Pixar's 'Onward' to have world premiere at Berlin International Film Festival

A total of 18 films will run in competition for the Golden and Silver Bears

A still from Pixar's 'Onward'
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The 70th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) announced its competition line-up for the Golden and Silver Bears for this year. A total of 18 films will run in competition.

This year is the first the festival is under the leadership of artistic director Carlo Chatrian and executive director Mariette Rissenbeek.

The biggest film to come out of the festival's announcement today is the world premiere of Pixar's Onward, an animated film that tells the story of two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary journey to discover if there is still magic in the world. The film is out of competition.

The anticipated films running in competition include The Roads Not Taken by Sally Potter, starring Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning and Salma Hayek, all of whom are expected to be in the German city for the festival, according to Chatrian. This drama feature follows a day in the life of Leo (Bardem) and his daughter Molly (Fanning), as he goes between two lives he could have lived.

One of the biggest films coming out of Germany is acclaimed director Burhan Qurbani's Berlin Alexanderplatz, an adaptation of the classic 1929 novel by Alfred Doblin. Siberia by Abel Ferrara, which stars Oscar-nominated actor Willem Dafoe, is an exploration into the language of dreams. Another anticipated film is There is No Evil by award-winning Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof. Rasoulof's credits include the 2017 Cannes Un Certain Regard winner A Man of Integrity.

The Berlinale will run from Thursday, February 20 to Sunday, March 1.

Full Golden Bear Competition Line-up

Berlin Alexanderplatz by Burhan Qurbani 

Dau. Natasha by  Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel starring Natalia Berezhnaya, Olga Shkabarnya, Vladimir Azhippo

The Woman Who Ran by Hong Sangsoo with Kim Minhee, Seo Younghwa and Song Seonmi

Delete History by Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern with Blanche Gardin, Denis Podalydes and Corinne Masiero

The Intruder by Natalia Meta with Erica Rivas, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Daniel Hendler

Bad Tales by Damiano D'Innocenzo and Fabio D'Innocenzo starring Elio Germano, Barbara Chichiarelli and Lino Musella

First Cow by Kelly Reichardt

Irradiated Rithy Panh with Bion, André Wilms and Rebecca Marder

The Salt of Tears by Philippe Garrel starring Logann Antuofermo, Oulaya Amamra, Andre Wilms

Never Rarely Sometimes Always by Eliza Hittman with Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Theodore Pellerin, Ryan Eggold, and Sharon Van Etten

Days by Ming-Liang Tsai with Kang-Sheng Lee and Anong Houngheuangsy

The Roads Not Taken by Sally Potter

My Little Sister by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond

There is no evil by Mohammad Rasoulof

Siberia by Abel Ferrara

All The Dead Ones by Caetano Gotardo and Marco Dutra

Undine by Christian Petzold

Hidden Away by Giorgio Diritti


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