The Berlin Film Festival is back for another year with a bumper programme full of films, many of them world premières.

The festival runs from 16 to 26 February

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A married man cheats on his husband with a woman... then tells him about it.
A man loses his grip on reality after becoming involved in a libertarian masculinity cult.
Iron Butterflies
Iron Butterflies
In summer 2014, sunflower fields and coal mines in eastern Ukraine turned into a 12 square kilometer crime scene. A multi-layered investigation into the downing of flight MH17, in which a butterfly-shaped shrapnel was found in the pilot's body, implicated the state responsible for a war crime that remains unpunished.
Past Lives
Past Lives
Nora and Hae Sung, two childhood friends, are separated from each other when Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they are reunited in New York where Nora now lives with her American husband.
On her 18th birthday, tough-girl Jonny eats a cake baked by her aunt according to a magical family recipe and undergoes a radical metamorphosis.
Jules is a drag artist in London. After a performance, he is brutally attacked and, traumatised, withdraws into himself. Months later, he recognises his assailant in a gay sauna and begins an affair with him, incognito. A revenge thriller.
Kokomo City
Kokomo City
Four Black transgender sex workers explore the dichotomy between the Black community and themselves, while confronting issues long avoided.
A real estate worker who is about to marry his boss' daughter falls down a deep manhole and can't work out how to escape.
Tensions and desire bloom among five people at a holiday home by the Baltic Sea.
20,000 Species Of Bees
20,000 Species Of Bees
An eight-year-old explores her identity over a summer in the Basque country.
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Berlin International Film Festival Features

Like a fever dream
Jesse Eisenberg on exploring troubled masculinity in Manodrome
From the cradle to the grave
John Trengove on masculinity in crisis and Manodrome
Girl reimagined
Jennifer Reeder on the power of femininity and the agency of blood in Perpetrator
A smouldering story
Thomas Schubert on imposter syndrome and tonal ambiguity in Afire
Cinema as a means of resurrection
Maite Alberdi on Pablo Larrain, Raul Ruiz and The Eternal Memory
Targets of desire
Christian Petzold on An Affair To Remember, summers and Afire
Waves of emotion
Domien and Wendy Huyghe talk about wrapping a tale of grief within an adventure in Sea Sparkle
'We made magic'
Lila Avilés on the meeting between the worlds of adults and children in Tótem
'I am trying to tell the story with my soul more than with my mind'
Roman Liubyi on mixing dance and performance into documentary Iron Butterflies

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