The complete guide to Berlinale's main line up

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The complete guide to Berlinale's main line up
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The 65th Berlinale, Europe's first major film festival of the year, starts Thursday with 23 international productions screening in the main showcase.


Nineteen pictures will vie for the Golden Bear top prize at the contest running February 5 to 15, with a jury led by US filmmaker Darren Aronofsky selecting the winner.

Twenty-one of the main features are world premieres and two are directors' feature debuts.

Here is the complete list including the English title, director and countries where the films were produced:

  • "45 Years", Andrew Haigh starring Charlotte Rampling, Britain
  • "Aferim!", Radu Jude, Romania/Bulgaria/Czech Republic
  • "Als wir träumten" (As We Were Dreaming), Andreas Dresen, Germany/France
  • "Body", Malgorzata Szumowska, Poland
  • "Cha va con va" (Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories), Phan Dang Di, Vietnam/France/Germany/Netherlands
  • "Cinderella", Kenneth Branagh starring Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgard and Helena Bonham Carter, US/Britain (out of competition)

Helena Bonham Carter. Photo: DPA

  • "Eisenstein in Guanajuato", Peter Greenaway, Netherlands/Mexico/Belgium/Finland
  • "El boton de nacar" (The Pearl Button), Patricio Guzman, France/Chile/Spain
  • "El Club" (The Club), Pablo Larrain, Chile
  • "Elser" (13 Minutes), Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany (out of competition)

Oliver Hirschbiegel. Photo: DPA

  • "Everything Will Be Fine", Wim Wenders starring James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams, Germany/Canada/France/Sweden/Norway (out of competition)
  • "Ixcanul" (Ixcanul Volcano), Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France (feature debut)
  • "Journal d'une femme de chambre" (Diary of a Chambermaid), Benoit Jacquot starring Lea Seydoux, France/Belgium
  • "Knight of Cups", Terrence Malick starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman, US
  • "Mr. Holmes", Bill Condon starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, Britain (out of competition)
  • "Nadie quiere la noche" (Nobody Wants the Night), Isabel Coixet starring Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kikuchi and Gabriel Byrne, Spain/France/Bulgaria (opening film)

Juliette Binoche. Photo: DPA

  • "Pod Elektricheskimi Oblakami" (Under Electric Clouds), Alexei German, Russia/Ukraine/Poland
  • "Queen of the Desert", Werner Herzog starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson, US
  • "Taxi", Jafar Panahi, Iran
  • "Ten no chasuke" (Chasuke's Journey), Sabu, Japan
  • "Vergine giurata" (Sworn Virgin), Laura Bispuri, Italy/Switzerland/Germany/Albania/Kosovo (feature debut)
  • "Victoria", Sebastian Schipper, Germany
  • "Yi Bu Zhi Yao" (Gone with the Bullets), Jiang Wen, China/US

Berlinale special highlights 

  • "Selma", Ava DuVernay starring David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson, US/Britain

David Oyelowo. Photo: DPA

  • "Woman in Gold", Simon Curtis starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Katie Holmes, Britain
  • "Die abhandene Welt" (The Misplaced World), Margarethe von Trotta, Germany
  • "Fifty Shades of Grey", Sam Taylor-Johnson starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, US
  • "Love and Mercy", Bill Pohlad starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, US







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