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BERLINALE 2021 Encounters / Panorama / Perspektive Deutsches Kino

The Berlinale announces the Encounters, Panorama and Perspektive Deutsches Kino programmes

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- In total, the three sections will feature 27 new European (co-)productions

The Berlinale announces the Encounters, Panorama and Perspektive Deutsches Kino programmes
The Panorama title Theo and the Metamorphosis by Damien Odoul

Today, the Berlinale announced the full programmes for its Encounters, Panorama and Perspektive Deutsches Kino strands. In detail, this year’s Encounters line-up includes 12 titles from 16 countries, and seven of them are first features. The section was introduced last year, with the aim of supporting “new voices in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms in the official selection”. A three-member jury will choose the winners of Best Film, Best Director and a Special Jury Award, and will announce them during the Berlinale Industry Event (1-5 March). The awards ceremony will take place at the Summer Special (9-20 June).

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“Each film in the second edition of Encounters is a line that crosses an unknown field. If something unites these very diverse cinematic achievements, it is a sense of discovery. Like the Lumière brothers, 125 years later, these films want to take us to places where we will learn something about the world, humankind and, maybe, about ourselves, too. In a time where trips are almost always cancelled, cinema regains its function,” says artistic director Carlo Chatrian.

Meanwhile, the Panorama section comprises 19 titles, including 16 world premieres and six debut films. Speaking about this year's picks, section head Michael Stütz commented: “2021 is characterised by combative, political cinema. The cinematic gazes of strong female directors, critical new cinema from the Middle East as well as indigenous and queer narratives set clear focal points in the Panorama. The filmmakers are taking a stand with their observations, reflecting on individual conflicts and collective trauma while also questioning political and interpersonal power relations, and challenging others to respond.”

Finally, the Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme includes six titles, selected from among a total of 225 submissions. This year’s selection has been described as reflecting “the increasing blurring of national borders, and the free movement of filmmakers and their stories across geographic borders”.

Here is the list of films selected:

Encounters

As I Want [+see also:
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Samaher Alqadi (Egypt/France/Norway/Palestine) (documentary)
Azor [+see also:
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interview: Andreas Fontana
film profile
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Andreas Fontana (Switzerland/France/Argentina)
The Beta Test [+see also:
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Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe (USA/UK)
Bloodsuckers [+see also:
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interview: Julian Radlmaier
film profile
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Julian Radlmaier (Germany)
Social Hygiene – Denis Côté (Canada)
The Girl and the Spider [+see also:
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interview: Ramon Zürcher and Silvan Zü…
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Ramon Zürcher and Silvan Zürcher (Switzerland)
Distr [+see also:
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ict Terminal [+see also:
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Bardia Yadegari, Ehsan Mirhosseini (Iran/Germany)
Moon, 66 Questions [+see also:
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interview: Jacqueline Lentzou
film profile
]
Jacqueline Lentzou (Greece/France)
We [+see also:
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interview: Alice Diop
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]
Alice Diop (France) (documentary)
Rock Bottom RiserFern Silva (USA)
The Scary of Sixty-FirstDasha Nekrasova (USA)
Taste [+see also:
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Lê Bảo (Vietnam/Singapore/France/Thailand/Germany/Taiwan)

Panorama

Censor [+see also:
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interview: Prano Bailey-Bond
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Prano Bailey-Bond (UK)
Death of a Virgin, and the Sin of Not LivingGeorge Peter Barbari (Lebanon)
Dirty FeathersCarlos Alfonso Corral (USA/Mexico) (documentary)
Genderation [+see also:
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Monika Treut (Germany) (documentary)
Bliss [+see also:
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interview: Henrika Kull
film profile
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Henrika Kull (Germany)
Celts [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Milica Tomovic
film profile
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Milica Tomović (Serbia)
Human Factors [+see also:
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interview: Ronny Trocker
film profile
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Ronny Trocker (Germany/Italy/Denmark)
Miguel's War [+see also:
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Eliane Raheb (Lebanon/Germany/Spain) (documentary)
All Eyes Off Me [+see also:
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interview: Hadas Ben Aroya
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Hadas Ben Aroya (Israel)
The World After Us [+see also:
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interview: Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas
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Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas (France)
Night RaidersDanis Goulet (Canada/New Zealand)
North By CurrentAngelo Madsen Minax (USA) (documentary)
Brother's Keeper [+see also:
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interview: Ferit Karahan
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Ferit Karahan (Turkey/Romania)
Souad [+see also:
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Ayten Amin (Egypt/Tunisia/Germany)
Ted K – Tony Stone (USA)
Theo and the Metamorphosis [+see also:
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interview: Damien Odoul
film profile
]
Damien Odoul (France)
The Last Forest – Luiz Bolognesi (Brazil) (documentary)
Copilot [+see also:
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interview: Anne Zohra Berrached
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Anne Zohra Berrached (Germany/France)
A Balance – Yujiro Harumoto (Japan)

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Instructions for Survival [+see also:
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Yana Ugrekhelidze (Germany) (documentary)
Jesus Egon Christ – David Vajda, Saša Vajda (Germany) (medium-length film)
Keep Moving [+see also:
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Salar Ghazi (Germany) (documentary)
The Seed [+see also:
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Mia Maariel Meyer (Germany)
When a farm goes aflame [+see also:
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Jide Tom Akinleminu (Germany) (documentary)
Wood and Water [+see also:
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Jonas Bak (Germany/France)

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