The feature is included in the Berlinale Special programming block along with Johannes Naber's drama Curveball; Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Ilya Permyakov's documentary DAU. Degeneration; and Vanessa Lapa's documentary Speer Goes to Hollywood.
Screening in competition will be Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel's DAU. Natasha; Burhan Qurbani's Berlin Alexanderplatz; Hong Sangsoo's The Woman Who Ran; Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern's Delete History; Natalia Meta's The Intruder; Damiano and Fabio D'Innocenzo's Bad Tales; Kelly Reichardt's First Cow; Rithy Panh's Irradiated; Philippe Garrel's The Salt of Tears; Eliza Hittman's Never Rarely Sometimes Always; Tsai Ming-Liang's Days; Sally Potter's The Roads Not Taken; Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond's My Little Sister; Mohammad Rasoulof's There is No Evil; Abel Ferrara's Siberia; Caetano Gotardo and Marco Dutra's All the Dead Ones; Christian Petzold's Undine and Giorgio Diritti's Hidden Away.
"The competition films tell intimate and earth-shattering, individual and collective stories that have an enduring effect and gain their impact from their interplay with the audience. If there is a predominance of dark tones, this may be because the films we have selected tend to look at the present without illusion -- not to cause fear, but because they want to open our eyes. The trust cinema places in humankind, these suffering, ill-treated, manipulative beings, is unbroken -- so unbroken that it consistently views them as its protagonists," festival artistic director Carlo Chatrian said in a statement.
The festival will run Feb. 20 through March 1.