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The main panorama program opens on Thursday, February 6th, with a science fiction surprise from Vietnam: NUOC (2030) by Nghiêm-Minh Nguyễn-Võ. The level of the world's oceans has risen in the meantime, the land of many farmers is under water. Vegetables are grown in floating farms and global corporations are trying to make this situation profitable for themselves.

Well-known names this year include Michel Gondry, Robert Lepage and Benjamin Heisenberg. And very, very many certainly exciting directors, albeit little known beyond festivals.
36 films from 29 countries with 24 world premieres provide an overview of current feature film production. Unsurprisingly, almost a tradition, the many Asian films in the section:

In IEJI (HOMELAND) by Nao Kubota (Japan), a farmer's son who has fled to the city explores his inaccessible home in the Fukushima area on his return.

In the South Korean NIGHT FLIGHT by LeeSong Hee-il we experience students in a society that is collapsing due to the need to perform. LeeSong previously showed NO REGRET and WHITE NIGHT in Panorama.

One of the most surprising debuts by 21-year-old Zhou Hao comes from the People's Republic of China: YE (THE NIGHT) is supposed to be a reminder of the big ones, according to the Panorama makers: Fassbinder, Genet or Wong Kar Wai.

Masters of Hong Kong cinema are Dante Lam with MO JING (THAT DEMON WITHIN), who manages to raise great moral questions in an action genre film.
In addition, Fruit Chan, who filmed an online serial novel with THE MIDNIGHT AFTER in a doomsday mood - Chan's dark-bizarre panorama contribution from 2005, DUMPLING, is still fondly remembered.

The Taiwanese-Malaysian director Tsai Ming-liang is visiting the Berlinale with another part of his experimental “Walker” series, XI YOU (JOURNEY TO THE WEST), a French production with Lee Kang Sheng and Denis Lavant.

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