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Berlin Film Festival 2014 Reveals Five New Competition Titles, Includes Films by Alain Resnais, Claudia Llosa and More

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 17, 2013 at 12:39PM

The Berlin International Film Festival has unveiled five titles slated to play in competition at the upcoming 2014 fest, kicking off February 6.
Jack O'Connell in "71"
Jack O'Connell in "71"

The Berlin International Film Festival has unveiled five new titles slated to play in competition at the upcoming 2014 fest, kicking off February 6. 

The added competition films are Yann Demange’s “’71," starring Jack O'Connell ("Starred Up," "Unbroken"); New Wave veteran Alain Resnais’ “Aimer, boire et chanter” (Life of Riley); “Aloft,” by Claudia LLosa ("The Milk of Sorrow"); German director Dominik Graf’s “Die geliebten Schwestern” (Beloved Sisters); and Yannis Economides’ “Stratos.”

These join previously announced "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson's latest entry and the fest's opening night film; and George Clooney's "Monuments Men," which screens out of competition.

So far this is how the Berlinale lineup is breaking down:


“’71,” Yann Demange, (U.K.). World premiere.

With Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer.


“Aimer, boire et chanter” (Life of Riley). Alain Resnais (France). World premiere.

With Sabine Azema, Sandrine Kiberlain, Caroline Silhol, Andre Dussolier, Hippolyte Giradot, Michel Vuillermoz.

“Aloft,” Claudia Llosa (Spain/Canada/France). World premiere.

With Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Melanie Laurent.

“Die geliebten Schwestern” (Beloved Sisters), Dominik Graf (Germany). World premiere.

With Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius.

“Stratos,” Yannis Economides (Greece/Germany/Cyprus). World premiere.

With Vangelis Mourikis, Vicky Papadopoulou, Petros Zervos


“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson (U.K./Germany). World premiere. Opening film.

With Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody.


Out of Competition:

“The Monuments Men,” George Clooney (Germany/U.S.) International premiere 

With George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett


Berlinale Special

“A Long Way Down,” Pascal Chaumeil (U.K.). World premiere

With Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots.

“Entente Cordiale” (We Come As Friends). Hubert Sauper. (France/Austria). Documentary. European premiere.


“The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden.” Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (U.S.). Documentary. European premiere.

With the voices of Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Thomas Kretschmann, Sebastian Koch, Josh Radnor, Gustaf Skarsgard, Connie Nielsen


“The Turning.” Anthology film. (Australia). International premiere.

Directors: Marieka Walsh, Warwick Thornton, Jub Clerc, Robert Connolly, Anthony Lucas, Rhys Graham, Ashlee Page, Tony Ayres, Claire McCarthy, Stephen Page, Shaun Gladwell, Mia Wasikowska, Simon Stone, David Wenham, Jonathan auf der Heide, Justin Kurzel, Yaron Lifschitz, Ian Meadows

With Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh, Hugo Weaving

This article is related to: Festivals, Berlin International Film Festival, Alain Resnais, Claudia Llosa, Claudia Llosa

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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.