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Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles

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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
USA
By Gus Van Sant
With Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Udo Kier
International premiere

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

Eva
France
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)
Germany
By Thomas Stuber 
With Franz Rogowski, Sandra Huller, Peter Kurth
World premiere

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

Twarz (Mug)
Poland
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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Directed by David F. Sandberg, the initial footage focuses on foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who is chosen to channel superpowers through an ancient wizard, ultimately turning into the titular character with the childish sensibilities intact. Super strength? Flying? He seems more concerned on how he’s meant to pee in his red suit. Yet he’s soon having to use his abilities for good, when faced with Mark Strong’s big bad Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

‘Shazam!’ swoops into UK cinemas in April 2019.

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Billed as the origin story of the half-human half -Atlantean. We catch glimpses of Arthur Curry’s (Momoa) family unit, most notably Nicole Kidman’s Queen Atlanna and his feisty red-haired ally Mera (Amber Heard), merely teasing his potential king status as he clashes with half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), allowing Wan to dial up the underwater spectacle and throw in a goat for good measure.

We’re positively drowning in excitement already. Here’s the trailer…

 

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First ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Trailer Is An Atomic Blast

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Well. If you thought there wasn’t enough monster mayhem in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 effort.

Michael Dougherty’s (Krampus) 2018 film seems awfully keen to amend this with the epic debut trailer for ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’, pitting the iconic creature against some of his greatest adversaries. Expect stunning money shots of Mothra, Rodan and a certain three-headed titan by the name King Ghidorah, whilst the human heroics are left to the Russell family consisting of Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler.

The film roars into cinemas next May.

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