First Panorama Titles For Berlin Film Festival Have Been Set


The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled the first 11 films that will run in its Panorama section. The fest says two prominent themes have already emerged among the films selected to date: “a fresh historically reflective approach to the history of black people in North America, South America and Africa” and “Europa Europa,” which explores “how progressive forces might best defend themselves in light of a zeitgeist that makes it seem as if yesterday never went away.”

Among the titles selected are Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your NegroVazante, the solo directing debut of Walter Salles collaborator Daniela Thomas; and the James Schamus-produced, Casting JonBenet. South Africa’s The Wound, by John Trengrove, will open the section.

The fest typically takes plenty of security precautions and is expected to adapt those accordingly following yesterday’s apparent terrorist attack in which a truck crashed into a crowded Berlin Christmas market and killed 12 people. It runs February 9-17. The full list of titles so far selected is below:


By Daniela Thomas
World premiere

I Am Not Your Negro
France / USA / Belgium / Switzerland
By Raoul Peck
European premiere

The Wound
South Africa / Germany / Netherlands / France
By John Trengove
European premiere

Política, manual de instrucciones (Politics, Instructions Manual)
By Fernando León de Aranoa
European premiere

Combat au bout de la nuit (Fighting Through the Night)
By Sylvain L’Espérance
International premiere

Casting JonBenet
By Kitty Green
International premiere

Honeygiver Among the Dogs
By Dechen Roder

Kyrgyzstan / France / Germany / Netherlands
By Aktan Arym Kubat
World premiere

Brazil / Argentina / France
By Julia Murat

Ri Chang Dui Hua (Small Talk)
By Hui-chen Huang

International premiere

Austria / Germany
By Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi
World premiere


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