A flurry of press releases from the Berlinale today, and the one you may find most interesting isn't the newsiest. You already knew that the Retrospective, The Red Dream Factory, will be featuring Eisenstein's October (Oktjabr, 1928), but today's announcement has details on the new restoration and the presentation on February 10: "Conducted by Frank Strobel, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra will perform the original score as composed by Edmund Meisel."
The second release of the day reveals that 12 titles have been added to the lineup of the Berlinale Special program, in addition to the six previously announced (here and here). Seems we can assume the first three events will be happening on Potsdamer Platz:
- To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the film journal Positif: Volker Schlöndorff's Der Fangschuss (Le coup de grâce, 1975) with Matthias Habich, Margarethe von Trotta, Rüdiger Kirschtein, Mathieu Carrière and Valeska Gert.
- The European premiere of Mark Cousins's documentary series The Story of Film: An Odyssey.
- A special screening of Ulrike Schamoni's documentary Abschied von den Fröschen (Farewell to the Frogs) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Oberhausen Manifesto. Just today, Christoph Hochhäusler posted news of a new site dedicated to events marking the occasion.
Screenings at the Kino International:
- Glück (Bliss). Germany. By Doris Dörrie (Naked, Am I Beautiful?, Cherry Blossoms, The Hairdresser). With Alba Rohrwacher, Vinzenz Kiefer, Matthias Brandt, Oliver Nägele. World premiere.
- I, Anna. Great Britain/Germany/France. By Barnaby Southcombe (Feature debut). With Charlotte Rampling, Gabriel Byrne, Hayley Atwell, Eddie Marsan. World premiere.
- A matineé screening of the newly restored version of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) with Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr and Anton Walbrook.
- Already announced: Keyhole (Canada) by Guy Maddin.
At the Friedrichstadt-Palast:
- The German premiere of Jason Reitman's Young Adult, with Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson and Elisabeth Reaser.
- Previously announced: Don – The King Is Back (India/Germany) by Farhan Akhtar, Marley, the Bob Marley documentary by Kevin Macdonald, and La chispa de la vida by Álex de la Iglesia.
And at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele:
- The international premiere of Alison Klayman's documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. Trailer.
- The international premiere of Bassam Mortada's documentary Althawra… Khabar (Reporting … A Revolution). Egypt.
- The world premiere of Klaartje Quirijns's documentary Anton Corbijn Inside Out. Netherlands.
- The world premiere of Alvaro Longoria's documentary Hijo de las nubes, La última colonia (Sons of the Clouds, The Last Colony). Spain.
- The world premiere of Chris Kenneally's documentary Side by Side. US.
- Already announced: Death Row (USA), the documentary series by Werner Herzog, and Angelina Jolie's In the Land of Blood and Honey.
And finally today (at least so far), a list of the 39 new projects seeking to seal the deal at the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2012.