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BERLINALE 2020

Cristi Puiu's Malmkrog to open Berlinale's Encounters competition

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- 15 films will compete for three awards in the newly established section, while the festival has also announced the full Perspektive Deutsches Kino line-up

Cristi Puiu's Malmkrog to open Berlinale's Encounters competition
Malmkrog by Cristi Puiu

One of the most important changes that new artistic director Carlo Chatrian is bringing to the 70th edition of the Berlinale (20 February-1 March) is a new competitive strand dubbed Encounters. A three-member jury will choose the winners for Best Film, Best Director and a Special Jury Award.

“As a result of passionate research, the 15 titles chosen for Encounters present the vitality of cinema in all of its forms. Each film presents a different way of interpreting the cinematic story: autobiographical, intimate, political, social, philosophical, epic, surreal. The films take up the challenge of shaping a world, rather than reproducing it,” says Chatrian.

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The section will open with Romanian auteur Cristi Puiu's newest film, Malmkrog [+see also:
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, a co-production with Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and North Macedonia. Described as “a tour de force of words and mise-en-scène”, the title is part of a selection that also includes documentaries such as Viktor Kossakovsky's Gunda (Norway/USA) and Catarina Vasconcelos' debut, The Metamorphosis of Birds (Portugal), the animated feature debut Kill It and Leave This Town [+see also:
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by Poland's Mariusz Wilczyński, Tim Sutton's Funny Face (USA), Matías Piñeiro's Isabella (Argentina), Pushpendra Singh's The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs (India), Camilo Restrepo's debut, Los conductos [+see also:
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(France/Colombia/Brazil), Ivan Ostrochovský's Servants [+see also:
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(Slovakia/Romania/Czech Republic/Ireland), Sandra Wollner's The Trouble with Being Born [+see also:
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(Austria/Germany), CW Winter and Anders Edström's The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) (USA/Sweden/Japan/Hong Kong, China/UK), Josephine Decker's Shirley (USA), and three German productions: The Last City by Heinz Emigholz, Naked Animals [+see also:
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by Melanie Waelde and Orphea by Alexander Kluge and Khavn. All of the titles save for Shirley, which is coming straight from Sundance, will have their world premieres at the Berlinale.

After a first announcement (read the news), the festival has also announced the full line-up of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, a traditional section that gained more international visibility last year when Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay's Oray [+see also:
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won the Berlinale's Best First Feature Award. In 2020, the selection consists of eight films. Four of them are fictions: Daphne Charizani's Greek co-production Sisters Apart, Michael Venus' Sleep, Eliza Petkova's A Fish Swimming Upside Down [+see also:
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and Barbara Ott's Kids Run [+see also:
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, which will officially open the section. The documentary titles in the line-up are: Automotive by Jonas Heldt, Wagenknecht by Sandra Kaudelka, Garage People [+see also:
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by Natalija Yefimkina and Walchensee Forever [+see also:
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by Janna Ji Wonders. Another documentary, Out of Place by Friederike Güssefeld, is listed as a “guest of Perspektive Deutsches Kino”.

The eight films will compete for the Compass-Perspektive-Award, which is endowed with €5,000. The winner will be decided by director Mia Spengler, screenwriter Bernd Lange and producer Melanie Andernach.

The list of films selected:

Encounters

Malmkrog [+see also:
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- Cristi Puiu (Romania/Serbia/Switzerland/Sweden/Bosnia/North Macedonia) (opening film)
Funny Face - Tim Sutton (USA)
Gunda - Victor Kossakovsky (Norway/USA) (documentary)
Isabella - Matías Piñeiro (Argentina)
The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs - Pushpendra Singh (India)
Los conductos [+see also:
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- Camilo Restrepo (France/Colombia/Brazil)
The Last City - Heinz Emigholz (Germany)
The Metamorphosis of Birds - Catarina Vasconcelos (Portugal) (documentary)
Naked Animals [+see also:
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- Melanie Waelde (Germany)
Orphea - Alexander Kluge, Khavn (Germany)
Shirley - Josephine Decker (USA)
Servants [+see also:
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- Ivan Ostrochovský (Slovakia/Romania/Czech Republic/Ireland)
The Trouble with Being Born [+see also:
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- Sandra Wollner (Austria/Germany)
The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) - CW Winter, Anders Edström (USA/Sweden/Japan/Hong Kong/UK)
Kill It and Leave This Town [+see also:
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- Mariusz Wilczyński (Poland)

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Kids Run [+see also:
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- Barbara Ott (Germany) (opening film)
Automotive - Jonas Heldt (Germany) (documentary)
A Fish Swimming Upside Down [+see also:
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- Eliza Petkova (Germany)
Garage People [+see also:
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- Natalija Yefimkina (Germany) (documentary)
Out of Place - Friederike Güssefeld (Germany)
Sisters Apart - Daphne Charizani (Germany/Greece)
Sleep - Michael Venus (Germany)
Wagenknecht - Sandra Kaudelka (Germany) (documentary)
Walchensee Forever [+see also:
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- Janna Ji Wonders (Germany) (documentary)

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