Berlin International Film Festival 2023

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Love To Love You, Donna Summer and Talk to Me
Boom! Boom! The World Vs. Boris Becker (Country: UK, US; Year: 2023; Director: Alex Gibney)
Documentary about the tennis ace.
World premiere
Der Vermessene Mensch (Country: Germany; Year: 2023; Director: Lars Kraume; Writer: Lars Kraume; Stars: Leonard Scheicher, Girley Charlene Jazama, Peter Simonischek, Sven Schelker)
A young German ethnologist in their South West Africa colony is supposed to be collecting artefacts to bring back to Berlin, but is troubled by the cruel and racist treatment he witnesses the Herero and Nama peoples subjected to.
World premiere
Golda (Country: UK; Year: 2022; Director: Guy Nativ; Stars: Helen Mirren, Liev Schreiber, Camille Cottin, Ellie Piercy, Rami Heuberger)
Drama about the Israeli premier Golda Meir.
World premiere
Infinity Pool (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Brandon Cronenberg; Writer: Brandon Cronenberg; Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth, Cleopatra Coleman)
James and Em are enjoying an all-inclusive beach vacation when a fatal accident exposes the resort's perverse subculture of hedonistic tourism, reckless violence, and surreal horrors.
European premiere
The Innocents (Les Innocentes, Agnus Dei) (Country: France, Poland; Year: 2016; Director: Anne Fontaine; Writer: Pascal Bonitzer, Anne Fontaine, Sabrina B. Karine, Alice Vial; Stars: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne, Joanna Kulig, Anna Próchniak, Dorota Kuduk, Eliza Rycembel, Katarzyna Dabrowska, Klara Bielawka, Helena Sujecka)
A young doctor becomes the soul hope for traumatised nuns.
The Innocents The Innocents
The Innocents and Tár
Kill Bok-soon (Country: South Korea; Year: 2023; Director: Sung-hyun Byun; Stars: Hwang Jung-min, Jeon Do-yeon, Sol Kyung-gu, Esom, Koo Kyo-hwan)
A single mother who is a renowned hired killer finds it difficult to achieve a balance between her personal and work life.
World premiere
Kiss The Future (Country: US, Ireland; Year: 2023; Director: Nenad Cicin-Sain)
The inescapably current story of defiance amid the 1990s Siege of Sarajevo. An underground community uses music and art to effect change and garner global attention, and a post-war concert by U2 celebrates the city’s triumph over ethnic nationalism.
World premiere
Last Night Of Amore (L’ultima Notte Di Amore) (Country: Italy; Year: 2022; Director: Andrea Di Stefano; Stars: Pierfrancesco Favino, Linda Caridi, Antonio Gerardi, Francesco Di Leva)
Milan. On the night before his retirement after 35 years without having fired a shot, Lieutenant Amore sees his world turned upside down.
World premiere
Loriot’s Great Cartoon Revue (Loriots Große Trickfilmrevue) (Country: Germany; Year: 2023; Director: Peter Geyer, Loriat)
Selection of 31 films from the animator from across five decades.
World premiere
Love To Love You, Donna Summer (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Roger Ross Williams, Brooklyn Sudano)
Documentary about the Disco star.
World premiere
#Manhole #Manhole
#Manhole and Infinity Pool
Mad Fate (Ming On) (Country: Hong Kong, China; Year: 2022; Director: Cheang Soi; Stars: Lam Ka Tung, Lokman Yeung, Berg Ng, Ng Wing Sze, Chan Charm Man Peter)
A woman seeks the help of a fortune teller to solve a murder.
World premiere
#Manhole (Country: Japan; Year: 2023; Director: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri; Writer: Michitaka Okada; Stars: Nakajima Yûto, Nao, Nagayama Kento)
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.
International premiere
Massimo Troisi: Somebody Down There Likes Me (Laggiù Qualcuno Mi Ama) (Country: Italy; Year: 2023; Director: Mario Martone; Writer: Mario Martone, Anna Pavignano; Stars: Massimo Troisi)
A documentary about the much-loved Neapolitan actor and Il Postino director Massimo Troisi.
World premiere
Seneca – On the Creation of Earthquakes (Country: Germany; Year: 2023; Director: Robert Schwentke; Writer: Robert Schwentke, Matthew Wilder; Stars: John Malkovich, Louis Hofmann, Geraldine Chaplin, Lilith Stangenberg, Samuel Finzi)
A look at the relationship between Seneca and Nero, the infamous Emperor he mentored since childhood and who accused him of plotting his assassination.
World premiere
She Came To Me (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Rebecca Miller; Writer: Rebecca Miller; Stars: Peter Dinklage, Marisa Tomei, Joanna Kulig, Brian d’Arcy James, Anne Hathaway)
The story of a composer who suffers writer's block and rediscovers his passion after an adventurous one-night stand.
World premiere
Sun And Concrete (Sonne Und Beton) (Country: Germany; Year: 2023; Director: David Wnendt; Writer: Felix Lobrecht, David Wnendt; Stars: Levy Rico Arcos, Vincent Wiemer, Rafael Klein-Heßling, Aaron Maldonado-Morales)
Four friends try to survive everyday life in Neukölln, Berlin between drugs, gangs, rap, violence and boredom, until they hatch a dangerous plan.
World premiere
Superpower (Country: US; Year: 2022; Director: Sean Penn, Aaron Kaufman)
On February 24, 2022, while directors Penn and Kaufman were filming in Kyiv, Putin’s invasion took the world by storm. As explosions rocked the city, they became inadvertent front-row witnesses to this historic “David and Goliath” struggle.
World premiere
Talk to Me (Country: Australia; Year: 2023; Director: Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou; Writer: Danny Philippou, Bill Hinzman; Stars: Sophie Wilde, Miranda Otto, Alexandra Jensen, Joe Bird, Zoe Terakes, Otis Dhanji)
When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an ancient embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill. Until one of them goes too far and opens the door to the spirit world.
European premiere
Tár (Country: US; Year: 2022; Director: Todd Field; Writer: Todd Field; Stars: Cate Blanchett, Noémie Merlant, Nina Hoss, Sophie Kauer, Mila Bogojevic, Sylvia Flote, Sydney Lemmon, Mark Strong, Allan Corduner, Zethphan D. Smith-Gneist, Adam Gopnik)
Set in the international world of classical music, this film centres on Lydia Tár. widely considered one of the greatest living composer/conductors and first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra.
German premiere

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