The second season of "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" (AMC) and new TV series from writer Nick Hornby (Oscar-nominated for "Brooklyn") and director Susanne Bier ("In a Better World") highlight the 66th Berlin International Film Festival's Special Series lineup. The festival runs from February 11 - 21.
Bier's adaptation of John le Carré’s spy thriller, "The Night
Manager" (AMC), which airs stateside in April, stars Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, and Hugh Laurie; Hornby's "Love, Nina," with Helena Bonham Carter, explores 1980s London through the eyes of a young woman. In addition, “Drama Series Days” — a joint initiative of the European Film Market, the Berlinale
Co-Production Market, and Berlinale Talents — welcomes creators, buyers, sales agents, producers, commissioning
editors and financial backers of high-quality drama to discuss, present and
promote new episodic content and projects in development. Read the full list of Berlinale Special Series below.
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"Better Call Saul" – Season 2
Showrunners: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould ("Breaking Bad" – series)
With Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Ed Begley Jr.
Broadcaster: AMC, Netflix
Australia / New Zealand
Original Concept: Ryan Griffen
Directed by Wayne Blair ("The Sapphires"), Leah Purcell
With Iain Glen, Frances O'Connor, Deborah Mailman, Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Stef Dawson, Ryan Corr, Tasma Walton
Broadcaster: ABC (Australia), SundanceTV (USA)
Directed by SJ Clarkson ("Jessica Jones" - series)
Writer: Nick Hornby
With Faye Marsay, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Watkins, Joshua McGuire
"The Night Manager"
United Kingdom / Spain
Directed by Susanne Bier ("In a Better World")
Written by David Farr, based on the novel by John le Carré
With Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Debicki, Tom Hollander
Broadcaster: BBC (United Kingdom), AMC (USA)
"Splitting Up Together"
Creator: Mette Heeno ("Park Road" – series)
Directed by Hella Joof
With Maria Rossing, Peter Plaugborg, Stine Schrøder Jensen, Katrine Greis-Rosenthal, Esben Dalgaard
Broadcaster: TV 2 Denmark A/S
Creator: Sayed Kashua ("Arab Labor" – series)
Directed by Shay Capon
With Yousef Sweid, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Yasmin Churi, Adham Bachus
Broadcaster: Keshet Broadcasting, IBA Israel Broadcasting Authority