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Yesterday Never Ends

The Panorama section lineup for the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival is now officially complete with a total of 52 feature films. 16 films are showing in the main program, another 16 are in Panorama Special, 20 features are screening in Panorama Dokumente and two short films will be shown as supplements. 

Ayer no termina nunca (Yesterday Never Ends) by Isabel Coixet, is the last addition to the Panorama Special section. “Spain is at the lowest point of the crisis, more than seven million people are unemployed. A couple meet at their son’s grave, which has to make way for a new casino town. Anger, hatred and bitterness erupt. A nightmarish film that goes far beyond personal grief to evoke the end of a society.”

The Panorama Dokumente will open with the world premiere of a Swedish documentary, Simon Klose’s TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard. “In the early years of the 21st century, the Pirate Bay, a Swedish file sharing platform that allows Internet users to share films and music, grew enormously. The trial against the founders appears to be an unequal fight between Hollywood and three open-minded computer hackers, who come across very differently in Klose’s film than Hollywood’s media lawyers depict them. The film will be released for free online at the same time as it premieres in Panorama.”

The following newly announced titles, completes the line-up of films:

Panorama Special

Ayer no termina nunca (Yesterday Never Ends) – Spain
By Isabel Coixet
With Javier Cámara, Candela Peña
World Premiere

Panorama Dokumente

Art/Violence – Palestinian Territories/USA
By Udi Aloni, Batoul Taleb, Mariam Abu Khaled
World Premiere
 On April 4, 2011, Palestinian-Jewish actor, director and peace activist Juliano Mer-Khamis was assassinated outside the Freedom Theatre, a project once launched by his mother in Jenin Refugee Camp. Yet his students refuse to give up: “Juliano put us on stage and we will stay on stage.” Mer-Khamis also put on works at, for instance, the Schaubühne in Berlin.

Bambi – France
By Sébastien Lifshitz
World Premiere

Belleville Baby – Sweden
By Mia Engberg
International Premiere

Born This Way – USA
By Shaun Kadlec, Deb Tullmann
World Premiere
Like almost everywhere in the world, gays and lesbians in Cameroon flee to the safety of the city where activists have built up a centre to protect them against a homophobia that threatens their existence. Lawyer Alice Nkom tirelessly fights for their legal representation.

EXPOSED – USA
By Beth B
With Jeff Solomon, Lou Cubillo, Keith Reamer, Amanda Scarmozino
World Premiere
Underground artist Beth B’s earlier works (such as Visiting Desire with Lydia Lunch that screened in the Panorama in 1997) have revolved around issues of sexual repression and breaking normative barriers. With EXPOSED, she now takes a look at New York’s neo-burlesque scene that has reinvented the classic striptease, which has usually catered to the male gaze, and so exposes common gender clichés in a rather cryptic, humorous and at times shocking fashion.

Fifi az khoshhali zooze mikeshad (Fifi Howls from Happiness) – USA
By Mitra Farahani
World Premiere

La maison de la radio – France/Japan
By Nicolas Philibert
World Premiere
Creator of images Nicolas Philibert has always been fascinated by the “blind” medium of radio and its ability to fire the imagination. Millions share this passion. For many, radio lends life a rhythm and structure, bringing – between kitchen and bathroom – the world to their homes. With this work, Philibert pays tribute to its diligent makers by bringing the invisible to the screen. And so achieves what every filmmaker seeks.

Narco Cultura – USA
By Shaul Schwarz
European Premiere
In Narco Cultura, the brutality of Mexican drug lords – “narcos” – has led to a new pop genre: young people in Mexico and the USA dance to the violence-glorifying music of these new heroes. A disturbing look at a region where graveyards are more magnificent than towns.

Out in Ost-Berlin – Lesben und Schwule in der DDR (Out in East Berlin – Lesbians and Gays in the GDR) – Germany
By Jochen Hick
World Premiere

Parade – France/USA
By Olivier Meyrou
World Premiere

Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open – Switzerland
By Daniel Young
With Paul Bowles, Gore Vidal, John Waters, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ira Cohen
European Premiere

Salma – Great Britain
By Kim Longinotto
International Premiere
When her Moslem parents in southern India locked Salma up at the age of thirteen and forced her to marry, she rebelled by writing poems that she had to smuggle out. Today she is a famous Tamil poet who challenges rural traditions.

TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard – Sweden
By Simon Klose
World Premiere

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