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Dir: Peter Kern. Key cast: Traute Furthner, Peter Kern, Joao Moreira Pedrosa. A mother, 82, and her son, 63, board a houseboat for a trip that is soon dominated by smouldering generational conflict. The situation escalates when they discover an African refugee on their disabled boat and the fear of the other grows into pure terror. Panorama Special Press CineStar 3



(Germany) 90mins. Dir: Andreas Dresen. Andreas Dresden returns to Brandenburg to describe the life of a regional MP. A study of democracy at work – its successes and failures, and its erosion. Panorama Dokumente CineStar 7

PARABETON – PIER LUIGI NERVI AND ROMAN CONCRETE (Germany) 100mins. Dir: Heinz Emigholz. To conclude his ‘Architecture as Autobiography’ series, Heinz Emigholz visits the buildings of Roman architect Pier Luigi Nervi as well as those of his role models from the ancient world, putting together an impressive visual catalogue of Nervi’s work. Forum Cubix 7

THEWOMANWHO BRUSHED OFF HER TEARS (Macedonia, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium) 103mins. Dir: Teona Strugar Mitevska. Key cast: Victoria Abril, Labina Mitevska, Jean Marie Galey. Helena’s son dies in Paris and in Macedonia Aysun fights to retain custody of her child. Both women must try to hold their own in a male-dominated world. A portrait of two very different cultures interwoven with fairy- tale-like elements. Panorama Special Cubix 9

Following her release from prison, the shy Francine tries her hand at various jobs without ever really being able to cope with her obligations. Her only source of strength stems from the rapidly growing flock of animals she gathers around her. Forum CineStar 8


THE FLOWERS OFWAR (China) 141mins. Dir: Zhang Yimou. Key cast: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Atsuro Watabe. Adaptation of the Nanking massacre. An


DEATH ROW (US, UK, Austria) 188mins. Dir: Werner Herzog. Werner Herzog interviews four condemned individuals on Death Row in America. Berlinale Special Haus der Berliner Festspiele

SHADOWDANCER (UK, Ireland) 100mins. Dir: James Marsh. Key cast: Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson. Competition (Out of competition) Friedrichstadt-Palast

YOUNG &WILD (Chile) 96mins. Dir: Marialy Rivas. Key cast: Alicia Rodriguez, Aline Kuppenheim, Maria Gracia Omegna. Daniela is surrounded by rules imposed on her by her devoutly Protestant family. She lives for her secret blog where she talks openly about her desire for sexual fulfilment. Before long she loses

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American man becomes protector of a group of schoolgirls on the run from invading Japanese troops. Competition (out of competition) Press CinemaxX 7

herself in passionate affairs. Generation 14plus Haus der Kulturen der Welt Kino 1


CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI (Germany, Indonesia) 73mins. Dir: Children of Srikandi Collective. What does it mean to live as a gay woman in Indonesia? This collective film by eight young women explores gender identity, religion and politics. Panorama Dokumente Colosseum 1

THE CROWN JEWELS (Sweden) 120mins. Dir: Ella Lemhagen. Key cast: Alicia Vikander, Bill Skarsgard, Bjorn Gustafsson. When Fragancia loses her heart to another, something incomprehensible happens. Generation 14plus Cubix 8

THE FLOWERS OFWAR See box, above

SUMMERWINDOW (Germany, Finland) 96mins. Dir: Hendrik Handloegten. Key cast: Nina Hoss, Fritzi Haberlandt, Lars Eidinger. Juliane’s happiness seems perfect. She is head over heals in love and has just begun a new life with August. One morning, however, she wakes up to find that she has been mysteriously thrown back into her past – to the time before she met her new love. LOLA@Berlinale CinemaxX 1

TAKING CHANCES (Netherlands, Belgium) 87mins. Dir: Nicole van Kilsdonk. Key cast: Pippa Allen, Johnny de Mol, Rifka Lodeizen. Nine-year-old Kiek is extremely worried about her father, a doctor who travels to a distant war- torn country where he is urgently needed. Kiek’s anxiety prompts strange thoughts: can she save her father if she sacrifices her dog? Generation Kplus Filmtheater am Friedrichshain


AVALON (Sweden) 79mins. Dir: Axel Petersen. Key cast: Johannes Brost, Peter Carlberg, Leonore Ekstrand. Follows a group of ageing

party people in Swedish tennis Mecca Bastad. Although they are well practised at using money, drugs and alcohol to sidestep the ageing process, the opening of a new club turns out to be a more difficult proposition. Forum Press CinemaxX 6


TORN SHOES (USSR) 84mins. Dir: Margarita Barskaja. Key cast: Michail Klimow, Iwan Nowoselzew, Anna Tschekulajewa. Depicts life in Germany in the 1930s from a child’s point of view. Retrospective CinemaxX 8

TWO OCEANS (USSR) 65mins. Dir: Wladimir Schnejderow, Jakow Kuper. Documentary about a pioneering achievement: the ice-breaker Sibiryakov is the first ship to complete the voyage along the North-West Passage, from the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific. Retrospective Zeughauskino


FRANCINE (US, Canada) 74mins. Dir: Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky. Key cast: Melissa Leo, Victoria Charkut, Keith Leonard.

JAURES (France) 83mins. Dir: Vincent Dieutre. Key cast: Eva Truffaut, Vincent Dieutre. In an extended conversation with Eva Truffaut, the director reflects upon his broken relationship with Simon, from whose flat he filmed the outside world, capturing the daily struggle of the refugees gathered in front of Paris metro station Jaures. Forum Delphi Filmpalast

SISTER (Switzerland, France) 97mins. Dir: Ursula Meier. Key cast: Lea Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, Martin Compston, Gillian Anderson. Competition Berlinale Palast

SNACKBAR (Netherlands) 84mins. Dir: Meral Uslu. Key cast: Ali Cifteci, Nazmye Oral, Dileria Horuz. Mohamed, Mounir, Nouredin and their mates are all angry young men still searching for their identity. Ali’s snack bar is the only place they feel at home. An authentic portrayal of the plight of young second- generation Moroccan immigrants. Generation 14plus CinemaxX 3


AMONGMEN – GAY IN EAST GERMANY (Germany) 91mins. Dir: Markus Stein, Ringo Rosener. Homosexuality in the GDR was tolerated but not permitted. Six very different men talk about their way of life and their strategies for coping with


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