Sophie Hyde's 52 Tuesdays
and Robert Connolly's The Turning
have been selected to screen at Berlin's prestigious Berlinale Film Festival.
The festival, which kicks off Thursday, boasts a great lineup.
52 Tuesdays, which was greatly lauded at the recent Sundance festival, and earned the director the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award, will screen in the youth oriented Generation section of Berlinale.
Director Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket dominated this section last year, with his film landing him three top prizes, including the coveted Best First Feature Award. The Rocket was also the winner of the festival's Crystal Bear Award for Best Feature in the Generation KPlus program and the Amnesty International Award for Best Film.
Australian film The Turning, which is based on Tim Winton's book of the same name, will have it's international premiere in festival's Special Program.
Jane Campion's Top of the Lake represented Australia in the special program in 2013.
Robert Connolly said, “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. It has been an incredibly exciting adventure for us all, and we look forward to your thoughts, impressions and experiences of this unique work. To have The Turning
’s international premiere in Berlinale and return to such a fantastic festival, where my international feature film career started with The Boys
, is particularly exciting.”
The Turning features some of the country’s most talented filmmakers, writers and actors. The cast features stars such as Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Richard Roxburgh, Miranda Otto, Susie Porter, Matthew Nable, Wayne Blair, Callan Mulvey, and the directors include Robert Connolly, Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham, Tony Ayres, Justin Kurzel, Rhys Graham and Warwick Thornton.