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Reporting from Berlin on the 69th edition February 7 -17, 2019
Our team of festival ambassadors and reporters bring you the dailies from the Berlin Film Festival and European Film Market and keep an eye on past editions archives. WATCH OUR VIDEO COVERAGE TRAILERS INTERVIEWS AND AMBIANCE

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Agnès Varda, Agnieszka Holland, Hans Petter Moland, Isabel Coixe join Competition and Berlinale Special 2019

Natalia de Molina, Greta Fernández.

Elisa y Marcela (Elisa & Marcela). Regie/director: Isabel Coixet. Foto/photo: © Netflix

James Norton.

Mr. Jones. Regie/director: Agnieszka Holland. Foto/photo: © Robert Palka / Film Produkcja

Juliette Binoche

Celle que vous croyez (Who You Think I Am). Regie/director: Safy Nebbou. Foto/photo: © Diaphana Films


Competition and Berlinale Special: Agnès Varda, Agnieszka Holland, Hans Petter Moland, Isabel Coixet and Wang Quan'an in the Competition Programme / Feature Film Debut of Chiwetel Ejiofor in the Berlinale Special

Another 11 films have now been invited to the Competition of the 69th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Six more have also been selected for the programme of the Berlinale Special.


Joining the seven Competition films and three Berlinale Special titles (see press releases from December 13, 2018 and December 6, 2018) are 17 productions and co-productions from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Mongolia, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the USA.


Further films of the Competition and Berlinale Special programme will be revealed soon.




Di jiu tian chang (So Long, My Son)

People’s Republic of China

by Wang Xiaoshuai (In Love We Trust, Beijing Bicycle,  Chinese Portrait)

with Wang Jingchun, Yong Mei, Qi Xi, Wang Yuan, Du Jiang, Ai Liya, Xu Cheng, Li Jingjing, Zhao Yanguozhang

World premiere


Elisa y Marcela (Elisa & Marcela)


by Isabel Coixet (Elegy, The Bookshop, The Secret Life of Words)

with Natalia de Molina, Greta Fernández, Sara Casasnovas, Tamar Novas, Maria Pujalte

World premiere


Gospod postoi, imeto i' e Petrunija (God Exists, Her Name is Petrunija)

Macedonia / Belgium / Slovenia / Croatia / France

by Teona Strugar Mitevska (When the Day Had No Name, The Women Who Brushed Off Her Tears, I Am From Titov Veles)

with Zorica Nusheva, Labina Mitevska, Simeon Moni Damevski, Suad Begovski, Violeta Shapkovska, Stefan Vujisic, Xhevdet Jahari, Andrijana Kolevska

World premiere




by Wagner Moura

with Seu Jorge, Adriana Esteves, Bruno Gagliasso, Jorge Paz, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Humberto Carrão, Bella Camero, Ana Paula Bouzas

World premiere – First Feature

Out of competition


Mr. Jones

Poland / United Kingdom / Ukraine

by Agnieszka Holland (Spoor, Europa Europa, Angry Harvest)

with James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard

World premiere




by Wang Quan'an (White Deer Plain, Apart Together, Tuya‘ s Marriage)

with Dulamjav Enkhtaivan, Aorigeletu, Norovsambuu Batmunkh

World premiere


The Operative

Germany / Israel / France / USA

by Yuval Adler (Bethlehem)

with Diane Kruger, Martin Freeman, Cas Anvar

World premiere – Out of competition


La paranza dei bambini (Piranhas)


by Claudio Giovannesi (Fiore, Alì Blue Eyes)

with Francesco Di Napoli, Ar Tem, Viviana Aprea, Pasquale Marotta

World premiere


Systemsprenger (System Crasher)


by Nora Fingscheidt (Without this World)

with Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Lisa Hagmeister

Wold premiere – First Feature


Ut og stjæle hester (Out Stealing Horses)

Norway / Sweden / Denmark

by Hans Petter Moland (The Beautiful Country, A Somewhat Gentle Man, In Order of Disappearance)

with Stellan Skarsgård, Tobias Santelmann, Bjørn Floberg, Danica Curcic

World premiere


Varda par Agnès (Varda by Agnès) - Documentary


by Agnès Varda (Cléo from 5 to 7, The Gleaners and I, The Beaches of Agnès, Faces Places)

World premiere – Out of competition



Berlinale Special at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele


ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch - Documentary


by Jennifer Baichwal (Long Time Running, Watermark, Manufactured Landscapes), Nicholas de Pencier (Long Time Running, Black Code, Four Wings and a Prayer), Edward Burtynsky (Watermark)

European premiere


Es hätte schlimmer kommen können Mario Adorf (It Could Have Been Worse  Mario Adorf) - Documentary


by Dominik Wessely (Reverse Angle: Rebellion of the Filmmakers, Nelly’s Adventure, The Housewife’s Flower)

with Mario Adorf, Senta Berger, Margarethe von Trotta

World premiere


El Norte (The North)

USA (1984)

by Gregory Nava (Bordertown, My Family, Selena)

with Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Lupe Ontiveros

El Norte was restored in 2017 by the Academy Film Archive, supported in part by the Getty Foundation.

European premiere of the restored version

In cooperation with NATIVe



Berlinale Special Gala at the Friedrichstadt-Palast


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

United Kingdom

by Chiwetel Ejiofor

with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Lily Banda, Noma Dumezweni, Aïssa Maïga, Joseph Marcell, Lemogang Tsipa
European premiere – First Feature


Lampenfieber (Kids in the Spotlight) - Documentary


by Alice Agneskirchner (On Hunting – Who Owns Nature?, 20xBrandenburg, Dear Mum, I Hardly Knew You…)

World premiere



Berlinale Special Gala at the Zoo Palast


Celle que vous croyez (Who You Think I Am)


by Safy Nebbou (Angel of Mine, Dumas, In the Forests of Siberia)

with Juliette Binoche, François Civil, Nicole Garcia

World premiere



In light of recent events, Festival Director Dieter Kosslick commented on the previously announced Competition film Grâce à Dieu by François Ozon: “Grâce à Dieu - about the sexual abuse of children that went on for years in the archdiocese of Lyon - shows how relevant cinema can be. The archbishop and other members of the archdiocese have been charged with keeping their knowledge of cases of abuse a secret. Court proceedings began on January 7, 2019, accompanied by extensive media coverage. The Berlinale will show the film at the beginning of the festival.”

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