With our most-anticipated film of the year leading the line-up, this year’s Berlin Film Festival has announced more titles to join the slate. Notably Werner Herzog’s first narrative feature in half-a-decade, Queen of the Desert, will be premiering there. The story of legendary cartographer Gertrude Bell features Nicole KidmanRobert Pattinson, James Franco, and Damian Lewis.

Also in the line-up is an unexpected feature from Iranian director Jafar Panahi titled TaxiBill Condon‘s Ian McKellen-led Mr. Holmes, the Lea Seydoux-led Diary of a Chambermaid (see a first image below), and more. Check out the new additions below for the festival that begins on February 5th, and see the previous line-up here.

Update: See more additions below, including Queen of Earth and Life, and new images (via Film Divider).

By Malgorzata Szumowska (StrangerEllesIn the Name of)
With Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala
World premiere

Cha và con và (Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories)
Vietnam / France / Germany / Netherlands
By Di Phan Dang (Bi, Don’t Be Afraid)
With Do Thi Hai Yen, Le Cong Hoang, Truong The Vinh
World premiere

Journal d’une femme de chambre (Diary of a Chambermaid)
France / Belgium
By Benoit Jacquot (FarewellMy QueenThree Hearts)
With Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Clotilde Mollet, Hervé Pierre, Vincent Lacoste
World premiere


Mr. Holmes
United Kingdom
By Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate)
With Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan
World premiere – Out of competition

Queen of the Desert
By Werner Herzog (Fata MorganaFitzcarraldoCave of Forgotten Dreams)
With Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis , Robert Pattinson
World premiere


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By Jafar Panahi (Closed Curtain, Offside)
With Jafar Panahi
World premiere

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By Sebastian Schipper (GiganticA Friend of Mine)
With Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit, Max Mauff, André M. Hennicke
World premiere

Yi bu zhi yao (Gone with the Bullets)
People’s Republic of China / USA / Hong Kong, China
By Wen Jiang (Let the Bullets Fly)
With Wen Jiang, You Ge, Yun Zhou, Qi Shu, Huang Hung
International premiere

Abaabi ba boda boda (The Boda Boda Thieves) by Yes! That’s Us, Uganda / South Africa / Kenya / Germany – WP
Al-wadi (The Valley) by Ghassan Salhab, Lebanon / France / Germany
Balikbayan #1 (Memories of Overdevelopment Redux) by Kidlat Tahimik, The Philippines – WP
Beira-Mar (Seashore) by Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon, Brazil – WP
Ben Zaken by Efrat Corem, Israel – IP
Brasil S/A (Brazilian Dream) by Marcelo Pedroso, Brazil – IP
Ce gigantesque retournement de la terre (This Gigantic Furrowing of the Ground) by Claire Angelini, France – WP
Chaiki (The Gulls) by Ella Manzheeva, Russian Federation – WP
Cheol won gi haeng (End of Winter) by Kim Dae-hwan, Republic of Korea – IP
Counting by Jem Cohen, USA – WP
Dari Marusan by Izumi Takahashi, Japan – IP
The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills by Marcin Malaszczak, Germany / Poland / USA – WP
Le dos rouge (Portrait of the Artist) by Antoine Barraud, France – IP
Exotica, Erotica, Etc. by Evangelia Kranioti, France – WP
Flotel Europa by Vladimir Tomic, Denmark / Serbia – WP
The Forbidden Room by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Canada
Freie Zeiten (After Work) by Janina Herhoffer, Germany – WP
Futaba kara toku hanarete dainibu (Nuclear Nation II) by Atsushi Funahashi, Japan – IP
Der Geldkomplex (The Money Complex) by Juan Rodrigáñez, Spain – WP
Il gesto delle mani (Hand Gestures) by Francesco Clerici, Italy – WP
H. by Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia, Argentina / USA – IP
Hedi Schneider steckt fest (Hedi Schneider is Stuck) by Sonja Heiss, Germany / Norway – WP
Histoire de Judas (The Story of Judas) by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, France – WP
Hotline by Silvina Landsmann, Israel / France – WP
K by Emyr ap Richard, Darhad Erdenibulag, People’s Republic of China / United Kingdom – WP
Koza by Ivan Ostrochovský, Slovakia / Czech Republic – WP
Madare ghalb atomi (Atom Heart Mother) by Ali Ahmadzadeh, Iran – WP
La maldad (Evilness) by Joshua Gil, Mexico – WP
Mar by Dominga Sotomayor, Chile / Argentina – IP
Mizu no koe o kiku (The Voice of Water) by Masashi Yamamoto, Japan – IP
La mujer de barro (The Mud Woman) by Sergio Castro San Martín, Chile / Argentina – WP
Nefesim kesilene kadar (Until I Lose My Breath) by Emine Emel Balcı, Turkey / Germany – WP
La nuit et l’enfant (The Night and the Kid) by David Yon, France – WP
Queen of Earth by Alex Ross Perry, USA – WP
Rabo de Peixe (Fish Tail) by Joaquim Pinto, Nuno Leonel, Portugal – WP
La sirène de Faso Fani (The Siren of Faso Fani) by Michel K. Zongo, Burkina Faso / France / Germany – WP
Sueñan los androides (Androids Dream) by Ion de Sosa, Spain / Germany – IP
Superwelt (Superworld) by Karl Markovics, Austria – WP
Thamaniat wa ushrun laylan wa bayt min al-sheir (Twenty-Eight Nights and A Poem) by Akram Zaatari, Lebanon / France – WP
Über die Jahre (Over the Years) by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Austria – WP
Viaggio nella dopo-storia (Journey into Post-History) by Vincent Dieutre, France – WP
Violencia (Violence) by Jorge Forero, Colombia / Mexico – WP
Zurich by Sacha Polak, The Netherlands / Germany / Belgium – WP

Berlinale Special Galas at the Friedrichstadt-Palast

Love & Mercy
By Bill Pohlad (Old Explorers)
With John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti
European premiere

United Kingdom / USA
By Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere)
With David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Oprah Winfrey, Carmen Ejogo
International premiere

Woman in Gold
United Kingdom / USA
By Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn)
With Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl
World premiere

Berlinale Special Gala at the Zoo Palast

United Kingdom / Canada
By Anton Corbijn (A Most Wanted Man)
With Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley
World premiere



Berlinale Special Gala at the Kino International

Virgin Mountain
Iceland / Denmark
By Dagur Kári (The Good Heart)
With Gunnar Jónsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdottir
World premiere

Berlinale Special Matinée at the Kino International

Breathe Umphefumlo (La Bohème)
South Africa
By Mark Dornford-May (U-Carmen ekhayelitsha)
With Pauline Malefane, Mandisi Dyantyis, Busisiwe Ngejane, Mhlekazi Mosiea
World premiere

Berlinale Special at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Die abhandene Welt (The Misplaced World)
By Margarethe von Trotta (Rosenstraße)
With Katja Riemann, Barbara Sukowa, Matthias Habich, Gunnar Moeller
World premiere

The Seventh Fire – documentary
By Jack Pettibone Riccobono (Rage for SaleThe Sacred Food)
World premiere

Torneranno i prati (Greenery Will Bloom Again)
By Ermanno Olmi (Terra MadreThe Tree of Wooden Clogs)
With Claudio Santamaria, Alessandro Sperduti, Francesco Formichetti, Andrea Di Maria
German premiere

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