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BERLINALE 2020

The 2020 Berlinale announces its first titles

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- Panorama gives voice to a young, headstrong generation of filmmakers, while the newly-conceived Berlinale Special Gala welcomes Matteo Garrone’s Pinocchio

The 2020 Berlinale announces its first titles
Pinocchio by Matteo Garrone

The first titles selected for the 70th Berlin International Film Festival (20 February-1 March 2020) have finally been revealed.

The announcement includes the first batch of titles in the Panorama section, which features ten European productions and three co-productions involving EU countries. In total, the strand as it now stands will host 11 world premieres, five directorial debuts and three international premieres.

Panorama section head Michael Stütz’s selection embodies “filmmakers of a young, headstrong generation” willing to “deliver pluralistic, post-migration viewpoints.” The section will welcome the new titles by directors such as Austria’s Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, France’s Sébastien Lifshitz and Kosovo’s Visar Morina, among others.

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Speaking about the first announced titles, artistic director Carlo Chatrian said: “Announcing the first films, it is important to note that the programme is more than just the sum of the selected films. It is the result of a collaborative working process and is intended to provide a picture that highlights cinema as a narrative form, which speaks of people and their world.”

Furthermore, the new festival management has taken out the Out of Competition category. As a result, non-competing films will be presented as part of the Berlinale Special Gala, with screenings taking place at the Berlinale Palast or at the Friedrichstadt-Palast. The first prominent guest of the Berlinale Special Gala will be Italian director Matteo Garrone with Pinocchio [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
, which will celebrate its festival premiere at the Berlinale Palast.

Finally, the first titles of the Generation, Perspectives on German Cinema and Forum Expanded sections have also been announced.

Here are the first titles of the festival:

Berlinale Special

Pinocchio [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
- Matteo Garrone (Italy/France)

Panorama

The Assistant - Kitty Green (USA)
Notes from the Underworld [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel (Austria) (documentary)
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets - Bill Ross, Turner Ross (USA)
Shine Your Eyes [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Matias Mariani (Brazil/France)
Digger [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Georgis Grigorakis (Greece/France)
Eeb Allay Ooo! - Prateek Vats (India)
Exile [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Visar Morina
film profile
]
- Visar Morina (Germany/Belgium/Kosovo)
No Hard Feelings [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Faraz Shariat (Germany)
Hope [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maria Sødahl
film profile
]
- Maria Sødahl (Norway/Sweden)
Running on Empty [+see also:
trailer
interview: Lisa Weber
film profile
]
- Lisa Weber (Austria) (documentary)
Wildland [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jeanette Nordahl
film profile
]
- Jeanette Nordahl (Denmark)
One in a Thousand [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Clarisa Navas (Argentina/Germany)
Pari [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Siamak Etemadi (Greece/France/Netherlands/Bulgaria)
Little Girl [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sébastien Lifshitz
film profile
]
- Sébastien Lifshitz (France) (documentary)
Black Milk [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Uisenma Borchu (Germany/Mongolia)
If It Were Love [+see also:
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]
- Patric Chiha (France) (documentary)
Suk Suk - Ray Yeung (Hong Kong/China)
Welcome to Chechnya - David France (USA) (documentary)

Generation 14plus

Black Sheep Boy - James Molle (France) (short film)
Clebs - Halima Ouardiri (Canada)
The Flame - Nick Waterman (Australia)
Goodbye Golovin - Mathieu Grimard (Canada)
Cocoon [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
- Leonie Krippendorff (Germany)
My Name is Baghdad (Meu nome é Bagdá) - Caru Alves de Souza (Brazil)
Something to Remember (Något att minnas) - Niki Lindroth von Bahr (Sweden) (short film)
Our Lady of the Nile [+see also:
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trailer
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]
- Atiq Rahimi (France/Belgium/Rwanda)
Paradise Drifters [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Mees Peijnenburg (Netherlands)
Pompei [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Anna Falguères and John Shank
film profile
]
- Anna Falguères, John Shank (Belgium/France/Canada)
White Riot [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
- Rubika Shah (UK)

Generation Kplus

Death of Nintendo - Raya Martin (Philippines/USA)
Un diable dans la poche - Antoine Bonnet, Mathilde Loubes (France) (short film)
A Fool God - Hiwot Admasu Getaneh (France) (short film)
H is for Happiness - John Sheedy (Australia)
Los lobos - Samuel Kishi Leopo (Mexico)
Cuties [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
- Maïmouna Doucouré (France)
Perro [+see also:
trailer
interview: Lin Sternal
film profile
]
- Lin Sternal (Germany) (documentary)
Sweet Thing - Alexandre Rockwell (USA)
Veins of the World [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Byambasuren Davaa (Germany/Mongolia)

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Kids Run [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Barbara Ott (Germany) (opening film)
A Fish Swimming Upside Down [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Eliza Petkova (Germany)
Garage People [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Natalija Yefimkina (Germany) (documentary)
Walchensee Forever [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Janna Ji Wonders (Germany)

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