With the lineup for Sundance 2019 set and new titles for Berlin, Rotterdam, and Slamdance just announced, the winter festival season is beginning to take shape. Last week, we learned that Lone Scherfig’s The Kindness of Strangers, with Zoe Kazan, Tahar Rahim, Andrea Riseborough, and Caleb Landry Jones playing a group of friends struggling through a winter in New York, will open the sixty-ninth edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, running from February 7 through 17. This week, the Berlinale’s not only been giving us one sneak peek per day at its 2019 lineup, it’s also announced that Juliette Binoche will preside over the jury. Binoche, who’s appeared in films by Claire Denis (High Life), Olivier Assayas (Double Lives), and Naomi Kawase (Vision) this year alone, will soon be seen alongside Catherine Deneuve, Ethan Hawke, and Ludivine Sagnier in The Truth, the first film that Hirokazu Kore-eda has shot outside of Japan. Today, we have a first round of six titles slated to screen along with Scherfig’s in competition for the awards that Binoche and her fellow jury members will be deliberating over:
- Fatih Akin’s The Golden Glove is based on Heinz Strunk’s award-winning novel about a serial killer who terrified Hamburg, Akin’s hometown, during the 1970s.
- In Emin Alper’s A Tale of Three Sisters, three young girls are taken from a poor village in central Anatolia and given to affluent foster families.