It would be fair to say that the announcement of the Berlin International Film Festival line-up was monopolised by the inclusion of Terrence Malick‘s Knight of Cups on the list of premièring features. But Malick wasn’t the only well-known director with a film on the ballot. If you had a closer look then you would have noticed that actor-turned-director Kenneth Branagh‘s fairy tale adaptation Cinderella will also be included in the Berlin Festival. The first trailer released for the film starring Cate Blanchett and Lily James was intriguing but uneventful, revealing very little about the plot that couldn’t be gleaned from watching the original Disney animation. But now an international trailer has been released, courtesy of our friends at Disney. Have a look:
So in terms of plot points, it’s very much business as usual with not a character or a memorable scene out of place. So at least you know that if you’re a fan of the story, you’ll most likely be a fan of this latest incarnation. The main benefit of this trailer is that we get to see some of the visual mastery that made Thor such a stunning looking film. You can definitely see some of the magic of Asgard sneaking into Branagh’s latest directorial offering. So the only question that remains is will the story match up with the scenery?
Cinderella is written by Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz, and also stars Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera.
Are you feeling the magic?
There’s a lot to look forward to in February 2015. For one, it’s quite close to my birthday, but perhaps more important is the Berlin International Film Festival. Now entering it’s 65th year, the German festival is due to premiere a number of talked about features, including the long awaited Knight of Cups from director Terrence Malick. Malick first discussed the project just after the release of his incredibly successful Tree of Life in 2011. Knight of Cups will star Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, and Frieda Pinto, and will be Malick’s seventh feature film. Also on the dance card is Kenneth Branagh’s interpretation of Cinderalla, also starring Cate Blanchett, and 45 Years, directed by Andrew Haig whose last film was the 2011 romantic drama Weekend. Here’s the whole list for perusal at your leisure, straight from Variety:
By Andrew Haigh
With Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay
Als Wir Träumten (As We Were Dreaming)
By Andreas Dresen
With Merlin Rose, Julius Nitschkoff, Joel Basman, Marcel Heuperman, Frederic Haselon, Ruby O. Fee
By Kenneth Branagh
With Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi und Helena Bonham Carter
Eisenstein In Guanajuato
The Netherlands / Mexico / Belgium / Finland
By Peter Greenaway
With Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti
Ixcanul (Ixcanul Volcano)
Guatemala / France
By Jayro Bustamante
With María Mercedes Coroy, María Telón, Manuel Antún, Justo Lorenzo, Marvin Coroy
Knight Of Cups
By Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line)
With Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman
Pod electricheskimi oblakami (Under Electric Clouds)
Russian Federation / Ukraine / Poland
By Alexey German (Paper Soldier)
With Lui Frank, Merab Ninidze, Viktoriya Korotkova, Chulpan Khamatova, Anastasiya Melnikova, Piotr Gasowski
What are you most looking forward to on the list?