Berlin 2022: 10 most anticipated films at this year’s Festival

New films from popular beloved artists like Claire Denis, Dario Argento and Peter Strickland are just the tip of this year’s stacked lineup.

After launching last year’s edition as a two-part event held last March and June, this year Berlin The film festival is trying to get back to (relatively) normalcy, complete with an enviable new series. While the Berlinale’s European Film Market has moved online, this year’s Berlin Film Festival is still holding just one live event with limited capacity, mandatory vaccinations and no parties.

But while audiences may not be able to literally party during the 10-day festival, there’s still plenty to celebrate, including new movies by beloved famous actors. favorites like Claire Denis, Dario Argento, Quentin Dupieux, Ursula Meier and Peter Strickland, plus new works by international rising stars like Kivu Ruhorahoza, Ashley McKenzie and Li Ruijun. There are COVID-generated features and murder revenge thrillers, small-scale romance and real-life twins coming out and at least one movie could be less about food than what comes after when we eat it (we won’t say more).

M. Night Shyamalan serves as the chairman of the jury for this year’s competition. The latest edition of the festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through February 20. In the immediate future, IndieWire has selected our 10 most anticipated films from this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

“Both Sides of the Blade”

Always someone who harnesses raw human resources from the darkest of circumstances (no matter how difficult either), Claire Denis naturally finds a measure of inspiration during the pandemic. While preparing to film Denis Johnson’s upcoming adaptation of “The Stars at Noon” with Robert Pattinson and Margaret Qualley, Denis gathered some of her favorite collaborators – including Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon and editor play Christine Angot of “Let the Sunshine In” – for an intimate chamber drama about a Parisian woman, her second husband, and the former fire that continues to burn beneath her skin.

“Fire” (known as “Both Sides of the Blade” outside the US) is a COVID movie both on screen and outdoors, but Denis has a knack for drawing seismic portraits on panels smaller canvas and her latest film promises to capitalize on the love triangle into an in-depth look at the personal and historical consequences for those who try to deny their pasts. —DE

“Brothers in every inch”

Russian actor Alexander Sokurov consulted on this fascinating new character research from filmmaker Alexander Zolotukhin, whose first film, “A Russian Youth”, had previously screened at the film festival . The new film is about twin brothers who both intend to become pilots in the Russian military and try to ease their bond to focus on the work ahead. Of course, the twins are not easily separated and drama ensues when they participate in military training while trying to keep their distance.

Real-life twins Nikolay and Sergey Zhuravlev star in their feature film debut, which promises a rare cinematic dive into the twins’ struggles into adulthood, with music Andrey Navydenov’s classics and cinematography (“Dear Comrades!”) help draw out the unusual nature of their conundrum. As Russian military prison breaks dominate headlines around the world, “Brother in Every Inch” promises an insight into a more personal struggle. —EK



It’s been 10 years since Dario Argento last directed a film, but the giallo master’s presence has been strongly felt over the past decade, as has been seen by mainstream filmmakers around the world — including Edgar Wright, Jordan Peele, and most obviously Luca Guadagnino – have been inspired by his high-class classic horror style. Now 81 years old and still feverish with quirky fantasies to share, Argento returns with “Dark Glasses,” a gory revenge story that begins spontaneously with a serial killer who targets people in the world. Roman prostitution in the shadow of a solar eclipse.

“They Call Me Jeeg” breakout Illenia Pastorelli stars as a victim who loses her sight but manages to save her life as she escapes a crazed killer, and then teams up with a Chinese orphan (Xinyu Zhang) to make sure the killer can’t get the job done. Starring Asia Argento and reportedly using its gore to uncover the economic inequality that has torn Rome to pieces, “Dark Glasses” may not have restored Argento to its former glory. but it’s been too long since we’ve had a new chance to see the world through our eyes. —DE

“Father’s Day”

Ten years after his debut, “Grey Matter,” Rwandan director Kivu Ruhorahoza continues his exploration of contemporary Rwanda with another ensemble piece about the echoes of genocide in everyday life. This time, his film revolves around the younger generation born in the aftermath of those events, and dealing with the national traumas that preceded them. His family story trilogy includes a criminal trying to introduce his son to his way of life, parents grappling with the death of their child, and a woman tasked with helping support her sick father despite their estrangement.

The film promises a sensuous, relatable style enhanced by absorbing the director’s complex performances and relationships with these powerful themes, which will further cement his position. as one of the most intriguing talents to emerge from the African continent in the past decade. —EK

"Flux Gourmet"

“Flux Gourmet”

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“Flux Gourmet”

A giallo cult whose love of the genre – coupled with a rich imagination – has allowed films like “The Duke of Burgundy” and “In Fabric” to push the boundaries of pastiche, Peter Strickland has Together they forge a strange career from the scrap table left by his perverted heroes. With “Flux Gourmet”, British artisans have cooked up another indulgent feast for the senses, this one taking place at a secluded culinary institute, where a group has been invited to perform.” audio service” for guests.

Whatever requires that (and those creepy quotes should be cause for concern!), it’s safe to assume Asa Butterfield, Gwendoline Christie, Ariane Labed, and the rest of the cast Strickland is suffering from mild indigestion as their characters suffer through what Berlinale advertises as “a bloody comedy” that “puts food intolerance to an end of hallucinations and seizures.” nightmare”. Already desperate for a taste? Don’t worry: IFC Midnight will begin serving “Flux Gourmet” to US audiences this summer. —DE

“Unbelievable but true”

Now, you’re at Quentin Dupieux’s wavelength, or you’re not. The singular hunter has managed to build stories around everything from a killer tire to a natural deerskin coat to an extra-large housefly, and now heads to Berlin with… Well, a movie that clearly packs a lot of quirky fun in its relatively serious long run. Per Unifrancethe movie that follows “Alain and Marie [as they] move to a quiet suburb. A mysterious tunnel in the basement of their new home will turn their lives upside down.” Movie’s IMDb page Get in touch more, indicating that the (duh) tunnel will lead them to the basement that will change their lives.

Dupieux’s ability to create both poignancy and hearty laughs from seemingly everyday things is particularly well-suited to a suburban-focused comedy, and Dupieux is due for a major breakout . Think of it this way: he’s one of the few filmmakers who “guess what’s in the basement?!” the shock agent could be a tire or a jacket or a giant fly, and we eagerly sat up and asked, “And afterward What?” Whatever it is, it’s sure to be a thrilling surprise. —KE


Swiss-French actress Ursula Meier returns to Berlinale 10 years after winning the Silver Bear for her sensitive drama “Sisters” with a very different kind of family dynamic on display. “The Line” stars Stéphanie Blanchoud as Margaret and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi as her mother, who blames her failed concert pianist career on her pet child.

After the pair have a physical change that leads to police involvement, Tedeschi’s character receives a restraining order against her daughter – so Margaret decides to stand right outside her mother’s property, try to reconnect with the little sister inside. This eerie setting suggests another bleak and delightfully alternate look at broken relationships and desperate actions to mend them through Meier’s ever-changing style. Expect a showcase of attractive actors. —EK

“Queen of the Qing Dynasty”

“Queen of the Qing Dynasty”

Canadian screenwriter and director Ashley McKenzie follows up her 2016 film debut “Werewolf” with this gripping story about a small-town suicide teen (Sarah Walker) who has a relationship with a… An international student from Shanghai (Ziyin Zheng) is assigned to take care of her at the hospital. With a subtle focus on gendered characters, the film is said to explore their candid relationship and show how it transcends cultural boundaries on the surface.

An intimate setting is the ideal setting for actors to embark on for the first time to explore what it feels like to be a minor at a pivotal time in adulthood while defining their gender identity makes sense. how. It’s a fascinating setting that will further clarify McKenzie’s filmmaking ambitions as she develops her orientation to shunned young people through a precise lens. —EK


Ulrich Seidl fans have spent the past few years waiting for the extremely strict Austrian filmmaker (the “Paradise”, “In the Basement” trilogy) to live up to his promise with his magnum opus, a series A three-hour epic about a pair of brothers haunted by the death of their mother. The bad news is that the wait for “Bad Game” is going to have to go on a little longer – look for it to appear every year on our Cannes wish list for a few more months. The good news is that Seidl has put together another movie about a dead mother to help us through the waiting time; one that, in classic Seidl fashion, could be even more annoying given how cool it sounds.

“Rimini” stars “Paradise: Hope,” Michael Thomas as the faded pop star Richie Bravo, who returns to his native Austria from Italy to bid farewell to his parents, burying the past they lived for. him and seduced a few women of a certain age while he was there. The premise sounds ready for Sundance, but we’re braced for some hopeless despair from one of the best performers. —DE

“Return to Dust”

China’s rising artist title Li Ruijun (who previously screened films in the Generation of Berlin section) brings his distinctive cinematic brand to Berlin in the form of “Back to the Dust”, about a couple Couples are pushed together through arranged marriage and explore their own lives love stories. It’s the lighthearted, serious romance that can get lost amid flashy titles, but is well worth seeking out as a cinematic lifeline.

The movie is described as follows “The human need for connection and the transformative nature of love. It is a delicately crafted, moving fable that conveys how, like plant life, all a human needs is nourishment and care to thrive. ” —KE

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