In February, between Sundance (see IW's preview) and South by Southwest, comes the venerable Berlinale, which sets out a rich smorgasbord of titles for international critics and buyers. Monday the Berlin Fest revealed 24 of the eventual 50 films to be screened in the Panorama sidebar to the 61st main event. (Here's Variety and The Playlist.)
Of note are world premieres of 80s international thriller The Devil's Double, starring Dominic Cooper, which marks a return to the director's chair for Lee Tamahori (Next, 2007), and John Michael McDonagh's Irish comedy The Guard, starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle and ubiquitous tough guy Mark Strong. Weinstein Co. acquired Abe Sylvia's Dirty Girl, starring Juno Temple and Milla Jovovich, out of Toronto.
In the Panorama's documentary selection, which make up a third of the program, are two gay-themed docs, We Were Here by David Weissman (which debuts at Sundance) and Angelique Bosio's The Advocate for Fagdom, a portrait of Bruce LaBruce which showcases American directors Gus Van Sant, Harmony Korine and John Waters.
More than 20,000 viewers in Berlin are expected to vote for the Panorama Audience Award.