“Don’t Blink” to screen in Berlin’s ‘Panorama’

Laura Israel's Don't Blink - Robert Frank (pictured) and Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang's Hotel Dallas are among the docs screening in the Berlin International Film Festival's 'Panorama' section.
December 17, 2015

Laura Israel‘s Don’t Blink – Robert Frank and Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang’s Hotel Dallas are among the docs screening in the Berlin International Film Festival’s ‘Panorama’ section.

The auteur-heavy program, known for more experimental fare across various genres, will this year feature 32 fiction films and 18 documentaries. The latter are presented in the ‘Panorama Dokumente’ section, which constitutes a third of the Panorama program.

Israel’s Don’t Blink - which was last month acquired in Germany and Austria by NFP Films, in Canada through Films We Like and in Italy through Feltrinelli – will enjoy its international premiere in Berlin. The doc bowed at the New York Film Festival in October.

The doc is a portrait of photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, best known for his book of photographs, The Americans, as well as his 1972 documentary on The Rolling Stones, Cocksucker Blues.

Elsewhere, Romanian doc Hotel Dallas will investigate the influence of the U.S. television series Dallas on Romanian society. “With underlying humor, fun and fantasy, Livia Ungur takes us and Patrick Duffy, the star of TV series Dallas, on a tour through her Romania – a country that still has not stopped dreaming of better days,” reads a synopsis provided by the festival.

Remaining documentaries in the program are to come in January. The Berlin International Film Festival, which runs from February 11 to 21, last week announced a number of its in-competition titles, including Alex Gibney‘s cyber-crime doc Zero Days.

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