0914 GMT July 16, 2019
The 68th edition of Berlinale opened on Thursday with Iranian films on the schedule. Mani Haqiqi's 'Pig' (competition section), 'Dressage' by Pouya Badkoubeh, ‘Hendi & Hormoz’ by Abbas Amini (generations section) and 'Invasion' directed by Shahram Mokri (panorama section) as among the Iranian participants in the event.
‘Dressage’ and ‘Hendi & Hormoz’ will have their world premieres at the event.
The cast of 'Pig' includes Hassan Majouni, Leila Hatami, Leili Rashidi, Parinaz Izadyar and Ali Baqeri.
The stars featured in 'Dressage' are Ali Mosaffa, Shabnam Moqaddami, Houshang Tavakkoli, Alireza Sanifar, Alireza Aqakhani, and Siamak Adib.
In 'Invasion', the main roles are taken by Abed Abest, Babak Karimi, Elaheh Bakhshi, Pedram Sharifi, Behzad Dorani, Saeed Zarei, Mohamad Sareban and Levon Haftvan.
Director Amini in his film portrays the existential struggle of two young people who must abandon their carefree youth in a harsh world.
Founded in 1951, the Berlin International Film Festival is one of the world's leading film events which is held in Germany and is celebrated annually in February.
The 68th Berlin Film Festival got off to a festive start on Thursday as Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick and German Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters welcomed international stars, industry bigwigs and German President Frank Walter Steinmeier to the glitzy opening gala premiere of Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' — the first-ever animated film to open the fest.
The 68th edition of Berlinale is underway in the German city from February 15 to 25.