58th Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear and Silver Bear competitors (2008)

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1. Elite Squad (2007)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

33 Metascore

1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 92,028 | Gross: $0.01M

2. The Song of Sparrows (2008)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Family

74 Metascore

When an ostrich-rancher focuses on replacing his daughter's hearing aid, which breaks right before crucial exams, everything changes for a struggling rural family in Iran. Karim motorbikes ... See full summary »

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Mohammad Amir Naji, Maryam Akbari, Kamran Dehghan, Hamid Aghazi

Votes: 8,211 | Gross: $0.12M

3. Ballast (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A drama set in the Mississippi delta, where one man's suicide affects three people's lives.

Director: Lance Hammer | Stars: Micheal J. Smith Sr., JimMyron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail

Votes: 2,117 | Gross: $0.08M

4. Night and Day (2008)

Not Rated | 144 min | Drama

73 Metascore

"Night and Day" is centered around the mixed emotions found in traveling. Characters in the film are Sung-nam Kim, an artist selected by the Korean government that escaped from Seoul and ... See full summary »

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Yeong-ho Kim, Su-jeong Hwang, Eun-hye Park, Boris Baum

Votes: 847

5. Quiet Chaos (2008)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

A look at the strange bereavement behavior of an Italian executive. Based on a novel by Sandro Veronesi.

Director: Antonello Grimaldi | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Valeria Golino, Isabella Ferrari, Alessandro Gassman

Votes: 3,627 | Gross: $0.01M

6. Elegy (I) (2008)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life, which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood", thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Penélope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 21,072 | Gross: $3.58M

7. Heart of Fire (2008)

92 min | Biography, Drama, War

The true story of a young female soldier who comes of age during the Eritrean civil war.

Director: Luigi Falorni | Stars: Letekidan Micael, Solomie Micael, Seble Tilahun, Daniel Seyoum

Votes: 195

8. Gardens of the Night (2008)

R | 110 min | Drama

43 Metascore

After being abducted as children, and suffering years of abuse, a teenage boy and girl find themselves living on the street.

Director: Damian Harris | Stars: Gillian Jacobs, John Malkovich, Ryan Simpkins, Tom Arnold

Votes: 4,021

9. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Samuel Roukin, Elliot Cowan

Votes: 35,816 | Gross: $3.49M

10. I've Loved You So Long (2008)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.

Director: Philippe Claudel | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grévill

Votes: 19,015 | Gross: $3.17M

11. Julia (2008)

R | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

A woman tries to extort money, using a young boy as bait.

Director: Erick Zonca | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek, Kate del Castillo, Aidan Gould

Votes: 5,468 | Gross: $0.00M

12. Cherry Blossoms (2008)

Unrated | 127 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer.

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Aya Irizuki, Maximilian Brückner

Votes: 5,194 | Gross: $0.10M

13. Kabei: Our Mother (2008)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

Based on childhood days of Teruyo Nogami.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mayumi Tanaka, Denden, Mirai Shida

Votes: 1,107 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Lady Jane (2008)

104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Muriel, François and René, three childhood friends from a working class neighbourhood of Marseille, suddenly stop their careers as thieves after having killed a jeweller.To keep a low ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Guédiguian | Stars: Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gérard Meylan, Yann Trégouët

Votes: 329

15. Lake Tahoe (2008)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A story of a teenager and the strange events that take place in his small town.

Director: Fernando Eimbcke | Stars: Diego Cataño, Hector Herrera, Daniela Valentine, Juan Carlos Lara II

Votes: 1,576 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Sparrow (2008)

87 min | Drama, Romance

A gang of pickpockets roam the streets of Hong Kong.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Ka Tung Lam, Hoi-Pang Lo

Votes: 2,543

17. Black Ice (2007)

110 min | Drama, Thriller

Saara is a middle-aged doctor who one day finds out that her architect-husband Leo is having an affair with a younger woman, Tuuli. Instead of revealing her true identity, Saara pretends to... See full summary »

Director: Petri Kotwica | Stars: Outi Mäenpää, Ria Kataja, Martti Suosalo, Ville Virtanen

Votes: 2,516

19. Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

R | 116 min | Documentary, Crime, War

70 Metascore

Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Megan Ambuhl Graner, Javal Davis, Ken Davis, Anthony Diaz

Votes: 3,671 | Gross: $0.23M

20. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 459,716 | Gross: $40.22M

21. In Love We Trust (2007)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

A divorced couple learns that the way to possibly save daughter, who is suffering from blood cancer, is to have another child. Problem is: They're both already remarried.

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang | Stars: Weiwei Liu, Jia-yi Zhang, Nan Yu, Taishen Cheng

Votes: 634



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