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Eighteen Pix Vie for Debut Helmer Prize at Berlin Film Festival

23 January 2014 11:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Eighteen films will compete for the best first feature award at the Berlin Film Festival, which comes with a Euros 50,000 ($68,500) prize, shared by the director and the producer.

Entries of note include hotly tipped competish title “’71,” helmed by Yann Demange, Wes Bentley-starrer “Things People Do,” whose helmer Saar Klein earned Oscar noms as one of the editors on “Almost Famous” and “The Thin Red Line,” and Germany-based American helmer Damian John Harper’s “Los Angeles,” which is about a Mexican villager fighting the local gangsters.

The jury members are Italian actress and director Valeria Golino, U.S. director Nancy Buirski and Argentine producer Hernan Musaluppi.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 15.

Competition

“’71” (U.K.) Dir: Yann Demange. With Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer.

“Historia del miedo” (History of Fear) (Argentina/Uruguay/Germany/France) Dir: Benjamin Naishtat. With Jonathan Da Rosa, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlinale name First Feature jury

23 January 2014 7:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Nancy Buirski [pictured], Valeria Golino and Hernán Musaluppi to decide on the Best First Feature Award; 18 films are in contention.

Berlinale has unveiled the three-person jury for its Best First Feature Award.

Us director and producer Nancy Buirski, Italian actress and director Valeria Golino and Argentinian producer Hernán Musaluppi will decide the award, with the winner announced at the official award ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on Feb 15.

The award comes with a €50,000 prize, donated by the Gwff, and will be split between the producer and director of the winning film, while the director will also be awarded with a high-quality viewfinder.

A total of 18 directorial debuts have been nominated by the heads of the Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino section.

They are:

Competition

´71 - United Kingdom 

By Yann Demange

With Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer

Historia del miedo (History of Fear) – Argentina / Uruguay / Germany / France

By Benjamin Naishtat

With Jonathan Da Rosa, [link »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Berlinale 2014. Forum

16 January 2014 9:42 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

 Above: Rinko Kikuchi in Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

The lineup for this year's Forum section has been unveiled (minus the special screenings which will be announced soon), providing "an overview of independent, artistic filmmaking with a disregard for convention, screening 28 world and eight international premieres from every single continent."

The Airstrip  (Heinz Emighol), Germany - World Premiere

Al doilea joc (The Second Game) (Corneliu Porumboiu), Romania - World Premiere

Le beau danger (René Frölke), Germany / Italy - World Premiere

Butter on the Latch  (Josephine Decker), USA - World Premiere

Casse (Scrap Yard) (Nadège Trebal), France - International Premiere

Castanha (Davi Pretto), Brasil - World Premiere

Cheol-ae-kum (A Dream of Iron) (Kelvin Kyung Kun Park), Republic of Korea / USA - World Premiere

Chilla (40 Days of Silence) (Saodat Ismailova), Uzbekistan / Tajikistan / Netherlands / Germany / France - World Premiere

The Darkside (Warwick Thornton), Australia - International Premiere

L’enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq (The Kidnapping »

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Berlin reveals Forum line-up

16 January 2014 4:29 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Berlinale’s Forum line-up includes new films from Corneliu Porumboiu, Denis Côté and Guillaume Nicloux.

The strand will include 28 world premieres and eight international premieres from every continent.

Porumboiu’s Al Doilea Joc (The Second Game) follows a football match between top Romanian teams Dinamo and Steau and the experience of the director’s father who refereed the game.

In L’enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq (The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq), French director Guillaume Nicloux has brawny gangsters kidnap controversial writer Michel Houellebecq, where he is held captive for days in a house outside Paris.

Canadian director Cote was last year nominated for the Golden Bear for Vic + Flo Saw a Bear.

Ken Jacobs’ The Guests is an expanded one-minute film turned into a 70-minute black-and-white silent film in 3D.

The strand’s Special Screenings will be announced soon.

Forum

Wp = World premiere, IP = International premiere

The Airstrip by Heinz Emigholz, Germany - Wp[p »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Berlin Film Festival’s Forum Section Unveils Lineup

16 January 2014 4:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Forum section of the Berlin Film Festival, which is devoted to the cutting edge of indie filmmaking, has unveiled its lineup, which includes 28 world and eight international premieres.

World premieres include Corneliu Porumboiu’s “The Second Game,” Guillaume Nicloux’s “The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq” and Zhao Dayong’s “Shadow Days.”

American actress Josephine Decker delivers both her feature helming debut “Butter on the Latch,” about the strange experiences of two friends in a Californian forest, and her second feature, “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” (pictured), a sensual thriller inspired by “East of Eden,” set on a farm in Kentucky.

A spotlight is put on young filmmakers from Eastern Europe in the program, which includes Estonian filmmaker Veiko Ounpuu’s “Free Range,” Poland’s “Parasite,” directed by Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal, and “40 Days of Silence” by Uzbek helmer Saodat Ismailova.

Among the themes explored in the Forum pics »

- Leo Barraclough

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