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Berlin International Film Festival 2011: Competition Film Lineup

Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland

The Competition Film Lineup for the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival (Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin) has been announced. The 61st Berlin International Film Festival or the Berlinale is “one of the world’s leading film festivals…It is held in Berlin, Germany…Up to 400 films are shown in several sections, representing a comprehensive array of the cinematic world. Around twenty films compete for the awards called the Golden and Silver Bears.” The competition “includes 22 films, 16 of which will be competing for the awards.”

In addition there will be two special screenings: In solidarity with the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, his film Offside will be presented on February 11, the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Also, the European premiere of Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams will be shown as a special screening in the Berlinale Palast. In all, three 3D films are to be presented in the Official Programme.
On February 19, following the award ceremony, the winner of the Golden Bear will be shown as the closing film of the 61st Berlinale.

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival will be held from February 10, 2011 through February 20, 2011. “The jury will be presided by Isabella Rossellini.” The full listing of the competition films for the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival is below.

A Torinói Ló (The Turin Horse) Hungary/France/Germany/Switzerland/USA
By Béla Tarr (Satantango, Werckmeister Harmonies)
With János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos
World premiere
Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland (Almanya) Germany
By Yasemin Samdereli – debut film
With Vedat Erincin, Fahri Yardin, Aylin Tezel, Lilay Huser, Demet Gül
World premiere / Out of Competition
El premio (The Prize) Mexico/France/Poland/Germany
By Paula Markovitch – debut film
With Paula Galinelli Hertzog, Sharon Herrera, Laura Agorreca, Viviana Suraniti, Uriel Lasillo
World premiere
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) Iran
By Asghar Farhadi (About Elly, Fireworks Wednesday)
With Leila Hatami, Peyman Moadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi
International premiere
Les contes de la nuit (Tales Of The Night) France
By Michel Ocelot
World premiere – animated film in 3D
Les femmes du 6ème étage (Service Entrance) France
By Philippe Le Guay (Le coût de la vie)
With Fabrice Lucchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Carmen Maura, Natalia Verbeke International premiere / Out of Competition
Margin Call USA
By JC Chandor – debut film
With Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore , Paul Bettany, Zach Quinto
International premiere
Mein bester Feind (My Best Enemy) Austria/Luxemburg
By Wolfgang Murnberger (The Bone Man)
With Moritz Bleibtreu, Georg Friedrich, Ursula Strauss, Uwe Bohm, Marthe Keller, Udo Samel
World premiere / Out of Competition
Saranghanda, Saranghaji Anneunda (Come Rain Come Shine)
Republic of Korea
By Lee Yoon-ki (Love Talk, This Charming Girl)
With Lim Soo-jung, Hyun Bin
World premiere
Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness) Germany/France/Netherlands
By Ulrich Köhler (Windows on Monday, Bungalow)
With Pierre Bokma, Jean-Christophe Folly, Jenny Schily, Hippolyte Girardot
World premiere
The Forgiveness Of Blood USA/Albania/Denmark/Italy
By Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace)
With Tristan Halilaj, Sindi Laçej, Refet Abazi, Ilire Vinca Çelaj, Çun Lajçi
World premiere
Un Mundo Misterioso (A Mysterious World) Argentina/Germany/Uruguay
By Rodrigo Moreno (The Custodian)
With Esteban Bigliardi, Cecilia Rainero, Rosario Bléfari
World premiere
Unknown Germany/Great Britain/France
By Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan)
With Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz
International premiere / Out of Competition
V Subbotu (Innocent Saturday) Russia/Germany/Ukraine
By Alexander Mindadze (Otryv/ Soar)
With Anton Shagin, Svetlana Smirnova-Marcinkevich, Stanislav Rjadinsky, Vjacheslav Petkun, Sergej Gromov
World premiere
Competition films announced in the press release on December 15, 2010:
Bizim Büyük Çaresizli?imiz (Our Grand Despair) by Seyfi Teoman, Turkey/Germany/Netherlands, world premiere
Coriolanus by Ralph Fiennes, Great Britain, world premiere
Odem (Lipstikka) by Jonathan Sagall, Israel/Great Britain, world premiere
Pina by Wim Wenders, Germany/France, world premiere / out of competition – dance film in 3D
The Future by Miranda July, Germany/USA, international premiere
True Grit by Joel and Ethan Coen, USA, international premiere / out of competition
Wer wenn nicht wir (If Not Us, Who) by Andres Veiel, Germany, world premiere
Yelling To The Sky by Victoria Mahoney, USA, world premiere
The Competition-productions are from Argentina, Austria, Germany, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Luxemburg, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay and USA.
16 world premieres will be shown in the Competition programme.

Special Screenings in the Berlinale Palast:

Cave Of Forgotten Dreams USA (documentary in 3D)
By Werner Herzog
European premiere
Offside Iran
By Jafar Panahi – Jury Grand Prix – Silver Bear 2006
Source: Berlinale

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