Berlin International Film Festival 2014

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That Demon Within That Demon Within
That Demon Within and Yves Saint Laurent
20,000 Days On Earth (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard; Stars: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Blixa Bargeld, Kylie Minogue, Susie Cave, Ray Winstone, Darian Leader, Arthur Cave, Earl Cave)
An intimate portrait of Nick Cave.
European premiere. Documentary
2030 (Nuoc) (Country: Vietnam; Year: 2014; Director: Minh Nguyen-Vo; Writer: Minh Nguyen-Vo; Stars: Quynh Hoa, Hoang Tran Minh Duc, Kim Long Thach, Quy Binh, Hoang Phi Tran)
The wife of a murdered man makes tough choices in a futuristic Vietname where global warming has taken its toll.
World premiere
Anderson (Year: 2014; Director: nnekatrin Hendel)
Documentary about secret police informer Sascha Anderson.
World premiere. Documentary
Another World (Country: US; Year: 2014; Director: Rebecca Chaiklin, Fisher Stevens)
Consideration of the aftermath of the Occupy movement.
World premiere. Documentary
The Better Angels (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: AJ Edwards; Writer: AJ Edwards; Stars: Wes Bentley, Diane Kruger, Jason Clarke, Brit Marling, Jamie Harrold, Lola Cook, Casey Roberts, Cameron Mitchell Williams, Reagan Leonard, Wayne Pyle, Tim Duquette, Robert Vincent Smith, Joseph K. Bevilacqua, Heidi Philipsen, Phillip X. Levine)
Set in the harsh wilderness of Indiana, this is the story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. It tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality.
International premiere
Journey To The West Journey To The West
Journey To The West and The Dog
Blind (Country: Norway; Year: 2014; Director: Eskil Vogt; Writer: Eskil Vogt; Stars: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Vera Vitali, Henrik Rafaelsen)
Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home - a place she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. But Ingrid's real problems lie within, not beyond the walls of her apartment, and her deepest fears and repressed fantasies soon take over.
European premiere
Brides (Patardzlebi) (Country: France, Georgia; Year: 2014; Director: Tinatin Kajrishvili; Writer: Dato Chubinishvili, Tinatin Kajrishvili; Stars: Sergo Buiglishvili, Anuka Grigolia, Nita Kalichava, Mari Kitia, Giorgi Makharadze, Tamar Mamulashvili, Giorgi Maskharashvili, Beka Samadbegishvili)
Exploration of a woman's life with the convict she married.
World premiere
Calvary (Country: Ireland, UK; Year: 2014; Director: John Michael McDonagh; Writer: John Michael McDonagh; Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, M Emmet Walsh, Isaach De Bankolé, Marie-Josee Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot)
A priest finds himself under threat.
European premiere
The Circle (Der Kreis) (Country: Switzerland; Year: 2014; Director: Stefan Haupt; Writer: Stefan Haupt, Christian Felix, Urs Frey, Ivan Madeo; Stars: Anatole Taubman, Marianne Sägebrecht, Antoine Monot Jr., Aaron Hitz, Marie Leuenberger, Peter Jecklin, Ueli Jäggi, Babett Arens, Matthias Hungerbühler, Ruth Schwegler, Sven Schelker, Stefan Witschi, Markus Merz, Martin Hug, Maja Stolle)
Story of a network surrounding a magazine that was the only gay organisation to survive the Nazi regime.
World premiere. Documentary
Concerning Violence (Country: Sweden, US, Denmark, Finland; Year: 2013; Director: Göran Olsson; Writer: Göran Olsson)
An examination of colonialism.
European premiere. Documentary
Love Is Strange Love Is Strange
Love Is Strange and Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
Cracks In Concrete (Risse im Beton) (Country: Austria; Year: 2014; Director: Umut Dag; Writer: Umut Dag, Petra Ladinigg, Petra Ladinigg; Stars: Murathan Muslu, Alechan Tagaev, Erdem Türkoglu, Ivan Kriznjak, Shamil Iliskhanov, Daniel Mijatovic, Magdalena Paulus, Martina Spitzer, Elif Dag)
Gangs, drugs, dirty rap, dirty fights and dirty sex pervade the Viennese district to which Ertan returns after a ten-year spell in prison - now he makes a bid to go straight and help his son.
World premiere
The Decent One (Der Anständige) (Country: Israel, Austria, Germany; Year: 2014; Director: Vanessa Lapa; Writer: Israel, Austria, Germany )
Biography of SS commander Heinrich Himmler who committed suicide at the end of May 1945 by taking a cyanide capsule.
World premiere. Documentary
Difret (Country: Ethiopia; Year: 2013; Director: Zeresenay Mehari; Writer: Zeresenay Mehari; Stars: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere)
Meaza Ashenafi is a young lawyer who operates under the government's radar helping women and children until one young girl's legal case exposes everything, threatening not only her career but her survival.
European premiere
The Dog (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Allison Berg, François Keraudren)
Portrait of the motor-mouthed, completely uncorked John Wojtowicz, whose 1972 botched robbery of a Brooklyn bank was dramatized in Dog Day Afternoon.
European premiere. Documentary
Fever (Fieber) (Country: Austria, Luxembourg; Year: 2014; Director: Elfi Mikesch; Writer: Elfi Mikesch; Stars: Martin Wuttke, Eva Mattes, Sascha Ley, Nilton Martins, Nicole Max, Carolina Cardoso)
A woman haunted by her formative years with her mentally ill father goes back to the family home to reconcile herself with her past.
World premiere
The Way He Looks The Way He Looks
The Way He Looks and Calvary
Finding Vivian Maier (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel)
Documentary about the street photographer who only became famous after her death.
European premiere. Documentary
Fucking Different XXY (Country: Germany; Year: 2014; Director: Buck Angel, J. Jackie Baier, Felix Endara, Kay Garnellen, Jasco Viefhues, Mor Vital, Sasha Wortzel, Gwen Haworth; Stars: Kay Garnellen, Emy Fem, Antonette Rea)
Compilation of short films exploring gay and lesbian relationships.
World premiere. Documentary
Güeros (Country: Mexico; Year: 2014; Director: Alonso Ruizpalacios; Writer: Alonso Ruizpalacios, Gibrán Portela; Stars: Tenoch Huerta, Sebastián Aguirre, Ilse Salas, Leonardo Ortizgris, Raúl Briones, Laura Almela, Adrian Ladron, Camila Lora, Alfonso Charpener)
Coming of age comedy.
World premiere
Happy To Be Different (Felice chi è diverso) (Country: Italy; Year: 2014; Director: Gianni Amelio; Stars: Glauco Bettera, Giorgio Bongiovanni, Mosè Bottazzi, Nicola Calì, Ciro Cascina, Francesco Cocola, Roberto David, Ninetto Davoli, John Francis Lane, Corrado Levi, Pieralberto Marchesini, Alba Montori, Claudio Mori, Fernando Nigiro, Roberto Pagliero)
An older gay couple talk about their long-term relationship.
World premiere. Documentary
Highway (Country: Nepal, India; Year: 2014; Director: Imtiaz Ali; Writer: Imtiaz Ali; Stars: Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt)
An industrialist's daughter is abducted.
World premiere
Ice Poison Ice Poison
Ice Poison and Concerning Violence
Homeland (Ieji) (Country: Japan; Year: 2014; Director: Nao Kubota; Writer: Kenji Aoki; Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Yûko Tanaka, Yôji Tanaka, Masaaki Uchino, Ken Mitsuishi, Renji Ishibashi, Sakura Andô, Takashi Yamanaka)
A man returns to cultivate his land near Fukushima, despite the fallout threat.
World premiere
Ice Poison (Bing Du) (Country: Taiwan, Myanmar; Year: 2014; Director: Midi Z; Writer: Midi Z; Stars: Wang Shin-Hong, Wu Ke-Xi)
A young farmer becomes a drugs courier in a bid to make ends meet.
World premiere
If You Don't, I Will (Arrête ou je continue) (Country: France; Year: 2014; Director: Sophie Fillières; Writer: Sophie Fillières; Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Joséphine de La Baume, Emmanuelle Devos)
A couple on a hike, debate their relationship.
World premiere
I'm Not Angry (Country: Iran; Year: 2014; Director: Reza Dormishian; Stars: Baran Kosari, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Reza Behboudi, Misagh Zare, Bahram Afshari)
Story of a pair of political activists who find their romance threatened.
International premiere
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (Country: France; Year: 2013; Director: Michel Gondry; Writer: Michel Gondry; Stars: Michel Gondry, Noam Chomsky)
Hand drawn animation illustrating a series of interviews with philosopher Noam Chomsky.
European premiere
20,000 Days On Earth 20,000 Days On Earth
20,000 Days On Earth and Finding Vivian Maier
Journey To The West (Xi You) (Country: France, Taiwan; Year: 2014; Director: Tsai Ming-liang; Stars: Lee Kang-sheng, Denis Lavant)
A slow-moving Buddhist monk acquires a follower on the streets of Marseille.
World premiere
The Lamb (Kuzu) (Country: Germany, Turkey; Year: 2014; Director: Kutluğ Ataman; Writer: Kutluğ Ataman; Stars: Nesrin Cavadzade, Cahit Gök, Mert Taştan, Sıla Lara Cantürk, Nursel Köse)
A mother's fatal joke turns a quiet village into a nightmare.
World premiere
Land Of Storms (Viharsarok) (Country: Hungary, Germany; Year: 2014; Director: Ádám Császi; Writer: Iván Szabó; Stars: András Sütö, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Ádám Varga, Lajos Ottó Horváth, Enikö Börcsök, Zita Téby, Uwe Lauer, Gábor Harsai, Kristóf Horváth, Miklós Dr. Réfy, Gyula Hajdú, Michel Victor, Zsolt Nyári, Szabolcs Fábián)
A gay love affair sparks trouble in a Hungarian village.
World premiere
Last Hijack (Country: Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Belgium; Year: 2014; Director: Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting; Writer: Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting)
Documentary about Somali pirates.
World premiere. Documentary
Love Is Strange (Country: US, France; Year: 2014; Director: Ira Sachs; Writer: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias; Stars: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren E. Burrows, Charlie Tahan, Eric Tabach, John Cullum)
The consequences of a gay marriage on family and friends.
International premiere
Natural Resistance Natural Resistance
Natural Resistance and The Lamb
The Man of the Crowd (O Homem das Multidões) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2013; Director: Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimarães; Writer: Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimarães, based on the story by Edgar Allen Poe; Stars: Paulo André, Sílvia Lourenço, Jean-Claude Bernardet)
Finally part of a trilogy explores two different types of loneliness.
International premiere
Mario Wirz (Country: Germany; Year: 2014; Director: Rosa von Praunheim)
Six weeks before his death from cancer, poet Mario Wirz takes a walk with his friend Rosa von Praunheim during which he candidly shares his final thought
World premiere. Documenary. Panorama Supporting Film
The Midnight After (Country: Hong Kong, China; Year: 2014; Director: Fruit Chan; Stars: Janice Man, Kara Hui, Goo-Bi GC, Cherry Ngan)
A group of minibus passengers find themselves in a strange new world.
World premiere
My Mother, A War And Me (Meine Mutter, ein Krieg und ich) (Country: Germany; Year: 2014; Director: Johann Feindt, Tamara Trampe; Writer: Tamara Trampe)
The director turns her gaze onto her own family history.
World premiere. Documentary
Natural Resistance (Country: Italy, France; Year: 2014; Director: Jonathan Nossiter; Stars: Stefano Bellotti, Elena Pantaleoni, Giovanna Tiezzi, Corrado Dottori, Gianluca Farinelli)
A documentary about the artisan wine business in Italy.
World premiere. Documentary
Happy To Be Different Happy To Be Different
Happy To Be Different and Güeros
The Night (YE) (Country: China; Year: 2014; Director: Zhou Hao; Stars: Zhou Hao, Liu Xiao Xiao, Li Jin Kang, Zhou Feng Qi)
A rent boy strikes up a friendship wtih a female prostitute.
World premiere
Night Flight (Ya Gan Bi Haeng) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2014; Director: LeeSong Hee-il; Stars: Lee Jae-joon, Kwak Si-yang)
A man bumps into an old friend on the night-time streets of Seoul and they try to rekindle their old friendship.
World premiere
Papilio Buddha (Country: India, US; Year: 2013; Director: Jayan Cherian; Writer: Jayan Cherian, Jayan Cherian; Stars: Kallen Pokkudan, Saritha, Prakash Bare, David Briggs, Kozhikode Narayanan Nair, Narayanan Nair, Padmapriya, Kallen Pokudan, Sreejith Ramanan, Saritha, Saritha Saritha, Sreekumar Sree, Sujatha, Antony Thekkek)
A band of displaced untouchablesin India embrace Buddhism in order to escape from caste oppression.
European premiere
Quick Change (Country: Philippines; Year: 2013; Director: Eduardo W Roy Jr; Writer: Eduardo W Roy Jr; Stars: Mimi Juareza, Jun Jun Quintana, Migs Cuaderno, Francine Garcia, Natashia Yumi, Filipe Martinez, Rolando Inocencio, Sashi Giggle)
Story of an entertainer who offers cheap, cosmetic fixes to transgendered men.
International premiere
The Rice Bomber (Bai mi zha dan ke) (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2014; Director: Cho Li; Writer: Cho Li; Stars: Huang Jian-wei, Nikki Hsieh, Michael Chang)
Based on the true story of a farmer who made rice bombs in a political protest of the Taiwan government's joining of the World Trade Organisaation in 2002.
World premiere
Difret Difret
Difret and Stereo
Standing Aside, Watching (Na kathese ke na kitas) (Country: Greece; Year: 2013; Director: Yorgos Servetas; Stars: Marina Symeou, Marianthi Pantelopoulou, Yorgos Kafetzopoulos, Nikos Georgakis)
A woman feels alienated after returning to her home town.
World premiere
Stereo (Country: Germany; Year: 2014; Director: Maximilian Erlenwein; Writer: Maximilian Erlenwein; Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Moritz Bleibtreu, Petra Schmidt-Schaller, Georg Friedrich, Rainer Bock, Adrian Can)
A small-town motorcycle mechanic finds his past comes back to haunt him.
World premiere
Superegos (Über-Ich und Du) (Country: Germany, Austria, Switzerland; Year: 2014; Director: Benjamin Heisenberg; Writer: Benjamin Heisenberg, Josef Lechner; Stars: Susanne Wolff, Hildegard Schroedter, John Keogh, Leonard Carow, Maria Hofstätter, André Wilms, Markus Schleinzer, Georg Friedrich, Nina Fog, Margarita Broich, Peter Rappenglück, Eisi Gulp, Elisabeth Orth, Hakan Orbeyi, Gonny Gaakeer)
Life with its improbable coincidences confronts a delinquent Bohemian, Nick Gutlicht, with the ageing controversial star psychologist, Curt Ledig, whose Nazi connections are well known. Reluctantly Nick soon becomes the old man's object of study.
World premiere
Test (Year: 2013; Director: Chris Mason Johnson; Writer: Chris Mason Johnson; Stars: Scott Marlowe, Matthew Risch)
Gay romance set against the backdrop of the San Francisco AIDS epidemic.
European premiere
That Demon Within (Mo Jing) (Country: Hong Kong, China; Year: 2014; Director: Dante Lam; Writer: Dante Lam; Stars: Daniel Wu, Nick Cheung, Sixuan Chen, Kai Chi Liu, Ka Wah Lam, Andy On, Kwok-Lun Lee, Stephen Au, Kuan-Chun Chi, Ken Wong, Deep Ng, Sammuel Leung, Lam Tsing, Philip Keung, Astrid Chi Ching Chan)
After a policeman unwittingly saves the life of a notorious gang leader, he sets out to try to dismantle his criminal network.
World premiere
The Better Angels The Better Angels
The Better Angels and Blind
Things People Do (Country: US; Year: 2014; Director: Saar Klein; Writer: Joe Conway, Saar Klein; Stars: Jason Isaacs, Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett, Sam Trammell, W. Earl Brown, Jeremiah Bitsui, Missy Yager, Chad Brummett, Matthew Page, Michael Sheets, Crystal Miller, Beth Bailey, Boots Southerland, Nathan Brimmer)
A man loses his job and, unable to tell his family, forges a career in crime.
World premiere
Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers And The Emergence Of A People (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Thomas Allen Harris; Writer: Thomas Allen Harris, Paul Carter Harrison, Don Perry)
An epic film that moves between the present and the past through the work of contemporary photographers and artists. Their pictures and stories seek to reconcile legacies of pride and shame while giving a voice to images long suppressed, forgotten, or hidden from sight.
International premiere. Documentary
Unfriend (Country: Philippines; Year: 2014; Director: Joselito Altarejos; Writer: Zig Madamba Dulay)
A teenage boy is determined to win back his boyfriend... at any cost.
World premiere
Vulva 3.0 (Country: Germany, Canada; Year: 2014; Director: Claudia Richarz, Ulrike Zimmermann; Writer: Ulrike Zimmermann; Stars: Christoph Zerm, Marion Hulverscheidt, Laura Merritt, Claudia Gehrke, Mithu Sanyal)
An intimate examination.
World premiere. Documentary
The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2014; Director: Daniel Ribeiro; Writer: Daniel Ribeiro; Stars: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim, Eucir de Souza, Isabela Guasco, Selma Egrei, Júlio Machado, Naruna Costa, Lúcia Romano, Victor Filgueiras), Official Site, Trailer
Story of a blind teenager who yearns for independence.
World premiere
Brides Brides
Brides and Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers And The Emergence Of A People
Yves Saint Laurent (Country: France; Year: 2014; Director: Jalil Lespert; Writer: Jacques Fieschi, Jérémie Guez, Marie-Pierre Huster, Jalil Lespert; Stars: Pierre Niney, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Gallienne, Judi Beecher, Nikolai Kinski, Ruben Alves, Laura Smet, Janicke Askevold, Xavier Lafitte, Anne Alvaro, Xavier Alcan, Marianne Basler, Jeanne Dandoy, Astrid Whettnall, Rani Bheemuck)
Biopic of the French fashion designer.
World premiere. Opening night Panorama Special

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