Berlinale programme is set

However, the Berlin Film Festival has had to reschedule because of the pandemic. It will not start in February as usual, but will be split across two dates.

Berlinale-Programm steht

Berlin (dpa) - A literary adaptation by Dominik Graf and the directorial debut of actor Daniel Brühl are in the running for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale. A total of 15 films are competing this year, as artistic director Carlo Chatrian (photo) announced in a video on Thursday.

Director Graf has adapted Erich Kästner's 1931 novel "Fabian", starring Tom Schilling. Brühl has two different characters meet in a Berlin pub in "Next Door".

"I’m Your Man" by director Maria Schrader ("Unorthodox") is also in the competition – a story about an encounter with a humanoid robot, featuring the actresses Maren Eggert and Sandra Hüller ("Toni Erdmann").

Several films representing German cinema will be shown this year, including the documentary "Mr Bachmann and His Class" by Maria Speth. International names also feature. French filmmaker Céline Sciamma ("Portrait of a Lady on Fire") is in the running with her new project "Petite Maman".

Also competing are films by Hong Sangsoo from South Korea, Xavier Beauvois from France, Radu Jude from Romania and Ryusuke Hamaguchi from Japan.

The Berlin Film Festival has had to reschedule because of the pandemic. Rather than starting now in February as scheduled, the festival will be split across two dates. An online meeting of the film industry is planned for March, when a jury will also announce the prize winners. In June, a public festival with an audience is to take place.

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