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'Young Adult' & Doc 'Side By Side' Featuring Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan & More Headed To Berlin

Festivals
by Kevin Jagernauth
January 17, 2012 11:55 AM
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Young Adult Side By Side

The Berlin International Film Festival continues to firm up their slate before events kick off next month, and this morning they've announced a handful of special screenings, with a couple drawing particular attention.

First up, Jason Reitman's caustic and funny "Young Adult" will receive it's German premiere at a special gala screening, which will likely be a big ticket event. Another movie we've been quietly keeeping an eye on is "I, Anna" starring Charlotte Rampling, Gabriel Byrne, Hayley Atwell, and Eddie Marsan. The film quietly rolled into production last year, and does seem promising.  Based on the novel by Elsa Lewin, it tells a noir story from the perspective of a femme fatal who falls for a detective in the case. Atwell? Femme fatale? We're in. It makes it's world premiere at a special screening.

And while there are not many opportunities when people like Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Lars Von Trier, Greta Gerwig and more would ever be in the same room together, the documentary "Side By Side" gives us the next best thing. Produced by Keanu Reeves and with interviews conducted by the actor/filmmaker himself, the documentary will get feedback from a variety of folks -- also including Lana Wachowski, Vittorio Storaro, Wally Pfister, James Cameron and Steven Soderbergh -- on the impact digitalization has had on all aspects of filmmaking from shooting and editing to archiving and distribution. That should be pretty fascinating.

The Berlin Film Festival runs from February 9-19. The list of new movies added below.

Berlinale Special Gala screenings at the Friedrichstadt-Palast

Young Adult
USA
By Jason Reitman (Up In The Air, Juno, Thank You for Smoking)
With Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elisabeth Reaser
German premiere

Already announced:
Don – The King Is Back (India/Germany) by Farhan Akhtar
Marley (Great Britain/USA) – documentary by Kevin Macdonald
La chispa de la vida (Spain/France) by Álex de la Iglesia

Berlinale Special screenings at the Kino International

Glück (Bliss)
Germany
By Doris Dörrie (Naked, Am I Beautiful?, Cherry Blossoms, The Hairdresser)
With Alba Rohrwacher, Vinzenz Kiefer, Matthias Brandt, Oliver Nägele
World premiere

I, Anna
Great Britain/Germany/France
By Barnaby Southcombe (Feature debut)
With Charlotte Rampling, Gabriel Byrne, Hayley Atwell, Eddie Marsan
World premiere

Matineé
The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Great Britain
By Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus)
With Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook
Restored version

Already announced:

Keyhole (Canada) by Guy Maddin

Berlinale Special screenings at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – Documentary
USA
By Alison Klayman
International premiere

Althawra… Khabar (Reporting … A Revolution) – Documentary
Egypt
By Bassam Mortada
International premiere

Anton Corbijn Inside Out – Documentary
Netherlands
By Klaartje Quirijns
World premiere

Hijo de las nubes, la última colonia (Sons Of The Clouds, The Last Colony) – Documentary
Spain
Alvaro Longoria
World premiere

Side by Side – Documentary
USA
By Chris Kenneally (Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating)
World premiere

Already announced:
Death Row (USA) – documentary series by Werner Herzog
In The Land Of Blood And Honey (USA) by Angelina Jolie

More Berlinale Special presentations:

To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the film journal "Positif":
Der Fangschuss (Le coup de grâce, 1975)
Germany
By Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum, Germany in Autumn, The Legend of Rita)
With Matthias Habich, Margarethe von Trotta, Rüdiger Kirschtein, Mathieu Carriere, Valeska Gert

The Story of Film: An Odyssey – Documentary
Great Britain
By Mark Cousins (The First Movie, The New Ten Commandments)
European premiere

Special Screening:

For the “50th Anniversary of the Oberhausen Manifesto”:
Abschied von den Fröschen (Farewell to the Frogs) – Documentary
Germany
By Ulrike Schamoni

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2 Comments

  • jingmei | January 17, 2012 10:15 PMReply

    that's funny if Young Adult shows up in this political subtexts galas

  • padre | January 17, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    Keanu Reeves, the SUPERSTAR of Superstars. BOW TO HIM and his most excellent documentary powers! Also appearing is Superstar and world-conquer Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, making Berlin possibly the greatest film festival ever. I love it when superstars are unexpectedly awesome. More awesome than usual that is. Continue to conquer the world and be LARGER THAN LIFE, bbs!

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