Berlin International Film Festival 2019

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Monos Monos
Monos and Shooting The Mafia
37 Seconds (Country: Japan; Year: 2019; Director: HIKARI; Writer: HIKARI; Stars: Makiko Watanabe, Shunsuke Daitô, Yuka Itaya, Misuzu Kanno, Mei Kayama, Makiko Watanabe, Shunsuke Daitô, Yuka Itaya, Misuzu Kanno, Mei Kayama)
The story of Yuma, a young Japanese woman who suffers from cerebral palsy. Torn between her obligations towards her family and her dream to become a manga artist, Yuma struggles to lead a self-determined life.
World premiere
Acid (Kislota) (Country: Russia; Year: 2018; Director: Aleksandr Gorchilin; Stars: Filipp Avdeev, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Aleksandra Rebenok, Evgeniya Sheveleva, Pyotr Skvortsov, Filipp Avdeev, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Aleksandra Rebenok, Evgeniya Sheveleva, Pyotr Skvortsov)
Sex, drugs, and young adults’ search for meaning in modern-day Russia.
International premiere
Chained (Eynayim Sheli) (Country: Israel; Year: 2019; Director: Yaron Shani; Stars: Eran Naim, Stav Almagor, Stav Patai)
The second part of Shani's “Love Trilogy” tells the story of policeman Rashi, whose private life is thrown out of balance by a sudden loss of authority on the job.
World premiere
Dafne (Country: Italy; Year: 2019; Director: Federico Bondi; Stars: Stefania Casini, Antonio Piovanelli, Carolina Raspanti, Stefania Casini, Antonio Piovanelli, Carolina Raspanti)
Dafne is a self-aware and bright young woman with Down syndrome. When her mother dies, she has to attend to her father too, on top of attempting to process her own grief.
World premiere
The Day After I'm Gone (Country: Israel, France; Year: 2019; Director: Nimrod Eldar; Writer: Nimrod Eldar; Stars: Menashe Noy, Zohar Meidan, Alon Neuman, Sarit Vino-Elad, Sharon Hacohen, Claudia Dulitchi, Evelin Kachulin, Miri Aloni, Eli Muallem, Ben Kippris, Yahav Viner, Ziv Peleg, Eran ben Zvi, Eran Naim, Maayan Eliasi)
The stories of injured animals, injured daughters and an injured country. Leaving Tel Aviv might be the last hope for the single father.
World premiere
A Dog Called Money (Country: Ireland, UK; Year: 2019; Director: Seamus Murphy; Writer: Seamus Murphy; Stars: PJ Harvey)
A glimpse into the creative process of groundbreaking British musician PJ Harvey, filmed in a London recording studio and during their travels to Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington DC.
Documentary. World premiere
Family Members (Los miembros de la familia) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2019; Director: Mateo Bendesky; Writer: Mateo Bendesky; Stars: Sergio Boris, Edgardo Castro, Ofelia Fernández, Laila Maltz, Javier Abril Rotger, Alejandro Russek, Tomás Wicz)
In an abandoned house on the coast, the secrets of a pair of siblings gradually come to light.
World premiere
Flatland (Country: South Africa, Germany, Luxembourg; Year: 2019; Director: Jenna Bass; Stars: Faith Baloyi, Nicole Fortuin, Izel Bezuidenhout)
A road movie about friendship, female self-determination and the social power structures of a divided nation.
World premiere
Greta (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Armando Praça; Stars: Marco Nanini, Denise Weinberg, Demick Lopes, Gretta Star)
An older, gay nurse takes one of his patients into his own home. His neighbour, an ailing transwoman, is part of this parallel society portrayed in this moving drama.
World premiere
Hellhole (Country: Belgium, Netherlands; Year: 2019; Director: Bas Devos; Writer: Bas Devos; Stars: Lubna Azabal, Hamza Belarbi, Alba Rohrwacher, Willy Thomas, Lubna Azabal, Hamza Belarbi, Alba Rohrwacher, Willy Thomas)
The portrait of a wounded city and its lost souls.
World premiere
Jessica Forever (Year: 2018; Director: Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel; Writer: Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel; Stars: Aomi Muyock, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Augustin Raguenet, Lukas Ionesco, Paul Hamy, Eddy Suiveng, Maya Coline, Angelina Woreth, Théo Costa-Marini, Franck Falise, Florian Kiniffo, Jordan Klioua, Ymanol Perset, Jean-Marie Pittilloni, Iliana Zabeth)
A group of orphan rebels are fortified in a villa with heavy arms to brace for a drone war with a faceless enemy in a dystopian future.
European premiere
Mid90s (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Jonah Hill; Writer: Jonah Hill; Stars: Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Na-kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, Ryder McLaughlin, Alexa Demie, Fig Camila Abner, Liana Perlich, Ama Elsesser, Judah Estrella Borunda, Mecca Allen, Aramis Hudson, Sonny Greenback)
The story of a teenager and his life between domestic violence and the newfound recognition from a group of local skaterboarders.
European premiere
The Miracle Of The Sargasso Sea (To thávma tis thálassas ton Sargassón) (Country: Greece, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden; Year: 2019; Director: Syllas Tzoumerkas; Writer: Youla Boudali, Syllas Tzoumerkas; Stars: Angeliki Papoulia, Youla Boudali, Hristos Passalis, Argyris Xafis, Thanasis Dovris, Laertis Malkotsis, Maria Filini, Michalis Kimonas, Christian Culbida, Thanos Tokakis, Laertis Vasiliou, Katerina Helmy, Alkistis Poulopoulou, Romanos Kalokyris, Areti Seidaridou)
Crime drama.
World premiere
Monos (Country: Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Uruguay; Year: 2019; Director: Alejandro Landes; Writer: Alexis Dos Santos, Alejandro Landes, Alejandro Landes; Stars: Julianne Nicholson, Moises Arias, Jorge Román, Laura Castrillón, Wilson Salazar, Sofia Buenaventura, Deibi Rueda, Karen Quintero, Julian Giraldo, Paul Cubides, Sneider Castro, Julianne Nicholson, Moises Arias, Jorge Román, Laura Castrillón)
On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.
European premiere
O Beautiful Night (Country: Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Xaver Böhm; Writer: Ariana Berndl, Xaver Böhm; Stars: Noah Saavedra, Marko Mandic, Vanessa Loibl, Johanna Polley, Eva-Maria Kurz, Peter Clös, Gerhard Bös, Noah Saavedra, Marko Mandic, Vanessa Loibl, Johanna Polley, Eva-Maria Kurz, Peter Clös, Gerhard Bös)
In this Faustian tale, anxious Yuri finds himself face-to-face with Death. Yuri is forced to confront his fears over the course of a fateful night.
World premiere
Selfie (Country: France, Italy; Year: 2019; Director: Agostino Ferrente; Writer: Agostino Ferrente; Stars: Pietro Orlando)
Documentary dealing with police violence and the long shadow the Mafia still casts over today’s Italy. Two adolescent Neapolitans portray themselves and their surroundings with their smartphones.
Documentary. World premiere
Shooting The Mafia (Year: 2019; Director: Kim Longinotto)
Sicilian Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first pointed her camera at a brutally slain victim. Documenting the Cosa Nostra's barbaric rule, she bore unflinching witness to their crimes. Her photographs, art, and bravery helped to bring an end to a shocking reign of slaughter.
Documentary. European premiere
Skin (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Guy Nattiv; Writer: Guy Nattiv; Stars: Danielle Macdonald, Vera Farmiga, Jamie Bell, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mike Colter, Bill Camp, Jenna Leigh Green, Louisa Krause, Kylie Rogers, Daniel Henshall, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Russell Posner, Rob Figueroa, Colbi Gannett, Joanna Herrington)
The true story of white supremacist skinhead Bryon Widner and his attempts to leave his extreme right-wing past behind.
European premiere
The Souvenir (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Joanna Hogg; Writer: Joanna Hogg; Stars: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade, Ariane Labed, Jack McMullen)
A quiet film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man. She defies her protective mother and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship which comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.
European premiere
Tremors (Temblores) (Country: Guatemala, France, Luxembourg; Year: 2019; Director: Jayro Bustamante; Writer: Jayro Bustamante; Stars: Juan Pablo Olyslager, Mauricio Armas, Diane Bathen, María Telón, Pedro Javier Silva Lira, Juan Pablo Olyslager, Mauricio Armas, Diane Bathen, María Telón, Pedro Javier Silva Lira)
The coming out of an evangelical father shatters his family, his community and uncovers a profoundly repressive society.
World premiere
Waiting For The Carnival (Estou Me Guardando Para Quando O Carnaval Chegar) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Marcelo Gomes)
A documentary film about the Brazilian town of Toritama, the self-proclaimed capital of jeans. The workers of the city’s self-managed small businesses only get one real break from their self-exploiting lives in the textile business - the annual carnival.
Documentary. World premiere
What She Said: The Art Of Pauline Kael (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Rob Garver; Stars: Pauline Kael, Sarah Jessica Parker)
A portrait of legendary film critic Pauline Kael which revisits late 20th Century cinema through her lens, using ample film clips, never-before-seen archive material, wide-ranging interviews and her writings
International premiere

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