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

by Beth Hanna
December 13, 2012 11:32 AM
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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.




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)


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)


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

With Luminiţa Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Florin Zamfirescu

World premiere

Promised Land


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


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


By Christian Rost, Claus Strigel

World premiere


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