Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Feb 7, 2015

Netflix Shows to Premiere at Berlin Film Festival

The thin line between film and television continues to blur, and Netflix continues to present itself as a topnotch television alternative to premium cable. In anticipation of their 2015 TV series, the service announced premieres of four of their upcoming shows at the Berlin International FIlm Festival.

The four programs include documentaries and narrative programming. Liz Garbus’s new documentary What Happened, Miss Simone which made its US premiere at the Sundance International Film Festival last week, will have its European debut at Berlinale. The film features rare archival footage and Simone’s memorable music in what is described as a brutally honest documentary about the beloved but misunderstood artist Nina Simone. Netflix’s first docu-series Chef’s Table will make its world premiere at the festival, profiling the lives and inner workings of the kitchens of some of the greatest international chef’s working today. They will premiere the episode focusing on Massimo Bottura, chef of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy.

Two of the most anticipated upcoming series premiering this spring will also make their premieres. Better Call Saul, the much talked about prequel to Breaking Bad starring Bob Odenkirk, will premiere at the festival Tuesday February 10th, before it premieres all 13 episodes on Netflix in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Odenkirk will also be in attendance at the festival. The show’s premiere episode will debut in the US on AMC February 8th. All 13 episodes will premiere on Netflix in Australia and the UK February 9th.

February 9th will host the world premiere of Bloodline, the new drama from the creators of Damages, as part of the festival’s gala section. The show set in the Florida Keys, focusing on a family with secrets whose lives are thrown into turmoil when the black sheep returns and threatens to reveal the family’s hidden demons. Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Jacinda Barrett, Jamie McShane, Enrique Murciano, Sissy Spacek, and Sam Shepard star in the 13 episodes which are scheduled to premiere exclusively on Netflix March 20th. co-creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, Kyle Chandler, and Ben Mendelsohn will attend the premiere.

The 65th Annual Berlin International Film Festival is known as the “the largest public film festival” runs from February 5th to 15th. On the jury are Darren Aronofsky (2015’s president), Daniel Bruhl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Taotou, and Matthew Weiner. Isabel Coixet’s film Nobody Wants the Night starring Juliette Binoche opened the festival last night as part of the competition for the Golden Bear Award. Terrence Malick’s latest with Christian Bale Knight of Cups, and Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert are also in competition, along with 45 Years (UK), Aferim! (Romania/Czech Republic), As We Were Dreaming (German/France) Big Father, Small Father, and Other Stories (Vietnam), Body (Poland), Chasuke’s Journey (Japan), Diary of a Chambermaid (Belgium/France), Eisenstein in Guanajuato (Netherlands/Mexico/Belgium/Finland), Gone with the Bullets (China), Ixcanul Volcano (Guatemala/France), Nobody Wants the Night (Spain/France/Bulgaria), Sworn Virgin (Italy/Switzerland/Germany/Albania/Kosovo), Taxi (Iran), The Club (Chile), The Pearl Button (France/Chile/Spain), Under Electric Clouds (Russia/Ukraine/Poland), and Victoria (Germany). Films screening out of competition include the upcoming Cinderella, Wim Wenders‘s Every Thing Will Be Fine, Director’s Cut of 54, Are You Here, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Look of Silence, Woman in Gold, Best Picture nominee Selma, and 2015 Sundance films I Am Michael and Nasty Baby.

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