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BERLINALE 2024

The Panorama strand of the Berlinale to open with Levan Akin’s Crossing

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- This year’s programme, now unveiled in full, aims to explore “the world around us, shaped by global crises, wars and social divisions”

The Panorama strand of the Berlinale to open with Levan Akin’s Crossing
Crossing by Levan Akin (© Haydar Tastan)

Today, the Berlinale announced the full Panorama line-up for its 2024 edition, poised to unspool in the German capital from 15-25 February. The programme will be opened by Levan Akin’s fourth feature, Crossing [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Levan Akin
film profile
]
. In it, an unlikely duo travels from Batumi to the urban, labyrinthine Istanbul in search of a young transwoman called Tekla. According to the official press release, in this picture, Akin will regale the audience with “a topography of places that offer queer people comfort and solidarity while movingly connecting reality with imagination”.

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This year’s line-up aims to explore “the world around us, shaped by global crises, wars and social divisions”, wherein “communication and language are becoming restricted and coarsened […]. Essentially, it’s about communicating experiences and realities of life, history, understanding and empathy. Whether rigorously stark and unadorned or innovative in image, structure and across all filmmaking crafts, the films in this year’s programme express their attitudes in many voices, building bridges between lived experiences and cinematic possibilities that inspire us to look to the future,” commented Panorama head Michael Stütz.

In total, the strand will host 31 titles, including one series and 25 world premieres. This year’s line-up will also play host to André Téchiné’s new effort My New Friends [+see also:
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, starring Isabelle Huppert in the leading role. The plot revolves around some neighbours with opposing worldviews who risk taking significant steps towards conciliation.

As usual, the section boasts a significant German presence. In Scorched Earth [+see also:
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]
, Thomas Arslan indulges in the second part of his Trojan trilogy and “returns to genre cinema with style and verve”, whilst in Every You Every Me [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Michael Fetter Nathansky
film profile
]
, Michael Fetter Nathansky provides “a wise, sensitive film about the fragility of love and work relationships in the everyday life of a factory worker”. Two German documentaries are also part of the line-up (Markus Stein’s Baldiga – Unlocked Heart, and Philipp Fussenegger and Judy Landkammer’s Teaches of Peaches) along with four instalments of the series Zeit Verbrechen.

Other European highlights include the documentaries A Bit of a Stranger [+see also:
interview: Svitlana Lishchynska
film profile
]
by Svitlana Lishchynska (Ukraine) and Birgitte Stærmose’s Afterwar [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
(Denmark/Kosovo/Sweden/Finland) along with three fiction features: Bruce LaBruce’s “provocative remake of Pasolini’s Theorem”, titled The Visitor [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bruce LaBruce
film profile
]
(UK); Dag Johan Haugerud’s “humorous film joyfully dismantling social norms” Sex [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
; and Nora Fingscheidt’s drama The Outrun [+see also:
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interview: Nora Fingscheidt
film profile
]
(UK/Germany), toplined by Irish thesp Saoirse Ronan.

The selected Panorama titles are listed in full below:

Crossing [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Levan Akin
film profile
]
- Levan Akin (Sweden/Denmark/France/Turkey/Georgia) (opening film)
Afterwar
 [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
- Birgitte Stærmose (Denmark/Kosovo/Sweden/Finland) (documentary)
Every You Every Me [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Michael Fetter Nathansky
film profile
]
- Michael Fetter Nathansky (Germany/Spain)
All Shall Be Well - Ray Yeung (Hong Kong/China)
Andrea Gets a Divorce [+see also:
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trailer
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]
- Josef Hader (Austria)
Which Way Africa? - David-Pierre Fila (Republic of the Congo/Angola/Cameroon) (documentary)
Baldiga – Unlocked Heart - Markus Stein (Germany) (documentary)
Betânia - Marcelo Botta (Brazil)
Between the Temples - Nathan Silver (USA)
A Bit of a Stranger [+see also:
interview: Svitlana Lishchynska
film profile
]
- Svitlana Lishchynska (Ukraine) (documentary)
Cu Li Never Cries - Lân Phạm Ngọc (Vietnam/Philippines/France/ Singapore/Norway)
Diaries from Lebanon [+see also:
interview: Myriam El Hajj
film profile
]
- Myriam El Hajj (Lebanon/ France/Qatar/Saudi Arabia) (documentary)
Faruk [+see also:
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]
- Aslı Özge (Germany/Turkey/France)
My New Friends [+see also:
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]
- André Téchiné (France)
I Saw the TV Glow - Jane Schoenbrun (USA)
Janet Planet - Annie Baker (USA)
I’m Not Everything I Want to Be [+see also:
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]
- Klára Tasovská (Czech Republic/Slovakia/Austria) (documentary)
Brief History of a Family [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
- Lin Jianjie (China/France/Denmark/Qatar)
Memories of a Burning Body [+see also:
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trailer
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]
- Antonella Sudasassi Furniss (Costa Rica/Spain)
No Other Land [+see also:
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]
- Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Yuval Abraham, Rachel Szor (Palestine/Norway) (documentary)
The Outrun [+see also:
film review
interview: Nora Fingscheidt
film profile
]
- Nora Fingscheidt (UK/Germany)
Paradises of Diane [+see also:
film review
interview: Carmen Jaquier & Jan Gassmann
film profile
]
- Carmen Jaquier, Jan Gassmann (Switzerland)
Meanwhile on Earth [+see also:
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]
- Jérémy Clapin (France)
My Stolen Planet [+see also:
trailer
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]
- Farahnaz Sharifi (Germany/Iran) (documentary)
Sex [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Dag Johan Haugerud (Norway)
Teaches of Peaches - Philipp Fussenegger, Judy Landkammer (Germany) (documentary)
Rising Up at Night - Nelson Makengo (DR Congo/Belgium/Germany/Burkina Faso/Qatar) (documentary)
Scorched Earth [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
- Thomas Arslan (Germany)
The Visitor [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bruce LaBruce
film profile
]
- Bruce LaBruce (UK)
I Saw Three Black Lights [+see also:
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]
- Santiago Lozano Álvarez (Colombia/Mexico/France/Germany)
Zeit Verbrechen 1: Dezember - Mariko Minoguchi (Germany) (series)
Zeit Verbrechen 2: Der Panther - Jan Bonny (Germany) (series)
Zeit Verbrechen 3: Deine Brüder - Helene Hegemann (Germany) (series)
Zeit Verbrechen 4: Love by Proxy - Faraz Shariat (Germany) (series)

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