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BERLINALE 2022 Panorama

The Berlinale announces its full Panorama line-up

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- Opened by Alain Guiraudie’s Nobody’s Hero, this year’s programme will include a total of 29 films from 33 countries and 25 world premieres

The Berlinale announces its full Panorama line-up
Nobody’s Hero by Alain Guiraudie

The Berlinale has announced the full line-up of its Panorama strand. The section will include a total of 29 films from 33 countries, among them 25 world premieres and nine debut films. This year, Panorama will be opened by Alain Guiraudie’s Nobody’s Hero [+see also:
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interview: Alain Guiraudie
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, the helmer’s first title to be presented at the prestigious German gathering. In it, Guiraudie’s love-struck band of middle-class citizens race through the streets of Clermont-Ferrand following a terrorist attack. Events will be driven forward by an unusual cast of characters revolving around a likeable man in his mid-thirties, an older, married female sex worker and a young, homeless man of Arab descent.

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According to the official press release, this year’s selection will offer “a wild ride through contemporary cinema with works that denounce corrupt elites, dissect hardened and toxic family structures, and lead us to places of resistance and reconciliation”. In detail, these titles will “mediate between past and present and look at the interplay between the individual and society”, but also “demonstrate an aesthetic desire to create, a delight in dramatic gestures and a satirical sensibility”.

Among the newly announced European (co-)productions are three German productions. In Cem Kaya’s documentary essay Love, Deutschmarks and Death [+see also:
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interview: Cem Kaya
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]
, the director orchestrates footage from 60 years of alternative German post-war and Turkish-German cultural history. In Bettina [+see also:
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interview: Lutz Pehnert
film profile
]
, Lutz Pehnert paints a portrait of Berlin-born singer-songwriter Bettina Wegner, made thanks to “meticulously researched and arranged archive material” and aiming to narrate “not only the biography of an artist, but also the history of the divided Germany”. In Grand Jeté [+see also:
film review
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interview: Isabelle Stever
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]
, Isabelle Stever invites viewers “to witness the blossoming desire between a mother and her estranged son”, and “challenges our viewing habits and moral assumptions with relentless persistence and a masterful mise-en-scène”.

From Italy, the section includes Francesco Costabile’s Una Femmina – The Code of Silence [+see also:
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interview: Francesco Costabile
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, depicting “a young woman’s process of emancipation in the midst of a family entangled in dark machinations”. Meanwhile, Flávia Neves’ debut, Fogaréu [+see also:
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film profile
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(Brazil/France), promises to combine “family horror with the history of colonialism and slavery in a surreal and virtuosic manner”.

This year’s Eastern European titles include modern slavery stories set in Russia – namely, Michael Borodin’s Convenience Store [+see also:
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interview: Michael Borodin
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(Russia/Slovenia/Turkey) and Askar Uzabayev’s Happiness (Kazakhstan) – alongside Miloš Pušić’s tale about Serbian turbo-capitalism Working Class Heroes [+see also:
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interview: Miloš Pušić
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]
(Serbia) and Adam Koloman Rybanský’s Somewhere Over the Chemtrails [+see also:
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interview: Adam Koloman Rybanský
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(Czech Republic), labelled as “a laconic film that explores the causes of racism”.

Finally, the other European titles present in this year’s line-up include Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson’s follow-up to Heartstone [+see also:
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interview: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
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, the coming-of-age tale Beautiful Beings [+see also:
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(Iceland/Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands/Czech Republic), Ike Nnaebue’s documentary No U-Turn [+see also:
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(Nigeria/South Africa/France/Germany) and Alauda Ruiz de Azúa’s Lullaby [+see also:
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interview: Alauda Ruiz de Azúa
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(Spain), billed as “a sensitive study of the caring, cross-generational role of women”.

The full Panorama selection (including the first few titles announced - see the news) is as follows:

Nobody’s Hero [+see also:
film review
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interview: Alain Guiraudie
film profile
]
 – Alain Guiraudie (France) (opening film)
Until Tomorrow [+see also:
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 - Ali Asgari (Iran/France/Qatar)
Into My Name [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Nicolò Bassetti
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 - Nicolò Bassetti (Italy)
Swing Ride [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Chiara Bellosi
film profile
]
 - Chiara Bellosi (Italy/Switzerland)
Convenience Store [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Michael Borodin
film profile
]
Michael Borodin (Russia/Slovenia/Turkey)
Una femmina – The Code of Silence [+see also:
trailer
interview: Francesco Costabile
film profile
]
Francesco Costabile (Italy)
Klondike [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maryna Er Gorbach
film profile
]
- Maryna Er Gorbach (Ukraine/Turkey)
We, Students! [+see also:
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 - Rafiki Fariala (Central African Republic/France/Democratic Republic of the Congo/Saudi Arabia)
Nelly & Nadine [+see also:
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interview: Magnus Gertten
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]
- Magnus Gertten (Sweden)
Beautiful Beings [+see also:
trailer
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Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Iceland/Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands/Czech Republic)
Concerned CitizenIdan Haguel (Israel)
Love, Deutschmarks and Death [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Cem Kaya
film profile
]
Cem Kaya (Germany)
The Apartment with Two Women - Kim Se-in (South Korea)
Somewhere Over the Chemtrails [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Adam Koloman Rybanský
film profile
]
Adam Koloman Rybanský (Czech Republic)
No Simple Way HomeAkuol de Mabior (Kenya/South Sudan/South Africa)
Northern Skies Over Empty SpaceAlejandra Márquez Abella (Mexico)
Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power - Nina Menkes (USA)
Myanmar Diaries [+see also:
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- The Myanmar Film Collective (Netherlands/Myanmar/Norway)
Fogaréu [+see also:
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trailer
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Flávia Neves (Brazil/France)
No U-Turn [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
Ike Nnaebue (Nigeria/South Africa/France/Germany)
Talking About the Weather [+see also:
trailer
interview: Annika Pinske
film profile
]
 - Annika Pinske (Germany)
Bettina [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lutz Pehnert
film profile
]
Lutz Pehnert (Germany)
Working Class Heroes [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Miloš Pušić
film profile
]
Miloš Pušić (Serbia)
Lullaby [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alauda Ruiz de Azúa
film profile
]
 – Alauda Ruiz de Azúa (Spain)
Grand Jeté [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Isabelle Stever
film profile
]
Isabelle Stever (Germany)
Taurus - Tim Sutton (USA)
HappinessAskar Uzabayev (Kazakhstan)
Dreaming Walls [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Amélie van Elmbt & Maya Duv…
film profile
]
- Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier (Belgium/France/USA/Netherlands/Sweden)
A Love Song - Max Walker-Silverman (USA)

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