The Berlin film festival has released details of a clutch of new titles in its competition and special sections to join the
Among the films having their world premiere on the Potsdamer Platz is , a thriller by Jeff “Mud” Nichols, which sees the director reunited with regular collaborator Michael Shannon. Shannon, who played a man haunted by apocalyptic visions in Nichols’ 2011 film , here takes the role of a father who goes on the run with his son, whose extrasensory powers make him a target of government agents and extremists.
Also debuting in Berlin will be , the Michael Grandage-directed study of author ’s relationship with his editor, starring Jude Law and Colin Firth and based on A Scott Berg’s 1978 biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius. Meanwhile, Alone in Berlin, based on Every Man Dies Alone about a husband and wife who were executed during the war for anti-Nazi activities, is directed by Vincent Perez and stars Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson.
Berlin has also announced the debut of Zero Days, , about internet surveillance and cybercrime – with another documentary on a similar subject, currently entitled Zero Day, for which .
Three other documentaries have been picked as special sessions at Berlin. A study of seminal cultural critic John Berger, , directed by, among others, Colin MacCabe and Tilda Swinton, will have its world premiere; 20 Feet from Stardom director Morgan Neville’s record of the , will have its first European screening; and Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next, which premiered at Toronto, will also be shown.
The runs from 11 to 21 February.