The titles for the 71st Berlin International Film Festival are being announced in anticipation of the event running March 1 - March 5, 2021. We will update the program as new films are revealed.
Albatross (Xavier Beauvois): Laurent, a young police officer in a small town in Normandy, plans to marry Marie, with whom he has a daughter nicknamed Poulette. He loves his job despite the social misery he witnesses on a daily basis. Then one day, his life is thrown into turmoil when he accidentally kills a farmer threatening to commit suicide…
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Radu Jude): Emi is a schoolteacher, whose career is threatened when a clip of her having sex with her spouse is uploaded on a adults-only site. When she is forced to face a group of furious parents asking for her dismissal, she clashes with them over their morality concerns, resulting in a debate that exposes the hypocrisy, prejudice and discrimination inherent in our social norms.
Ballad of a White Cow (Behtash Sanaeeha, Maryam Moghaddam): A woman is executed by her husband and she has trouble keeping up her disabled daughter. On the other hand, her husband’s family insist that she marry her brother and stay with them.
Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde (Dominik Graf): In 1920s Berlin, Dr. Jakob Fabian, who works by day in advertising for a cigarette company and by night wanders the streets of the city, falls in love with an actress. As her career begins to blossom, prospects for his future begin to wane.
Forest — I See You Everywhere (Bence Fliegauf)
Mr. Bachmann and His Class (Maria Speth)
I'm Your Man (Maria Schrader): Alma (Maren Eggert) is a scientist at the famous Pergamon Museum in Berlin. In order to obtain research funds for her studies, she is persuaded to participate in an extraordinary study. For three weeks, she has to live with a humanoid robot tailored to her character and needs, whose artificial intelligence is designed to be the perfect life partner for Alma. Alma meets Tom (Dan Stevens), a machine in human form, a robot in a class of its own, created solely to make her happy.
Introduction (Hong Sang-soo): A meeting with his father, a trip to Berlin, the end of his first love, and a famous actor's advice: this is Youngho's introduction to life.
Memory Box (Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige): The lives of three women are connected by a box that resurfaces containing notebooks, photographs and audiotapes.
Natural Light (Denes Nagy): World War II, occupied Soviet Union. István Semetka is a simple Hungarian farmer who serves as a Sub-Lieutenant in a special unit scouting for partisan groups. On their way to a remote village, his company falls under enemy fire. As the commander is killed, Semetka has to overcome his fears and take command of the unit as he is dragged into a chaos that he cannot control.
Next Door (Daniel Brühl): A dark-comedy about gentrification and social inequality in Berlin.
Petite Maman (Céline Sciamma)
A Cop Movie (Alonso Ruizpalacios): Two professional actors undergo an immersive process to interpret police officers Teresa and Montoya and experience what it takes to be a cop in Mexico. A radical experiment combining documentary and fictional elements, the film gives voice to one of Mexico’s most controversial institutions: the police force, and unravels the causes of the impunity crisis that plagues the justice system.
What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? (Aleksandre Koberidze): It’s love at first sight when Lisa and Giorgi meet by chance on a street in the Georgian city of Kutaisi. Love hits them so suddenly, they even forget to ask each other’s names. Before continuing on their way, they agree to meet the next day. Little do they know that an evil eye casts its spell on them. Will they manage to meet again? And if they do, will they know who they are? Life goes on as usual in their hometown, street dogs stray, the soccer world cup begins and a film crew on its quest to find true love might be what they need.
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Ryusuke Hamaguchi): Episode 1: When Meiko realizes that the man her best friend has talked about as "hitting on her" is her ex-boyfriend, whom she broke up with a year and a half ago, she wonders what she should do. Episode 2: A college professor in his fifties wins the Akutagawa Prize. His student, who failed to graduate, out of spite, plots to trick him and has his class-friend-with-benefits visit the professor's office. Episode 3: A system's engineer, unemployed as a result of a computer virus, attends a women's college reunion for the first time in twenty years. She meets a housewife with a child who seems to be the classmate she couldn't find at the reunion. The two talk to each other and confirm the feelings they have harbored in their hearts.
French Exit (Azazel Jacobs)
The Mauritanian (Kevin Macdonald)
Best Sellers (Linda Roessler)
Courage (Aliaksei Paluyan)
Language Lessons (Natalie Morales)
Limbo (Cheang Soi)
Tides (Tim Fehlbaum)
Je suis Karl (Christian Schwochow)
Tina (Dan Lindsay, T. J. Martin)
For Lucio (Pietro Marcello)
Who We Were (Marc Bauder)
As I Want (Samaher Alqadi): Cairo, January 25, 2013. A string of severe sexual assaults takes place during a rally celebrating the second anniversary of the revolution. Egyptian women decide to take action. The future of their country depends on their individual emancipation.
Azor (Andreas Fontana): Yvan De Wiel, a private banker from Geneva, goes to Argentina in the midst of a dictatorship to replace his partner, the object of the most worrying rumours, who disappeared overnight.
The Beta Test (Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe): A married Hollywood agent receives a mysterious letter for an anonymous sexual encounter and becomes ensnared in a sinister world of lying, infidelity, and digital data.
Bloodsuckers (Julian Radlmaier): Set in 1928, a penniless Soviet refugee falls in love with an eccentric young vampiress spending the summer at the seaside with her awkward servant.
Social Hygiene (Denis Côté): Antonin is many things: a hedonist, a delinquent, a wannabe writer and filmmaker. His way with words is put to the test in his encounters with five women who not only rival his wit but also challenge, in caring or cruel ways, his effort to escape reality.
The Girl and the Spider (Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher): Lisa moves out of the apartment she has shared with Mara and into one where she will live alone. Boxes, furniture and a farewell party turn the film into a weird magnetic field where friends, lovers, relatives, neighbours and strangers attract each other.
District Terminal (Bardia Yadegari, Ehsan Mirhosseini): As junkie poet Peyman attempts to finish a poem, his city of Tehran falls prey to pollution and a lethal virus.
Moon, 66 Questions (Jacqueline Lentzou): When a grave illness strikes down her father Paris, Artemis decides to return home to care for him. After a long journey, father and daughter rekindle their relationship.
We (Alice Diop): Pieces of life are brought together in an attempt to grasp something of life in the inner cities and suburbs of modern-day France. A commuter train appears to connect different worlds, but is there such a thing as ‘we’ in our fragmented societies?
Rock Bottom Riser (Fern Silva): Inspired by ancestral interpretations of the bond between humankind, nature and the cosmos, Rock Bottom Riser is a vibrant essay film set in Hawaii that explores the different kinds of matter to be found in geology, ethnography and astronomy.
The Scary of Sixty-First (Dasha Nekrasova):Two roommates discover and relive the murky secrets of their new Upper East Side apartment which used to belong to paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
Taste (Lê Bảo): Bassley, a Nigerian footballer in Vietnam, is unable to make a living since he broke his leg. He and four middle-aged women he sometimes works for decide to escape the disappointment of their daily lives. They go to an old house where together they create a special world for themselves. But this intimate utopia cannot last forever...
From Where They Stood (Christophe Cognet)
Anamnesis (Chris Wright, Stefan Kolbe)
Tzarevna Scaling (Uldus Bakhtiozina)
Ski (Manque La Banca)
Night Nursery (Moumouni Sanou)
The Inheritance (Ephraim Asili)
Come Here (Anocha Suwichakornpong)
Just A Movement (Vincent Meessen)
Ancient Soul (Alvaro Gurrea)
Jack’s Ride (Susana Nobre)
What Will Summer Bring (Ignacio Ceroi)
A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces (Shengze Zhu)
The Good Woman of Sichuan (Sabrina Zhao)
Ste. Anne (Rhayne Vermette)
Taming the Garden (Salomé Jashi)
The Luminous View (Fabrizio Ferraro)
Black Bach Artsakh (Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri)
Ploy (Prapat Jiwarangsan)
Seven Years Around the Nile Delta (Sharief Zohairy)
Songs of the Shirt (Kerstin Schroedinger)
Lost on Arrival (PolakVanBekkum)
Fury is a Feeling Too (Cynthia Beatt)
Night for Day (Emily Wardill)
13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (Ana Vaz)
Autotrofia (Anton Vidokle)
The Coast (Sohrab Hura)
May June July (Kevin Jerome Everson)
Bicentenario (Pablo Alvarez Mesa)
Upheaval (Welket Bungué)
After Life Followed by Red Impasto Jar (Jonna Kina)
Kapita (Petna Katondolo)
Fatherland (Moritz Siebert)
Ahorita Frames (Angelika Levi)
All of Your Stars are But Dust on my Shoes (Haig Aivazian)
Black Beauty: For a Shamanic Cinema (Grace Ndiritu)
Those Who Do Not Drown (Naeem Mohaiemen)
Medicine and Magic (Thirza Cuthand)
The Path is made by Walking (Paula Gaitán)
Under the White Mask (Matthias De Groof)
Voices and Shells (Maya Schweizer)
The Wake (The Living and Dead Ensemble)
The Zama Zama Project (Rosalind Morris)
North By Current
Censor (Prano Bailey-Bond)
Death of a Virgin, and the Sin of Not Living (George Peter Barbari)
Dirty Feathers (Carlos Alfonso Corral)
Genderation (Monika Treut)
Bliss (Henrika Kull)
Celts (Milica Tomović)
Human Factors (Ronny Trocker)
Miguel's War (Eliane Raheb)
All Eyes Off Me (Hadas Ben Aroya)
The World After Us (Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas)
Night Raiders (Danis Goulet)
North By Current (Angelo Madsen Minax)
Brother's Keeper (Ferit Karahan)
Souad (Ayten Amin)
Ted K (Tony Stone)
Theo and the Metamorphosis (Damien Odoul)
The Last Forest (Luiz Bolognesi)
Copilot (Anne Zohra Berrached)
A Balance (Yujiro Harumoto)
PERSPEKTIVE DEUTSCHES KINO
Instructions for Survival (Yana Ugrekhelidze)
Jesus Egon Christ (David Vajda, Saša Vajda)
Keep Moving (Salar Ghazi)
The Seed (Mia Maariel Meyer)
When a Farm Goes Aflame (Jide Tom Akinleminu)
Wood and Water (Jonas Bak)
Cryptozoo (Dash Shaw)
Fighter (Jéro Yun)
From the Wild Sea (Robin Petré)
The Fam (Fred Baillif)
Ninjababy (Yngvild Sve Flikke)
Stop-Zemlia (Kateryna Gornostai)
The White Fortress (Igor Drljača)
Beans (Tracey Deer)
Any Day Now (Hamy Ramezan)
Summer Blur (Han Shuai)
Short Vacation (Kwon Min-pyo, Seo Hansol)
Last Days at Sea (Venice Atienza)
Mission Ulja Funk (Barbara Kronenberg)
Nelly Rapp — Monster Agent (Amanda Adolfsson)
A School in Cerro Hueso (Betania Cappato)
Night After Night (Archie Mayo)
No Man of Her Own (Wesley Ruggles)
I’m No Angel (Wesley Ruggles)
She Done Him Wrong (Lowell Sherman)
Belle of the Nineties (Leo McCarey)
Lady by Choice (David Burton)
Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks)
Goin’ to Town (Alexander Hall)
Hands Across the Table (Mitchell Leisen)
Go West Young Man (Henry Hathaway)
Klondike Annie (Raoul Walsh)
My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava)
Nothing Sacred (William A. Wellmann)
True Confession (Wesley Ruggles)
Every Day’s a Holiday (A. Edward Sutherland)
Four’s a Crowd (Michael Curtiz)
The Women (George Cukor)
Hired Wife (William A. Seiter)
His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks)
My Little Chickadee (Edward F. Cline)
Design for Scandal (Norman Taurog)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Alfred Hitchcock)
This Thing Called Love (Alexander Hall)
My Sister Eileen (Alexander Hall)
Take a Letter, Darling (Mitchell Leisen)
To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch)
What a Woman! (Irving Cummings)
Motorcyclist’s Happiness Won’t Fit Into His Suit (Gabriel Herrera)
The Men Who Wait (Truong Minh Quý)
Blastogenesis X (Conrad Veit, Charlotte Maria Kätzl)
Your Street (Güzin Kar)
Eggs (Nicolas Keppens)
Glittering Barbieblood (Ulu Braun)
International Dawn Chorus Day (John Greyson)
A Love Song in Spanish (Ana Elena Tejera)
A Present Light (Diogo Costa Amarante)
More Happiness (Livia Huang)
My Uncle Tudor (Olga Lucovnicova)
One Hundred Steps (Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca)
One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean (Wang Yuyan)
Rehearsal (Michael Omonua)
Young Hearts (Émilie Vandenameele)
Strange Object (Miranda Pennell)
Vadim on a Walk (Sasha Svirsky)
Window (Edgar Jorge Baralt)
Day Is Done (Zhang Dalei)
Zonder Meer (Meltse Van Coillie)