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Four movies directed by Asian directors have made it to the Berlin International Film Festival’s lineup

The Berlin International Film Festival has just unveiled its full selection lineup which includes four movies by Asian directors in the main competition. The 2022 edition of the Berlinale is going ahead with its planned in-person event from February 10–20.

Prolific South Korean director Hong Sang-soo is making his ninth return to the festival with his 27th feature, The Novelist’s Film. The movie also marks Hong’s sixth film in competition and has previously won three awards there: one Silver Bear for Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actress for Kim Min-hee.

After impressing critics with her Toronto International Film Festival entry Yuni, as well as her acclaimed debut The Mirror Never Lies, Indonesia director Kamila Andini’s Nana (Before, Now & Then), is also selected in the main competition. The 2022 Berlinale is her first appearance at the festival.

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Considered a rising star in China’s independent cinema, director Li Ruijun has also earned a spot at the main competition for his film, Yin Ru Chen Yan (Return to Dust). The director is lauded for shedding a light on the relationship between people and the land. He has graced the cinemas of Cannes and IFFR and now, the Berlinale.

Finally, Cambodian film director Rithy Panh’s Everything Will Be Ok is also part of the main competition selection. The French-schooled director’s work focuses on the aftermath of the genocide of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. His Belinade entry is the only documentary on the lineup.

The M. Night Shyamalan-led competition jury will select the winners of the Golden Bear and Silver Bear. See below for the full Berlin Film Festival lineup.

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In Competition

  • A E I O U - Das schnelle Alphabet der Liebe (A E I O U - A Quick Alphabet of Love) by Nicolette Krebitz, Germany / France
  • Alcarràs by Carla Simón, Spain / Italy
  • Avec amour et acharnement (Both Sides of the Blade) by Claire Denis, France
  • Call Jane by Phyllis Nagy, USA
  • Drii Winter (A Piece of Sky) by Michael Koch, Switzerland / Germany
  • Everything Will Be Ok by Pithy Panh, France / Cambodia
  • La ligne (The Line) by Ursula Meier, Switzerland / France / Belgium
  • Leonora addio by Paolo Taviani, Italy
  • Les passengers de la nuit (The Passengers of the Night) by Mikhaël Hers, France
  • Nana (Before, Now & Then) by Kamila Andini, Indonesia
  • Peter vont Kant by François Ozon, France
  • Rabiye Kurnaz gegen George W. Bush (Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush) by Andreas Dresen, Germany / France
  • Rimini by Ulrich Seidl, Austria / France / Germany
  • Robe of Gems by Natalia López Gallardo, Mexico / Argentina / USA
  • So-seol-ga-ui Yeong-hwa (The Novelist’s Film) by Hong Sang-soo, South Korea
  • Un año, una noche (One Year, One Night) by Isaki Lacuesta, Spain / France
  • Un été comme ça (That Kind of Summer) by Denis Côté, Canada
  • Yin Ru Chen Yan (Return to Dust) by Li Ruijun, China

Special Gala Films

  • Against the Ice by Peter Flinth, Iceland / Demark
  • À propos de Joan (About Joan) by Laurent Larivière, France / Germany / Ireland
  • Gangubai Kathiawadi by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, India
  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande by Sophie Hyde, UK
  • Incroyable mais vrai (Incredible But True) by Quentin Dupieux, France / Belgium
  • Der Passfälscher (The Forger) by Maggie Peren, Germany / Luxembourg
  • Occhiali neri (Dark Glasses) by Dario Argento, Italy / France
  • The Outfit by Graham Moore, USA

Special Films

  • 1341 Framim Mehamatzlema Shel Micha Bar-Am (1341 Frames of Love and War) by Ran Tal, Israel / UK / USA
  • Eine deutsche Partei (A German Party) by Simon Brückner, Germany
  • Le chêne (Die Eiche – Mein Zuhause) by Laurent Charbonnier and Michel Seydoux, France
  • Nest by Hlynur Pálmason, Denmark / Iceland
  • Nothing Lasts Forever by Jason Kohn, USA
  • Terminal norte (North Terminal) by Lucrecia Martel, Argentina
  • This Much I Know to be True by Andrew Dominik, UK


  • A Little Love Package by Gastón Solnicki, Austria / Argentina
  • À vendredi, Robinson (See You Friday, Robinson) by Mitra Farahani, France / Switzerland / Iran / Lebanon
  • Axiom by Jöns Jönsson, Germany
  • Brat vo vsyom (Brother in Every Inch) by Alexandra Zolotukhin, Russia
  • Coma by Bertrand Bonello, France
  • Father’s Day by Kivu Ruhorahoza, Rwanda
  • Flux Gourmet by Peter Strickland, UK / USA / Hungary
  • I Poli ke i Poli (The City and the City) by Christos Passalis and Syllas Tzoumerkas, Greece
  • Journal d'Amérique (American Journal) by Arnaud des Pallières, France
  • Keiko, me wo sumasete (Small, Slow but Steady) by Shô Miyake, Japan / France
  • Mutzenbacher by Ruther Beckermann, Austria
  • Queens of the Qing Dynasty by Ashley McKenzie, Canada
  • Sonne by Kurdwin Ayub, Austria
  • Unrueh (Unrest) by Cyril Schäublin, Switzerland
  • Zum Tod meiner Mutter (The Death of My Mother) by Jessica Krummacher, Germany


  • Aşk, Mark ve Ölüm (Love, Deutschmarks and Death) by Cem Kaya, Germany
  • Bagyt (Happiness) by Askar Uzabayev (Kazakhstan)
  • Berdreymi (Beautiful Beings) by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, Iceland / Denmark / Sweden / Netherlands / Czech Republic
  • Bettina by Lutz Pehnert, Germany
  • Cinco lobitos (Lullaby) by Alauda Ruiz de Azúa, Spain
  • Concerned Citizen by Idna Haguel, Israel
  • Una femmina (Una Femmina - The Code of Silence) by Francesco Costabile, Italy
  • Fogaréu by Flávia Neves, Brazil / France
  • Grand Jeté by Isabelle Stever, Germany
  • Heroji radničke klase (Working Class Heroes) by Miloš Pušić, Serbia
  • Kdyby radši hořelo (Somewhere Over the Chemtrails) by Adam Koloman Rybanský, Czech Republic
  • No Simple Way Home by Akuol Mabior, Kenya / South Sudan / South Africa
  • No U-Turn by Ike Nnaebue, Nigeria / South Africa / France / Germany
  • El norte sobre el vacío (Northern Skies Over Empty Space) by Alejandra Márquez Abella, Mexico
  • Produkty 24 (Convenience Store) by Michael Borodin, Russia / Slovenia / Turkey
  • Viens je t'emmène (Nobody's Hero) by Alain Guiraudie, France
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