14th Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico dedicates an entire programme to Berlin International Film Festival

© Senator Film Verleih Victoria by Sebastian Schipper

© Senator Film Verleih
Victoria by Sebastian Schipper

BERLIN, 29-Sep-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — On the occasion of the “Year of Germany in Mexico 2016/2017”, the 14th Morelia International Film Festival (October 21-30, 2016), with the support of the Goethe-Institut, is dedicating an entire programme to the Berlin International Film Festival (see Press Release from June 27, 2016).

The jointly curated selection of films has been completed. The Berlinale Spotlight will be presenting a wide-ranging programme of feature-length fiction films, documentaries and short films. Not only the Competition, but also other Berlinale sections – the Panorama, Forum, Generation, Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Berlinale Shorts and Retrospective – will be showing films from the programme of the Berlin International Film Festival 2016. Among the highlights are a number of prize-winning films, including the winner of the Golden Bear 2016, Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) by Gianfranco Rosi.

“The Goethe-Institut is delighted to support the Berlinale Spotlight within the scope of the ‘Year of Germany in Mexico’. This is an important component in the extensive film programme of this initiative as well as a symbol of our worldwide collaboration with the Berlinale”, says Johannes Ebert, Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut.

The Berlinale Spotlight will also be dedicating a retrospective to director, screenwriter, actor and producer Reinhold Schünzel. The German filmmaker made several masterful German film comedies, including Viktor und Viktoria (Victor and Victoria, 1933), before emigrating to the USA in 1937.

Director and actor Sebastian Schipper has been invited as Special Guest of the Morelia International Film Festival and will present three films in the Berlinale Spotlight. One of them, Victoria (2015), was the winner of the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the Berlinale 2015; it also won Best Feature-length Fiction Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Music at the German Film Awards in the same year.

“We gratefully thank the Morelia Film Festival and especially its director, Daniela Michel, for the invitation. Our thanks also go to the Goethe-Institut for supporting the Berlinale Spotlight. The Federal Foreign Office’s ‘Year of Germany in Mexico’ is a great occasion to intensify the cultural exchange”, says Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick.

Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick and other festival representatives will present the Berlinale Spotlight.

The programme of the Berlinale Spotlight at the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico:

Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) by Gianfranco Rosi (Italy / France), Golden Bear for Best Film
L‘avenir (Things to Come) by Mia Hansen-Løve (France / Germany), Silver Bear for Best Director
Inhebbek Hedi (Hedi) by Mohamed Ben Attia (Tunisia / Belgium / France), Best First Feature Award, Silver Bear for Best Actor for Majd Mastoura

Kater (Tomcat) by Händl Klaus (Austria), Teddy Award for Best Feature Film
Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja (The Bacchus Lady) by E J-Yong (South Korea)
Lantouri by Reza Dormishian (Iran)

Barakah yoqabil Barakah (Barakah Meets Barakah) by Mahmoud Sabbagh (Saudi Arabia)
Yarden (The Yard) by Måns Månsson (Sweden / Germany)

Rauf by Barış Kaya and Soner Caner (Turkey)
Royahaye Dame Sobh (Starless Dreams) by Mehrdad Oskouei (Iran)

Perspektive Deutsches Kino
Meteorstraße (Meteor Street) by Aline Fischer (Germany)

Berlinale Shorts
Balada de um Batráquio (Batrachian’s Ballad) by Leonor Teles (Portugal), Golden Bear for Best Short Film
Jin Zhi Xia Mao (Anchorage Prohibited) by Wei Liang Chiang (Taiwan), Audi Short Film Award
Notre héritage (Our Legacy) by Jonathan Vinel (France)
personne by Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller (Germany)
Reluctantly Queer by Akosua Adoma Owusu (Ghana / USA)

Karla by Herrmann Zschoche (Germany 1966)

Reinhold Schünzel – Retrospective
Viktor und Viktoria (Victor and Victoria) by Reinhold Schünzel (Germany 1933)
Amphitryon. Aus den Wolken kommt das Glück (Amphitryon. Happiness from the Clouds) by Reinhold Schünzel (Germany 1935)
The Ice Follies of 1939 by Reinhold Schünzel (USA 1939)
Beim nächsten Kuß knall ich ihn nieder! (One More Kiss and He’s Dead!) by Hans-Christoph Blumenberg (Germany 1996)

Special Guest: Sebastian Schipper
As actor:
Drei (Three) by Tom Tykwer (Germany 2010)
As director:
Absolute Giganten (Gigantic) by Sebastian Schipper (Germany 1999)
Victoria by Sebastian Schipper (Germany 2015)

Documentary about the Berlinale
Spur der Bären (Trace of the Bears) by Hans-Christoph Blumenberg (Germany 2010)

For more information about the Morelia International Film Festival go to:


Head of Press and Publicity
Frauke Greiner

phone +49 30 25920-737
fax +49 30 25920-799

SOURCE: Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin


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