Heading to Berlinale this February? These are the films gathering steam ahead of their premiere at the Festival this February and not to miss… if you can get a ticket!

Isle of Dogs

Directed by Wes Anderson

The opening film of the 68th Berlinale Film Festival, Wes Anderson’s new movie is a story about a 12-year-old boy searching for his missing dog. This is his second animated film after Fantastic Mr. Fox. The characters are voiced by well-known actors like Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray or Greta Gerwig.

Songwriter

Directed by Murray Cummings

Shape of You, Perfect, Thinking Out Loud… there’s a good chance you’ll hear one of these Ed Sheeran songs everytime on the radio. The British singer-songwriter is one of the most famous musicians in the world, but this new documentary shows us a side rarely glimpsed by the public, looking closely at his music obsession and his song making method.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

Directed by Gus Van Sant

The director of Good Will Hunting and Elephant returns with his first film since Cannes 2015 stinker Sea of Trees, with a biopic of quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan, played byJoaquin Phoenix. The comedy, which also stars Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black, focuses on the period in John’s life when he’s struggling to come to terms with the car accident that left him permanently disabled.

Unsane

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Shot entirely on iPhone, Unsane follows a young woman played by The Crown‘s Claire Foy trying to start afresh in a new city after a troubled few years. She is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, although convinced there has been some mistake, where she is forced to confront her biggest fears. Are these fears real or just delusions?

Unicorn

Directed by Eduardo Nunes

The second narrative feature from Brazilian filmmaker Eduardo Nunes, Unicorn tells the story of a young girl discovering her sexuality. “The way the character, who is 13-years-old, understands the world is just like any other person her age. There is no certainty about their desires, frustrations and even will to violence. She is discovering the world in a very limited universe, where there is only the strong presence of nature and her mother, who is a parameter for everything: beauty, behaviour, morals.” said the director.

The Prayer

Directed by Cédric Kahn

The Prayer tells the story of a young drug addict trying to overcome his addiction. After joining an isolated community in the mountains in order to escape the temptations of urban life, Thomas is introduced religion, and he and the other addicts in his community attempt to use prayer to cure themselves.

Becoming Astrid

Directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen

Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren was the Swedish writer best known as the creator of the Pippi Longstocking children’s book series. Pernille Fischer Christensen’s new biopic of the author shows us an independent, clever and insurgent young girl who is trying to find her way in the life and breaks social norms.

 

 

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Dora Varadi is a Raindance intern. She studied directing and screen acting at the world-famous University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. She's passionately interested in every part of filmmaking especially acting and directing. Connect with Dora on Linkedin.