The Berlin Film Festival has announced a smattering of its film selection, with the 2022 festival - still due to run February 10-20 - set to feature premieres of new films from the MENA region.
Key titles from the main sections are still be announced, but early announcements hint at a strong blend of titles. Panorama highlights include Ali Asgari's Until Tomorrow (Ta farad) (Iran-France-Qatar); Rafiki Fariala's documentary We, Students! (Central African Republic-France-Democratic Republic of the Congo-Saudi Arabia) and Hadi Babaeifar's Deer (Iran), which screens in the Generations section.
Directed by Maryna Er Gorbach
It is July 2014 and there is a wall missing in Irka and Tolik’s house, a casualty of the hostilities on the Russian-Ukrainian border. But even when the MH17 passenger jet is shot down nearby, pregnant Irka still wants to stay put in her home. Features Oxana Cherkashyna, Sergiy Shadrin and Oleg Scherbina
Until Tomorrow (Ta farad) (Iran-France-Qatar)
Directed by Ali Asgari
Student Fereshteh has to hide her illegitimate baby for one night from her parents who turn up for a surprise visit. Her friend Atefeh helps her. They embark on an odyssey through Tehran during which they must carefully weigh up who their allies are. With Sadaf Asgari, Ghazal Shojaei, Babak Karimi, Amirreza Ranjbaran, Nahal Dashti, Mohammad Heidari
We, Students! (Nous, étudiants !) (Central African Republic-France-Democratic Republic of the Congo-Saudi Arabia)
Directed by Rafiki Fariala
The filmmaker turns the camera on himself and his friends, capturing their everyday life as students of Bangui University. At once clear-eyed and poetic, they share their thoughts about their future in the Central African Republic.
Directed by Hadi Babaeifar
In quiet, poetic images of snow-covered, rural Iran, the film tells of a little boy who has to watch helplessly while his sick brother struggles to remain alive. When his parents take him away to relatives, Ehsan sets off for home again through the snowy night, to defend his brother against the angel of death. With Ehsan Bakhshizadeh, Khodadad Bakhshizadeh, Arsalan Bakhshizadeh
1341 Frames of Love and War (1341 Framim Mehamatzlema Shel Micha Bar-Am) (Israel-UK-US)
Directed by by Ran Tal
Forum Expanded: Installations
All of Your Stars are But Dust on My Shoes (Lebanon)
Directed by Haig Aivazian