The 2024Berlin Film Festival has added Brandt Andersen’s refugee drama The Strangers’ Case, featuring French superstar Omar Sy (Lupin) to its official lineup. The drama, about a tragedy that strikes a Syrian family in Aleppo, triggering a chain reaction of events that impact five different families across four countries, will screen in the Berlinale Special sidebar at this year’s festival, which runs Feb. 15-25. Jason Beghe and Yasmine Al Massri co-star in the film’s ensemble cast.
Berlin on Thursday also added two mid-length Japanese films to its Berlinale Specials lineup: Chime by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata) and August My Heaven by Riho Kudo (Orphan’s Blues). Chime follows a student at a culinary school who begins to hear voices and becomes convinced half of his brain has been replaced by a machine. August My Heaven centers on Joe, a professional stand-in actor who is hired by clients to play their friend, relative or lover at formal occasions. But an event at a funeral gig makes it harder for Joe to keep professional and private lives separate.
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Among the other highlights of the Berlinale Specials program, already announced, include Rose Glass’ crime actioner Love Lies Bleeding starring Kristen Stewart, which premiered in Sundance; the Korean thriller The Roundup: Punishment from director Heo Myeong-haeng and starring Train to Busan and Eternals actor Don Lee; and the documentary Made in England: The Films of Powell and Pressburger, directed by David Hinton and narrated by Martin Scorsese.
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