Sean Penn, Jesse Eisenberg, Canadian actor/director Matt Johnson, South Korean author Hong Sangsoo and Korean-Canadian director Celine Song are on their way to the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.
artistic director Berlinale Carlo Chatrian and Executive Director Mariëtte Rissenbeck unveiled the main Competition and Encounter selections for the 73rd edition of the festival on Monday, which will feature a rich mix of familiar names and newcomers.
Penn will be in Berlin with “Superpower,” the documentary he co-directed with Aaron Kaufman that depicts the battle between Volodymyr Zelensky, the actor and comedian who became president of Ukraine, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he fights a massive invasion. of the country.
“Penn was in Kiev making a movie with Zelensky when the war broke out in Ukraine,” Chatrian said at the press conference. And then, “Reality made the movie turn into something less comfortable and more meaningful,” he added. “We are very grateful to Sean Penn and the whole team for choosing the Berlinale to screen this film,” which “tells the role of art and artists,” added the Berlin co-star.
Rissenbeck and Chatrian revealed that the colors of this year’s Berlinale will be blue and yellow – the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Elaborating on the decision to select “Superpower”, Chatrian said: “I think part of the decision is precisely that the Berlin Film Festival will take place exactly one year after the outbreak of war and maybe showing this film in Berlin has a more relevant meaning that in any other place because we are close to Ukraine because Ukrainian people live in Berlin and also because of the political value of this film But it’s not the only one dealing with Ukraine For me it’s “Superpower” – I’m aware it will attract a lot of attention – a great door to give you access to the very complex, rich description of what has happened and is happening in Ukraine right now.
Canadian director John Trengove makes his Berlinale competition debut with “Manodrome” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Adrien Brody. Trengove opened Panorama in 2018 with ‘The Wound’. He is now back with his first American film starring Jesse Eisenberg “as a young man in upstate New York who is about to become a father and feels a sense of loss,” Chatrian said, noting that the photo is about “What masculinity is today in Western society.” Odessa Young plays the protagonist’s partner. A “big” Adrien Brody also stars as a cult leader.
Matt Johnson biopic ‘BlackBerry’, which depicts the rise and fall of the Canadian smartphone company starring Jay Baruchel, Glenn Howerton and Cary Elwes, is one of the other notable appearances in a Berlinale competition slot.
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INTERNATIONAL MATCH SETUP
“20,000 Species of Bees” by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
“The Shadowless Tower” by Zhang Lu
“Until the end of the night” by Christoph Hochhausler
“BlackBerry” by Matt Johnson
“Disco Boy” by Giacomo Abbruzze
“The Ploeg” by Philippe Garrel
“Ingeborg Bachmann – Journey through the desert” by Margarethe von Trotta
“One day we’ll tell each other everything” by Emily Atef
“Limbo” by Ivan Sen
“Bad Life” by Joao Canijo
“Manodrome” by John Trengove
UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES
“Music” by Angela Schanelec
“Past Lives” by Celine Song
“Afire” by Christian Petzold
“On the Adamant” by Nicolas Philibert
“The Survival of Kindness” by Rolf de Heer
“Suzume” by Makoto Shinkai
“Totem” by Lila Ayles
BERLIN SPECIAL GALA
“Superpower” by Sean Penn, Aaron Kaufman
“The Klezmer Project” by Leandro Koch, Paloma Schahmann
“The Adults” by Dustin Guy Defa
“The Echo” by Tatiana Huezo
“Here” by Bas Devos
“In the blind spot” by Ayse Polat
“The cage is looking for a bird” by Malika Musaeva
“My Worst Enemy” by Mehran Tamadon
“White Plastic Sky” by Tibor Banoczki, Sarolta Szabo
“In the water” by Hong Sangsoo
“Family Time” by Tia Kuovo
“The Walls of Bergamo” by Stefano Savona
“Orlando, My Political Biography” by Paul B. Preciado
“Samsara” by Lois Patino
“Eastern Front” by Vitaly Mansky, Yevhen Titarenko
“Living Bath” by Joao Canijo
“Absence” by Wu Lang