The upcoming Berlinale, to be held February 8 through 18, will be throwing the spotlight on French productions.
Four French films feature among the 22 titles in competition this year: "La Môme" ("La Vie en Rose") by Olivier Dahan (opening film), "Angel" by François Ozon (closing film), "Don't Touch the Axe" by Jacques Rivette and "The Witnesses" by André Téchiné.
Add to these titles are the following French co-productions: “El Otro” by Ariel Rotter, “Goodbye Bafana” by Bille August, “Hyazgar” by Lu Zhang and “Irina Palm” by Sam Garbarski.
With such a diverse range of productions on offer, jury members may well turn their eyes to French films this year, particularly considering that France has not picked up a major prize at this festival since Patrice Chéreau was voted Best Director in 2003 for “His Brother.”
French cinema is also well-represented in the Panorama Section, with “Anna M." by Michel Spinosa, "Celebration” by Olivier Meyrou, “Two Days” by Julie Delpy, “Lady Chatterley” by Pascale Ferran, “Lagerfeld Confidential” by Rodolphe Marconi screened along with the co-productions “La Leon” by Santiago Otheguy, “Here’s Looking at You, Boy” by André Schäfer and Riparo by Marco Simon Puccioni.
Around ten French productions and co-productions will also be presented in the Forum Section.
Two French short films are included in the Competition: “La leçon de guitare” by Martin Rit and “Décroche” by Manuel Schapira.