After a digital-only break in 2021, the Berlin Film Festival is returning to its traditional in-person format this year between February 10 and 20. The festival announced today that eighteen titles will compete for the Golden and Silver Bears, with productions from fifteen countries represented. Seventeen films are world premieres and seven – just over a third – were directed by women, compared to five last year.

Eleven filmmakers return to the festival, including eight in competition, including stalwarts of the film festival Claire Dennis, Hong Sangso, and Francois Ozon, whose Kant’s Stone will open the festivities on the tenth. While there aren’t any big Hollywood names on this year’s lineup, it’s sure to create magnetic reading for filmmakers everywhere. Anyway, it seems M.Night Shyamalan and its competition jury have a lot on their plate.

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Among the announced program, the artistic director of the festival Carlo Chatrien had this to say:

“We are happy to reunite with artists that we cherish and whose work is close to our hearts. We are also happy to welcome for the first time to the Competetion filmmakers whose films have thrilled us. More than half of the films selected are set in the present day, but only two deal with the current times of the pandemic. Human and emotional connections are a common thread – with half of the selection choosing family as the context for their stories. Almost all films set their stories outside the city center, on the outskirts, in the countryside, or they follow the characters as they travel outside the cities.


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The Berlinale 2022 will take place from February 10 to 20. Other events taking place over these ten days, although primarily digital, include the European Film Market, the Berlinale Co-Production Market and the Berlinale Series Market.

Check out the full Berlinale lineup below:

AEIOU – Das schnelle Alphabet der Liebe (AEIOU – A quick alphabet of love), directed by Nicolette Krebitz

Alcarras, directed by carla simon

With love and relentlessness (Both sides of the blade), directed by Claire Dennis

Rimini, directed by Ulrich Seidl

Call Jane, directed by Phyllis Nagy

Drii Winter (A Piece of Sky), directed by Michael Koch

Everything will be alright, directed by Rithy Panh

The line (The Line), directed by Ursula Meier

passengers of the night), directed by Mikhaël Hers

Nana (before, now and then), directed by Kamila Andini

Kant’s Stone, directed by Francois Ozon

Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush (Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush), directed by Andreas Dresen

Dress of Gems, directed by Natalia Lopez Gallardo

So-seol-ga-ui Yeong-hwa (The novelist’s film), directed by Hong Sangso

Un año, una noche (One year, one night), directed by Isaki Lacuesta

A summer like this, directed by Denis Cote

Yin Ru Chen Yan (Return to Dust), directed by Li Ruijun


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