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Well, it's hard to top yesterday's double whammy of the Berlin Film Festival's announcement that Terrence Malick's "Knight Of Cups" would premiere at the festival, followed by the trailer for that film. So it's not quite a shock that today's unveiling of Berlin's Panorama lineup is a bit less thrilling. The highlight additions to the fest are "I Am Michael," the Gus Van Sant-produced drama starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, and Emma Roberts that tells the true story of a gay activist who finds God and is "saved" from his homosexuality. The movie will have its World Premiere first at Sundance in January. The other film of major note is Hal Hartley's "Ned Rifle," the final chapter in his "Henry Fool" trilogy, which premiered this fall at Tiff. And even more interesting, Mark Christopher is bringing the director's cut of his disco-era drama "54" to the fest. No word yet on the length, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Eighteen features - including seven documentaries - have been selected for the Berlinale’s Panorama programme.
54: The Director’s Cut
Der letzte Sommer der Reichen (The Last Summer of the Rich)
By Peter Kern
Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern (Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents)
Switzerland / Germany
By Stina Werenfels »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
London — Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has revealed its first 19 films, which include Hal Hartley’s latest “Ned Rifle,” and “I Am Michael,” in which James Franco stars as a gay rights activist.
Justin Kelly delivers his directorial debut, “I Am Michael,” which was co-produced by Gus Van Sant. In it, Franco portrays a gay rights activist during the 1980s, who then tries to turn straight in the 1990s. Pic, which preems at Sundance, also stars Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts.
Director Mark Christopher presents “54 — The Director’s Cut,” 17 years after the film’s premiere. The original movie — about the legendary New York nightclub Studio 54 — was heavily edited by its investors.
Films from East Asia make a strong showing, with a number of modern history »
- Leo Barraclough
Following yesterday's announcement of the first seven films lined up for the Competition, the Berlinale rolls out eleven narrative and eight documentary films slated for its 36th Panorama program. Among the eleven narrative and eight documentary films are Hal Hartley's Ned Rifle with Liam Aiken, Martin Donovan, Aubrey Plaza, Parkey Posey and Thomas Jay Ryan; Christian Braad Thomsen's documentary on Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Mark Christopher's 54: The Director's Cut with Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, Sela Ward and Mark Ruffalo; new films by Raoul Peck, Peter Kern and more. » - David Hudson »
4 items from 2014
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