One year, one night by Isaki Lacuesta, and Alcarràs, by Carla Simón, will compete in the 72nd edition of the Berlinale, which will start on February 10. one year one night is the adaptation of the book Peace, love and death metal, fictionalized testimony of Ramón González, a survivor of the Bataclan, who was 30 years old when the terrorist attack was carried out in the Parisian hall, on November 13, 2015, by the Islamic State, which attacked during a concert and killed 130 people. The protagonists are the Argentine Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, who achieved fame with 120 beats per minute, and the French Noémie Merlant, and completing the cast are Quim Gutiérrez, Natalia de Molina, Enric Auquer and the musician C. Tangana, who plays the protagonist’s brother.
The actress Noémie Merlant, on the set of ‘One Year, One Night’, during the sequence of the evacuation of the Bataclan theater.Manuel Fernández-Valdés
The other Spanish film, Alcarràs, by Carla Simón, who has gone through a complicated shoot due to the pandemic and because she is temporarily adjusting to the peach harvest, will make this director return to the place where she triumphed years ago: that is where she began her career as Summer 1993 (2017), where he won the award for best first film in all the sections of the contest. Simón returns to a family drama, this time focused on the last fruit harvest on a farm where the owners want to put solar panels, a reflection on the disappearance of family farming.
To these titles are added five wolves, the first feature film written and directed by Alauda Ruiz de Azúa, which will have its world premiere in the Panorama section. Ruiz de Azúa describes the problems of a new mother in fitting into her new role in the world. In addition, in the official short film contest, the premiere the star sower, by Lois Patiño, who was already in the German capital with her second feature film, Red Moon (2020), in the Forum section. the star sower is an immersive dreamlike and spiritual journey through the hypnotic night of Tokyo. Patiño was in Cannes half a year ago with another short, Sycorax. You won’t be alone in Berlin: the British-Spanish co-production short will also be screened Agrilogistics, by Gerard Ortín, who reflects on the uses of automation and technology in industrial agriculture and horticulture.
It must be recognized that the German contest has worked hard and has carried out some very interesting sections. In the contest there will be 18 films, among which stand out Both Sides of the Blade, French director Claire Denis, with Vincent Lindon and Juliette Binoche; Rimini, by the Austrian Ulrich Seidl; Everything Will Be Ok, another pearl of animation from Cambodian Rithy Panh; Goodbye Leonora, by the Italian Paolo Taviani, who directs alone after the death of his brother and artistic partner Vittorio, and The Novelist’s Film, another film from the prolific South Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo. There will also be another title in Spanish: Robe of Gems, by the Mexican Natalia López Gallardo, who makes her directorial debut after years dedicated to editing.
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Lucrecia Martel returns
Among the 15 titles present in the Berlinale Special section, the long-awaited North Terminal, of the Argentine Lucrecia Martel; Incredible but true, the new work of the irreverent French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux; Black glasses, by the Italian master Dario Argento, y This Much I Know To Be True, by Andrew Dominik, about the life and creation of musician Nick Cave during the pandemic. Finally, in Encuentros, a commitment to another cinema, will be premiered Coma, by Frenchman Bertrand Bonello, and Fluxus Gourmet, by the British Peter Strickland.
The 72nd edition of the Berlinale will be held from February 10 to 20, but the competitions will end on Wednesday 16, when the prizes will be awarded. Some sections of the festival, such as the European Film Market (EFM) or the Talents market, will be exclusively digital. On the 16th, all the prizes will be awarded except the Golden Bear of Honor to the French actress Isabelle Huppert, who will collect it at a special gala on the 15th, in recognition of her career. The other four days will be used to program projections for the local public. The organizers have struggled not to hold a second edition without an audience due to the coronavirus. And that is why they have opted for a much smaller format, both in duration and in capacity. The strict security measures that govern Berlin will be met, but without giving up a bit of glamour: there will be a red carpet with the stars of the competing films, but no parties or celebrations. And it will open with Peter von Kant, the latest work by French director François Ozon, a free interpretation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s classic, in which the protagonist is now a man, played by Denis Ménochet, with Isabella Adjani and Hannah Schygulla (Fassbinder’s muse) in the cast.