Berlin film festival unveils competition lineup

The Berlin International Film Festival has unveiled the full lineup for this year’s edition, according to a THR report.

The event is planned as an in-person fest to run in an abridged, seven-day version February 10-16, with four days of repeat, public screenings through Feb. 20, the report adds.

Peter von Kant, Francois Ozon’s gender-flipped adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 masterpiece The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, starring Denis Menochet, Isabelle Adjani and Hanna Schygulla, will open the 72nd Berlinale and screen in competition.

Joining it in the race for the 2022 Golden Bear are competition titles are Claire Denis’ Both Sides of the Blade, starring Juliette Binoche and Titane stare Vicent Lindon, Hong Sangsoo’s latest, The Novelist’s Film, Charlotte Gainsbourg-starrer The Passengers of the Night from Mikhael Hers; Ulrich Seidel’s Rimini; AEIOU — A Quick Alphabet of Love from German actress turned director Nicolette Krebitz; The Line from Swiss director Ursula Meier; and abortion drama Call Jane, the directorial debut of Carol screenwriter Phillis Nagy, which will premiere at the online-only Sundance film festival.

Berlinale co-directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian presented the official lineup via livestream Wednesday morning, Berlin time.

Out of competition, Berlin has lined up an impressive group of high-profile titles, including Sophie Hyde’s Good Luck to You, Leo Grande starring Emma Thompson, The Outfit from British director Graham Moore featuring Mark Rylance, and Dario Argento’s new horror film Dark Glasses, starring his daughter, Italian star Asia Argento.

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