Berlinale 2019: Movies of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival

Public list by WPS with 41 movies or TV shows/series

These movies were running as part of the Berlinale 2019 (69th Berlin International Film Festival) from 7 to 17 February 2019.

The 69th annual Berlin International Film Festival took place from 7 to 17 February 2019. French actress Juliette Binoche served as the Jury President. Lone Scherfig's drama film The Kindness of Strangers opened the festival. The Golden Bear was won by Israeli-French drama Synonyms directed by Nadav Lapid, which also served as the closing film of the festival. ()

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| 2h 12min | Drama, History, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 579 votes)

George W. Bush picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co., to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive résumé includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defense secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world.

Elisa & Marcela(2019)

In 1901, Marcela Gracia Ibeas took on the identity of Mario Sánchez to marry her lover of fifteen years, Elisa Sanchez Loriga.

Directed by Isabel Coixet - With Natalia de Molina


| 1h 24min | Comedy, Drama
3.8/5 (with 132 votes)

Stevie is a sweet 13-year-old about to explode. His mom is loving and attentive, but a little too forthcoming about her romantic life. His big brother is a taciturn and violent bully. So Stevie searches his working-class Los Angeles suburb for somewhere to belong. He finds it at the Motor Avenue skate shop.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind(2019)

1h 53min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 135 votes)

Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.

All My Loving(2019)

1h 58min | Drama

Three siblings have all reached a point of their life, at which they realize the need to quickly change some things before they step into the second half of their lifetime. In the midst of chaos, insufficiency and loss they are searching for the path that just might lead them to happiness.

Gully Boy(2019)

2h 36min | Drama, Music
4.0/5 (with 15 votes)

A coming-of-age story based on the lives of street rappers in Mumbai.

By The Grace of God(2019)

2h 17min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 48 votes)

Alexandre lives in Lyon with his wife and children. One day, he discovered by chance that the priest who abused him to scouts always officiates with children. He then starts a fight, quickly joined by François and Emmanuel, also victims of the priest, to "release their word" on what they suffered.

The Souvenir(2019)

4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A shy but ambitious film student falls into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship with a charismatic but untrustworthy older man.

Directed by Joanna Hogg


1h 51min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 4 votes)

A struggling street photographer, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develops a connection that transforms them in ways that they could not expect.

Who You Think I Am(2019)

1h 42min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 17 votes)

Claire, a 50-year-old divorced teacher, creates a fake Facebook profile of a 24-year-old woman. She finds a photo of a pretty young brunette and uses it. She has created an entirely fictional character, but why?

Directed by Safy Nebbou


1h 45min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 36 votes)

Six boys race on their scooters through the narrow streets of their Sanità neighbourhood in Naples. They are fearless daredevils, desperate to make money like their role models, and wear designer clothes and the latest sneakers. These 15-year-olds use the city’s rooftops for assault rifle practice. They deal drugs and do not hesitate to use their weapons to take control of the neighbourhood. Their smart leader, Nicola, knows the rules: in order to get his gang into the game and quickly to the top, he challenges one of the old bosses. But whoever is in charge today may well be dead tomorrow. When his girlfriend causes Nicola to be caught between all fronts, he is forced to make a decision.

Directed by Claudio Giovannesi - With Aniello Arena, Renato Carpentieri, Artem Tkachuk

The Kindness of Strangers(2019)

1h 52min
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Clara and her two sons escape from her abusive husband with little more than their car and plan to start over in New York. After the car towed away, the family meets Alice, who gets them into an emergency shelter. While stealing food at a Russian restaurant called ‘Winter Palace’, Clara meets Marc, who has been given the chance to help the old eatery regain its former glory. The ‘Winter Palace’ soon becomes a place of unexpected encounters between people who are all undergoing some sort of crisis and whom fate has now brought together.

Directed by Lone Scherfig - With Zoe Kazan
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2h 3min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

A young Israeli man absconds to Paris to flee his nationality, aided by his trusty Franco-Israeli dictionary.

Directed by Nadav Lapid - With Quentin Dolmaire

Brief Story from the Green Planet(2019)

1h 30min | Drama

Tania is a trans girl who makes shows at discos in Buenos Aires. Pedro is a creature of the night, a regular dancer. Daniela works in a bar as a waitress. She is dealing with a break-up. They went to school together in their home town. Tania receives the news that her grandmother has died, so she decides to go back to the town with her two friends. Her grandma has left her house as an inheritance, and hidden an Alien body that accompanied her in those last years. She asks them in a letter to please take the creature to the place where it appeared to give it eternal peace. Pedro, Daniela and Tania start a journey looking for that place. They find the appeasement they need, what makes their loneliness softer. At the end, they arrive to a mysterious place, where the Alien ship comes to look for the creature. Tania leaves with it. Pedro and Daniela stay in Earth, closer than ever.

Directed by Santiago Loza


3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The story of a married man, an active member of the church, who falls in love with another man.

Directed by Jayro Bustamante

Divine Love(2019)

Brazil in the year 2027. Civil servant Joana mainly deals with divorce cases. As a member of a branch of evangelical Christians known as the Divino Amor group, she uses her position to offer a kind of physical therapy to couples who want to separate: Exploring sexuality with the aim of reconciling quarreling couples. Although Joana and Danilo regularly consummate their marriage, neither Joana’s constant prayers nor any other methods of assistance seem to be able to fulfill their desire for a child, a fact that increasingly depresses the couple.

Out Stealing Horses(2019)

2h 2min | Drama

A grieving widower moves to the country where a chance encounter rekindles memories from his past.

System Crasher(2019)

1h 50min | Drama

The wild and energetic journey of 9-year-old girl Benni through all possible stations of German Child Proctective Services.


1h 38min | Drama
2.0/5 (with 3 votes)

They have been abandoned in a world adorned with concepts such as family, friendship, love, and opportunities. In search of answers to their questions, they devour themselves like a chemical substance that corrodes the world around, in order to eventually learn not to listen but to hear, not to look but to see. And to find their way.

El Norte(1983)

2h 21min | Thriller, Adventure, Drama
3.6/5 (with 13 votes)

Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life.


2h 24min | Crime, Drama

The story of Carlos Marighella, former congressman, poet and militant who was murdered by the Brazilian military dictatorship in 1969.

37 Seconds(2019)

1h 55min | Drama

In 37 Seconds, 23-year-old comic book artist Yuma, physically disabled due to profound cerebral palsy and emotionally stunted by her well-meaning but overly protective mother, forges her own unusual path to sexual awakening and independence while at the same time discovering love and forgiveness.

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch(2018)

1h 27min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Documentary on psychedelic potash mines, expansive concrete seawalls, mammoth industrial machines, and other examples of humanity’s massive, destructive reengineering of the planet.

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal

The Golden Glove(2019)

1h 50min | Drama, Thriller, Horror
4.0/5 (with 4 votes)

A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.

Directed by Fatih Akın

Light of My Life(2019)

1h 59min | Drama

A father and his young daughter find themselves trapped in the woods.

Directed by Casey Affleck

God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya(2019)

1h 40min | Drama
4.5/5 (with 1 vote)

In Stip, a small town in Macedonia, every January the local priest throws a wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men dive after it. Good fortune and prosperity are guaranteed to the man who retrieves it. This time, Petrunya dives into the water on a whim and manages to grab the cross before the others. Her competitors are furious - how dare a woman take part in their ritual? All hell breaks loose, but Petrunya holds her ground. She won her cross and will not give it up.

So Long, My Son(2019)

2h 55min | Drama, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The changes in Chinese society from the 1950s to the '80s, as experienced by two families.

Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai

Off Season(2019)


Describes the state of a couple in the off season, shortly before the birth of their child. Gregor surprises his girlfriend Judith with a wellness holiday in Sicily, but Judith would rather go to work than lie on the beach. Her boyfriend’s expectations with regard to the baby and his eagerness for family life create an ever-greater distance between the two.

Directed by Henning Beckhoff - With Franziska Petri, Godehard Giese

The Ground Beneath My Feet(2019)

1h 48min | Drama

Lola controls her personal life with the same ruthless efficiency she uses to optimize profits in her job as a business consultant. But when a tragic event forces the past back into her life, Lola's grip on reality seems to slips away.


1h 50min | Drama

A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

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