This year’s Berlinale will welcome a plethora of UK films and talent including British director Yann Demange’s hotly anticipated first feature ’71 and Pascal Chaumeil’s Nick Hornby adaptation A Long Way Down.
There’s an impressive count of UK films premiering at the festival including Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary, Hossein Amini’s The Two Faces of January, and Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl (pictured).
Wes Anderson's whimsical 1920s comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel will open the festival. The UK co-production starring Ralph Fiennes is based in part on the writings of Austrian novelist and playwright Stefan Zweig, who, after the war, lamented the destruction of Europe.
British filmmaker Ken Loach is to be awarded with an honorary Golden Bear. Loach, 77, whose career has spanned some 50 years, is famous for his socialist realist style of directing and his works include Kes (1969), My Name is Joe (1998) and Looking for Eric (2009).
The Panorama will screen Derek Jarman’s debut film Sebastiane to mark the 20th anniversary of his death. A new 2K digital version, remastered from the original camera negative by the BFI National Archive, will be screened.