The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has completed its lineup with the addition of 24 feature films. The full program includes 36 world premieres, six international premieres and nine European premieres. Thirteen European films have been added, including Luca Guadagnino’s French-Italian account of summer love, “Call Me By Your Name,” featuring Armie Hammer. It is an adaptation of André Aciman’s novel of the same name, co-written with James Ivory.
There are five films from Brazil, including “Como Nossos Pais” (Just Like Our Parents), directed by Lais Bodanzky, who depicts the everyday lives of three generations in Sao Paulo as “a pyrotechnic display of individual passions and existential delusions staged with a sublime naturalness,” according to the festival.
Also in the program are Spanish debut feature “Pieles” (Skins) by Eduardo Casanova, “Rekvijem za gospodju J.” (Requiem for Mrs. J.) by Serbia’s Bojan Vuletić, Ferenc Török’s “1945” from Hungary and “God’s Own Country,” Francis Lee’s feature-film debut from the U.K.
Teona Mitevska returns with a bitter depiction of Macedonian adolescents trying to get their bearings in “When the Day Had No Name.” Also returning to Panorama are Norwegians Ole Giæver, with the “emancipatory and philosophical self-examination” “Fra balkongen” (From the Balcony), and Erik Poppe with “Kongens Nei” (The King’s Choice), which deals with the Norwegian king’s resistance to the German armed forces in World War II.
The Belgian-French-Lebanese co-production “Insyriated” by Philippe Van Leeuw is an intense chamber drama featuring Hiam Abbass as a woman trapped in the family’s apartment while a war rages outside. “Kaygi” (Inflame) by Ceylan Özgün Özçelik tells the story of the roll-out of censorship of the press in Turkey and its effect on the work of a young female journalist. And finally there is Georgian director Rezo Gigineishvili’s “Hostages,” in which a longing for freedom and independence escalates into a readiness to use violence for young Soviet citizens during an airplane hijacking set in 1983.
Germany is represented by Jakob Lass’ “Tiger Girl,” in which a “strong friendship develops between two women, one in which conventional value systems begin to unravel, in what amounts to a veritable moral portrait of the underbelly of today’s German republic.”
Three films focus on the hordes of young people drawn to Berlin: the psycho thriller “Berlin Syndrome” by Australian director Cate Shortland, the feminist fairy-tale “The Misandrists” by Berlinale regular Bruce LaBruce, and science-fiction pic “Fluidø,” by Taiwanese-American artist Shu Lea Cheang.
U.S. director Travis Mathews, a “chronographer of a gay Western modernity,” is showing his second film in Panorama, “Discreet.” “An eerie soundscape floats atop his often elliptically edited story, which revolves around a man approaching middle age who gets caught up in the darker depths of his past.”