Tim Winton’s The Turning will have its international premiere at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival with a gala screening in the Berlinale Special section.
That bolsters the Australian presence at the festival, where Rhys Graham’s Canberra-set teenage drama Galore and Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays are being showcased in the Generation program.
Also screening in the Special section is Pascal Chaumeil’s A Long Way Down, a darkly-comic English tale of suicide and redemption based on a Nick Hornby novel, starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Sam Neill, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots.
The Turning’s international sales agent, Tine Klint’s LevelK Films, will use the Berlin screening as a platform to launch the sales campaign.
Co-distributed by Madman Entertainment and producer Robert Connolly’s CinemaPlus, the omnibus movie has grossed $1.24 million in Australia.
“As a collaboration between filmmakers, producers, writers, cinematographers, designers and more, The Turning has brought together a huge number of inspiring creative minds to interpret Tim’s exceptional work,” Connolly said.
“It has been an incredibly exciting adventure for us all, and we look forward to your thoughts, impressions and experiences of this unique work.”
The festival opens on February 6 with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, a comedy about the concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
Fox will release the film, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson, in Australia in April.