Styx, Wolfgang Fischer
Styx

The 2018 Berlin International Film Festival has revealed the full lineup of the Panorama program, which will feature a total of 47 films from 40 countries, with 37 world premieres and 16 directorial debuts. 20 films will be screened in the scope of Panorama Dokumente , while 27 fiction features are shown in Panorama Special as well as the main program.

The section takes a look at Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx , which will open Panorama Special on February 16 at Zoo Palace. Nearly dialogue-free, the film tells the story of a female doctor on a sailing vacation.

A Czech production opens Panorama Dokumente. Jan Gebert’s Až přijde válka ( When the War Comes ) is the global trend of a socially acceptable form of nationalism using the example of the Slovak Slovenski Branci Slovak paramilitary organization. Árpád Bogdán’s feature film Genezis ( Genesis ) takes place on the series of attacks on Roma in Hungary in 2008/2009, exposing their effects on the victimized families and the community as well as casting light on the failures of the Hungarian judicial system pursuit of those guilty of crimes perpetrated under the dictatorial Franco regime is depicted in The Silence of Others, produced by Pedro Almodóvar. Former Brazilian president Dilma Roussef’s impeachment can be witnessed firsthand in O processo ( The Trial ).

In Generation Wealth , Lauren Greenfield raises awareness for the self-indulgent quest for luxury and the total surrender to vanity leading to a sort of “ultra-decadence,” while in Lemonade , produced by Cristian Mungiu, the American Dream remains tauntingly out of reach for those who can not afford to buy a piece of it. In the French-German production Game Girls , two women try to escape life on Skid Row, the USA’s “Capital City of the Homeless”. Shakedown immerses the viewer in the Afro-American queer strip club scene of Los Angeles 1990s, relating its protagonists’ search for freedom and self-determination to great immediacy. In the Italian production country, Iranian director Babak Jalali who is defending their cultural identity with dignity.

Family dynamics under the microscope: In Al Gami’ya ( What Comes Around ), the residents of one of Cairo’s poorest districts have developed a bank-free financing system for themselves. Two intimate portraits of rural conflict, set in Central China’s Henan province and the German state of Saxony-Anhalt respectively, are drawn in Jordan Schiele’s The Silk and the Flame and Rosa Hannah Ziegler’s family life ( Family Life ). Yang Mingming’s debut film Rou Qing Shi ( Girls Always Happy ) showcases the verbal duels of an odd mother-daughter duo looking for happiness in style or daydreams of getting rich quick. In La enfermedad del domingo ( Sunday’s Illness ), a mother and her daughter return to one another following years of estrangement. In Jibril , her final work for the Babelsberg University of Applied Sciences KONRAD WOLF, Henrika Kull depicts the isolation and love in the interaction between a single mom and a prison inmate.

The Argentinian production Marilyn and the Brazilian film Tinta Bruta ( Hard Paint ) both show the isolation and the inherent in their protagonists’ search for their place in the world. In the mafia tale La terra dell ‘abbastanza ( Boys Cry ), two young men discover an ostensibly simple way out of a sticky situation. A complex web of responsibilities is included in the two instalments of the miniseries Ondes de choc ( Shock Waves ), directed by Lionel Baier and Ursula Meier.

Three further films serve as reflections on cinema itself: Mes provinciales ( A Paris Education ), which is set in a Parisian millennial student milieu; Depending vois rouge ( I See Red People ), In Which Bojina Payanotova Confronts her parents With Their possible connections to the Bulgarian secret police; and Hotel Jugoslavija , in which director Nicolas Wagnières elevates at abandoned Grand Hotel to the status of contemporary witness to history, acting on his principle of “filming to retain and regain”.

Fluid boundaries between reality and fiction are especially present in four productions. Xiao Mei investigates the enigma surrounding the disappearance of a young woman while the dark fairy tale Koly padayut pereva ( When the Trees Fall ) includes the frightening and enchanting experiences of three generations of women. In a hybrid form between fiction and documentary film, Trinta Lumes ( Thirty Souls ) reimagines the Galician backcountry as a mythical place populated by both the living and the dead. Finally, in the deceptively calm flow of horizon ‘s ( Horizon ) images, a man is at risk of losing his footing in life after a separation.

The hard reality reflected in two productions from India and the Democratic Republic of the Congo was in stark contrast in this context. In Garbage , a young woman’s endures a nightmare of male violence. Kinshasa Makambo on the other hand provides insight into the brutal everyday existence of Congolese resistance fighters.

In addition to their appearance in  Yocho , cinematic dystopias and allegories of reality are featured in Kim Ki-duk’s Inkan, gongkan, sikan grigo inkan ( Human, Space, Time and Human ) , in which of the widely differing backgrounds assembled on a warship develop a bestial need for patriarchal domination. From Iran comes the film Hojoom (Invasion ), which adeptly establishes an oppressive mood with its post-apocalyptic science-fiction world devoid of sunlight.

Partisan takes a look back at Frank Castorf’s twenty-five year legacy at Berlin’s Volksbühne theater. Chilly Gonzales, self-proclaimed president of the Berlin Underground, is the subject of Shut Up and Play the Piano . MATANGI / MAYA / MIA The Sri Lankan Resistance artist portrays the controversial star between the labels attached to the music and media industries. In Idris Elba’s directorial debut, Yardie , the score by Dickon Hinchcliffe (“Tindersticks”) accentuates the journey of a young man from Kingston to London .

Al Gami’ya ( What Comes Around ) – Lebanon / Egypt / Greece / Qatar / Slovenia
By Reem Saleh
Documentary
World Premiere

Až přijde válka ( When the War Comes ) – Czech Republic / Croatia
By Jan Gebert
Documentary
World Premiere

La enfermedad del domingo ( Sunday’s Illness ) – Spain
By Ramón Salazar
With Bárbara Lennie, Susi Sánchez, Greta Fernández, Miguel Ángel Solá, Richard Bohringer
World premiere

Familienleben ( Family Life ) – Germany
By Rosa Hannah Ziegler
Documentary
World Premiere

Game Girls – France / Germany
By Alina Skrzeszewska
Documentary
World Premiere 

Garbage – India
By Q
With Tanmay Dhanania, Trimala Adhikari, Satarupa The
World Premiere

Generation Wealth – USA
By Lauren Greenfield
Documentary
International Premiere

Genezis ( Genesis ) – Hungary
By Árpád Bogdán
With Anna Marie Cseh, Enikő Anna Illési, Milán Csordá’s
World Premiere

Hojoom ( Invasion ) – Iran
By Shahram Mokri
With Abed Abest, Elaheh Bakhshi, Babak Karimi, Pedram Sharifi, Mehdi Etemad Saied
International Premiere

Horizonti ( Horizon ) – Georgia / Sweden
By Tinatin Kajrishvili
With George Bochorishvili, Ia Sukhitashvili, Jano Izoria, Soso Gogichaishvili
World Premiere

Hotel Jugoslavija – Switzerland
By Nicolas Wagnières
Documentary
European Premiere

Inkan, gongkan, sikan grigo inkan ( Human, Space, Time and Human ) – Republic of Korea
By Kim Ki-dukWith Mina Fujii, Jang Keun-suk, Ahn Sung-ki, Lee Sung-jae, Ryoo Seung-bum, Sung Ki-youn, Joe Odagiri
World premiere 

Je vois rouge ( I See Red People ) – France / Bulgaria
By Bojina Panayotova
Documentary
World Premiere

Jibril – Germany
By Henrika Kull
With Susana Abdulmajid, Malik Adan, Doua Rahal, Emna El-Aouni
World Premiere

Kinshasa Makambo – Democratic Republic of the Congo / France / Switzerland / Germany / Qatar / Norway
By Dieudo Hamadi
Documentary
World Premiere

Koly padayut dereva ( When the Trees Fall ) – Ukraine / Poland / Macedonia
By Marysia Nikitiuk
With Anastasiia Pustovit, Sofia Halaimova, Maksym Samchyk, Mariya Svizhynska, Alla Samoilenko
World Premiere 

Country – Italy / France / Netherlands / Mexico
By Babak Jalali
With Rod Rondeaux, Florence Klein, James Coleman, Wilma Pelly
World Premiere 

Lemonade – Romania / Germany / Canada / Sweden
By Ioana Uricaru
With Mina Manovici, Steve Bacic, Dylan Scott Smith, Milan Hurduc, Ruxandra Maniu
World Premiere

Marilyn – Argentina / Chile
By Martín Rodríguez Redondo
With Walter Rodriguez, Catalina Saavedra, Germán de Silva, Ignacio Giménez, Rodolfo Garcia Werner
World Premiere

MATANGI / MAYA / MIA – USA / United Kingdom / Sri Lanka
By Steve Loveridge
With Maya Arulpragasam
Documentary
International Premiere

Mes provinciales ( A Paris Education ) – France
By Jean Paul Civeyrac
With Andranic Manet, Corentin Fila, Gonzague Van Bervesselès, Diane Rouxel, Jenna Thiam, Sophie Verbeeck
World Premiere

O processo ( The Trial ) – Brazil / Germany / Netherlands
By Maria Ramos
Documentary
World Premiere

Ondes de choc – Journal de ma tête ( Shock Waves – Diary of My Mind ) – Switzerland
By Ursula Meier
With Fanny Ardant, Kacey Mottet-Klein, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, Carlo Brandt, Stéphanie Blanchoud, Jean-Quentin Châtelain
International Premiere

Ondes de choc – Prénom: Mathieu ( Shock Waves – First Name: Mathieu ) – Switzerland
By Lionel Baier
With Maxime Gorbatchevsky, Michel Vuillermoz, Ursina Lardi, Mickael Amman, Adrien Barazzone, Piere-Isaïe Duc, Nastassja Tanner
International Premiere

Partisan – Germany
By Lutz Pehnert, Matthias Ehlert, Adama Ulrich
With Frank Castorf, Sophie Rois, Kathrin Angerer, Herbert Fritsch, Henry Hübchen, Alexander Scheer
Documentary
World Premiere

Rou qing shi ( Girls Always Happy ) – People’s Republic of China
Yang Mingming
With Nai An, Yang Mingming, Zhang Xianmin, Li Qinqin, Huang Wei, Yuan Li
World Premiere

Shakedown – USA
By Leilah Weinraub
Documentary
World Premiere

Shut Up and Play the Piano – Germany / France / United Kingdom
By Philip Jedicke
With Chilly Gonzales, Peaches, Feist, Sibylle Berg, Jarvis Cocker
Documentary
World Premiere

La terra dell’abbastanza ( Boys Cry ) – Italy
By Damiano D’Innocenzo, Fabio D’Innocenzo
With Matteo Olivetti, Andrea Carpenzano, Milena Mancini, Max Tortora, Luca Zingaretti
World Premiere

The Silence of Others – USA / Spain
By Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar
Documentary
World Premiere

The Silk and the Flame – United States
By Jordan Schiele
Documentary
World Premiere 

Styx – Germany / Austria
By Wolfgang Fischer
With Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor
World Premiere

Tinta bruta ( Hard Paint )- BrazilBy Marcio Reolon, Filipe Matzembacher
With Shico Menegat, Bruno Fernandes, Guega Peixoto, Sandra Dani, Frederico Vasque’s
World Premiere 

Trinta Lumes ( Thirty Souls )- SpainBy Diana Toucedo
With Alba Arias, Samuel Vilariño’s
World Premiere 

Xiao Mei – Taiwan
By Maren Hwang
With Chen Yi-Wen, Liu Kuan-Ting, Na Dow, Wu Chien-Ho, Yin Shin, Laurence Chiu, Chang Shao-Huai, Samantha Ko, Wu Kang-jen, Jao Cincin
World Premiere

Yardie – United Kingdom
By Idris Elba
With Aml Ameen, Shantol Jackson, Stephen Graham, Fraser James, Sheldon Shepherd, Everaldo Creary
European Premiere

Already featured films:

L’Animale – Austria by Katharina Mückstein

Bixa Travesty ( Tranny Fag ) – Brazil by Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman

Ex Pajé ( Ex Shaman ) – Brazil by Luiz Bolognesi

Malambo, el hombre bueno (Malambo, the Good Man) – Argentina by Santiago Loza

Obscuro Barroco – France / Greece by Evangelia Kranioti

La omisión ( The Omission ) – Argentina / Netherlands / Switzerland by Sebastián Schjaer

River’s Edge – Japan by Isao Yukisada

Profiles – USA / UK / Cyprus by Timur Bekmambetov

That Summer – Sweden / Denmark, USA by Göran Hugo Olsson

Yocho (Foreboding) – Japan by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Central Airport THF ( Central Airport THF ) – Germany / France / Brazil by Karim Aïnouz

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