Hot Brazilian Titles at Berlin

The Blue Flower of Novalis

Gustavo Vinagre, Rodrigo Carneiro

The 40-year-old, unabashedly HIV-positive Marcelo (Vinagre) recounts his revealing “biography” — from his sexual adventures to his fears and frustrations — and recites German romantic writer Novalis’ “Heinrich von Ofterdingen.”

Brief Story From the Green Planet

Santiago Loza

A buddy movie with an alien, Argentine Loza’s 10th feature takes a look at three outsiders — trans Tani; Pedro, a voguing dancer; and Daniela, depressed after a break-up — tasked with returning an alien, a friend of Tani’s grandma, back to its planet. A low-fi road movie about friendship.

Divine Love

Gabriel Mascaro

Set in 2027 in a Brazil swept by evangelicism, immersed in disco hymns, drive-in confessionals and pregnancy detectors, a deeply religious divorced notary attempts to reconcile her faith, her job and her inability to conceive. Well received at Sundance. Sales: Memento Films Intl.


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A coming-of-belated-age drama,
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Casey Affleck’s Narrative Directorial Debut ‘Light of My Life’ Is Headed to Berlin

Casey Affleck’s Narrative Directorial Debut ‘Light of My Life’ Is Headed to Berlin
Casey Affleck has been relatively quiet since winning an Oscar for his leading role in “Manchester by the Sea,” but he’s about to break his silence in a big way. The actor is making his narrative directorial debut with “Light of My Life,” which was just added to the Panorama section of next month’s Berlin Film Festival. Affleck stars alongside Elisabeth Moss and newcomer Anna Pniowsky in the post-apocalyptic drama, which tells of a “society without women” where “gender roles have to be renegotiated.”

The full list of new additions to the Panorama section:

“La Arrancada (On the Starting Line)” — France / Cuba / Brazil

by Aldemar Matias

Aldemar Matias delivers this delicate, sensitively filmed family portrait from Cuba. The life of competitive athlete Jenniffer is on the brink of change, just like the whole country. She is poised on the starting blocks – and not just in the 100-meter dash.
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Berlin completes 2019 Panorama line-up, adds Casey Affleck's 'Light Of My Life'

The final Panorama selection includes 45 films from 38 countries, including 34 world premieres.

The final titles for the 2019 Berlin Film Festival (Feb 7-17) Panorama programme have been revealed.

Among the new additions is Light Of My Life, directed by and starring Casey Affleck and co-starring Elisabeth Moss.

Titles revealed back in December include Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, Seamus Murphy’s Pj Harvey documentary A Dog Called Money and Rob Garver’s documentary What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael.

The final Panorama selection includes 45 films from 38 countries, including 34 world premieres. There are 29 features, 16 documentaries and 19 directorial debuts.

The full list
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Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions

Casey Affleck-Elisabeth Moss Movie ‘Light Of My Life’ Among Berlin World Premiere Additions
Casey Affleck-directed drama Light Of My Life, starring Affleck, Elisabeth Moss and newcomer Anna Pniowsky, will get its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section. The dystopian drama, about a father and his young daughter who are trapped in the woods, is one of a raft of additions to the Panorama lineup. Scroll down for the lineup in full.

A total of 45 films from 38 countries, including 34 world premieres, will screen in the section. Panorama’s opening film will be Flatland by Jenna Bass, in which a bride and her pregnant friend make a liberating getaway across South Africa.

Among the strand’s highlights are Affleck’s first narrative feature as director, which is produced by The Imitation Game outfit Black Bear Pictures; Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul follow-up Tremblores (Tremors), about a father who tries to break free from his past after breaking the silence about
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Berlin Film Festival Completes Panorama Lineup

The Berlin International Film Festival on Monday unveiled the titles for this year's Panorama sidebar, announcing the final films that will make up the upcoming edition.

Casey Affleck's Light of My Life, a post-apocalyptic drama about a father raising a daughter in a society without women, will have its world premiere in the festival sidebar, whose 2019 slate features a typical mix of the international art house and politically themed dramas that have come to exemplify the Panorama.

The final lineup added a handful of new titles, including the Cuban drama On the Starting Line from director Aldemar Matias, the ...
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San Sebastian: Iceland’s ‘Sparrows’ wins Golden Shell

San Sebastian: Iceland’s ‘Sparrows’ wins Golden Shell
Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s Evolution wins special jury prize; Joachim Lafosse’s The White Knights wins Silver Shell.Scroll down for full list of winners

Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows has won the Golden Shell for best film at the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-26).

Runarsson’s second film, following Volcano (2011), follows 16-year-old Ari, who has to leave his mother’s home in Reykjavik and move back to his former hometown in the isolated Westfjords of Iceland where he navigates a rocky relationship with his father.

Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s surreal horror film Evolution picked up the Special Jury Prize. The French director’s first feature in more than a decade follows a young boy living in a mysterious, isolated seaside clinic who uncovers the sinister purposes of his keepers.

The film also saw Manu Dacosse pick up the Jury Prize for best cinematography.

The Silver Shell for best director went to Joachim Lafosse for The White
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14th Film Students Meeting at San Sebastian Film Fest

Once again the San Sebastian Festival and Tabakalera will present the International Film Students Meeting, an event seeking to shed light on the work of students from film schools across the world. The 193 short films submitted for this 14th Meeting represented 89 schools in 35 countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Lithuania, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.

The Meeting will take place at Tabakalera (Duque de Mandas, 52), from September 22 -25 after its inauguration at the European Capital of Culture 2016 hub (Easo, 43). The selected short films will be presented at sessions open to the general public and Festival guests.

Short Film and Schools Selected

"Black Friday"

Roxana Stroe (Romania)

National University of Theatre and Film (Romania)

In the Communist era, queueing for food is something normal. After a long wait on an empty stomach, Mihail doesn't receive his food ration. The next day he tries to be the first in line.

"Dona i Ocell" (Woman and Bird)

Nicolás Gutiérrez Wenhammar (Spain)

Bande à Part, Escuela de Cine de Barcelona (Spain)

A young 17 year old girl finds a bird trapped in the factory where she works. She decides to take it home and care for it, until she finally sets it free again. She starts wondering about her decision to escape the terrible atmosphere she lives in to seek her own freedom.

"El Enemigo" (The Enemy)

Aldemar Matias (Cuba)

Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (Eictv) (Cuba)

In a fumigation centre in Havana, Mayelín has the thankless task of doling out fines to citizens who have the dengue mosquito in their homes. With a demanding boss and conflictive workers, Mayelín will have to impose her authority to gain respect.

"Espagnol Niveau 1" (Spanish Level 1)

Guy Dessent (Belgium)

Haute École Libre de Bruxelles / Inraci (Belgium)

Víctor, a young Belgian-Uruguayan boy, returns to Belgium. In order to be able to receive his family allowances, he has no option but to enroll in a Spanish course at level 1 and pretend not to know a word of his mother tongue.

"Group B"

Nick Rowland (UK)

National Film and Television School (United Kingdom)

It is 1986, the peak of high-octane Group B rally driving. Known for its incredibly dangerous off-road races, notorious lack of crowd control, and some of the most powerful and sophisticated cars the world has ever seen.

"Kav Hebron" (Statione)

Nitzan Zifrut (Israel)

The School of Audio and Visual Art, Sapir College (Israel)

Ruthi is stationed in Hebron. When her soldier friends ask her to spend the weekend with them she agrees. But during their 3 days together she understands the impossibility of existing as a woman in the military system. The realization pushes her to break her promise and reveal herself as she really is.

"L'Offre" (The Offer)

Mïra Pitteloud (Switzerland)

Haute école d'art et de design - Genève, Département Cinéma / Cinéma du réel (Switzerland)

Sami, a young Swiss-Algerian man, is looking for a work that would match his qualifications. He applies for a job at the Swiss intelligence service.

"Los Pájaros Miran Hacia el Norte" (The Birds Look to the North)

Pepe GutiÉRrez (Mexico)

Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos Cuec-unam (Mexico)

Miguel leaves everything he knows and loves to go and work as an illegal immigrant in the United States. His wife Mónica suffers his absence in silence. The memories and the nostalgia are always there.

"Nueva Vida" (New Life)

Kiro Russo (Argentina - Bolivia)

Universidad del Cine (Argentina)

Mysteries, worries and dreams of a new life.

"Strach" (Fear)

Michal Blasko (Slovakia - Czech Republic)

The Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava (Slovakia)

Marek is a young boy who witnesses a violent attack in a bus He is able to shoot the whole incident on his cell phone, but his fear and conscience prevent him from doing the right thing.

Volando Voy (I'll Fly Higher)

Isabel Lamberti (Netherlands)

Netherlands Film Academy (Netherlands)

Two young brothers wander around in a big empty world without a clear destination. As society rages on around them at only a few yards distance, it couldn't seem farther away. Together they try to escape reality, but how do you relate to an undeniable world that you don't seem to be part of?

"Wada'" (Prediction)

Khaled Mzher (Germany)

Deutsche Film - und Fernsehakademie Berlin (Germany)

A close relative has disappeared in the Syrian war region. Ibrahim, an instrument maker and family man struggles with his feelings of responsibility towards his family back home. The war is thousands of kilometres away and yet it destroys everything.

Out of competition

The Meeting will also include the out-of-competition screening of three short films. Two of them from the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris, a project that fosters international collaboration and production processes. It involves the participation of the film schools La Fémis and the Filmakademie in Baden-württemberg:

"Fais le Mort"

William Laboury (France - Germany)

Atelier Ludwisburg-Paris

Tom is 16 years old, and he is the whipping boy of Evan who manufactures artisanal weapons. Since he survived the 'spudgun experimentation', he avoids passing by Evan's place. Only, Evan doesn't want to stop already as it just started to make fun ...

"French Fries"

Luzie Loose (Germany - France)

Atelier Ludwisburg-Paris

Nina is from Berlin, Fabien is from Paris and they are united by always being separated. They can never stay in one place for a long time. Torn apart between wanderlust, self-fulfillment and settling down they are looking for a new way to live their relationship. Fabien wants to fully commit to Nina – but she just got offered a great job in another city.

The third one is part of the collaboration between the San Sebastian Film Festival and BioBioCine Festival Internacional de Concepción Chile. A Festival, that as well as the Meeting does, it fosters the film students’ exchange of experiences and knowledge in the audiovisual field.


Sebastián Palominos (Chile)

Escuela de Comunicación DuocUC (Chile)

Francesca is a transsexual in an unsteady relationship with Marcelo, who leaves her when she finds out that he had another woman. Just then, her old friend Paula reappears in a deplorable state and heavily pregnant. Francesca takes her into her home.


A specific jury, consisting of one student from each of the schools selected to compete and chaired by a well-known figure from the movie world, will choose the winner of the International Film Students Meeting award, going to the director of the winning short film.

The Panavision Award, carrying a complete camera package including Red Epic camera and Primo standard lenses for four weeks of filming, or a voucher worth €10,000 for renting any kind of Panavision material, for the winning director. The Freak Agency / Feelsales Award that includes the free submissions of the winner film to 50 international film festivals selected by the team of Freak and Worldwide sales agreement except for the school's country of origin. The BioBioCine - Duoc Uc Award, with which the winning short film of the Meeting will be directly selected to participate in the next edition of BioBioCine Festival Internacional Concepción Chile. The Jury will also name the three directors who will have the possibility to participate with their works in the Short Film Corner at the next Cannes Festival. A specific jury will give the Orona Award to the most cutting-edge short film of the Meeting, with an endowment of € 5,000. This Jury will consist of students from Basque schools, coordinated by a professor from the Mondragon University, and chaired by the Orona Fundazioa's Development Director.

A representative from the TorinoFilmLab will be in charge of awarding one of the directors taking part in the Meeting with the Torino Award, with which the winner will be guaranteed attendance to a TorinoFilmLab program within 2 years after the award is given.
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