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— means at its disposal to combat the rampant crime that sweeps through the favelas and Rio de Janeiro’s middle-class districts. Panorama Special Cubix 9

MAMA AFRICA (Germany) Documentary. 91mins. Dir: Mika Kaurismaki. Key cast: Miriam Makeba, Zenzi Monique Lee, Nelson Lumumba Lee. Mika Kaurismaki’s documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century travelling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace, is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa as no other. Panorama Dokumente CineStar 7


THE GUARD (Ireland, UK) Drama. 96mins. Dir: John Michael McDonagh. Key cast: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong. A country policeman’s routine is shattered when an FBI agent arrives and involves him in a dangerous drugs bust. Panorama Special press screening CineStar 3


LIFE AND WORK (Sweden) Documentary. 103mins. Dir: Ingmar Bergman. A follow up to German’s earlier documentary about his adopted home, the bleak and beautiful isle of Faro. Retrospective Ingmar Bergman Zeughauskino

RED DOG (Australia) Drama. 88mins. Dir: Kriv Stenders. Key cast: Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Noah Taylor, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Luke Ford. Children’s film about a town dog that brings

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CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (US, France) Documentary. 90mins. Dir: Werner Herzog. Documentary about a cave full of 30,000-year- old paintings to life. Competition press screening CinemaxX 7


SACRIFICE (China) Action. 127mins. Dir: Chen Kaige. Key cast: Ge You, Wang Xue Qi, Fan Bing Bing. Historical epic: when the powerful Zhao clan

everyone in a harsh mining community together. Generation 14plus Haus der Kulturen der Welt Kino 1

THE SLEEPING GIRL (Germany) Drama. 105mins. Dir: Rainer Kirberg. Key cast: Jakob Diehl, Natalie Krane, Christoph Bach. Dusseldorf, beginning of the 1970s. Hans, a young, introverted student, meets Ruth, a young homeless woman living in a park. Fascinated by her, he takes Ruth in and makes her the subject of his video work. When she quickly settles into the artist scene and Hans fears that he’s losing control over her, he locks her up in his workshop. Forum Expanded Kino Arsenal 1

YELLING TO THE SKY (US) Drama. 96mins.

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is massacred, only the one baby survives. This last son is raised as a doctor’s son, but must eventually fulfil his destiny. Berlinale Special Gala press screening CinemaxX 9

Dir: Victoria Mahoney. Key cast: Zoe Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe, Tim Blake Nelson. Life is anything but sweet for 17-year-old Sweetness O’Hara. Her family life lacks warmth and, at school and on the street, she finds herself the target of naked aggression. When her father gets violent, her mother leaves home and sister Ola decides to join her. From now on Sweetness must look after herself. She does so — with astonishing determination. Competition Friedrichstadtpalast


(Finland) Drama. 59mins. Dir: Mantas Kvedaravicius. A man disappears in Chechnya. Although there are witnesses who observed state police taking him away, nobody

seems to know where he is. His relatives receive conflicting information. As time goes by, the fate of the missing man becomes increasingly uncertain. Panorama Dokumente Colosseum 1

THE BAD INTENTIONS (Peru) Drama. 110mins. Dir: Rosario Garcia- Montero. Key cast: Fatima Buntinx, Katarina D’Onofrio, Paul Vega. Peru 1980, Cayetana, who is nine, lives in a rich family in Lima where governesses are responsible for her education. Cayetana’s mother is studying abroad for several months, accompanied by her step-father. When the couple return from their trip Cayetana learns that her mother is pregnant. Alone and lonely, she withdraws into her fantasy world. Generation Kplus Filmtheater am Friedrichshain

INVINCIBLE LOVE (Germany) Drama. 89mins. Dir: Frank Beyer. Key cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Annekathrin Burger, Ulrich Thein. Three young people in

1930s Berlin. Magdalena and Michael are in love. The third, Jurgen, has come to terms with the Nazis, whereas Michael and Magdalena want to resist. During the war Michael is sentenced to a penal battalion. On the front he meets Jurgen and both decide to defect to the Red Army, which Magdalena has already joined. Homage CinemaxX 8

WEST IS WEST (UK) Drama. 102mins. Dir: Andy De Emmony. Key cast: Aqib Khan, Om Puri, Linda Bassett. This sequel to the British-Pakistani family chronicle ‘East Is East’ is just as turbulent as Damien O’Donnell’s successful 1999 cinema hit. However, this time, the story is not confined to Salford in the northwest of England, rather, the Khan family’s twisting paths lead them back to father George’s roots in rural Pakistan. Generation 14plus Cubix 8

WRITING AND SILENCE (Germany) 90mins. Dir: Carmen Tartarotti. German Cinema CinemaxX 1

MATCHMAKING MAYOR (Czech Republic) Documentary. 72mins. Dir: Erika Hnikova. The mayor of Zemplinske drives a bright yellow sports car. When he goes to work he always parks his car in the same position, lighting up the otherwise pretty gloomy village like a spotlight. The car, like the communal loudspeakers left over from the socialist era and the aggressively patterned dresses his secretary wears, are the main props in the ex-army general’s battle against the inevitable: the gradual extinction of the village as a result of an aging population and people moving elsewhere. Forum press screening CinemaxX 6

WAYS OF THE SEA (Philippines) Drama. 78mins. Dir: Sheron Dayoc. Key cast: Romeo John Arcilla, Maria Isabel Lopez, Arnalyn Ismael. Drama focusing on a group of outcasts trying to travel illegally by boat to Malaysia to start a new life. Forum press screening Cubix 7


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A SERIES OF THOUGHTS (Germany) Documentary. 91mins. Dir: Heinz Emigholz. Psycho-documentary. Forum

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TALES OF THE NIGHT (France) Animation. 84mins. Dir: Michel Ocelot. Competition Berlinale Palast

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