"Knight of Cups"
Broad Green Pictures "Knight of Cups"

Just like that, Terrence Malick has emerged, like a rare bird, and one of his handful of upcoming films is ready to be shown to the world. The Berlin Film Festival announced their first batch of titles this morning, and ready for the Competition lineup is "Knight Of Cups." Maybe it's time to start looking at air fare...

What we know so far is that the film is led by Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman, with a whole bunch of other name and character actors in supporting parts that may or may not have been cut via Malick's notoriously ruthless editing process, in the tale of an insecure womanizer who tries to find himself. Or least that's what the latest intel says. Either way, a new Malick will be unveiled in just a couple of months. Damn.

Other films of note hitting the fest include "Weekend" director Andrew Haigh's latest "45 Weeks," Peter Greenaway's "Eisenstein in Guanajuato" and Disney's "Cinderella" directed by Kenneth Branagh.

The Berlin Film Festival runs from February 5-15. Full press release below.

Berlinale 2015: Malick, Dresen, Greenaway and German in Competition

The first seven films for the 65th Berlin International Film Festival Competition programme have been selected. The productions and co-productions hail from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, the Russian Federation, United Kingdom, Ukraine and the US.

The programme selections include former Berlinale bear winners Andreas Dresen (Nightshapes 1999, Grill Point 2002) and Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line 1999) with their newest works. Frequent Berlinale Forum guest Peter Greenaway will participate in this year’s Competition. The directorial debut by Jayro Bustamante – simultaneously Guatemala’s debut in Competition –, a feature film by former Generation participant Andrew Haigh, and the newest work by Russian director Alexey German are also among the first selected Competition films.

The opulent live action film adaptation Cinderella by Kenneth Branagh will screen out of competition. Festival-goers were once captivated by the fairy tale in 1951, when Walt Disney’s animation Cinderella won the audience award. Visitors to the Berlinale in 2015 can look forward to a new interpretation of the well-loved fable with a cast of international stars, and let themselves be swept away by the love story.

Films confirmed in Competition to date (in alphabetical order):

45 Years

United Kingdom

By Andrew Haigh (Weekend)

With Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay

World premiere


Als wir träumten (As We Were Dreaming)

Germany / France

By Andreas Dresen (Grill Point, Cloud 9, Stopped on Track)

With Merlin Rose, Julius Nitschkoff, Joel Basman, Marcel Heuperman, Frederic Haselon, Ruby O. Fee

World premiere

Cinderella

USA

By Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet)

With Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi und Helena Bonham Carter

International premiere – Out of competition


Eisenstein in Guanajuato

The Netherlands / Mexico / Belgium / Finland

By Peter Greenaway (The Tulse Luper Suitcases)

With Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti

World premiere


Ixcanul (Ixcanul Volcano)

Guatemala / France

By Jayro Bustamante

With María Mercedes Coroy, María Telón, Manuel Antún, Justo Lorenzo, Marvin Coroy

World premiere – Debut feature


Knight of Cups

USA

By Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line)

With Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman

World premiere

 

Pod electricheskimi oblakami (Under Electric Clouds)

Russian Federation / Ukraine / Poland

By Alexey German (Paper Soldier)

With Lui Frank, Merab Ninidze, Viktoriya Korotkova, Chulpan Khamatova, Anastasiya Melnikova, Piotr Gasowski

World premiere