Berlin Movie Pageant 2023 Competitors Lineup Unveiled – The Hollywood Reporter


The Berlin Worldwide Movie Pageant unveiled the competitors lineup for its 2023 version on Monday morning, naming the 18 motion pictures that may compete for the coveted Gold and Silver Bears on the 73rd Berlinale.

Berlinale govt director Mariette Rissenbeek and creative director Carlo Chatrian introduced a really worldwide and arthouse-heavy lineup, with a powerful concentrate on politically-charged cinema.

In a late addition, Superpower, Sean Penn and Aaron Kaufman’s documentary on Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Russian invasion of the nation and the continued warfare, may have its world premiere in Berlin’s out-of-competition Berlinale Particular part. The doc, made for Vice Studios, Aldamisa Leisure and Fifth Season, is being offered internationally by Fifth Season.

Berlin 2023, happening a 12 months after Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion, may have a serious concentrate on Ukraine. Even the competition’s official pin can be within the Ukraine colours of blue and yellow.

In competitors, German auteur Christian Petzold will mark his sixth time within the Berlinale competitors with Afire (Roter Himmel). 



Petzold’s final function, Undine, gained the FIPRESCI critics prize on the 2020 Berlinale, and he took the very best director Silver Bear in 2012 for Barbara. His newest re-teams Petzold along with his Undine and Transit star Paula Beer in an intimate drama about 4 younger folks vacationing collectively at a vacation house on the Baltic Sea. However throughout them, forest fires are raging, getting nearer and nearer because the feelings inside the home additionally threaten to erupt. Enno Trebs, Thomas Schubert, Jonas Dassler and Langston Uibel co-star. 

Pioneering German director Margarethe von Trotta (Hannah Arendt, Rosenstrasse), brings one other of her portraits of extraordinary ladies to this 12 months’s competition. Ingeborg Bachmann – Journey into the Desert, a have a look at the famed Austrian poet (performed by Vicky Krieps) and her relationship to Homo Farber author Max Frisch (Ronald Zehrfeld), will premiere within the Berlinale competitors.

One other German veteran, director Christoph Hochhäusler, will carry his newest, the movie noir Until The Finish of Night time, to the Berlin competitors. One other established filmmaker, French director Philippe Garrel (Liberté, la nuit), will premiere his new function, the family-focused The Plough within the Berlin competitors.

Celine Track’s Previous Lives, which premiered in Sundance, may have its worldwide premiere in a contest in Berlin.

Canadian director John Trengove will make his Berlinale competitors debut with Manodrome starring Jesse Eisenberg and Adrien Brody. Matt Johnson biopic comedy BlackBerry, concerning the Canadian smartphone firm that includes Jay Baruchel, Glenn Howerton and Cary Elwes; the drama Disco Boy from director Giacomo Abbruzzese; Angela Schaneliec’s Music; and Ivan Sen’s Limbo that includes Australian star Simon Baker (The Mentalist) additionally made the Berlinale competitors choice.

Dutch Australian director Rolf de Heer (Ten Canoes, Charlie’s Nation), will bow his newest, Survival of Kindness, in a contest slot in Berlin. The drama, which premiered on the Adelaide Movie Pageant final October, follows BlackWoman (Mwajemi Hussein), an aboriginal girl left in a cage in the midst of the desert to die who escapes and journeys by the wilderness to town.

From Japan, Your Identify director Makoto Shinkai will carry his new function, Suzume, to Berlin, the place it should have its worldwide premiere in competitors. The function, which Crunchyroll is distributing outdoors Asia, in partnership with Sony Photos Leisure, Wild Bunch Worldwide and Eurozoom, will mark the primary Anime to display screen in Berlinale competitors since Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away gained the Golden Bear right here again in 2001.




Chinese language director Zhang Lu returns to Berlin competitors along with his newest, The Shadowless Tower. Zhang final appeared within the Berlin competitors with Desert Dream in 2007, however screened the 2019 drama Hukuoka in Berlin’s Discussion board sidebar, and his function Dooman River gained finest movie within the Technology part in Berlin in 2010. 

Spanish director Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren and Mexican director Lila Avilés (The Chambermaid) each make their Berlinale competitors debuts with 20,000 Species of Bees and Totem, respectively.

Chatrian on Monday additionally unveiled the movies for its Encounters part, a contest lineup for extra avant-garde and experimental movies. Among the many highlights: Dustin Man Defa’s The Adults starring Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson and Tavi Gevinson; the Hungarian function White Plastic Sky, from administrators Tibor Bánóczki and Sarolta Szabó, an animated drama set in a post-apocalyptic Budapest within the 12 months 2121; and The Echo, a brand new documentary from South American filmmaker Tatiana Huezo, whose Prayers for the Stolen gained a particular point out in Cannes’ Un Sure Regard part in 2021 and was picked as Mexico’s finest worldwide function contender for final 12 months’s Oscar race. 

'White Plastic Sky'

‘White Plastic Sky’


Household Time, the primary full-length function from Finnish director Tia Kouvo, additionally made the lower for the 2023 Encounters program, and prolific South Korean director Hong Sangsoo, who has gained back-to-back Silver Bears with The Novelist’s Movie (grand jury prize 2022) and Introduction (finest screenplay 2021), returns to Berlin along with his newest, In Water, additionally in Encounters.

The 73rd Berlinale, which runs Feb. 16-26, will open with the world premiere, out-of-competition, of She Got here to Me, a romantic comedy from director and screenwriter Rebecca Miller (Maggie’s Plan) starring Peter Dinklage as a composer with author’s block and Anne Hathaway as his spouse and former therapist. Marisa Tomei, Joanna Kulig and Brian d’Arcy James co-star within the Protagonist Photos manufacturing.

After the triumphant returns of the Cannes and Venice festivals final 12 months, all eyes can be on Berlin to see if the German fest can efficiently bounce again from COVID-era restrictions.

The efficiency of the competition, and its accompanying trade occasion, the European Movie Market (EFM), can be seen as a barometer for the general well being of the unbiased trade. Extra so even than Cannes or Venice, Berlin is an arthouse-focused competition with a program celebrating motion pictures that always lack backing from main studios, and are reliant on the mosaic of indie distributors worldwide for his or her success.

“Virtually each movie wants the platform of a movie competition to have a life,” famous Chatrian. “Unbiased movies with out a competition are at risk of disappearing.”


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