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Berlinale 2012 announces Panorama section, gives Indian films a miss

By NewsDesk • Published on January 4, 2012

The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival to be held from February 9-19, 2012 announced the list of films to be screened in Panorama section. The lineup includes renowned names such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Volker Schlöndorff, Cao Hamburger, Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Teona Strugar Mitevska.

No Indian film has yet found a place in Berlinale Panorama 2012. Last year Vishal Bhardwaj’s 7 Khoon Maaf, Kaushik Mukherjee’s Gandu and Phil Cox’s The Bengali Detective were presented in this section.

Feature films to date:

10+10 by Hou Hsiao-hsien,Taiwan

Death For Sale by Faouzi Bensaïdi, France

Die Wand (The Wall) by Julian Roman Pölsler, Austria/Germany

Dollhouse by Kirsten Sheridan, Ireland

Elles by Malgoska Szumowska, France/Poland/Germany

Fon Tok Kuen Fah (Headshot) by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Thailand/France

From Seoul To Varanasi by Kyuhwan Jeon, Republic of Korea

Hot boy noi loan – cau chuyen ve thang cuoi, co gai diem va con vit (Lost In Paradise) by Vu Ngoc Dang, Vietnam

Indignados by Tony Gatlif, France

Keep The Lights On by Ira Sachs, USA

Kuma by Umut Dag, Austria

La mer à l’aube (Calm At Sea) by Volker Schlöndorff, France/Germany

L’âge atomique by Héléna Klotz, France

Leave It On The Floor by Sheldon Larry, USA/Canada

Mei-wei (My Way) by Kang Je-kyu, Republic of Korea

Mommy Is Coming by Cheryl Dunye, Germany

Parada (The Parade) by Srdjan Dragojevic, Serbia/Republic of Croatia/ Macedonia/Slovenia

The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears by Teona Strugar Mitevska, Macedonia/Germany/Slovenia/Belgium

Wilaya by Pedro Pérez Rosado, Spain

Xingu by Cao Hamburger, Brazil

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6 Responses to “Berlinale 2012 announces Panorama section, gives Indian films a miss”

  1. Lalit Rao says:

    “gives Indian films a miss”. What is this for a title ? Do all major film festivals need to include films from India ? A film is selected on the basic of its quality.It does not matter whether it is from India or Zimbabwe.What should matter is the quality.Creating a ghetto for Indian films on international film festival circuit would do more harm to Indian cinema.

  2. Bikas Mishra says:

    Wishful thinking Lalit- “A film is selected on the basic of its quality.It does not matter whether it is from India or Zimbabwe”? Why Berlinale 2012 is screening Don 2, three months after its theatrical release?

  3. Lalit Rao says:

    Bikas,Don 2 is a very peculiar case as no A grade film festival can take the liberty of not having big stars.As SRK is a big draw in Germany,Berlinale folks must have thought of having him and his film.Now,it is a different tale that SRK is going to be at Berlinale for only a day.By the way,these days most film festivals follow the policy of having two kinds of India films for their festivals: some with serious content and some with star quotient.For example : What’s Your Raashee ? which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival.

  4. hardik mehta says:

    Don 2 will do better things for Berlin than any film Bikas…Dont you know the stories of what kind of rebate was given to making of this film by the city council and the german government – so whats wrong in screening Don 2 ?

  5. Bikas Mishra says:

    Hi Lalit, my comment was on your statement “A film is selected on the basic of its quality.It does not matter whether it is from India or Zimbabwe”?”, so now you do agree that it’s not purely not the quality.

    Hardik, the irony is Don 2 has already theatrically released in Berlin. So I suspect if that will do a great thing for Berlin.

  6. danita says:

    You are mistaken. The film has not been screened in Germany before. The Berlinale marks the German premiere of the film which afterwards releases in cinemas in a dubbed version.

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