London productions at Berlinale 2018
Date posted: 15.02.2018
The film world flocks to Berlin once again this February for the 68th Berlinale. See our roundup of the exciting new productions representing London and the UK in this year's programme.
Wes Anderson's highly anticipated animated feature Isle of Dogs is set to open the festival on 15 February, boasting a voice acting A-team including Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson and Frances McDormand as well as Anderson's regular collaborators Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Jeff Goldblum. His latest feature since 2014's The Grand Budapest Hotel, the charming animation was painstakingly created using stop-motion in London's 3 Mills Studios.
New direction for Idris Elba
After its World Premiere at Sundance, Idris Elba's directorial debut Yardie has swaggered across the pond to greet European audiences. Part of the Panorama strand of the programme, the narrative spans continents and generations, and was shot in Jamaica as well as a number of locations around Elba's home town of London. See the film on 16 and 22-24 February at Berlinale before its UK release.
Pushing the limits
Whilst being famous for its international feature premieres, Berlinale is also known for showcasing the best in artists' and experimental film. This year features new work from a number of FLAMIN alumni who continue to push the limits of their field.
Screening on 16 and 17 February is Ben Rivers' new documentary The Rare Event, made collaboratively with fellow celebrated experimental filmmaker Ben Russell. Rivers was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2010, and this film promises to be as impressive and compelling as the pair's previous co-creation A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, with "a dose of kinetic digital magic" from US artist Peter Burr adding to the mix.
The much-beloved artist-auteur John Smith will present the World Premiere of his new short documentary Song for Europe on 21 February. Inspired by a message for motorists on Eurotunnel trains, the film is an underwater celebration of Britain's connection to mainland Europe, likely delivered with the nuance and deadpan humour that won Smith the Jarman Award in 2013.
Also on view as part of Berlinale's artists' moving image strand, dubbed Forum Expanded, is a new multi-channel installation from The Otolith Group. Since their FLAMIN-funded work Otolith III back in 2009, the London-based Group has gone on to be shown at dOCUMENTA (13), Tate Britain and the Serpentine Galleries as well as being nominated for the Turner Prize. Their new work The Third Part of the Third Measure will be on show in the exhibition 'A Mechanism Capable of Changing Itself', running from 15 - 26 February at Akademie der Künste.