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The Sarajevo Film Festival has unveiled the line-up for its 20th edition which runs August 15-23.
The 20th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has announced its official selection. Among nine films in the feature competition, there are three world premieres, including the new film by Kosovo veteran Isa Qosja, Three Windows And A Hanging. Qosja won the Special Jury Award at Sff with Kukumi in 2005.
Two other world premieres in competition are first feature films: Georgian director Lasha Tskvitinidze’s I Am Beso, and Song Of My Mother by Turkey’s Erol Mintas.
The list of debuts in the competition is completed with Berlinale titles Brides by Georgia’s Tinatin Kajrishvili, Land Of Storms by Hungary’s Ádám Császi, and Macondo by Sudabeh Mortezai from Austria.
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 winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 15.
- Leo Barraclough
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.
´71 - United Kingdom
By Yann Demange
Historia del miedo (History of Fear) – Argentina / Uruguay / Germany / France
By Benjamin Naishtat
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A total of 24 world premieres are included in the Berlinale’s Panorama selection, which has added a number of Asian productions.
Some 36 films from 29 countries will feature in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16), of which 24 will be world premieres.
Most recently invited are works from Norway, Ethiopia, Mexico, India, Iran, Georgia, Greece, Hungary and Austria – with returning filmmakers Elfi Mikesch and Umut Dağ, who opened Panorama 2012 with Kuma, his directorial debut.
New titles include a number of Asian productions. In Ieji (Homeland) by Japan’s Nao Kubota, a farmer’s son, who first fled to the city, explores his home village in the Fukushima district, an area that is actually still a no-go zone following the disaster at the region’s nuclear power plant.
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London — The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section, which is devoted to art-house cinema, with a particular focus on auteur movies, has completed its lineup of fiction pics. It includes 24 world premieres.
The selection has a strong Asian contingent, with several titles from the continent added.
Panorama’s main program will open on Feb. 6 with a Vietnamese sci-fi pic, “2030.” In Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo’s film, the ocean levels have risen and the land of many farmers is now under water. Vegetables are cultivated on floating farms, a catastrophic situation from which global corporations want to profit.
Nao Kubota’s “Homeland” follows a farmer’s son from the Fukushima district of Japan, who has fled to the city. He returns to his home village, which lies in a no-go zone following the nuclear disaster.
In the South Korean film “Night Flight,” LeeSong Hee-il presents a poignantly unsettling duel between two schoolmates »
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