Berlin Film Festival To Spotlight Pandemic-era Movies
Sumaira FH 18 days ago Thu 11th February 2021 | 06:10 PM
Berlin, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th Feb, 2021 ) :Berlin's international film festival next month will feature 15 movies made under the pandemic in competition for its Golden Bear top prize, organisers said Thursday.
Directors including Emmy winner Maria Schrader ("Unorthodox"), German-Spanish actor Daniel Bruehl ("Rush") and French director Celine Sciamma ("Portrait of a Lady on Fire") will be premiering new work at the event, which will take place online because of Germany's partial lockdown.
The Berlinale's artistic director, Carlo Chatrian, said all contenders for the top prizes at the March 1-5 event were "films that either in their production or their post-production process have endured the pandemic".
Bruehl, who came to international attention with the bittersweet comedy "Good Bye, Lenin" and is now part of the Captain America franchise, will make his directorial debut with "Next Door" about gentrification in Berlin.
One of Romania's top filmmakers, Radu Jude, who won the Berlinale's Silver Bear in 2015 for "Aferim!" about the origins of prejudice against the Roma, is back with "Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn" about a teacher whose sex tape winds up on the internet.
Lebanese directors Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige will screen "Memory Box" about an immigrant mother in Montreal facing flashbacks of her country's civil war.
Other titles include "A Cop Movie", a Mexican documentary by Alonso Ruizpalacios, Iranian death penalty drama "Ballad of a White Cow" by Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moghaddam and Denes Nagy's Hungarian World War II feature "Natural Light".
The jury will be made up of six previous Golden Bear winners including last year's laureate, dissident Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof, who claimed the prize for "There Is No Evil" about capital punishment in his country.