On this February, Berlinale – one of the most prestigious international film festivals – will take place for the 62nd time in its history. The city with acclaimed artistic and cultural scene, Berlin will host numerous artists from around the world. In the competition there will be screened 23 films – candidates for Golden Bear; the audience will get the opportunity to see some 400 movies in total.
The festival will be open with the projection of Les adieux a la reine (Farewell My Queen) directed by French author Benoit Jacquot. It is mainstream historical drama set on the royal court during the French Revolution – based on the novel by Chantal Thomas. The leading characters are played by Diane Kruger and Lea Seydoux.
This year’s Berlinale will present the latest works by renowned directors such as Stephen Daldry, Zhang Yimou, Alain Gomis, Steven Soderbergh as well as Italian veterans Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. The Berlinale’s Panorama art-house section will be particularly interesting as it always is, pushing the boundaries. Here are some of the most interesting titles that will be screened in official competition programme:
Bai iu yuan (White Deer Plain), directed by Wang Quan’an (China)
Barbara, directed by Christian Petzold (Germany)
Captive, directed by Brillante Mendoz (France, Philippines, Germany, UK)
Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die), directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani(Italy)
En Kongelig Affare (A Royal Affair), directed by Nikolaj Arcel (Denmark, Czech, Sweden, Germany)
Gnade (Mercy), directed by Matthias Glasner (Germany, Norway)
Jayne Mansfield’s Car, directed by Billy Bob Thronton (USA)
L’enfant d’en haut (Sister), directed by Ursala Meier (Switzerland, France)
Was bleibt (Home For The Weekend), directed by Hans-Christian Schmid(Germany)
Tabu, directed by Miguel Gomes (Portugal, Germany, Brazil, France)
In the course of Berlinale, the honorific Bear of 2012 will pay tribute to the career of Meryl Streep. American actress will attend the event of the presentation of her latest film The Iron Lady (2011) by Phyllida Lloyd – in this drama Streep plays the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Besides, six magnificent performances by Meryl Streep will be screened at Berlin Film Festival – Kramer vs Kramer (1979) by Robert Benton, Sophie’s Choice (1982) by Alan J. Pakula, Out of Africa (1985) by Sydney Pollack, The Bridges of Madison County (1995) directed by Clint Eastwood and A Prairie Home Companion (2006) by Robert Altman.