All eyes and cameras will be looking toward Germany tomorrow as the 65th International Film Festival Berlinale raises the curtain. From 5 – 15 February 2015 the viewers will have the opportunity to see new releases from some of the finest directors in cinema, both in and out of competition.
After mostly concentrating on documentaries, shorts and essay films for years, we will finally get our hands on some new fiction long-feature from one of the German finest, Wim Wenders. “Every Thing Will Be Fine”, a 3D drama about a man reminiscing an accident from his childhood starring James Franco and Charlotte Gainsbourg, will be screened out of competition though. However, out or in competition, we are all very much looking forward to this one!
Another German and another legend comes back to the spotlight with a strong cast in “Queen of the Desert”, a biopic about Gertrude Bell, a British traveller, writer, archaeologist and explorer, starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Robert Pattinson. Unlike his German colleague, Werner Herzog goes fired up in the official competition. And oh yes, we couldn’t wait for this one either!
When it comes to other films to look forward to on this year’s Berlinale, in competition selection, are definitely “Einsenstein in Guanajuato”, a drama about Soviet master film-maker Sergei Eistenstein and his trip to Mexico in the 1930s directed by Peter Greenway and Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups”, a romantic fantasy drama starring Christian Bale.
When it comes to out of competition and special screening section, viewers will be able to see some new work from Simon Curtis and Anton Corbijn, among others. Curtis’ “Woman in Gold”, starring Helen Mirren, tells the story about an elderly Holocaust survivor living in Los Angeles fighting with the government of Austria to reclaim the iconic Gustav Klimt painting; and Corbijn’s “Life”, starring James Franco, tells the story about the friendship between James Dean and a photographer.
This year’s Berlinale will be presided by American film director Darren Aranofsky.
The source for film stills: https://www.berlinale.de