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Berlinale Adds Nine Competition Titles, Includes Panahi's 'Closed Curtain,' Soderbergh's 'Side Effects'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 11, 2013 at 11:49AM

The Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17) has added nine more titles to its competition lineup, including Jafar Panahi's latest, "Closed Curtain," Bruno Dumont's "Camille Claudel 1915," starring Juliette Binoche, Sundance entry "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," starring Shia LaBeouf, and Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller "Side Effects," starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Jude Law.
"The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman"
"The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman"

World Premiere

Elle s'en va (On my Way)


By Emmanuelle Bercot (Clément, Backstage, Les infidèles)

With Catherine Deneuve

World Premiere

Epizoda u životu berača željeza (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker)

Bosnia and Herzegovina/France/Slovenia

By Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land, Hell, Circus Columbia)

With Senada Alimanovic, Nazif Mujic, Sandra Mujic, Semsa Mujic

World Premiere



By Thomas Arslan (Dealer, Vacation, In the Shadows)

With Nina Hoss, Marko Mandic, Uwe Bohm, Lars Rudolph, Peter Kurth, Rosa Enskat, Wolfgang Packhäuser

World Premiere

La Religieuse (The Nun)


By Guillaume Nicloux (The Flying Children, A Private Affair, That Woman)

With Pauline Etienne, Isabelle Huppert, Louise Bourgoin, Martina Gedeck

World Premiere

Layla Fourie

Germany/South Africa/France/Netherlands

By Pia Marais (The Unpolished,At Ellen’s Age)

With Rayna Campbell, August Diehl, Rapule Hendricks

World Premiere

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman


By Fredrik Bond – feature debut

With  Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger, Rupert Grint, James Buckley

International Premiere

Parde (Closed Curtain)


By Jafar Panahi (The Circle, Offside, This Is Not A Film) and Kambozia Partovi (The Fish, Café Transit)

With Kambozia Partovi, Maryam Moghadam,Jafar Panahi, Hadi Saeedi, Azadh Torabi, Agha Olia, Zeynab Khanum, Boy

World Premiere

Side Effects


By Steven Soderbergh (sex, lies, and videotape;  Erin Brockovich, Haywire)

With Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum

International Premiere

This article is related to: Festivals, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Soderbergh, Berlin International Film Festival, Jafar Panahi, Side Effects, Bruno Dumont, Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert, Festivals

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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.