Sean Penn, Jesse Eisenberg, Canadian actor and director Matt Johnson, South Korean author Hong Sang Soo and Korean-Canadian director Celine Song head to the next Berlin Film Festival.

artistic director of the Berlinale carlo chatrian and CEO Mariëtte Rissenbeck on Monday unveiled the top Competition and Meet selections for the 73rd edition of the festival, which will feature a rich mix of well-known names and newcomers.

As previously announcedRebecca Miller’s romantic comedy “She Came To Me,” starring Peter Dinklage, Marisa Tomei, Joanna Kulig, Brian d’Arcy James and Anne Hathawayhas been set as the opening of the festival.

Kristen Stewart will preside over the jury and Steven Spielberg will receive an honorary Golden Bear for the achievement of life.

Penn will be in Berlin with “Superpower,” the documentary he co-directed with Aaron Kaufman that depicts the struggle between Volodymyr Zelensky, the actor-comedian who became Ukraine’s president, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as it unfolds on a grand scale. country invasion.

“Penn was in Kyiv shooting a movie with Zelensky when the war broke out in Ukraine,” Chatrian said at the news conference. And then, “reality made the movie less comfortable and more meaningful,” he added. “We are very grateful to Sean Penn and the entire team for having chosen the Berlinale to screen this film”, which “narrates the role of art and artists”, added the co-author from Berlin.

Rissenbeck and Chatrian revealed that the colors of this year’s Berlinale would be blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. On the decision to select “Superpower”, Chatrian said: “I guess part of the decision is precisely that the Berlin Film Festival will take place exactly one year after the outbreak of the war and maybe showing this film in Berlin has meaning. more relevant”. than anywhere else, because we are close to Ukraine, because Ukrainians live in Berlin and also because of the political value of this film. But he is not the only one dealing with Ukraine. For me, ‘Superpower,’ I know it’s going to get a lot of attention, it’s a big doorway that lets you into the very complex and rich depiction of what happened and is still happening in Ukraine right now.”

ENCOUNTER FILMS

“The Klezmer Project” by Leandro Koch, Paloma Schahmann
Argentina/Austria

“The Adults” by Dustin Guy Defa
US

“The Echo” by Tatiana Huezo
Mexico/Germany

“Here” by Bas Devos
Belgium

“In the blind spot” by Ayse Polat
Germany

“The cage is looking for a bird” by Malika Musaeva
France/Russia

“My Worst Enemy” by Mehran Tamadon
France/Switzerland

“White Plastic Sky” by Tibor Banoczki, Sarolta Szabo
Hungary/Slovakia

“In the Water” by Hong Sangsoo
South Korea

“Family Time” by Tia Kuovo
Finland/Sweden

“The Walls of Bergamo” by Stefano Savona
Italy

“Orlando, My Political Biography” by Paul B. Preciado
France

“Samsara” by Lois Patino
Spain

“Eastern Front” by Vitaly Mansky, Yevhen Titarenko
Latvia/Czech/Ukraine/USA

“Living Badly” by Joao Canijo
“Portugal/France

“Absence” by Wu Lang
Porcelain

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION LINEUP

“20,000 species of bees” by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

“The Shadowless Tower” by Zhang Lu

“Until the End of the Night” by Christoph Hochhausler

“BlackBerry” by Matt Johnson

“Disco Boy” by Giacomo Abbruzzo

“The Plow” by Philippe Garrel

“Ingeborg Bachmann – Journey to the Desert” by Margarethe von Trotta

“Someday we will tell each other everything” by Emily Atef

Limbo by Ivan Sen

“Mal Vivir” by Joao Canijo

“Manodrome” by John Trengove

“Music” by Angela Schanelec

Celine Song Past Lives

“Fire” by Christian Petzold

“On the Adamant” by Nicolas Philibert

“The Survival of Kindness” by Rolf de Heer

“Suzume” by Makoto Shinkai

“Totem Pole” by Lila Ayles

BERLINALE SPECIAL GALA

“Superpower” by Sean Penn, Aaron Kaufman

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