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Berlinale starts 2016 rollout

First The first nine films for the 66th Berlin International Film Festival Competition and Berlinale Special programme have been selected. As previously announced, the festival will open with Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar! (pictured, top).

Five titles, all world premieres, are named for the main competition line-up, while three titles are name for the more esoteric Berlinale Special selection.

Now that Sundance’s programme is complete, expect plenty of Berlinale announcements over the next few weeks.

The Berlinale runs 11 – 21 February, alongside the European Film Market (EFM) and Berlinale Co-Production Market.

The Competition titles so far announced are:
Boris sans Béatrice (Boris without Béatrice), Denis Côté, Canada
Genius, Michael Grandag, United Kingdom / USA
Alone in Berlin, Vincent Perez, Germany / France / United Kingdom
Midnight Special, Jeff Nichols, USA
Zero Days (documentary), Alex Gibney, USA

The Berlinale Special selections announced so far are all documentaries:
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Morgan Neville, USA
The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz, Tilda Swinton, United Kingdom
Where To Invade Next, Michael Moore, USA

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