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Fest Preview: Berlin Adds 24 Panorama Picks

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 3, 2011 at 6:44AM

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.)
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Thompson on Hollywood

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.

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Sundance, Documentaries


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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.