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Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradise: Hope)

The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival has picked the first six films for the Berlinale’s Competition section. They include Gloria from Chile/Spain, Nugu-ui Ttal-do Anin Haewon (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon) from Republic of Korea, Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradise: Hope) from Austria/France/Germany, Poziţia Copilului (Child’s Pose) from Romania, Promised Land starring Matt Damon and the animanted 3D film, The Croods from the US. In addition, Christian Rost and Claus Strigel will present the world premiere of their documentary Unter Menschen (Redemption Impossible) in the Berlinale Special.

French documentary filmmaker and producer Claude Lanzmann will be honored with a Homage and awarded the Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.

Claude Lanzmann’s film Shoah (1985) made cinematic history as an unparalleled masterpiece of commemorative culture. The nine-and-a-half hour documentary on the genocide of European Jews was screened in the Berlinale Forum in 1986 and received numerous international awards. The preparation and film work for Shoah lasted nearly twelve years. In the film, Lanzmann shows only interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Shoah, including perpetrators, and visits sites of extermination, vividly calling into consciousness the unfathomable horrors of the Nazi genocide.

 

Competition

 

Gloria
Chile/Spain 
By Sebastián Lelio (La Sagrada Familia, Navidad, El año del tigre)
With Paulina García, Sergio Hernández
World premiere

 

Nugu-ui Ttal-do Anin Haewon (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon)
Republic of Korea
By Hong Sangsoo (Night and Day, Hahaha, In Another Country)
With Eunchae Jung, Sunkyun Lee
World premiere

 

Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradise: Hope)
Austria/France/Germany
By Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days, Import Export, Paradise: Love)
With Melanie Lenz, Vivian Bartsch, Joseph Lorenz, Michael Thomas
World premiere

 

Poziţia Copilului (Child’s Pose)
Romania
By Călin Peter Netzer (Maria, Medal of Honor, Zapada mieilor) 
With Luminiţa Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Florin Zamfirescu
World premiere

 

Promised Land
USA
By Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, Milk) 
With Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook
International premiere

 

The Croods – animated film in 3D
USA 
By Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon)
With the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds 
World premiere / out of competition

 

Berlinale Special

 

Unter Menschen (Redemption Impossible) – Documentary
Germany
By Christian Rost, Claus Strigel
World premiere

 

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