Berlin International Film Festival 2015

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Eisenstein In Guanajuato Eisenstein In Guanajuato
Eisenstein In Guanajuato and Aferim!
13 Minutes (Elser) (Country: Germany; Year: 2015; Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel; Writer: Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer, Fred Breinersdorfer; Stars: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow, Felix Eitner, David Zimmerschied, Rüdiger Klink, Simon Licht, Cornelia Köndgen, Martin Maria Abram, Michael Kranz, Gerti Drassl, Lissy Pernthaler, Valentina Repetto, Anna Unterberger)
The story of the man who almost killed Hitler.
45 Years (Country: UK; Year: 2015; Director: Andrew Haigh; Writer: Andrew Haigh, based on the short story by David Constantine.; Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James, Dolly Wells, David Sibley, Sam Alexander, Richard Cunningham, Hannah Chalmers, Max Rudd, Martin Atkinson, Kevin Matadeen, Camille Ucan, Lucy Temple, Paul Goldsmith, Rachel Banham)
A marriage is thrown into turmoil with news of a long dead lover.
World premiere.
As We Were Dreaming (Als wir träumten) (Country: Germany, France; Year: 2015; Director: Andreas Dresen; Writer: Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Clemens Meyer; Stars: Pit Bukowski, Joel Basman, Ruby O. Fee, Merlin Rose, Gerdy Zint, Dorothea Walda, Peter Schneider, Henning Peker, Marie Luise Stahl, Ramona Kunze-Libnow, Julius Nitschkoff, David Berton, Ronald Kukulies, Joachim Nimtz, Clemens Meyer)
The story of five friends in Leipzig after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
World premiere.
Aferim! (Country: Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France; Year: 2015; Director: Radu Jude; Writer: Radu Jude; Stars: Teodor Corban, Mihai Comanoiu, Toma Cuzin, Alexandru Dabija, Luminita Gheorghiu, Victor Rebengiuc, Alberto Dinache, Alexandru Bindea, Mihaela Sirbu, Adina Cristescu, Serban Pavlu, Gabriel Spahiu, Puiu Mircea Lascus, Daniel Visan)
A policeman and his son hunt a runaway gypsy slave.
World premiere.
Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories (Saigon Sunny Days, Cha và con và) (Country: Vietnam; Year: 2015; Director: Dang Di Phan; Stars: Do Thi Hai Yen, Le Cong Hoang, Truong The Vinh)
In 1990s Saigon, photography student Vu falls in love with his roommate, Thang, a heroin dealer... but what happens when she falls pregnant and he disappears?
World premiere.
Ixcanul Ixcanul
Ixcanul and Diary Of A Chambermaid
Body (Country: Poland; Year: 2015; Director: Malgorzata Szumowska; Writer: Malgorzata Szumowska; Stars: Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala)
A police officer struggles with his daughter's anorexia.
World premiere.
Cinderella (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Kenneth Branagh; Writer: Chris Weitz; Stars: Lily James, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Stellan Skarsgård, Nonso Anozie, Derek Jacobi, Ben Chaplin, Laurie Calvert, Eloise Webb, Leila Wong, Zizi Strallen)
Live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale.
International premiere. Out of competition.
The Club (El Club) (Country: Chile; Year: 2015; Director: Pablo Larraín; Writer: Guillermo Calderón, Daniel Villalobos; Stars: Roberto Farías, Antonia Zegers, Alfredo Castro, Alejandro Goic, Alejandro Sieveking, Jaime Vadell, Marcelo Alonso, Jose Soza), Trailer
A group of priests of various ages lives together with Mónica, a nun, in a house on the Chilean coast. When they are not praying and atoning for their sins, they train their greyhound for the next race.
World premiere.
Diary Of A Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (Country: France; Year: 2015; Director: Benoît Jacquot; Writer: Benoît Jacquot, Hélène Zimmer, based on the novel by Octave Mirbeau; Stars: Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Vincent Lacoste, Clotilde Mollet, Hervé Pierre)
An alert servant works for a wealthy couple in rural France.
World premiere.
Eisenstein In Guanajuato (Country: Mexico, Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, France; Year: 2015; Director: Peter Greenaway; Writer: Peter Greenaway; Stars: Stelio Savante, Lisa Owen, Maya Zapata, Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Jakob Öhrman, Rasmus Slätis, Raino Ranta)
The 10 days that shook Eisenstein.
World premiere.
13 Minutes 13 Minutes
13 Minutes and Cinderella
Endless Night (Nobody Wants the Night, Nadie quiere la noche) (Country: Spain; Year: 2015; Director: Isabel Coixet; Writer: Miguel Barros; Stars: Rinko Kikuchi, Juliette Binoche, Gabriel Byrne, Matt Salinger, Velizar Binev, Ciro Miró)
Adventure film focuses on courageous women and ambitious men who put anything at stake for love and glory.
World premiere.
Gone With The Bullets (Yi bu zhi yao) (Country: China; Year: 2014; Director: Wen Jiang; Writer: Wen Jiang, Junli Guo; Stars: Zhang Wen, Zhiwen Wang, Huang Hung, Harrison Liu, Ying Na, Ben Niu, You Ge, Wen Jiang, Dominique Kelley, Matthew Ray Ruggles, Qi Shu, Nina Wu, Yun Zhou)
Beauty contest satire set in 1920s Shanghai.
World premiere.
Ixcanul (Ixcanul Volcano) (Country: France, Guatemala; Year: 2015; Director: Jayro Bustamante; Writer: Jayro Bustamante; Stars: María Mercedes Croy, María Telón, Manuel Manuel Antún, Justo Lorenzo, Marvin Coroy)
Story of a teenage girl living in the foothills of a volcano, who faces an arranged marriage but is won over by the charms of a plantation worker.
World premiere.
Knight Of Cups (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Terrence Malick; Writer: Terrence Malick; Stars: Joe Manganiello, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Imogen Poots, Natalie Portman, Teresa Palmer, Ben Kingsley, Nick Offerman, Wes Bentley, Joel Kinnaman, Nicky Whelan, Jason Clarke, Isabel Lucas, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto)
Targeting the world of showbusiness.
World premiere.
Mr. Holmes (Country: UK, US; Year: 2015; Director: Bill Condon; Writer: Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the book by Mitch Cullin using characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle.; Stars: Ian McKellen, Milo Parker, Laura Linney, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Roger Allam, Colin Starkey, Philip Davis, Nicholas Rowe, Frances de la Tour, Madeleine Worrall, Sarah Crowden, Takako Akashi, Zak Shukor)
A retired Sherlock looks back on his life and an unsolved case.
World premiere.
Taxi Tehran Taxi Tehran
Taxi Tehran and The Pearl Button
The Pearl Button (Le Bouton de Nacre) (Country: Chile, France, Spain; Year: 2015; Director: Patricio Guzmán; Writer: Patricio Guzmán)
Water, the longest border in Chile, also holds the secret of two mysterious buttons which were found on its ocean floor.
World premiere.
Queen Of The Desert (Country: US, Morocco; Year: 2015; Director: Werner Herzog; Writer: Werner Herzog; Stars: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Damian Lewis, Jenny Agutter, Holly Earl, Christopher Fulford, David Calder, Renee Faia, Beth Goddard, Mark Lewis Jones, Sarah Crowden, Sophie Linfield, Michael Jenn, Jay Abdo)
A chronicle of the life of travller, writer, cartographer and archaeologist Gertrude Bell.
World premiere.
Taxi Tehran (Country: Iran ; Year: 2015; Director: Jafar Pahani; Writer: Jafar Panahi; Stars: Jafar Panahi)
An Iranian director forbidden to make movies works as a taxi driver, and installs hidden cameras in his cab…
World premiere.
Under Electric Clouds (Pod elektricheskimi oblakami) (Country: Russia, Ukraine, Poland; Year: 2015; Director: Aleksey German; Writer: Aleksey German; Stars: Lui Frank, Merab Ninidze, Viktoria Korotkova, Chulpan Khamatova, Piotr Gasowski)
An album of interralated stories about the country where the past, present and future had connected together in a paradoxial way.
World premiere.
Victoria (My Name Is Victoria) (Country: Germany; Year: 2015; Director: Sebastian Schipper; Writer: Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Sebastian Schipper; Stars: Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Laia Costa, Max Mauff, Burak Yigit, Nadja Laura Mijthab)
Adventures of a woman after she meets a group of young lads, over the course of a night.
World premiere.

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