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/USABy Béla Tarr (Satantango, Werckmeister Harmonies)With János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály KormosWorld premiereAlmanya – Willkommen in Deutschland (Almanya) GermanyBy Yasemin Samdereli – debut filmWith Vedat Erincin, Fahri Yardin, Aylin Tezel, Lilay Huser, Demet GülWorld premiere / Out of CompetitionEl premio (The Prize) Mexico/France/Poland/GermanyBy Paula Markovitch – debut filmWith Paula Galinelli Hertzog, Sharon Herrera, Laura Agorreca, Viviana Suraniti, Uriel LasilloWorld premiereJodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) IranBy Asghar Farhadi (About Elly, Fireworks Wednesday)With Leila Hatami, Peyman Moadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat, Sarina FarhadiInternational premiereLes contes de la nuit (Tales Of The Night) FranceBy Michel OcelotWorld premiere – animated film in 3DLes femmes du 6ème étage (Service Entrance) FranceBy Philippe Le Guay (Le coût de la vie)With Fabrice Lucchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Carmen Maura, Natalia Verbeke International premiere / Out of CompetitionMargin Call USABy JC Chandor – debut filmWith Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore , Paul Bettany, Zach QuintoInternational premiereMein bester Feind (My Best Enemy) Austria/LuxemburgBy Wolfgang Murnberger (The Bone Man)With Moritz Bleibtreu, Georg Friedrich, Ursula Strauss, Uwe Bohm, Marthe Keller, Udo SamelWorld premiere / Out of CompetitionSaranghanda, Saranghaji Anneunda (Come Rain Come Shine)Republic of KoreaBy Lee Yoon-ki (Love Talk, This Charming Girl)With Lim Soo-jung, Hyun BinWorld premiereSchlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness) Germany/France/NetherlandsBy Ulrich Köhler (Windows on Monday, Bungalow)With Pierre Bokma, Jean-Christophe Folly, Jenny Schily, Hippolyte GirardotWorld premiereThe Forgiveness Of Blood USA/Albania/Denmark/ItalyBy Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace)With Tristan Halilaj, Sindi Laçej, Refet Abazi, Ilire Vinca Çelaj, Çun LajçiWorld premiereUn Mundo Misterioso (A Mysterious World) Argentina/Germany/UruguayBy Rodrigo Moreno (The Custodian)With Esteban Bigliardi, Cecilia Rainero, Rosario BléfariWorld premiereUnknown Germany/Great Britain/FranceBy Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan)With Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno GanzInternational premiere / Out of CompetitionV Subbotu (Innocent Saturday) Russia/Germany/UkraineBy Alexander Mindadze (Otryv/ Soar)With Anton Shagin, Svetlana Smirnova-Marcinkevich, Stanislav Rjadinsky, Vjacheslav Petkun, Sergej GromovWorld premiereCompetition films announced in the press release on December 15, 2010:Bizim Büyük Çaresizli?imiz (Our Grand Despair) by Seyfi Teoman, Turkey/Germany/Netherlands, world premiereCoriolanus by Ralph Fiennes, Great Britain, world premiereOdem (Lipstikka) by Jonathan Sagall, Israel/Great Britain, world premierePina by Wim Wenders, Germany/France, world premiere / out of competition – dance film in 3DThe Future by Miranda July, Germany/USA, international premiereTrue Grit by Joel and Ethan Coen, USA, international premiere / out of competitionWer wenn nicht wir (If Not Us, Who) by Andres Veiel, Germany, world premiereYelling To The Sky by Victoria Mahoney, USA, world premiereThe 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 HerzogEuropean premiereOffside IranBy Jafar Panahi – Jury Grand Prix – Silver Bear 2006