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DON 2 in 62nd Berlinale Special programme

December 20, 2011 06:52:42 PM IST
Rajesh Kumar Singh, Glamsham Editorial
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We were all expecting it. It is a major Indo-German co-production with substantial funding received from various German agencies. The film was also shot in Berlin. Though Farhan Akhtar's DON 2 is releasing next week in India and elsewhere, it will have its German premiere during the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) as a Berlinale Special. The festival runs through 9-19th February 2012.

Along with this the festival authorities have unveiled the first five Competition films, out of about 14 that will finally make it to the section, and have thus started the process of announcing its line up in various sections in right earnest. The list boasts of big names of art house cinema from Indonesia, Spain, the People's Republic of China, Hongkong/China, the Philippines, Great Britain, Germany, the USA and France.

The other films in the Berlinale Special section apart from DON 2 are the documentary MARLEY by Kevin Macdonald from Great Britain and the USA, the Spanish film LA CHISPA DE LA VIDA by Alex de la Iglesia, Guy Maddin's KEYHOLE from Canada, as well as Werner Herzog's documentary series DEATH ROW from the USA.

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Here is the list of films announced.

Berlinale Competition

CAPTIVE France/Philippines/Germany/Great Britain
By Brillante Mendoza (Serbis, Kinatay, Lola) with Isabelle Huppert, Katherine Mulville, Marc Zanetta
World premiere

By Antonio Chavarrias (Susanna, Volveras, Las vidas de Celia) with Juan Diego Botto, Barbara Lennie, Magica Perez
World premiere

By Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader) with Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, Thomas Horn
International premiere / Out of Competition

JIN LING SHI SAN CHAI (THE FLOWERS OF WAR), People's Republic of China
By Zhang Yimou (The Red Lantern, Hero, A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop) with Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Atsuro Watabe
International premiere / Out of Competition

KEBUN BINATANG (POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO) Indonesia/Germany/Hongkong, China
By Edwin (Kara, Anak Sebatang Pohon, The Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly) with Ladya Cheryl, Nicholas Saputra
World premiere

Berlinale Special

DEATH ROW - Documentary series in four parts, USA
By Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Cave Of Forgotten Dreams)
World premiere

DON 2 - THE KING IS BACK, India/Germany
By Farhan Akhtar (Dil Chahta Hai, Lakshya, Don) with Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Om Puri, Florian Lukas
German premiere

By Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg, The Saddest Music In The World, Brand Upon The Brain) with Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Brooke Palsson
International premiere

By Alex de la Iglesia (El dia de la bestia, Perdita Durango, The Last Circus)
With Salma Hayek, Jose Mota, Fernando Tejero, Blanca Portillo, Juan Luis Galiardo
International premiere

By Kevin Macdonald (The Last King Of Scotland, Life In A Day, Touching The Void)
World premiere

(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)


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