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Brits at the Berlinale

  • The Man Who Fell To Earth

The Berlinale's David Bowie tribute includes a screening of Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth

February 2016

It’s another busy Berlinale for the Brits, from films in the official selection, tributes to David Bowie and Alan Rickman, sales titles at the European Film Market, and a delegation to Berlin Talents. Read more here and download the UK Films at Berlin catalogue.

A wealth of British productions and co-productions have been selected by the 66th Berlinale. British Council welcomed three Berlinale programmers in November for our selector screenings programme.

Read details about all the films in our pdf catalogue which can be downloaded at right.

Fiction features
Alone in Berlin by Vincent Perez
Genius by Michael Grandage‚Ä®
In the Last Days of the City by Tamer El Said
Invention by Mark Lewis
Looking For Langston by  Isaac Julien
The Man Who Fell To Earth by Nicolas Roeg
Moderation by Anja Kirschner
The Ones Below by David Farr
A Quiet Passion by Terence Davies
Remainder by Omer Fast
War on Everyone by John Michael McDonagh

Documentary features
Hannibal in Rafah by Eyal Weizman
The Lovers and The Despot by Robert Cannan & Ross Adam
A Magical Substance Flows Into Me by Jumana Manna
Noma – My Perfect Storm by Pierre Deschamps
The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger by Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz & Tilda Swinton
Uncle Howard by Aaron Brookner
Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? by Tomer Heymann, Barak Heymann & Alexander Bodin Saphir

Abu Ammar is Coming by Naeem Mohaiemen
Balcony by Toby Fell-Holden
Carousel by Kal Weber
In the Future they Ate From the Finest Porcelain by Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind
Jacked by Rene Pannevis
Lili by Siri Melchior
A Man Returned by Mahdi Fleifel
Refugee Blues by Stephan Bookas & Tristan Daws
Simon’s Cat ‘Off to the Vet’ by Simon Tofield
Take Your Partners by Siri Rodnes

The festival is paying tribute to David Bowie by showing Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth at Friedrichstadt-Palast on Feb 12. The film was first shown in Berlin’s Competition in 1976.

The festival will also commemorate Alan Rickman by showing the 1996 Golden Bear winner Sense and Sensibility by Ang Lee on Feb 16.

British Council is part to be a partner in the UK Film Centre, stand 38 at the European Film Market’s Martin Gropius Bau. The other UK FILM partners are the British Film Institute (BFI), the British Film Commission (BFC), Creative England, Creative Scotland, Film Export UK, Film London, Northern Ireland Screen, UK Trade and Investment, and Sheffield Doc/Fest. Find out more at

Of course, sales activity is another crucial part of British activity in Berlin, as dozens of UK-based film sales companies will be selling the next wave of buzzy titles, just a few to mention: John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties (HanWay), Sergei Polunin documentary Dancer (WestEnd Films), sci-fi story Kill Command (Protagonist), Danny Huston’s The Last Photograph (The Works), Tye Sheridan and Bel Powley road trip thriller Detour (Bankside), Brian Cox’s Churchill (Embankment), Colm McCarthy’s sci-fi story The Girl With All The Gifts (Altitude), and Amma Asante’s drama A United Kingdom (Pathe).

British Council Film, working with the BFI, has supported a number of shorts filmmakers to go to Berlin via our Short Film Travel Grant Fund.

British Council Film is a founding partner of Berlinale Talents and we’re proud to support the 22 UK talents headed to Berlin this year (read more here). On Feb 15, we will co-host (with Creative Skillset) the Talents Early Bird Breakfast, followed by Talents Circle roundtable discussions.

Also, Film Programme Manager Wendy Mitchell is moderating an official EFM Debate with Screen International about ‘Producers as Entrepreneurs’ (Feb 14, 16:00 Gropius Mirror).