“Act of Killing,” “State 194″ to screen at 2013 Berlinale

Critical favorite The Act of Killing (pictured) and films about Palestine, German filmmaker Roland Klick and a Luxembourg-based playboy are among the documentaries that will screen at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.
December 19, 2012

Organizers of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival have named seven features that will screen in the festivals Panorama Documentary program, including the world premieres of films about German filmmaker Roland Klick and a Luxembourgish Don Giovanni, as well as critical favorite The Act of Killing (pictured).

Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and executive produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, Killing has screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and CPH:DOX and will get a theatrical run in the U.S. later in 2013 courtesy of Drafthouse Films. In an interview with realscreen during TIFF, Oppenheimer described it as “an observational documentary of the imagination.”

Other TIFF selections, Dan Setton’s State 194, about Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayaad’s quest to have Palestine recognized as a state by the United Nations, and Mahdi Fleifel’s The World Is Not Ours, about Palestinians living in a Lebanese refugee camp, will also screen during the Berlinale.

World premieres include director Sandra Prechtel’s film about the life of polarizing German filmmaker Roland Klick, Roland Klick – The Heart Is a Hungry Hunter; and Angela Christlieb’s Naked Opera, a portrait of a jet-setting,¬†Luxembourg-based businessman who lives a Don Giovanni lifestyle after office hours.

The remaining docs screening are Lian Lunson’s music doc Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You – A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, and Su Freidrich’s Gut Renovation, which will have their respective European and international premieres at Berlin.

The festival previously announced that French filmmaker and producer Claude Lanzmann, who directed of the landmark 1985 Holocaust documentary Shoah, will be the recipient of next year’s Honorary Golden Bear lifetime achievement award.

The Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 7 to 17, 2013.

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