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Berlinale Panorama 2011 with Renowned Directors, Three Films on India and Many New Discoveries

Now that the programme is almost complete it can be said that in the aftermath of the financial crisis truly independent cinema is at an advantage. The themes of many first films are daring and hence inspiring, as seen in the work of Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad who, set against the backdrop of the interminable Palestinian-Israeli conflict, has her protagonists work through traumas in Lo Roim Alaich (Invisible), or with French director Céline Sciamma whose Tomboy portrays the coming of age of a boy in a girl's body - a deeply touching story, one that is also the subject of a German directorial debut, Sabine Bernardi's Romeos. Then there's the French entry Dernier étage gauche gauche (Top Floor Left Wing) by Angelo Cianci that revolves around the next generation of Arab adolescents who are already integrated but marginalized, and of whom too little is demanded. Though, of course, topical political issues are also taken up by famous Europeans, such as the boatpeople from Afghanistan by Greek filmmaker Constantine Giannaris (many-time guest of the Panorama and in the 2002 Competition with One Day In August) in his work Man At Sea; and the past and present consequences of colonisation by Spanish director Icíar Bollaín in her film También la lluvia (Even the Rain). In it, Sebastian (played by Gael García Bernal) casts a drama about the Spanish conquest 500 years earlier with the indigenous people from an entire village. This film is also screening in the Berlinale's Culinary Cinema series on February 16. Star chef Thomas Kammeier will prepare two dishes inspired by the film for the occasion.


Beyond this, there's a wave of innovative genre cinema for audiences to discover. For instance, Amador, a warm-hearted intimate piece about an illegal immigrant from South America by Spanish director Fernando León De Aranoa (who presented Familia in the Panorama in 1997 and contributed to the Invisibles, which was produced by Javier Bardem, in 2007). Or Vampire by Iwai Shunji (who opened the Panorama in 2002 with his film All About Lily Chou-Chou) and in which Kevin Zegers plays the most endearing vampire of all time.


New narrative styles are evident in, for example, a first work by Argentinean filmmaker Gustavo Taretto. His film Medianeras revolves around trying to get an Internet junkie to return to real life. And then there's Jan Gassmann's feature debut OFFBEAT, an unconventional and atmospheric story from Switzerland about a generation of rappers who are getting on in years. Producers Ridley and Tony Scott, on the other hand, explore the narrative possibilities of social media in Life In  A Day, directed by Kevin MacDonald. Selected from thousands of digital contributions sent in by members of the global community, the British filmmaker unveils a kaleidoscope of parallel worlds such as has never been seen before.

Working with 3D demands a completely new approach to the camera, lighting, set design and above all editing: The Mortician by Britain's Gareth Maxwell Roberts is one of the best-crafted examples so far and demonstrates how this new challenge can be met.


Innovative narrative styles and unusually critical images of society are also discernible in the three films on India in the 2011 Panorama: on a grand scale Vishal Bhardwaj tells of an intimidating female character who moves between the religions and their male proponents in 7 Khoon Maaf (7 Sins Forgiven), while young director Q has angry young men set out - unfiltered and raw - to find a place for themselves in the world in his film debut Gandu (Asshole): "Words are burning inside us. Rap is a way to say them." British filmmaker Phil Cox lets viewers experience the city of Calcutta up close in The Bengali Detective: it takes you to the darkest corners of the metropolis with private detectives whose businesses are booming because the police can no longer be trusted.


Details about the opening films of the Main Programme, the Panorama Special and Panorama Dokumente as well as the complete Panorama programme will be coming soon.



Panorama Main Programme + Panorama Special


7 Khoon Maaf (7 Sins Forgiven) by Vishal Bhardwaj, India, world premiere

with Priyanka Chopra, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Irrfan Khan, Naseeruddin Shah

Panorama Special

Amador by Fernando León De Aranoa, Spain

with Magaly Solier, Celso Bugallo, Pietro Sibille, Sonia Almarcha, Fanny de Castro

Panorama Special


Byakuyakou (Into the White Night) by Yoshihiro Fukagawa, Japan

with Maki Horikita, Kengo Kora, Eiichiro Funakoshi

Panorama Main Programme

Dernier étage gauche gauche (Top Floor Left Wing) by Angelo Cianci, France/Luxemburg

with Hippolyte Girardot, Mohamed Fellag, Aymen Saidi, Judith Henry, Michel Vuillermoz

Panorama Main Programme

Gandu (Asshole) by Kaushik Mukherjee (Q), India

with Anubrata Basu, Joyraj Bhattacharya, Rituporna Sen, Shilajit Majumder, Kamalika Banerjee

Panorama Main Programme

Here by Braden King, USA

with Ben Foster, Lubna Azabal

Panorama Main Programme


Life In A Day by Kevin MacDonald, Great Britain

Panorama Special


Lo Roim Alaich (Invisible) by Michal Aviad, Israel/Germany, world premiere

with Ronit Elkabetz, Evgenia Dodina

Panorama Main Programme


Man At Sea by Constantine Giannaris, Greece, world premiere

with Andonis Karystinos, Theodora Tzimou, Konstantinos Avarikiotis, Stathis Papadopoulos, Thanasis Tatavlalis

Panorama Special


Medianeras by Gustavo Taretto, Argentina/Germany/Spain, world premiere

with Pilar López de Ayala, Javier Drolas, Inés Efrón, Carla Peterson, Rafael Ferro

Panorama Special


OFFBEAT by Jan Gassmann, Switzerland, world premiere

with Hans-Jakob Mühlethaler, Domenico Pecoraio, Manuel Neuburger, Vesna Garstik, Marlise Fischer

Panorama Main Programme


Qualunquemente by Giulio Manfredonia, Italy

with Sergio Rubini, Lorenza Indovina, Nicola Rignanese, Davide Giordano

Panorama Main Programme

Romeos by Sabine Bernardi, Germany, world premiere

with Rick Okon, Liv Lisa Fries, Maximilian Befort

Panorama Main Programme

Sala samobójców (Suicide Room) by Jan Komasa, Poland, world premiere

with Jakub Gierszal, Roma Gasiorowska, Krzysztof Pieczynski, Agata Kulesza

Panorama Special

También la lluvia (Even The Rain) by Icíar Bollaín, Spain/France/Mexico

with Luis Tosar, Gael García Bernal, Juan Carlos Aduviri, Karra Elejalde, Raúl Arévalo

Panorama Main Programme


The Mortician by Gareth Maxwell Roberts, Great Britain/USA, world premiere, 3D

with Method Man, Edward Furlong, Dash Mihok, Judy Marte, Angelic Zambrana

Panorama Main Programme


Tomboy by Céline Sciamma, France, world premiere

with Zoé Heran, Malonn Raffin, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani, Mathieu Demy

Panorama Main Programme


Vampire by Iwai Shunji, Canada/USA

with Kevin Zegers, Rachel Leigh Cook, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Adelaide Clemens, Kristin Kreuk

Panorama Main Programme



Supporting Films


Porno Melodrama by Romualdas Zabarauskas, Lithuania/France/Finland, world premiere

with Marius Repšys, Vilma Kutavičiūtė, Kurtis


Spring by Hong Khaou, Great Britain

with Christopher O'Donnell, Jonathan Keane


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