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BERLIN 2019 Competition / Berlinale Special

Berlin fleshes out its Competition selection

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- Amongst the new additions to the main section are the latest works by Agnès Varda, Agnieszka Holland, Hans Petter Moland and Isabel Coixet

Berlin fleshes out its Competition selection
Elisa & Marcela by Isabel Coixet

Seven of the candidates for the Golden Bear at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (7-17 February 2019) were already announced before the Christmas holidays, including the opening film (see the news), and now the organisers of the prestigious German event have added 11 more titles to the International Competition selection.

Three of these movies will screen out of competition: the latest documentary work by the great Agnès Varda, simply titled Varda by Agnès [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
; the first directorial outing by Wagner Moura, the famous Brazilian star of Narcos and of the Golden Bear-winning film Elite Squad, Marighella, starring Seu Jorge; and Israeli director Yuval Adler's The Operative [+see also:
film review
trailer
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, starring Diane Kruger and Martin Freeman.

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Some of the eight new contenders include works by established directors who are also Berlinale regulars: Isabel Coixet, Poland's Agnieszka Holland, Macedonia's Teona Strugar Mitevska and the Norwegian expert in dark comedies Hans Petter Moland. The excellent Italian director of Alì Blue Eyes [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Claudio Giovannesi
film profile
]
and Fiore [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: Claudio Giovannesi
film profile
]
, Claudio Giovannesi, will be competing for the Bear for the first time.

The Berlinale Special sidebar, meanwhile, gets six new entries, including the French film Who You Think I Am by Safy Nebbou, starring Juliette Binoche.

Here are the new additions to the line-up:

Competition

Elisa & Marcela [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Isabel Coixet (Spain)
Out Stealing Horses [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Hans Petter Moland
film profile
]
- Hans Petter Moland (Norway/Sweden/Denmark)
God Exists, Her Name is Petrunija [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Teona Strugar Mitevska
film profile
]
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Teona Strugar Mitevska (Macedonia/Belgium/Slovenia/Croatia/France)
Mr. Jones [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Agnieszka Holland
film profile
]
- Agnieszka Holland (Poland/UK/Ukraine)
Piranhas [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Roberto Saviano
film profile
]
- Claudio Giovannesi (Italy)
System Crasher [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nora Fingscheidt
film profile
]
- Nora Fingscheidt (Germany)
So Long, My Son - Wang Xiaoshuai (China)
Öndög - Wang Quan'an (Mongolia)

Out of Competition

Varda by Agnès [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Agnès Varda (France)
The Operative [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
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Yuval Adler (Germany/Israel/France/USA)
Marighella - Wagner Moura (Brazil)

Berlinale Special

It Could Have Been Worse Mario Adorf [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Dominik Wessely (Germany)
ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch - Jennifer Baichwal (Canada)
The North - Gregory Nava (USA)

Berlinale Special Gala

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
 - Chiwetel Ejiofor (UK/USA)
Kids in the Spotlight [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
Alice Agneskirchner (Germany)
Who You Think I Am [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Juliette Binoche
film profile
]
Safy Nebbou (France)

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