Sean Penn’s Ukraine documentary to headline Berlin Film Festival, Entertainment News

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BERLIN – Sean Penn’s documentary portrait of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, shot a year ago when Russia invaded Ukraine, will be one of the main stars at next month’s Berlin Film Festival, awarding Steven Spielberg a Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded.

Artistic director Carlo Chatrian, who announced the final film line-up on Monday (January 23), said that as Russian tanks crossed the Ukrainian border, Europe’s biggest conflict since World War II began. , director Penn and Aaron Kaufman said they were already filming Superpower in Kyiv.

“The Berlinale will take place exactly one year later,” said Chatrian. “Berlin may be more relevant than other places because we are close to Ukraine and Ukrainians live in Berlin.”

With roots in the besieged enclave of West Berlin on the front lines of the Cold War, the Berlinale sees itself as an openly political celebration, and Chatrian said the 73rd will be the fight for freedom in Ukraine and Iran. Focused, said it will screen dozens of films.From and about both countries.

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According to Chatrian, the 18 films screened in the competition ranged from director Emily Atef’s “Someday we’ll tell each other everything” about the dangers and violence of teenage love to Giacomo Abruzzese’s portrayal of a Belarusian. Even the director’s “Disco Boy” was said to be thematically tied together by an interest in melodrama and love. He enlisted in the French Foreign Legion.

“We don’t do our selections with soap operas in mind,” Chatrian said. “We choose movies that resonate with us.”

The competition will also feature a space for animation of the sparrow by Makoto Shinkai of Japan, described by Chatrian as a “poet of youth.” Described as a journey around the Japanese archipelago, the film stands out for its bold colors.

Located in one of the world’s epicenters of queer culture, the Berlinale this year continues to bring to the fore the issues of gender and identity that have plagued its jury, chaired by US actress Kristen Stewart, for years.

Orlando, My Political Biography by Paul B. Breciado screened outside the main competition, where Orlando wrote a letter to the author of the eponymous novel, Virginia Wolf, and the transsexual character she created exists in the real world. Explain that you were told to do so.

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