Berlinale 2011: First Competition Films Announced

The first eight titles for the competition program of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival have been confirmed.

In addition to the opening film — “True Grit by Joel and Ethan Coen (which is screening out of competition, as announced previously) — another seven productions and co-productions have been selected.

The selected films come from Turkey, the Netherlands, Israel, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the United States.

So far the following films have been selected:

“Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz” (“Our Grand Despair”)

Turkey / Germany / Netherlands
by Seyfi Teoman (Tatil Kitabi/Summer Book)
with İlker Aksum, Fatih Al, Güneş Sayın, Baki Davrak, Taner Birsel, Mehmet Ali Nuroğlu
World premiere

“Coriolanus” UK – debut film

by Ralph Fiennes
with Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, James Nesbitt
World premiere / out of competition

“Lipstikka” Israel/UK

by Jonathan Sagall (Urban Feel)
with Clara Khoury, Nataly Attiya, Moran Rosenblatt, Ziv Weiner
World premiere

“Pina” Germany/France — dance film in 3D

by Wim Wenders (The American Friend, Buena Vista Social Club, The Million Dollar Hotel)
with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal
World premiere / out of competition

“Wer wenn nicht wir” (“If Not Us, Who?”) Germany

by Andres Veiel (The Survivors, Addicted to Acting)
with August Diehl, Lena Lauzemis, Alexander Fehling
World premiere

“Yelling To The Sky” USA – debut film

by Victoria Mahoney
with Zoë Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe, Tim Blake Nelson
World premiere

“The Future Germany” / USA

by Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know)
with Hamish Linklater, Miranda July, David Warshofsky
International premiere

“In 2011 we’ll once again be cooperating closely with the Sundance Film Festival not only at the European Film Market but also in the Official Programme,” said Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. “To offer independent films an opportunity to be perceived on a grand scale, we are, in the case of US-American director Miranda July, opening up the Competition for an extraordinary German-American co-production that will run out of competition in the Premieres section at Sundance.”

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