Masters Programme to Present Films Straight Out of Berlinale (photos)

Luca Guadagnino, Lav Diaz, Kim Ki-duk, Michel Hazanavicius, Małgorzata Szumowska and Amos Gitai are just some of the big names included in this year’s Masters programme. Joining the strong line-up of renowned directors will be the previously announced Viva Vigo and 20th Century Kids retrospectives, as well as new films currently competing at Berlinale.

The programme, sponsored by Telia, will be all about love. Luca Guadagnino’s Oscar-nominated “Call Me by Your Name” transports viewers to one passionate summer in 1980s Italy. Claire Denis provides a feminist look at love and passion in the Juliette Binoche-starring romantic drama “Let the Sunshine In”. Abdellatif Kechiche’s nostalgic “Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno” tells the story of a young screenwriter caught between love and his career, while the great Italian humanists Vittorio and Paolo Taviani portray a young partisan torn between the civil war and a woman in “Rainbow – A Private Affair”. Michel Hazanavicius returns with an ode to classic cinema in “Redoubtable” – a look at the personal life of Jean-Luc Godard and his love for young actress Anne Wiazemsky.

Credits: Robertas Daskevičius, Audrius Solominas, Tautvydas Stukas

Israeli director Amos Gitai has been accused of slandering his native country by some, but respected by others for his consistent and critical look at Israel and its people. Gitai will visit the festival with his documentary “West of the Jordan River”, which examines how Israelis and Palestinians live under the prolonged occupation. Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei portrays the global refugee crisis and considers its consequences in the documentary “Human Flow“.

The Masters programme will also include new films currently competing at Berlinale. Kim Ki-duk’s horror film “Human, Space, Time and Human” goes to extremes to comment on humanity’s flaws and the importance of taking responsibility for your actions. Małgorzata Szumowska’s “Mug” takes a critical yet funny look at Polish society, its prejudices and conservative ideas. Lav Diaz’s rock opera “The Season of the Devil” examines past traumas of the Philippines, with song lyrics written by the director himself. More films from Berlinale will be included in other programmes: “Last Child” by Shin Dong-seok, “Dovlatov” by Aleksey German Jr., “Tower. A Bright Day” by Jagoda Szelc, and “The Heiresses” by Marcelo Martinessi.

More about the Masters programme here.