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The Berlinale will be presenting premieres of several television series this year, including the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, the latest from the Danish creators of Borgen and more. Also, "2015: A Space Discovery" is the title of the focus at this year's Berlinale Talents, a program of master classes, discussions and workshops. Among the participants in the various programs are Jury president Darren Aronofsky, Bong Joon-Ho, Andreas Dresen, Joanna Hogg, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Marcel Ophüls, Joshua Oppenheimer, Laura Poitras, Walter Salles, Sebastian Schipper, Wim Wenders and the Yes Men. » - David Hudson »
Last week, the Berlinale's Panorama program rolled out its narrative features. Today, the section adds 18 documentaries to complete its lineup for the 2015 edition running from February 5 through 15. Notes in quotes come from the festival. Included are Liz Garbus's portrait of Nina Simone, Brett Morgen's glimpse into the life of Kurt Cobain, Walter Salles's film about Jia Zhangke and modern China and Jean-Gabriel Périot's documentary on the upheavals in West Germany in the 1970s. » - David Hudson »
Rome — A battle between rival Pope Francis biopics has just kicked off, with shooting starting this week in Buenos Aires on two feature films about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, both toplining Argentine A-list actors as the former Jesuit priest and tracing the path to his groundbreaking papacy.
Thesp Rodrigo de la Serna, who played alongside Gael Garcia Bernal in Walter Salles’s “The Motorcycle Diaries,” is playing the former Buenos Aires bishop, a son of Italian immigrants, in Italian director Daniele Luchetti’s “Call Me Francesco.” This roughly $12 million pic is being fully financed by prominent Italian producer Piero Valsecchi, who is planning a theatrical and a made-for-tv version. Luchetti’s credits include past Cannes fest contenders “Il Portaborse,” “My Brother Is an Only Child,” and “Our Life.”
- Nick Vivarelli
3 items from 2015
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