Berlinale reveals encounters, panorama and perspective Deutsches Kino – Deadline

The announcements for Day 3 of this year’s Berlinale contain line-ups from Rencontres, Panorama and Perspektive Deutsches Kino. Come back tomorrow for the competition program.

Encounters was first presented at last year’s festival to support new voices in cinema. A three-member jury will award the award for Best Picture, Best Director and a Special Jury Prize at the industry event in March, with the awards being presented physically at the summer event.

The selection consists of 12 titles from 16 countries, including seven debuts. Scroll down for the full list.

In Panorama, there are 19 titles including 14 world premieres. Several titles arrive from Sundance like the British feature film by Prano Bailey-Bond Censor and Ronny Trocker Human factors.

Berlinale unveils programs for forum, extended forum and short films

Perspektive Deutsches Kino will once again present new views on German cinema, with six titles, all of which are world premieres. The full listings are below.

So far this week has seen Generation, Retrospective, Forum, Forum Expanded and Shorts announced.

As previously noted, buyers will have the option to view these films during the Virtual EFM, which runs from March 1-5. Juries will also be appointed to decide the rewards of the festival during this period. We hope audiences have a chance to see the films in theaters at a summer event scheduled for June.


As I want
Egypt / France / Norway / Palestine
by Samaher Alqadi
* World premiere / Documentary form / First film

Switzerland / France / Argentina
by Andreas Fontana
with Fabrizio Rongione, Stéphanie Cléau
* World premiere / First film

The beta test
by Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe
with Jim Cummings, Virginia Newcomb, PJ McCabe
* World premiere

Blutsauger (Bloodsuckers)
by Julian Radlmaier
with Alexandre Koberidze, Lilith Stangenberg, Alexander Herbst, Corinna Harfouch
* World premiere

Social hygiene (Social hygiene)
by Denis Côté
with Maxim Gaudette, Larissa Corriveau, Eleonore Loiselle
* World premiere

Das Mädchen und die Spinne (The Girl and the Spider)
by Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher
with Henriette Confurius, Liliane Amuat, Ursina Lardi
* World premiere

Mantagheye payani (District Terminal)
Iran / Germany
by Bardia Yadegari, Ehsan Mirhosseini
with Bardia Yadegari, Farideh Azadi, Ali Hemmati
* World premiere / First film

Moon, 66 questions
Greece / France
by Jacqueline Lentzou
with Sofia Kokkali, Lazaros Georgakopoulos
* World premiere / First film

by Alice Diop
with Ismael Soumaïla Sissoko, N’deye Sighane Diop, Pierre Bergounioux
* World premiere / Documentary form

Lower rock riser
United States
by Fern Silva
* World premiere / Experimental film / First film

The scary sixty-first
United States
by Dasha Nekrasova
with Betsey Brown, Madeline Quinn, Dasha Nekrasova
* World premiere / First film

Vị (Taste)
Vietnam / Singapore / France / Thailand / Germany / Taiwan
by Lê Bảo
with Olegunleko Ezekiel Gbenga, Thi Minh Nga Khuong, Thi Dung Le
* World premiere / First film


by Prano Bailey-Bond
with Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley, Nicholas Burns, Vincent Franklin, Sophia La Porta
First film

Watching a horror movie awakens the trauma of cinema censor Enid about his sister’s disappearance. She decides to find the film and its director and begins a quest in which the borders between fiction and reality begin to blur.

Death of a virgin and the sin of not living
by George Peter Barbari
with Etienne Assal, Adnan Khabbaz, Jean Paul Frangieh, Elias Saad, Feyrouz Abi Hassan, Souraya Baghdadi
* World premiere / First film

A group of friends pool their money to pay for their first sexual encounter. Their journey to see a sex worker is accompanied by boastful teenage conversations, but also sensitive inner monologues. A painful collision between poetry and social reality.

Dirty feathers
USA / Mexico
by Carlos Alfonso Corral
* World premiere / First film / Panorama Dokumente

In the streets of the border towns of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, we meet people living without homes. In intimate and unbiased black and white images, the film captures their daily life on the streets, as well as their hopes and faith.

by Monika Treut
* World premiere / Panorama Dokumente

20 years after the Gendernauts, Monika Treut seeks out the pioneers of the transgender movement at the time to find out how their lives and activism evolved, how they became their identities and how their energy continues to have an impact today.

Glück (happiness)
by Henrika Kull
with Katharina Behrens, Adam Hoya, Nele Kayenberg, Jean-Luc Bubert
* World premiere

Two sex workers meet in a Berlin brothel. In a place where the female body is a commodity, they experience moments of happiness. A fiery love story about attraction, fears and self-determination.

Kelti (Celts)
by Milica Tomović
with Dubravka Kovjanić, Stefan Trifunović, Katarina Dimić, Anja Đorđević
* World premiere / First film

Belgrade in 1993. The pent-up tension of uncertain times is released at a children’s birthday party. While the kids celebrate in the living room dressed up as ninja turtles, the adults chat, flirt, smoke and drink in the kitchen.

Der menschliche Faktor (Human factors)
Germany / Italy / Denmark
by Ronny Trocker
with Mark Waschke, Sabine Timoteo, Jule Hermann, Wanja Valentin Kube

Jan accepts a political campaign assignment without consulting Nina, who is both his wife and partner in their agency. Their family vacation is overshadowed by a mysterious break-in. A psychological portrait of a family, told from different angles.

Miguel’s War
Lebanon / Germany / Spain
by Eliane Raheb
* World premiere / Panorama Dokumente

A portrait of a gay man who confronts the ghosts of his past. After fleeing war and repression 37 years ago, Miguel returns to Lebanon where he traces hidden desires, unrequited love and tormenting feelings of guilt.

Mishehu Yohav Mishehu (All Eyes Off Me)
by Hadas Ben Aroya
with Elisheva Weil, Yoav Hait, Leib Lev Levin, Hadar Katz
* World premiere

Danny is pregnant with Max who is trying out Avishag’s sexual fantasies with her. She wants him to hit her when they have sex. Avishag brings her bruises to Dror, whom she sits down. A generational portrait that asks: at what point are we really liberated?

The world after us (The world after us)
by Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas
with Aurélien Gabrielli, Louise Chevillotte, Saadia Bentaïeb, Jacques Nolot
* World premiere / First film

When the penniless young writer Labidi meets Elisa, he knows she is the right one for him. But Paris is expensive. A captivating film that combines classic themes of French New Wave cinema with questions about roots, familiarity and distance.

Night Raiders
Canada / New Zealand
by Danis Goulet
with Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart, Alex Tarrant, Amanda Plummer
* World premiere / First film

In a dystopian future, children are seen as the property of the military regime which trains them to fight in a public boarding school. A Cree woman tries to get her daughter back. A parable on the situation of the First Nations, seen from a female point of view.

North by current
United States
by Angelo Madsen Minax
* World premiere / Panorama Dokumente

The unexplained death of his niece brings the director back to his family. His investigation into the injustice and arbitrariness of the administration turns into cathartic family therapy. A personal essay on motherhood, bereavement and transgender masculinity.

Okul Tıraşı (Guardian of the brother)
Turkey / Romania
by Ferit Karahan
with Samet Yıldız, Ekin Koç, Mahir İpek, Melih Selçuk, Cansu Fırıncı, Nurullah Alaca
* World premiere

A finely-shot drama set in the microcosm of an authoritarian boarding school in the Anatolian mountains. A winter day reveals the failure of this powerful educational institution to which 12-year-old Yusuf and his friend are powerless.

Egypt / Tunisia / Germany
by Ayten Amin
with Bassant Ahmed, Basmala Elghaiesh, Hussein Ghanem
* World premiere

Egyptian Souad, 19, has multiple identities: one on social media, others as a diligent student and obedient girl. When Souad’s ideas about a self-determined life are shattered, his younger sister begins to search for answers.

Ted K
United States
by Tony Stone
with Sharlto Copley
* World premiere

Ted K takes a radical approach to approaching Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s way of thinking. Using intense imagery and text from Kaczynski’s pamphlets, the result is not a conventional biopic but a meditative composition – and an emotional exploration of violence.

Theo and the metamorphoses (Theo and the metamorphosis)
by Damien Odoul
with Théo Kermel, Pierre Meunier, Élia Sulem, Louise Morin, Ayumi Roux
* World premiere

Théo, 27 years old with Down’s syndrome, lives in isolation in the forest with his father. Every day he trains his body to become a samurai. One day, his father leaves and Theo is alone with his world of thoughts. He decides to start a new life.

A Última Floresta (The last forest)
by Luiz Bolognesi
* World premiere / Panorama Dokumente

In powerful images, alternating documentary observation and staged sequences, and dense soundscapes, Luiz Bolognesi documents the indigenous Yanomami community and depicts their threatened natural environment in the Amazon rainforest.

Die Welt wird eine andere sein (Co-pilot)
Germany / France
by Anne Zohra Berrached
with Canan Kir, Roger Azar, Jana Julia Roth, Cela Chuh, Nicolas Chaoui, Özay Fecht
* World premiere

Asli marries Saeed in secret, even though her mother has something against the Arabs and Saeed’s mood changes like the weather. Then he disappears. The film is about how Saeed changes Asli’s life – before the whole world is shaken.

Yuko No Tenbin (a scale)
by Yujiro Harumoto
with Kumi Takiuchi, Ken Mitsuishi, Masahiro Umeda, Yuumi Kawai

In his new documentary, Yuko wants to tell the real story behind the scandal of a relationship between a student and her teacher. When she learns of her own father’s affair with one of her students, she must rethink her principles.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Instructions for survival
by Yana Ugrekhelidze
* World premiere / documentary form / first film

Jesus Egon Christus (Jesus Egon Christ)
by David Vajda, Saša Vajda
with Paul Arámbula, Sascha Alexander Geršak, Roxanna Stewens, Benjamin Stein, Zora Schemm, Angelo Martone
* World premiere

In Bewegung bleiben (Keep Moving)
by Salar Ghazi
* World premiere / documentary form / first film

Die Saat (the seed)
by Mia Maariel Meyer
with Hanno Koffler, Dora Zygouri, Robert Stadlober, Anna Blomeier, Andreas Döhler, Lilith Julie Johna
* World premiere

When a farm catches fire
by Jide Tom Akinleminu
* World premiere / documentary form

Wood and water
Germany / France
by Jonas Bak
with Anke Bak, Ricky Yeung, Alexandra Batten, Patrick Lo, Theresa Bak
* World premiere / first film

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