáray”. The lead roles are played by Susanne Wolff and Sandra Hüller.

The Generation 14plus competition will open with When Will It Be Again Like It Never Was Before (Germany/Belgium) by Sonja Heiss on 17 February. Based on Joachim Meyerhoff’s novel of the same name, the film tells the laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving story of a childhood and youth spent on the grounds of a psychiatric clinic. As previously announced, Domien Huyghe’s moving Sea Sparkle (Belgium/Netherlands) will kick off the Generation Kplus competition.

“The films in this year’s Generation programme form a kaleidoscope of young worldviews. They look at what moves the present and, in doing so, open our eyes to astounding new perspectives. They create protective, private spaces, formulate clear objections and insist on the right to fantasise. They find new cinematic forms for untold truths,” said section head Sebastian Markt.

Among the European titles being showcased in the two Generation programmes is Mira Fornay’s She – Hero (Slovakia). In it, Romy follows her escaped budgie into a wondrous Slovakian river woodland, and discovers a world where fantasy and reality merge. Meanwhile, in Delegation (Israel/Germany/Poland), Asaf Saban follows an Israeli school class visiting historical sites of German extermination camps in Poland. Finally, Alisa Kovalenko’s documentary We Will Not Fade Away (Ukraine/France/Poland) will zoom in on five young people from the Donbas region – threatened by Russian occupation – who refuse to let go of their faith in a happy future.

Here is the full list of new titles announced today:

Berlinale Special

Kiss the FutureNenad Cicin-Sain (USA/Ireland)

Panorama

AfterAnthony Lapia (France)
All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White – Babatunde Apalowo (Nigeria)
And, Towards Happy Alleys Sreemoyee Singh (India)
The Beast in the Jungle [+see also:
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Patric Chiha (France/Belgium/Austria)
DrifterHannes Hirsch (Germany)
The Eternal Memory – Maite Alberdi (Chile)
Femme – Sam H Freeman, Ng Choon Ping (UK)
Ambush – Chhatrapal Ninawe (India)
Green Night – Han Shua (Hong Kong/China)
Heroic [+see also:
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– David Zonana (Mexico/Sweden)
Am a Noise – Karen O'Connor, Miri Navasky, Maeve O'Boyle (USA)
Kokomo City – D Smith (USA)
The Teachers’ Lounge – İlker Çatak (Germany)
Matria – Álvaro Gago (Spain)
Opponent – Milad Alami (Sweden)
Property – Daniel Bandeira (Brazil)
Midwives – Léa Fehner (France)
Sira – Apolline Traoré (Burkina Faso/France/Germany)
Sisi & I – Frauke Finsterwalder (Germany/Switzerland/Austria)
Do You Love Me? – Tonia Noyabrova (Ukraine/Sweden)
Under the Sky of Damascus Heba Khaled, Talal Derki, Ali Wajeeh (Denmark/Germany/USA/Syria)

Generation Kplus

Cinderella – Walt Disney, Wilfred Jackson, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske (USA)
Closing Dynasty –
Lloyd Lee Choi (USA)
Dancing Queen – Aurora Gossé (Norway)
Of Dreams in the Dream of Another Mirror – Yunyi Zhu (France)
Gaby’s Hills – Zoé Pelchat (Canada)
George-Peterland – Christer Wahlberg (Sweden)
A Greyhound of a Girl – Enzo d’Alò (Luxembourg/Italy/Ireland/UK/Latvia/Estonia/Germany)
I Woke Up With a Dream – Pablo Solarz (Argentina/Uruguay)
Kiddo – Zara Dwinger (Netherlands)
Magma – Luca Meisters (Netherlands)
She – Hero – Mira Fornay (Slovakia)
Deep Sea – Tian Xiaopeng (China)
Somni – Sonja Rohleder (Germany)
Spin & Ella – An Vrombaut (Belgium)
The Shift – Amalie Maria Nielsen (Denmark)
Sweet As – Jub Clerc (Australia)
Dusk – Awa Moctar Gueye (Senegal)
Pond – Lena von Döhren, Eva Rust (Switzerland)
Xiaohui and His Cows – Xinying Lao (China)

Generation 14Plus

When Will It Be Again Like It Never Was BeforeSonja Heiss (Germany/Belgium) (opening film)
Aatmapamphlet (Autobio-Pamphlet) – Ashish Avinash Bende (India)
Almamula – Juan Sebastian Torales (France/Argentina/Italy)
And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine [+see also:
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Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck (Sweden/Denmark)
Delegation Asaf Saban (Israel/Poland/Germany)
Hito – Stephen Lopez (Philippines)
Hummingbirds Silvia Del Carmen Castaños, Estefanía “Beba” Contreras (USA)
When a Rocket Sits on the Launch PadBohao Liu (China/USA)
IncrociFrancesca de Fusco (USA/Germany)
Madden – Malin Ingrid Johansson (Sweden)
Ma mère et moi – Emma Branderhorst (Netherlands)
And Me, I’m Dancing Too Mohammad Valizadegan (Germany/Czech Republic/Iran)
Mirror Mirror Sandulela Asanda (South Africa)
Catching Birds – Lea Marie Lembke, Simon Maria Kubiena (Germany)
Mutt – Vuk Lungulov-Klotz (USA)
Ramona Victoria Linares Villegas (Dominican Republic)
Simo – Aziz Zoromba (Canada)
From the Corner of My Eyes – Domonkos Erhardt (Hungary)
We Will Not Fade Away – Alisa Kovalenko (Ukraine/France/Poland)
Now. Here – Hao Zhao (China)

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