Berlinale have released the final selection for the 2017 Competition on their website, and European films dominate the lineup.
The Berlinale Film Festival Competition is the main section of the festival. It features around 25 films every year, most of which are having their international premiere. The final selection is made by Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.
Launched in 1951, the Competition has hosted a number of iconic filmmakers over the years, such Jean Luc Godard, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Oliver Stone, Agnès Varda and many more.
This year’s selection consists of 24 films, 18 of which will be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears and 22 of which will have their world premieres at the festival. 20 out the 24 films set to screen in the section are European productions or co-productions.
There is, however, much variety within the continent, with works from Germany, France, The United Kingdom, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria and other countries.
There are however, a relatively large number of entries from Asia, Latin America and the United States. Two regions remain practically absent from the lineup: Africa and the Middle-East, represented only in one French-Senegalese-Belgian-German-Lebanese co-production.
The following films will take part in the Berlinale Competition:
Ana, mon amour by Călin Peter Netzer (Romania / Germany / France)
Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (On the Beach at Night Alone) by Hong Sangsoo (Republic of Korea - South Korea)
Beuys by Andres Veiel (Germany) - Documentary
Colo by Teresa Villaverde (Portugal / France)
The Dinner by Oren Moverman (USA)
Django by Etienne Comar (France) – First feature
El bar (The Bar) by Álex de la Iglesia (Spain) – Out of competition
Félicité by Alain Gomis (France / Senegal / Belgium / Germany / Lebanon)
Final Portrait by Stanley Tucci (United Kingdom / France) – Out of competition
Hao ji le (Have a Nice Day) by Liu Jian (People’s Republic of China) - Animation
Helle Nächte (Bright Nights) by Thomas Arslan (Germany / Norway)
Joaquim by Marcelo Gomes (Brazil / Portugal)
Logan by James Mangold (USA) – Out of competition
Mr. Long by Sabu (Japan / Hong Kong, China / Taiwan / Germany)
The Party by Sally Potter (United Kingdom)
Pokot (Spoor) by Agnieszka Holland (Poland / Germany / Czech Republic / Sweden / Slovakian Republic)
Return to Montauk by Volker Schlöndorff (France / Germany / Ireland)
Sage femme (The Midwife) by Martin Provost (France / Belgium) – Out of competition
T2 Trainspotting by Danny Boyle (United Kingdom) – Out of competition
Teströl és lélekröl (On Body and Soul) by Ildikó Enyedi (Hungary)
Toivon tuolla puolen (The Other Side of Hope) by Aki Kaurismäki (Finland / Germany)
Una mujer fantástica (A Fantastic Woman) by Sebastián Lelio (Chile / USA / Germany / Spain)
Viceroy’s House by Gurinder Chadha (India / United Kingdom) – Out of competition
Wilde Maus (Wild Mouse) by Josef Hader (Austria) – First feature