The co-directors of Berlin Film Festival have announced the full lineup for 2022, including films from British stars Emma Thompson and Mark Rylance. 

Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrain, co-directors of the Berlin Film Festival, presented the full lineup via livestream, The Hollywood Reporter has announced. It’s an interesting mixture of films, with fewer big releases competing for the awards this year. Setting itself apart from star-studded affairs like Cannes and Venice, Berlin Film Festival has assembled a collection of eclectic indie releases to compete for the highest prize, the Golden Bear.

We reported recently that French director François Ozon’s Peter Von Kant will be opening the festival, and the film is joined by 16 other international titles.  Also competing will be Both Sides Of The Blade, by director Claire Denis and starring Juliette Binoche and Titane‘s Vincent Lindon. They play a couple whose relationship is affected by infidelity. Works from directors Hong Sang-soo, Rithy Panh, Ursula Meier, and Phyllis Nagy (screenwriter of Carol) are also in the running. Nagy’s film is an abortion drama titled Call Jane, and stars Elizabeth Banks, Kate Mara, and Sygourney Weaver.

The Festival’s Encounters section, a separate competition for more arthouse, experimental films, also has some interesting offerings. British director Peter Strickland’s Flux Gourmet is among them – the feature stars Sex Education actor Asa Butterfield and Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie. Greek drama The City And The City and Queens Of The Qing Dynasty will also compete as part of the Encounters section.

Some more recognisable faces appear in the festival’s non-competition lineup. Mark Rylance stars in The Outfit as a tailor who must outwit a group of mobsters. The film is the directorial debut of The Imitation Game writer Graham Moore. Master of horror Dario Argento will premiere his new film Dark Glasses, featuring his daughter Asia Argento. The Emma Thompson-led Good Luck To You, Leo Grande is also part of the non-competition programming.

The jury for the 2022 competition is being led by Old director M. Night Shyamalan. Known for his narrative twists and interesting creative choices, his films are certainly divisive for audiences. This could make him an excellent pick for head juror considering the lower-profile, artsy films that have been chosen to compete this year.

The Berlin Film Festival will run from 10th-16th February.

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