Berlin International Film Festival 2009

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Skirt Day Skirt Day
Skirt Day and Coyote
575 Castro St (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Jenni Olson)
Set to the original audio-cassette recorded by Harvey Milk, in November 1977, to be played, "in the event of my death by assassination".
Panorama Supporting Film
Absolute Evil (Country: Germany, US; Year: 2009; Director: Ulli Lommel; Writer: Ulli Lommel; Stars: David Carradine, Carolyn Neff, Ulli Lommel, Rusty Joiner, Christopher Kriesa, Elissa Dowling, Mark Irvingsen, Gloria Hendry, Kylee Russell, Jeff Dylan Graham, Jaquelyn Aurora)
A damaged woman heads to Texas in the hunt for closure over her dad's death.
Panorama Special
Addicted To Acting (Die Spielwütigen) (Country: Germany; Year: 2004; Director: Andres Veiel; Writer: Andres Veiel; Stars: Karina Plachetka, Constanze Becker, Prodromos Antoniadis, Stephanie Stremler, Jochen Becker, Jutta von Zitzewitz, Ilse Plachetka, Helmut Plachetka, Krystyna Plachetka, Vasilios Antoniadis)
Documentary about four wannabe actors attending a Berlin academy.
10 Years of Panorama Audience Award
All Around Us (Gururi no koto) (Country: Japan; Year: 2008; Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi; Writer: Ryosuke Hashiguchi, Ryosuke Hashiguchi; Stars: Lily Franky, Tae Kimura, Tamae Ando, Hirofumi Arai, Mitsuko Baisho, Akira Emoto, Ryo Kase, Reiko Kataoka, Yuichi Kimura, Rie Minemura)
Witty drama about eight years in a marriage.
Panorama Special
Ander (Country: Spain; Year: 2009; Director: Roberto Castón; Writer: Roberto Castón; Stars: Joxean Bengoetxa, Christian Esquivel, Mamen Rivera, Pako Revueltas, Pilar Rodriguez, Eriz Alberdi, Pedro Otaegi, Unax Martín, Leire Ucha)
When a rural farmer injures himself he develops an unlikely friendship with the farmhand he hires to help.
Panorama Special
The Yes Men Fix The World The Yes Men Fix The World
The Yes Men Fix The World and The Times Of Harvey Milk
An Englishman In New York (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Richard Laxton; Writer: Brian Fillis; Stars: John Hurt, Denis O'Hare, Jonathan Tucker, Swoozie Kurtz, Cynthia Nixon)
John Hurt reprises his role as Quentin Crisp in a dramatisation of the second part of his memoirs.
Panorama Special
At Stake (Country: Indonesia; Year: 2009; Director: Iwan Setiawan, Muhammad Ichsan, Lucky Kuswandi, Ucu Agustin, Ani Ema Susanti)
Panorama Document
Berlin Is In Germany (Country: Germany; Year: 2001; Director: Hannes Stöhr; Writer: Hannes Stöhr; Stars: Jörg Schüttauf, Julia Jäger, Robin Becker, Tom Jahn)
An ex-con facest the consequences of German reunification.
10 Years of Panorama Audience Award
Blindsight (Country: UK; Year: 2006; Director: Lucy Walker; Stars: Gavin Attwood, Sally Berg, Sonam Bhumtso, Michael Brown, Dachung, Jeff Evans, Gyenshen, Stefani Jackenthal, Paul Kronenberg, Kyila)
Six blind Tibetan teenagers climb the Lhakpa-Ri peak of Mount Everest.
10 Years of Panorama Audience Award
Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary (Im Toten Winkel - Hitlers Sekretarin) (Country: Austria; Year: 2002; Director: Andre Heller, Othmar Schmiderer; Stars: Traudl Junge)
Documentary focussing on one of Hitler's secretaries.
10 Years of Panorama Audience Award
High Life High Life
High Life and When You're Strange
Bluebeard (La Barbe bleue) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Catherine Breillat; Writer: Charles Perrault, Catherine Breillat; Stars: Daphné Baiwir, Lola Creton, Dominique Thomas)
Re-imagining of the fairytale 'monster' merging the myth with the facts of the real life of Gilles de Rais, a comrade-in-arms of Joan of Arc and infamous child murderer.
The Bone Man (Der Knochenmann) (Country: Austria; Year: 2009; Director: Wolfgang Murnberger; Stars: Josef Hader, Josef Bierbichler, Birgit Minichmayr, Simon Schwarz, Christoph Luser, Stipe Erceg)
Panorama Special
Broken Wings ( Knafayim Shvurot) (Country: Israel; Year: 2002; Director: Nir Bergman; Writer: Nir Bergman; Stars: Orly Silbersatz Banai, Maya Maron, Nitai Gaviratz, Vladimir Friedman, Dana Ivgi, Danny Niv, Daniel Magon, Eliana Magon)
An Israeli family comes to terms with grief and loss.
10 Years of Panorama Audience Award
The Casuarina Cove (Tanjong rhu) (Country: Singapore; Year: 2009; Director: Boo Junfeng; Stars: Scott Lei, Nick Shen, Yann Yann Yeo)
Fiction based on events at a gay beach in Singapore.
Panorama Supporting Film
City Of Borders (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Yun Suh)
Documentary about the lives of regulars at a gay bar in Jerusalem.
Panorama Document
All Around Us All Around Us
All Around Us and The Fish Child
Claustrophobia (Chan mat) (Country: Hong Kong; Year: 2008; Director: Ivy Ho; Writer: Ivy Ho, Ivy Ho; Stars: Ekin Cheng, Kar Yan Lam, Kwok Cheung Tsang, Chucky Woo, Andy Hui Chi-On, Ying Kwan Lok, Eric Tsang)
An office worker treads on dangerous ground when she starts to fall for her married boss.
Panorama Special
Comrade Couture (Ein Traum in Erdbeerfolie) (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Marco Wilms; Stars: Frank Schäfer, Sabine von Oettingen, Klaus Ehrlich, Marco Wilms, Jürgen Hohmuth)
A journey into the world of East German fashion design, before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Panorama Document
The Countess (Country: France, Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Julie Delpy; Writer: Julie Delpy; Stars: Julie Delpy, William Hurt, Daniel Brühl, Anamaria Marinca, Andy Gatjen, Jeanette Hain, Nikolai Kinski, André Hennicke, Rolf Kanies, Maria Simon)
Panorama Special
Coyote (Country: Spain; Year: 2009; Director: Chema Rodriguez)
A documentary look at human trafficking from Central America to the US.
Panorama Document
End of Love (Country: China; Year: 2009; Director: Simon Chung; Stars: Chi Kin Lee, Guthrie Yip, Ben Yeung, Joman Chiang, Clifton Kwan)
A gay man finds himself acting as a rent boy but runs into trouble when he falls for an older man.
Panorama Special
Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary
Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary and Garapa
The End Of The Pig Is The Beginning Of The Sausage (Das Ende des Schweins ist der Anfang der Wurst) (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: John Edward Heys)
Portrait of author Napoleon Seyfarth.
Panorama Supporting Film
Fig Trees (Country: Canada; Year: 2009; Director: John Greyson; Stars: Van Abrahams, David Wall, Alexander Chapman)
The Fish Child (El Niño Pez) (Country: Argentina, France, Spain; Year: 2009; Director: Lucía Puenzo; Writer: Lucía Puenzo; Stars: Inés Efron, Mariela Vitale, Carlos Bardem, Pep Munné, Arnaldo André, Diego Velázquez, Julián Doregger, Sandra Guida)
A middle-class teen and her lesbian maid find plans to forge a life together thwarted by a death.
Panorama Special
Fucking Different Tel Aviv (Country: Germany, Israel; Year: 2009; Director: Yair Hochner, Avital Barak, Stephanie Abramovic, Elad Zakai, Eran Koblik Kedar, Ricardo Rojstaczer, Nir Ne'Eman, Hila Ben Baruch, Yossi Brauman, Sivan Levy, Eyal Bromberg, Anat Salomon, Sie Gal, November Wanderin, Yasmin Max)
Garapa (Country: Brazil; Year: 2008; Director: José Padilha)
Hard-hitting look at families suffering malnutrition in Brazil.
Panorama Document
Just Walking Just Walking
Just Walking and Milk
Gevald (Country: Israel; Year: 2009; Director: Netalie Braun; Stars: Gil Naveh, Noga Meltzer, Adili Liberman, Samira Saraya)
A queer musical set in Jerusalem's only gay bar.
Panorama Supporting Film
Ghosted (Country: Germany, Taiwan; Year: 2009; Director: Monika Treut; Writer: Astrid Ströher, Monika Treut; Stars: Inga Busch, Yi-Ching Lu, Ting Ting Hu, Jack Kao, Marek Harloff, Nick Dong-Sik)
The Good American (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Jochen Hick; Stars: Tom Weise, Keith Richmond, Freddie Spells, Vin Nolan; Alex Baresi)
Documentary about Tom Weise, one of the initiators of HustlaBall – an event originally created in order to encourage the acceptance of male prostitutes, but also to launch a rent boy website.
Panorama Document
High Life (Country: USA, Canada; Year: 2008; Director: Gary Yates; Writer: Lee MacDougall, Gary Yates; Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Stephen Eric McIntyre, Rossif Sutherland, Joe Anderson, Mike Bell, Sarah Constible, Leigh Enns, Aaron Hughes, Susan Kelso, Tracy McMahon)
Drug-addicted petty criminals try to pull off a major heist.
Home From Home (Endstation der Sehnsüchte) (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Sung-Hyung Cho)
Three women in search of a home return to South Korea - after a 30-year absence.
Panorama Document
Broken Wings Broken Wings
Broken Wings and White Lightnin'
Human Zoo (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Rie Rasmussen; Writer: Rie Rasmussen; Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rie Rasmussen, Vojin Cetkovic, Nikola Djuricko, Branislav Lecic, Branislav Tomasevic)
Depicts the grim post-traumatic life of a young woman in Paris after she has escaped the horrors of the Balkan crisis.
Just Walking (Sólo quiero caminar) (Country: Spain, Mexico; Year: 2008; Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes; Writer: Agustín Díaz Yanes; Stars: Diego Luna, Victoria Abril, Ariadna Gil, Pilar López de Ayala, Elena Anaya, José María Yazpik, Antoñete, Carlos Bardem, Octavio Castro, Tiley Chao)
An ex-con plans to get her own back on her thug of a husband by ripping him off.
Panorama Special
Kashmir: Journey To Freedom (Country: USA, Israel; Year: 2009; Director: Udi Aloni)
Documentary giving voice to the people of Kashmir, who suffer horrendous human rights abuses and violence.
Panorama Document
Kill Daddy Good Night (Das Vaterspiel) (Country: Austria, Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Michael Glawogger; Writer: Michael Glawogger, Josef Haslinger; Stars: Helmut Köpping, Ulrich Tukur, Sabine Timoteo, Christian Tramitz)
A man who has invented a computer game which offers the chance to kill his dad finds a voice from the past leads him on a journey of discovery.
Panorama Special
Kiss The Moon (Chan di chummi) (Country: Germany, Pakistan; Year: 2009)
Documentary about “Khusras,” a closely-knit sub-culture of transsexuals in Pakistan.
Panorama Document
Lemon Tree Lemon Tree
Lemon Tree and Absolute Evil
Lemon Tree (Etz Limon) (Country: Israel, Germany, France; Year: 2008; Director: Eran Riklis; Writer: Eran Riklis; Stars: Hiam Abbass, Doron Tavory, Ali Suliman, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Tarik Kopty, Amos Lavi, Amnon Wolf, Smadar Jaaron, Danny Leshman, Hili Yalon, Linon Banares)
Allegorical story about a lemon tree under threat when an Israeli government minister moves in next door.
10 Years of Panorama Audience Award
Light Gradient (Rückenwind) (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Jan Krüger; Stars: Sebastian Schlecht, Eric Golub, Iris Minich, Denis Alevi)
A post-emancipatory love story set in Berlin’s outskirts.
Little Joe (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Nicole Haeusser; Stars: Joe Dallesandro)
A look back at the career of male sex symbol Joe Dallesandro.
Panorama Document
Live And Become (Va, vis et deviens) (Country: France, Belgium, Israel, Italy; Year: 2005; Director: Radu Mihaileanu; Writer: Alain-Michel Blanc, Radu Mihaileanu; Stars: Yaël Abecassis, Roschdy Zem, Moshe Agazai, Moshe Abebe, Sirak M. Sabahat, Roni Hadar, Yitzhak Edgar, Rami Danon, Meskie Shibru Sivan, Mimi Abonesh Kebede)
Story of Ethiopian Jews, or Falasha, who were evacuated to Israel as seen through the eyes of a youngster who finds it hard to adjust to his new life.
10 Years of Panorama Audience Award
Milk (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Gus Van Sant; Writer: Dustin Lance Black; Stars: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Joseph Cross, Stephen Spinella, Lucas Grabeel, Brandon Boyce), Official Site, Trailer
The story of groundbreaking gay politician Harvey Milk and his assassination.
30 Years Of Programming
Ander Ander
Ander and Short Cut To Hollywood
The Naked Civil Servant (Country: UK; Year: 1975; Director: Jack Gold; Writer: Philip Mackie, based on the memoir by Quentin Crisp; Stars: John Hurt, Liz Gebhardt, Patricia Hodge, Stanley Lebor, Katherine Schofield, Colin Higgins, John Rhys-Davies)
The story of Quentin Crisp's attempts to lead an openly gay life in pre-War Britain.
30 Years of Programming
Nocturnal Uproar (Tapage nocturne) (Country: France; Year: 1979; Director: Catherine Breillat; Writer: Catherine Breillat; Stars: Dominique Laffin, Marie-Hélène Breillat, Bertrand Bonvoisin, Joe Dallesandro)
A filmmaker with a fierce sexual appetite attempts to recreate the 'first night' with her lover night after night.
30 Years Of Programming
North (Nord) (Country: Norway; Year: 2009; Director: Rune Denstad Langlo; Writer: Erlend Loe; Stars: Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Marte Aunemo, Lars Olsen, Mads Sjogard Pettersen, Astrid Solhaug, Kyrre Hellum)
A former ski ace finds himself working as a piste patroller - but will a blast from his past give him a new lease of life.
Panorama Special
A North Chinese Girl (Dongbei, dongbei) (Country: China; Year: 2009; Director: Zou Peng; Stars: Tian Yi-Wen, Wu Rui-Peng, Liu Xing-Ping)
A sales assistant who spends her evenings as a hostess finds her life changes immeasurably after she falls pregnant.
Off Ways (Von Wegen) (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Uli M. Schüppel; Stars: Einstürzende Neubauten, Ronald Galenza, Heiner Müller, Alexander Pehlemann, Claus Löser)
Story of a West German band's journey to play a gig in the East of the country in 1989.
Panorama Document
The Naked Civil Servant The Naked Civil Servant
The Naked Civil Servant and Fucking Different Tel Aviv
Paper Dolls (Bubot Niyar) (Country: US, Israel, Switzerland; Year: 2006; Director: Tomer Heymann; Writer: Tomer Heymann)
Documentary about a group of transvestite emigres to Israel.
10 Years of Panorama Audience Award
Pedro (Country: USA; Year: 2008; Director: Nick Oceano; Writer: Dustin Lance Black, Paris Barclay; Stars: Hale Appleman, Matt Barr, Alex Castillo, DaJuan Johnson, Jenn Liu, Anibal O. Lleras, Alex Loynaz, Karolin Luna, Justina Machado, Brady Smith)
Panorama Special
Queer Sarajevo Festival 2008 (Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina; Year: 2009; Director: Masa Hilcisin, Cazim Dervisevic)
Documentary about the first Sarajevo Queer Festival.
Panorama Supporting Film
Raging Sun, Raging Sky (Rabioso Sol, Rabioso Cielo) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2008; Director: Julián Hernández; Writer: Julián Hernández; Stars: Jorge Becerra, Javier Oliván, Guillermo Villegas, Giovanna Zacarías, Joaquín Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Torres, Fabian Storniolo, Harold Torres, Clarissa Rendón, Baltimore Beltran)
The devotion of two men is disrupted when one is abducted.
The Rainbow Troops (Laskar pelangi) (Country: Indonesia; Year: 2008; Director: Riri Riza; Writer: Salman Aristo, Andrea Hirata, Mira Lesmana, Riri Riza; Stars: Cut Mini Theo, Ikranagara, Tora Sudiro, Slamet Rahardjo, Mathias Muchus, Rieke Dyah Pitaloka, Ario Bayu, Febriansyah, Ferdian, Alex Komang)
Blindsight Blindsight
Blindsight and An Englishman In New York
Resident Alien (Country: US; Year: 1990; Director: Jonathan Nossiter; Stars: Quentin Crisp, Peter Walker, Gilbert Stafford, Gus Rogerson, Michaela Murphy, Felicity Mason, Fran Lebowitz, Guy Kettelhack, John Hurt, Richard Seiburth)
Documentary tracking the footsteps of Quentin Crisp.
30 Years of Programming
Retribution (Vingança) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2008; Director: Paulo Pons; Writer: Paulo Pons; Stars: Bárbara Borges, Erom Cordeiro, Branca Messina, Guta Stresser, Marcio Kieling)
A man looking for the perpetrator of a rape embarks on a strange relationship with a young woman.
Russia 88 (Rossiya 88) (Country: Russia; Year: 2009; Director: Pavel Bardin; Stars: Petr Fedorov, Vera Strokova, Kazbek Kibizov, Mikhail Polyakov, Nikolai Machulsky)
Docudrama about Russian neo-Nazis.
The Shock Doctrine (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom; Writer: Naomi Klein; Stars: Naomi Klein)
Examination of the rise of "disaster capitalism" - a doctrine which enables governments and firms to exploit the economies of countries affected by wars, terrorist attacks or natural catastrophes.
Panorama Document
Short Cut To Hollywood (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Marcus Mittermeier, Jan Henrik Stahlberg; Writer: Jan Henrik Stahlberg; Stars: Jan Henrik Stahlberg, Marcus Mittermeier, Christoph Kottenkamp, Marta Mcgonagle, Alison Findlater-Gallinsky, Asli Bayram)
An ageing boy band try to make it big in the States.
Panorama Special
The Shock Doctrine The Shock Doctrine
The Shock Doctrine and North
Skirt Day (La Journée de la Jupe) (Country: France; Year: 2008; Director: Jean-Paul Lilienfeld; Writer: Jean-Paul Lilienfeld; Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Denis Podalydès, Yann Collette, Jackie Berroyer, Nathalie Besançon, Marc Citti, Khalid Berkouz, Yann Ebonge, Sonia Amori, Kevin Azaïs, Sarah Douali, Hassan Mezhoud, Karim Zakraoui, Fily Doumbie)
A teacher accidentally takes her class hostage.
Sleeping Songs (Schläft Ein Lied In Allen Dingen) (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Andreas Struck; Writer: Dagmar Gabler; Stars: Stefan Rudolf, Chulpan Khamatova, Traute Hoess, Paula Kalenberg, Barnaby Metschurat)
A disillusioned musician finds solace in an old woman's poetry.
Solas (Alone) (Country: Spain; Year: 1999; Director: Benito Zambrano; Writer: Benito Zambrano; Stars: Ana Fernandez, Maria Galiana, Carlos Alvarez-Novoa, Antonio Perez Dechent)
A peasant woman, with saintly qualities, stays with embittered daughter in the city.
10 Years of Panorama Audience Award
The Times Of Harvey Milk (Country: US; Year: 1984; Director: Rob Epstein; Writer: Judith Coburn, Rob Epstein, Carter Wilson; Stars: Harvey Milk, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann, Tom Ammiano, Jim Elliot, Henry Der, Jeannine Yeomans, Bill Kraus, Sally M. Gearhart)
Documentary about the gay rights activist gets a timely DVD release.
30 Years Of Programming
Uneasy Riders (Nationale 7) (Country: France; Year: 2000; Director: Jean-Pierre Sinapi; Writer: Anne-Marie Catois, Jean-Pierre Sinapi; Stars: Nadia Kaci, Olivier Gourmet, Lionel Abelanski, Chantal Neuwirth, Gérald Thomassin, Saïd Taghmaoui, Nadine Marcovici, Julien Boisselier, Isabelle Mazin, Jean-Claude Frissung)
A terminally ill, disabled militant is desperate for a last sexual hurrah - what price is his nurse prepared to pay to help him achieve his goal?
10 Years of Panorama Audience Award
Unmistaken Child (Gilgul, Ha) (Country: Israel; Year: 2008; Director: Nati Baratz; Writer: Nati Baratz; Stars: Tenzin Zopa)
Story of a Tibetan monk's attempts to track down the reincarnation of a Tibetan Master.
Panorama Document
War And Love In Kabul (Mein Herz sieht die Welt schwarz - Eine Liebe in Kabul) (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Helga Reidemeister)
Documentary about the reunion of childhood whose lives and relationship were torn apart by war.
Panorama Document
A Woman's Way (Strella) (Country: Greece; Year: 2008; Director: Panos H Koutras; Stars: Mina Orfanou, Yiannis Kokkiasmenos, Minos Theoharis, Betty Vakalidou)
An ex-con falls for a transsexual prostitute, but will his past catch up with both of them?
When You're Strange (The Doors: When You're Strange) (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Tom DiCillo; Writer: Tom DiCillo; Stars: Johnny Depp, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Ladd, Adolf Hitler, Janis Joplin, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Richard Nixon, Elvis Presley)
Documentary tracking the rise of The Doors, featuring rare footage of the band and Jim Morrison.
Panorama Document
White Lightnin' (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Dominic Murphy; Writer: Eddy Moretti, Shane Smith; Stars: Edward Hogg, Carrie Fisher, Muse Watson, Kirk Bovill, Clay Steakley, Raymond Waring, Wallace Merck, Allison Varnes, Damian Samuels, Stephanie Astalos-Jones)
The outrageous cult story of Jesco White, the dancing outlaw.
Yang Yang (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2009; Director: Cheng Yu-Chieh; Stars: Sandrine Pinna, Chang Ruei-Jia, Huang Chien-Wei)
A girl's struggle to cope with her Eurasian identity.
The Yes Men Fix The World (Country: France, USA; Year: 2009; Director: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr; Writer: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno; Stars: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno), Official Site
A documentary about two friends who put on suits and pretend to be senior corporate figures in order to try and set the world to rights.
Panorama Document
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