he Berlin International Film Festival has unveiled the full lineup for its 63rd edition next month.
The event is planned as an in-person fest to run in an abridged, seven-day version Feb. 10-16, with four days of repeat public screenings through Feb. 20.
Peter von Kant, François Ozon’s gender-flipped adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 masterpiece The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, starring Denis Menochet, Isabelle Adjani and Hanna Schygulla, will open the 72nd Berlinale and screen in competition.
Joining it in the race for the 2022 Golden Bear are such competition titles as Claire Denis’ Both Sides of the Blade, starring Juliette Binoche and Titane star Vincent Lindon; Hong Sang-soo’s latest, The Novelist’s Film; Charlotte Gainsbourg starrer The Passengers of the Night from Mikhael Hers; Ulrich Seidel’s Rimini; AEIOU — A Quick Alphabet of Love from German actress turned director Nicolette Krebitz; The Line from Swiss director Ursula Meier; and abortion drama Call Jane, the directorial debut of Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, starring Elizabeth Banks, Kate Mara and Sigourney Weaver, which will premiere at the now-all-virtual Sundance Film Festival.
Berlinale co-directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian presented the official lineup via a livestream Wednesday morning, Berlin time. Their 2022 lineup lacks the big studio or streaming films of the sort featured in Venice (Dune, The Power of the Dog) or Cannes (Stillwater, The French Dispatch) last year (Focus Features’ The Outfit, starring Mark Rylance, and Netflix adventure thriller Against The Ice, both out-of-competition special screenings, are the only exceptions) and is further evidence, that, in their third outing as Berlinale festival heads, Chatrian and Rissenbeek are looking to take the world’s No. 3 film festival in a more indie, art house direction.
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