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Films Boutique unveils its Berlinale slate

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- Maria Speth and Bence Fliegauf are taking aim at the Golden Bear with their latest works, selected for the Berlin Competition

Films Boutique unveils its Berlinale slate
Mr Bachmann and His Class by Maria Speth

Berlin-based international sales agent Films Boutique is all set for the 71st Berlinale and the upcoming European Film Market (EFM, 1-5 March), clutching two titles that will be taking aim at the Golden Bear, one documentary in Berlinale Special, and four Market Screenings.

Starting off with the Berlinale Competition, German filmmaker Maria Speth returns seven years after her latest film, Daughters [+see also:
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, with her second documentary, Mr Bachmann and His Class [+see also:
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. Co-penned by the director and Reinhold Vorschneider, the film portrays the bond between an elementary school teacher and his students. His unconventional methods clash with the complex social and cultural realities of the provincial German industrial town they live in. The documentary was produced by Speth for Madonnen Film.

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The other contender for the Golden Bear is Hungarian writer-director Bence Fliegauf, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Berlin in 2012 with Just the Wind [+see also:
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, who has made his seventh feature, Forest - I See You Everywhere [+see also:
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. Written by Fliegauf, it follows in the footsteps of his debut feature, Forest, with a story that takes place “within the feverish labyrinth of everyday life and relationships, featuring characters who are trying to get to the bottom of what is arguably the biggest secret of their lives: the other”. Produced by Erno Mesterházy, Bence Fliegauf and Mónika Mécs for Fraktál Film and M&M Film, the movie was made in co-production with Ági Pataki and Gábor Kovacs for FilmPartners.

Who We Were [+see also:
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, the latest documentary by Marc Bauder, winner of Best European Documentary at the EFAs for Master of the Universe [+see also:
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, is featured in Berlinale Special. Inspired by the book by Roger Willemsen, the film observes the current state of the world, accompanied by six intellectuals and scientists who reflect on the present and postulate about the future. The documentary was produced by Marc Bauder for bauderfilm in co-production with Hessischer Rundfunk, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Südwestrundfunk, ARTE and Hanfgarn & Ufer.

As for the Market Screenings, Films Boutique is showcasing the Sundance-premiered biographical documentary The Most Beautiful Boy in the World [+see also:
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by Swedish documentarians Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri; the dramedy The Death of Cinema and My Father Too [+see also:
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by first-time Israeli director Dani Rosenberg, which was granted the Cannes 2020 label; another Cannes pick, the road movie Striding into the Wind by debuting Chinese filmmaker Shujun Wei; and the Chilean drama La Veronica by Leonardo Medel, which won the Rebel with a Cause Award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

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