La Berlinale unveils 18 films in competition

During the 73ᵉ edition of the Berlin Festival, Philippe Garrel, Nicolas Philibert, Margarethe von Trotta or Angela Schanelec will be in the running for the golden bear.

By Clarisse Fabre

Eclectic and open to all audiences: this is how the 73 e edition of the Berlinale is announced, which will take place from February 16 to 26, under the aegis of its director Artistic, Carlo Chatrian. This year, the golden bears will be awarded to Steven Spielberg for all of his work, while his latest film, The Fabelmans will be released in France, on February 22. For their part, Sean Penn and Aaron Kaufman will present their documentary returning to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, February 24, 2022 – Superpower, out of competition.

In 2022, Spanish filmmaker Carla Simon had received the golden bear for Alcarras (our suns). This year, the competition jury, chaired by Kristen Stewart, will decide between 18 feature films. There are some recurring names, that of Christian Petzold, present at the Berlinale in 2020 with Ondine, who had earned Paula Beer the silver bear for the best actress. The German director will defend AFire this year, still with Paula Beer. In this drama, a group of friends finds himself in a house by the Baltic Sea, while the dry forest takes fire.

Selected in 2020, with the Salt des Larmes, Philippe Garrel returns with the Grand Chariot, a family film which has the cast three children of the filmmaker – Louis Garrel, Lena Garrel and Esther Garrel – and traces the destiny of artists puppeteers. Let us also quote the German Angela Schanelec, who signs a variation in the myth of Oedipus, Music, with Aliocha Schneider and Agathe Bonitzer. Pioneer of German cinema, Margarethe von Trotta (Hannah Arendt, 2012) delivers a portrait of the poet Ingeborg Bachmann (interpreted by Vicky Krieps), Ingeborg Bachmann – Journey Into the Desert. Two other German filmmakers were selected, Emily Atef, (Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everhything), and Christoph Hochhäusler (Till the end of the night).

Six French co -productions

The competition brings together a total of six French co-productions: in addition to the great cart (French and Swiss) and Music (German, French, Serbian), let us quote the Franco-Japanese documentary by Nicolas Philibert, on the Adamant, a dive into a Day hospital in Paris, welcoming patients with mental disorders; But also Bad Living (Portuguese, French), of Joao Canijo, Totem (Mexican, Danish, French), from Lila Avilès, and, finally, the first feature film (French, Italian, Polish, Belgian) of the Italian Giacomo Abbruzzse, Disco Boy. Let us point out two other first “long”, 20,000 species of Bees, from the Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren Spanish, as well as Past Lives, from the American Celine Song, born in South Korea.

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