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Berlinale 2019: François Ozon, Marie Kreutzer, Denis Côté, Fatih Akin, Angela Schanelec, and Emin Alper in the Competition / Heinrich Breloer, Zoya Akhtar and Charles Ferguson in the Berlinale Special


The first nine films have been selected for the Competition and the Berlinale Special of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.

Alongside the previously announced opening film, The Kindness of Strangers by Lone Scherfig, six productions and co-productions from Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Serbia, and Turkey have been invited to take part in the Competition.

So far three productions have been invited to participate in the Berlinale Special. As part of the Official Programme, it screens recent works by contemporary filmmakers, as well as documentaries and works with extraordinary formats.

Further announcements regarding programme selections will be made in the coming weeks.


Der Boden unter den Füßen (The Ground Beneath My Feet)
by Marie Kreutzer (The FatherlessWe Used to be Cool)
with Valerie Pachner, Pia Hierzegger, Mavie Hörbiger, Michelle Barthel, Marc Benjamin, Axel Sichrovsky, Dominic Marcus Singer, Meo Wulf
World premiere

Der Goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove)
Germany / France
by Fatih Akin (Head OnIn the Fade)
with Jonas Dassler, Margarethe Tiesel, Hark Bohm
World premiere

Grâce à dieu (By the Grace of God)
by François Ozon (8 WomenIn the House)
with Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Éric Caravaca, François Marthouret, Bernard Verley, Martine Erhel, Josiane Balasko, Hélène Vincent, François Chattot, Frédéric Pierrot
International premiere

Ich war zuhause, aber (I Was at Home, but)
Germany / Serbia
by Angela Schanelec (The Dreamed PathMarseille)
with Maren Eggert, Franz Rogowski, Lilith Stangenberg, Jakob Lassalle, Clara Möller
World premiere

Kız Kardeşler (A Tale of Three Sisters)
Turkey / Germany / Netherlands / Greece
by Emin Alper (Beyond the Hill, Frenzy)
with Cemre Ebüzziya, Ece Yüksel, Helin Kandemir, Kayhan Açikgöz, Müfit Kayacan, Kubilay Tunçer
World premiere

Répertoire des villes disparues (Ghost Town Anthology)
by Denis Côté (Vic + Flo Saw a BearBestiaire)
with Robert Naylor, Josée Deschênes, Jean-Michel Anctil, Larissa Corriveau, Rémi Goulet, Diane Lavallée, Hubert Proulx, Rachel Graton, Normand Carrière, Jocelyne Zucco
World premiere

Berlinale Special Gala at the Friedrichstadt-Palast

Gully Boy
by Zoya Akhtar (You Won’t Get This Life AgainLust Stories)
with Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Raaz, Amruta Subhash, Vijay Verma
World premiere

Berlinale Special at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Germany / Austria
by Heinrich Breloer (The Manns – Novel of a CenturyBuddenbrooks – The Decline of a Family)
with Burghart Klaußner, Tom Schilling, Adele Neuhauser, Trine Dyrholm, Mala Emde, Franz Hartwig, Friederike Becht, Ernst Stötzner, Lou Strenger
World premiere

Watergate - Documentary
by Charles Ferguson (No End in SightInside Job)
with Douglas Hodge, Jill Wine-Banks, Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Richard Ben-Veniste
European premiere

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