The final films to compete for this year’s Gold and Silver Bears during the Feb. 9-19 fest are now set.
The Berlin International Film Festival on Friday finalized its competition lineup of films that will compete for this year’s Gold and Silver Bears.
The competition title added is Hao ji le (Have a Nice Day) by Liu Jian (Piercing I). Out-of-competition slots went to the world premieres of Final Portrait, directed by Stanley Tucci and starring Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clemence Poesy, Tony Shalhoub, James Faulkner and Sylvie Testud; and Sage femme (Midwife), helmed by Martin Provost (Violette) and starring Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve and Olivier Gourmet.
Previously announced competition titles include: The Dinner from U.S. director Oren Moverman (The Messenger) and starring Richard Gere, Rebecca Hall, Laura Linney and Steve Coogan; and The Party, the latest star-studded effort from U.K. director Sally Potter (Orlando), which will have their world premieres in Berlin. Also competing will be The Other Side of Hope, from acclaimed Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki (Le Havre), which will have its international premiere in Berlin, and Spoor from Oscar-nominated Polish helmer Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness).
Also in the running for Berlin’s Gold and Silver Bears will be On Body and Soul, from Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi; Ana mon amour from Romanian helmer Calin Pater Netzer, winner of the Berlin Golden Bear in 2013 for Child’s Pose; and Beuys, a documentary on controversial German artist Joseph Beuys by acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker Andres Veiel (Black Box Germany). Colo, from Portugese director Teresa Villaverde, French helmer Alain Gomis’ Felicite and Una Mujer Fantastica from Chilean filmmaker Sebastian Lelio also previously made the Berlin competition cut.
The festival also completed its Berlinale Special program on Friday, adding Aisling Walsh’s Maudie, with Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett and Zachary Bennett; The Lost City of Z from James Gray (We Own the Night) with Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland; the bomb, co-directed by Kevin Ford, Smriti Keshari and Eric Schlosser; documentary La libertad del diablo (Devil’s Freedom) by Everardo Gonzalez; Nema-ye nazdik (Close Up) from Abbas Kiarostami; and doc The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov by Askold Kurov.
Berlin previously unveiled four films that will get special out-of-competition gala screenings. They are Fernando Trueba’s period comedy The Queen of Spain, the sequel to 1988’s The Girl of Your Dreams, starring Penelope Cruz and Mandy Patinkin; Raoul Peck’s biopic The Young Karl Marx, featuring German star August Diehl as the founder of communism; Last Days in Havana from director Fernando Perez; and a newly restored version of Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, a 1972 German TV series written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
The festival is set to run Feb. 9-19.
EXCLUSIVE: Vertigo acquires project starring Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer and Clémence Poésy.
Vertigo Releasing has acquired Final Portrait, a biopic of Alberto Giacometti directed by Stanley Tucci, for the UK and Ireland.
Geoffrey Rush plays the Swiss painter and sculptor with Armie Hammer and Clémence Poésy co-starring.
Adapted from U.S. writer James Lord’s memoir A Giacometti Portrait, the film offers a window into the chaotic life of the artist in 1960s Paris.
Ed Caffrey from Vertigo Releasing and Nicole Mackey of Hanway Films struck the deal.
The film, a labour of love for Beauty And The Beast and Hunger Games star Tucci, premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
Vertigo are planning a summer 2017 release to coincide with Tate Modern’s Giacometti retrospective and are exploring opportunities to cross promote.
Gail Egan produces for Potboiler alongside Nik Bower for Riverstone Pictures and Ilann Girard for Arsam International. Riverstone Pictures fully financed the project. Riverstone co-founder Deepak Nayar is executive producer and the film is produced in association with Olive Productions and Lowsun Productions.
Ed Caffrey of Vertigo Releasing said: “Final Portrait is a wonderful film, funny, affecting but also with a depth that draws us into a reflection on the artistic process.”
Hanway’s Nicole Mackey added: “We are so excited that the Vertigo team will be releasing Final Portrait in U.K., coinciding with a unique Giacometti exhibition at the Tate. They join a superb array of world distributors.”