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Berlinale Unveils 2023 Competition Lineup

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.

As previously announcedRebecca Miller’s romantic comedy She Came To Me starring Peter Dinklage, Marisa Tomei, Joanna Kulig, Brian d’Arcy James and Anne Hathawayis set as festival opener.

Kristen Stewart will preside over the jury and Steven Spielberg receives an honorary Golden Bear for lifetime performance.

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.

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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.

More to follow

INTERNATIONAL MATCH SETUP

“20,000 Species of Bees” by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
Spain

“The Shadowless Tower” by Zhang Lu
China

“Until the end of the night” by Christoph Hochhausler
Germany

“BlackBerry” by Matt Johnson
Canada

“Disco Boy” by Giacomo Abbruzze
France/Italy/Poland/Belgium

“The Ploeg” by Philippe Garrel
France/Switzerland

“Ingeborg Bachmann – Journey through the desert” by Margarethe von Trotta
Germany/Switzerland/Austria/Luxembourg

“One day we’ll tell each other everything” by Emily Atef
Germany

“Limbo” by Ivan Sen
Australia

“Bad Life” by Joao Canijo
Portugal/France

“Manodrome” by John Trengove
UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES

“Music” by Angela Schanelec
Germany/France/Serbia

“Past Lives” by Celine Song
US

“Afire” by Christian Petzold
Germany

“On the Adamant” by Nicolas Philibert
France/Japan

“The Survival of Kindness” by Rolf de Heer
Australia

“Suzume” by Makoto Shinkai
Japan

“Totem” by Lila Ayles
Mexico/Denmark/France

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BERLIN SPECIAL GALA

“Superpower” by Sean Penn, Aaron Kaufman
US

MEETING MOVIES

“The Klezmer Project” by Leandro Koch, Paloma Schahmann
Argentina/Austria

“The Adults” by Dustin Guy Defa
US

“The Echo” by Tatiana Huezo
Mexico/Germany

“Here” by Bas Devos
Belgium

“In the blind spot” by Ayse Polat
Germany

“The cage is looking for a bird” by Malika Musaeva
France/Russia

“My Worst Enemy” by Mehran Tamadon
France/Switzerland

“White Plastic Sky” by Tibor Banoczki, Sarolta Szabo
Hungary/Slovakia

“In the water” by Hong Sangsoo
South Korea

“Family Time” by Tia Kuovo
Finland/Sweden

“The Walls of Bergamo” by Stefano Savona
Italy

“Orlando, My Political Biography” by Paul B. Preciado
France

“Samsara” by Lois Patino
Spain

“Eastern Front” by Vitaly Mansky, Yevhen Titarenko
Latvia/Czech Republic/Ukraine/USA

“Living Bath” by Joao Canijo
“Portugal/France

“Absence” by Wu Lang
China

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