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Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles



The Berlin Film Festival on Monday unveiled the first competition titles for its latest edition, which takes place in February.

Gus Van Sant’s latest film, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, and Dovlatov, from director Alexey German Jr., who a few years ago won the festival’s Silver Bear for his Under Electric Clouds, are among the first films selected.

Here are the first 10 Berlin competition films:

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
By Gus Van Sant
With Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Udo Kier
International premiere

Russian Federation / Poland / Serbia
By Alexey German Jr. 
With Milan Maric, Danila Kozlovsky, Helena Sujecka, Artur Beschastny, Elena Lyadova
World premiere

By Benoit Jacquot 
With Isabelle Huppert, Gaspard Ulliel, Julia Roy, Richard Berry
World premiere

Figlia mia (Daughter of Mine)
Italy / Germany / Switzerland
By Laura Bispuri 
With Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher, Sara Casu, Udo Kier
World premiere

In den Gangen (In the Aisles)
By Thomas Stuber 
With Franz Rogowski, Sandra Huller, Peter Kurth
World premiere

Mein Bruder heisst Robert und ist ein Idiot
By Philip Groning 
With Josef Mattes, Julia Zange, Urs Jucker, Stefan Konarske, Zita Aretz, Karolina Porcari, Vitus Zeplichal
World premiere

Twarz (Mug)
By Małgorzata Szumowska 
With Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Małgorzata Gorol, Roman Gancarczyk, Dariusz Chojnacki, Robert Talarczyk, Anna Tomaszewska, Martyna Krzysztofik
World premiere

Organizers also unveiled two special gala screenings Monday. They are The Bookshop by Isabel Coixet, starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson, and Das schweigende Klassenzimmer (The Silent Revolution) by Lars Kraume.

Wes Anderson’s animated feature Isle of Dogs will open the 2018 Berlin festival Feb. 15, organizers had unveiled earlier this month. This will mark the second time Anderson has opened Berlin, following the world premiere of The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2012.

German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas) is the president of the Berlin jury for the latest edition of the festival, which runs through Feb. 25.

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