Films to watch 2016: Berlin film festival main lineup

Films to watch 2016: Berlin film festival main lineup

8th February 2016, Comments 0 comments

The 66th Berlinale, Europe's first major film festival of the year, starts Thursday with 23 international productions screening in the main showcase.

Eighteen pictures will vie for the Golden Bear top prize at the event which runs from February 11 to 21, with a jury led by three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep selecting the best film. Nineteen of the main features are world premieres and two are directors' feature debuts.

The Berlinale Special sidebar section features other notable films that are given gala screenings.

Here is the complete list including the English title, director, well-known stars and countries where the films were produced:

"24 Wochen" (24 Weeks), Anne Zohra Berrached, Germany

"Alone in Berlin", Vincent Perez starring Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson, Germany/France/Britain

"Boris sans Beatrice" (Boris without Beatrice), Denis Cote, Canada

"Cartas da guerra" (Letters from War), Ivo M. Ferreira, Portugal

"Chang Jiang Tu" (Crosscurrent), Yang Chao, China

"Chi-Raq", Spike Lee starring Jennifer Hudson and Angela Bassett, US (out of competition)

"Des nouvelles de la planete Mars" (News from Planet Mars), Dominik Moll, France/Belgium (out of competition)

"Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad!" (A Dragon Arrives!), Mani Haghighi, Iran

"Fuocoammare" (Fire at Sea), Gianfranco Rosi, Italy/France (documentary)

"Genius", Michael Grandage starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney and Guy Pearce, Britain/US (debut film)

"Hail, Caesar!" Joel and Ethan Coen starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, US/Britain (out of competition)

"Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis" (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery), Lav Diaz, Philippines/Singapore

"Inhebbek Hedi" (Hedi), Mohamed Ben Attia, Tunisia/Belgium/France (debut film)

"Kollektivet" (The Commune), Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands

"L'avenir" (Things to Come), Mia Hansen-Love starring Isabelle Huppert, France/Germany

"Mahana" (The Patriarch), Lee Tamahori, New Zealand (out of competition)

"Midnight Special", Jeff Nichols starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver, US

"Quand on a 17 ans" (Being 17), Andre Techine starring Sandrine Kiberlain, France

"Saint Amour", Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern starring Gerard Depardieu, France/Belgium (out of competition)

"Smrt u Sarajevu" (Death in Sarajevo), Danis Tanovic, France/Bosnia

"Soy Nero", Rafi Pitts, Germany/France/Mexico

"Zero Days", Alex Gibney, US (documentary)

"Zjednoczone Stany Milosci" (United States of Love), Tomasz Wasilewski, Poland/Sweden

BERLINALE SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS

"A Quiet Passion", Terence Davies starring Cynthia Nixon as reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, Britain/Belgium

"Creepy", Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan

"Den allvarsamma leken" (A Serious Game), Pernilla August, Sweden/Denmark/Norway

"Miles Ahead", Don Cheadle starring Cheadle as Miles Davis and co-starring Ewan McGregor, US

"National Bird", Sonia Kennebeck, US

"The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble", Morgan Neville, US (documentary)

"The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger", Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz and Tilda Swinton, Britain (documentary)

"Where To Invade Next", Michael Moore, US (documentary)


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