Berlin Reveals 2024 Competition Lineup: Rooney Mara, Mati Diop, Isabelle Huppert, Abderrahmane Sissako Movies Among Selection

The Berlin Film Festival on Monday unveiled the titles selected for its official competition and its sidebar Encounters competitive section.

A total of 20 films have been selected for the international competition, with highlights including La Cocina, directed by Alonso Ruiz Palacios and starring Rooney Mara. The pic is described as a “kinetic and cinematic love story” set over a single day in a Times Square kitchen. French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop returns with Dahomey, a 60-minute doc about art repatriation and Hong Sangsoo plays in competition with A Traveler’s Needs, starring Isabelle Huppert. Scroll down for the full lineup.

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The Berlin Film Festival takes place February 15-25.

Organizers have already announced more than 100 titles across sidebars spanning Panorama, Forum, and Berlinale Special. Made in England: The Films of Powell and Pressburger, a feature documentary about influential British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger narrated by Killers of the Flower Moon filmmaker Martin Scorsese will debut in the Specials sidebar. The feature is directed by David Hinton and features rare archival material from the personal collections of Powell, Pressburger, and Scorsese.

Love Lies Bleeding, the latest feature from British filmmaker Rose Glass will also screen in the Specials program. The feature stars Kristen Stewart alongside Weronika Tofilska. A short synopsis describes the pic as “a romance fueled by ego, desire, and the American Dream.” The film will arrive in Berlin following its debut at Sundance.

Also previously announced, Scorsese will receive the Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement during this year’s festival, and Lupita Nyong’o will head the International Jury. The fest will open with Cillian Murphy movie Small Things Like These. The film reveals truths about Ireland’s Magdalen laundries – horrific asylums run by Roman Catholic institutions from the 1820s until 1996, ostensibly to reform “fallen young women.” It takes place over Christmas in 1985, when devoted father and coal merchant Bill Furlong (Murphy) discovers startling secrets kept by the convent in his town, along with some shocking truths of his own.

Check out the full lineup below:

International Competition

Another End
by Piero Messina | with Gael García Bernal, Renate Reinsve, Bérénice Bejo, Olivia Williams, Pal Aron
Italy 2024
Competition | World premiere

by Victor Kossakovsky
Germany / France 2024
Competition | World premiere | Documentary Form

Black Tea
by Abderrahmane Sissako | with Nina Mélo, Chang Han, Wu Ke-Xi, Michael Chang
France / Luxembourg / Taiwan / Mauritania / Cote d’Ivoire 2024
Competition | World premiere

La Cocina
by Alonso Ruizpalacios | with Raúl Briones Carmona, Rooney Mara, Laura Gomez, Anna Diaz, Motell Foster, Oded Fehr, Spenser Granese
Mexico / USA 2024
Competition | World premiere

by Mati Diop
France / Senegal / Benin 2024
Competition | World premiere | Documentary Form

A Different Man
by Aaron Schimberg | with Sebastian Stan, Renate Reinsve, Adam Pearson
USA 2023
Competition | International premiere

L’ Empire (The Empire)
by Bruno Dumont | with Brandon Vlieghe, Lyna Khoudri, Anamaria Vartolomei, Camille Cottin, Fabrice Luchini
France / Italy / Germany / Belgium / Portugal 2024
Competition | World premiere

by Margherita Vicario | with Galatéa Bellugi, Carlotta Gamba, Veronica Lucchesi, Maria Vittoria Dallasta, Sara Mafodda
Italy / Switzerland 2024
Competition | World premiere

Hors du temps (Suspended Time)
by Olivier Assayas | with Vincent Macaigne, Micha Lescot, Nine D’Urso, Nora Hamzawi
France 2024
Competition | World premiere

In Liebe, Eure Hilde (From Hilde, With Love)
by Andreas Dresen | with Liv Lisa Fries, Johannes Hegemann
Germany 2024
Competition | World premiere

Keyke mahboobe man (My Favourite Cake)
by Maryam Moghaddam, Behtash Sanaeeha | with Lily Farhadpour, Esmail Mehrabi
Iran / France / Sweden / Germany 2024
Competition | World premiere

Langue Étrangère
by Claire Burger | with Lilith Grasmug, Josefa Heinsius, Nina Hoss, Chiara Mastroianni, Jalal Altawil
France / Germany / Belgium 2024
Competition | World premiere

Mé el Aïn (Who Do I Belong To)
by Meryam Joobeur | with Salha Nasraoui, Mohamed Hassine Grayaa, Malek Mechergui, Adam Bessa, Dea Liane
Tunisia / France / Canada / Norway / Qatar / Saudi Arabia 2024
Competition | World premiere

by Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias | with Jhon Narváez, Sor María Ríos, Fareed Matjila, Harmony Ahalwa, Jorge Puntillón García
Dominican Republic / Namibia / Germany / France 2024
Competition | World premiere

by Min Bahadur Bham | with Thinley Lhamo, Sonam Topden, Tenzin Dalha, Karma Wangyal Gurung, Karma Shakya
Nepal / France / Norway / Hong Kong, China / Turkey / Taiwan / USA / Qatar 2024
Competition | World premiere

Small Things Like These (Kleine Dinge wie diese)
by Tim Mielants | with Cillian Murphy, Eileen Walsh, Michelle Fairley, Emily Watson
Ireland / Belgium 2024
Competition | World premiere | Opening film

Sterben (Dying)
by Matthias Glasner | with Corinna Harfouch, Lars Eidinger, Lilith Stangenberg, Ronald Zehrfeld, Robert Gwisdek
Germany 2024
Competition | World premiere

Des Teufels Bad (The Devil’s Bath)
by Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala | with Anja Plaschg, David Scheid, Maria Hofstätter
Austria / Germany 2024
Competition | World premiere

Vogter (Sons)
by Gustav Möller | with Sidse Babett Knudsen, Sebastian Bull, Dar Salim
Denmark / Sweden 2024
Competition | World premiere

Yeohaengjaui pilyo (A Traveler’s Needs)
by Hong Sangsoo | with Isabelle Huppert, Lee Hyeyoung, Kwon Haehyo, Cho Yunhee, Ha Seongguk
South Korea 2024
Competition | World premiere


by Yorgos Zois | with Vangelis Mourikis, Angeliki Papoulia, Elena Topalidou, Nikolas Papagiannis, Vagelis Evangelinos
Greece / Bulgaria / USA 2024
Encounters | World premiere

Cidade; Campo
by Juliana Rojas | with Fernanda Vianna, Mirella Façanha, Bruna Linzmeyer, Kalleb Oliveira, Andrea Marquee
Brazil / Germany / France 2024
Encounters | World premiere

by Mamadou Dia | with Ben Mahmoud Mbow, Awa Djiga Kane, Mamadou Sylla, Aicha Talla, Saikou Lo
Senegal / Germany 2024
Encounters | World premiere

Direct Action
by Guillaume Cailleau, Ben Russell
Germany / France 2024
Encounters | World premiere | Documentary Form

Dormir de olhos abertos (Sleep With Your Eyes Open)
by Nele Wohlatz | with Chen Xiao Xin, Wang Shin-Hong, Liao Kai Ro, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Lu Yang Zong
Brazil / Argentina / Taiwan / Germany 2024
Encounters | World premiere

The Fable
by Raam Reddy | with Manoj Bajpayee, Priyanka Bose, Deepak Dobriyal, Tillotama Shome, Hiral Sidhu
India / USA 2024
Encounters | World premiere

Une famille (A Family)
by Christine Angot
France 2024
Encounters | World premiere | Documentary Form | Debut film

by Ruth Beckermann | with Ilkay Idiskut
Austria 2024
Encounters | World premiere | Documentary Form

by Eva Trobisch | with Minna Wündrich, Pia Hierzegger, Lukas Turtur, Lilli Lacher, Johann Campean
Germany 2024
Encounters | World premiere

Khamyazeye bozorg (The Great Yawn)
by Aliyar Rasti | with Mohammad Aghebati, Amirhossein Hosseini, Saber Abar, Mahin Sadri, Mehrdad Ziaie
Iran 2024
Encounters | World premiere | Debut film

Kong fang jian li de nv ren (Some Rain Must Fall)
by Qiu Yang | with Yu Aier, Di Shike, Wei Yibo, Xu Tianyi, Gu Tingxiu
People’s Republic of China / USA / France / Singapore 2024
Encounters | World premiere | Debut film

Mãos no fogo (Hands in the Fire)
by Margarida Gil | with Carolina Campanela, Marcello Urgeghe, Adelaida Teixeira, Rita Durão, Ricardo Aibéo
Portugal 2024
Encounters | World premiere

Matt and Mara (Matt und Mara)
by Kazik Radwanski | with Deragh Campbell, Matt Johnson, Mounir Al Shami, Emma Healey, Avery Nayman
Canada 2024
Encounters | World premiere

Through the Graves the Wind is Blowing
by Travis Wilkerson | with Ivan Peric, Travis Wilkerson, Matilda Jane Wilkerson, Dalton Wilkerson
USA 2024
Encounters | World premiere

Tú me abrasas (You Burn Me | Du verbrennst mich)
by Matías Piñeiro | with Gabi Saidón, María Villar, María Inês Gonçalves, Agustina Muñoz
Argentina / Spain 2024
Encounters | World premiere

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