New films from Todd Verow, Bruce La Bruce, and John Greyson headed for Berlinale

BY Advocate.com Editors

December 23 2003 12:00 AM ET

The Berlin International Film Festival on Friday disclosed a partial list of films to be screened in its art house section, Panorama, in February, including four titles from the United States and three from Germany. American features named were Anonymous, from out director Todd Verow (Frisk) as well as Bruce Weber's A Letter to True, James Bolton's The Graffiti Artist, and Mario Van Peebles's Gett'n the Man's Foot Outta Your Baadasssss! German films in the lineup include queer Canadian underground filmmaker Bruce La Bruce's The Raspberry Reich (produced by a German company), M.X. Oberg's The Stratosphere Girl, and Achim von Borries's Was Nutzt die Lieve in Gedanken (Love in Thoughts).

Also from Europe will be Denmark's 2 Ryk og en Aflevering (Kick 'n' Rush) by Aage Rais-Nordentoft, Holland's Shouf Shouf Habibi! by Albert ter Heerdt, and Poland-Czech Republic coproduction Nienasycenie (Instability) by Wiktor Grodecki. Asia is represented by Japan's A Day on the Planet by Isao Yukisada and Hong Kong's Lost in Time by Derek Yee. Rounding out the list are Brazil's Contra Todos (Up Against Them All) by Roberto Moreira, Canada's A Problem With Fear (or Laurie's Anxiety Confronting the Escalator) by Gary Burns, and a South Africa-Canada coproduction, Proteusv directed by out filmmaker John Greyson (Lilies, Zero Patience) and Jack Lewis.

The 19th edition of Panorama will screen 18 titles in its main program, and there will be 16 specials, 10 documentary features, and 20 short films on show. Moviegoers in Berlin will vote on their favorite Panorama film as usual, with the prize to be presented at the end of the festival. Organizers of the 54th annual Berlin International Film Festival, which runs February 5-15, will announce the final list of films in January.

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