Canadian features, series to world premiere at 2022 Berlinale

Among the world premieres are documentary features from Miryam Charles, Jacquelyn Mills and Lina Rodriguez, as well as a series produced by Montreal's Trio Orange.

Feature documentaries Cette maison (This House) and Geographies of Solitude and upcoming French-language series Last Summers of the Raspberries (Le temps des framboises; pictured) will world premiere at the 72nd Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale).

The films are among the Canadian projects set to premiere during the festival, which will run in-person from Feb. 10 to 20. Organizers announced additional titles to its main program lineup on Monday (Jan. 17).

Cette maison is a Talent to Watch film directed by Miryam Charles and produced by Félix Dufour-Laperrière of Embuscade Films, which delves into the unsolved death of a teenage girl in 2008. Geographies of Solitude is directed by Jacquelyn Mills, who produced the feature with Rosalie Chicoine Perreault. The documentary offers a glimpse of the landscape of Sable Island, a remote piece of land located off the coast of Nova Scotia.

The films join fellow Canadian feature doc Mis dos voces (My Two Voices), which was announced as part of the Berlinale lineup in December. The film is directed by Lina Rodriguez, who also produced the film with her Rayon Verde partner Brad Deane, and tells the stories of three Latin American women who have immigrated to Canada.

French-language series Last Summers of the Raspberries, produced by Montreal’s Trio Orange in collaboration with Quebecor Content, will also have its world premiere as part of Berlinale Series. The 10-episode series is directed by Philippe Falardeau and written by Florence Longpré and produced by Trio Orange president Carlos Soldevila and partners Julia Langlois and Annie Sirois.

The series tells the story of a woman who decides to leave her job in the city after inheriting a farm to raise her two young boys there. Last Summers of the Raspberries is the second Quebec-based drama to world premiere at Berlinale; Radio-Canada’s Ici.Tou.TV Extra series Happily Married (C’est comme ça que je t’aime) had its world premiere in 2020.

Last Summers of the Raspberries will premiere on the streaming service Club illico on April 14.

Two Canadian shorts will also premiere under the festival’s Generation 14plus. David Findlay’s short film Lay Me by the Shore will have its world premiere while Terril Calder’s animated National Film Board of Canada short Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics will have its international premiere.

This year’s Berlinale will not go virtual this year, but will have a reduced audience capacity of 50% and will not host any parties or receptions. The festival will have “reduced format” red carpets for film premieres.

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