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Berlinale Announces First Six Competition Titles; 'Promised Land' & New Films from Hong Sang-soo and Ulrich Seidl

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 13, 2012 at 11:32AM

The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17) has announced the first six titles in its competition lineup. Productions and co-productions from Germany, France, Austria, the Republic of Korea, Chile, Romania, Spain and the U.S. are included, with Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" and the new film by Hong Sang-soo, "Nobody's Daughter Haewon," and the third in Ulrich Seidl's "Paradise" trilogy ("Paradise: Hope"), part of the program.
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Matt Damon in "Promised Land"
Matt Damon in "Promised Land"

The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17) has announced the first six titles in its competition lineup. Productions and co-productions from Germany, France, Austria, the Republic of Korea, Chile, Romania, Spain and the U.S. are included, with Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" and the new film by Hong Sang-soo, "Nobody's Daughter Haewon," and the third in Ulrich Seidl's "Paradise" trilogy ("Paradise: Hope"), part of the program.

The festival also announced the world premiere of doc "Unter Menschen" ("Redemption Impossible"), directed by Christian Rost and Claus Strigel, in the Berlinale Special section.

Competition:

Gloria

Chile/Spain

By Sebastián Lelio (La Sagrada Familia, Navidad, El año del tigre)

With Paulina García, Sergio Hernández

World premiere

Nugu-ui Ttal-do Anin (Nobody's Daughter Haewon)

Republic of Korea

By Hong Sangsoo (Night and Day, Hahaha, In Another Country)

With Eunchae Jung, Sunkyun Lee

World premiere

Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradise: Hope)

Austria/France/Germany

By Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days, Import Export, Paradise: Love)

With Melanie Lenz, Vivian Bartsch, Joseph Lorenz, Michael Thomas

World premiere

Poziţia Copilului (Child's Pose)

Romania

By Călin Peter Netzer (Maria, Medal of Honor, Zapada mieilor)

With Luminiţa Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Florin Zamfirescu

World premiere

Promised Land

USA

By Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, Milk)

With Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook

International premiere

The Croods - animated film in 3D

USA

By Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon)

With the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds

World premiere / out of competition

Berlinale Special:

Unter Menschen (Redemption Impossible) - Documentary

Germany

By Christian Rost, Claus Strigel

World premiere

This article is related to: Festivals, Berlin International Film Festival, Gus Van Sant, Promised Land, Ulrich Seidl, Hong Sang-soo


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.