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The Competition of the 61st Berlinale complete line up of films


The selection for the Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival has been completed. It includes 22 films, 16 of which will be competing for the awards.

In addition there will be two special screenings: In solidarity with the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, his film Offside will be presented on February 11, the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Also, the European premiere of Werner Herzog's 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams will be shown as a special screening in the Berlinale Palast. In all, three 3D films are to be presented in the Official Programme.

On February 19, following the award ceremony, the winner of the Golden Bear will be shown as the closing film of the 61st Berlinale.

Competition programme:

A Torinói Ló (The Turin Horse)  Hungary/France/Germany/Switzerland

By Béla Tarr (Satantango, Werckmeister Harmonies)

With János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos

World premiere


Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland (Almanya) Germany

By Yasemin Samdereli - debut film

With Vedat Erincin, Fahri Yardin, Aylin Tezel,Lilay Huser, Demet Gül

World premiere / Out of Competition


El premio (The Prize)  Mexico/France/Poland/Germany

By Paula Markovitch - debut film

With Paula Galinelli Hertzog, Sharon Herrera, Laura Agorreca, Viviana Suraniti, Uriel Lasillo

World premiere


Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation)  Iran

By Asghar Farhadi (About Elly, Fireworks Wednesday)

With Leila Hatami, Peyman Moadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi       

International premiere


Les contes de la nuit (Tales Of The Night)  France

By Michel Ocelot

World premiere - animated film in 3D

Les femmes du 6ème étage (Service Entrance)  France

By Philippe Le Guay (Le coût de la vie)

With Fabrice Lucchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Carmen Maura, Natalia Verbeke

International premiere / Out of Competition


Margin Call  USA

By JC Chandor - debut film

With Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore , Paul Bettany, Zach Quinto

International premiere


Mein bester Feind (My Best Enemy)  Austria/Luxemburg

By Wolfgang Murnberger (The Bone Man)

With Moritz Bleibtreu, Georg Friedrich, Ursula Strauss, Uwe Bohm, Marthe Keller, Udo Samel

World premiere / Out of Competition


Saranghanda, Saranghaji Anneunda (Come Rain Come Shine

Republic of Korea

By Lee Yoon-ki (Love Talk, This Charming Girl)

With Lim Soo-jung, Hyan Bin

World premiere


Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness)  Germany/France/Netherlands

By Ulrich Köhler (Windows on Monday, Bungalow)

With Pierre Bokma, Jean-Christophe Folly, Jenny Schily, Hippolyte Girardot

World premiere


The Forgiveness Of Blood  USA

By Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace)

With Tristan Halilaj, Sindi Laçej, Refet Abazi, Ilire Vinca, Çelaj, Çun Lajçi

World premiere


Un Mundo Misterioso (A Mysterious World)  Argentina/Germany/Uruguay

By Rodrigo Moreno (The Custodian)

With Esteban Bigliardi, Cecilia Rainero, Rosario Bléfari

World premiere

Unknown  Germany/Great Britain/France

By Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan)

With Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz

International premiere / Out of Competition


V Subbotu (Innocent Saturday)  Russia/Germany/Ukraine

By Alexander Mindadze (Otryv/ Soar)  

With Anton Shagin, Svetlana Smirnova-Martsinkievich, Stanislav Rjadinsky, Vjacheslav Petkun, Sergej Gromov

World premiere


Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz (Our Grand Despair) by Seyfi Teoman, Turkey/Germany/Netherlands, world premiere

Coriolanus by Ralph Fiennes, Great Britain, world premiere

Odem (Lipstikka) by Jonathan Sagall, Israel/Great Britain, world premiere

Pina by Wim Wenders, Germany/France, world premiere / out of competition - dance film in 3D

The Future by Miranda July, Germany/USA, international premiere

True Grit by Joel and Ethan Coen, USA, international premiere / out of competition

Wer wenn nicht wir (If Not Us, Who) by Andres Veiel, Germany, world premiere

Yelling To The Sky by Victoria Mahoney, USA, world premiere


The Competition-productions are from Argentina, Austria, Germany, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Luxemburg, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay and USA.


16 world premieres will be shown in the Competition programme.


Special Screenings in the Berlinale Palast:


Offside  Iran

By Jafar Panahi - Jury Grand Prix - Silver Bear 2006


Cave Of Forgotten Dreams  USA (documentary in 3D)

By Werner Herzog

European premiere



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