Netflix will showcase four new Netflix Original titles at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) next week, the first ever presence by an Internet TV network at Germanys premier film festival.
The festival lineup includes red carpet screenings of Better Call Saul and Bloodline, two highly anticipated Netflix Original series. Additionally, screenings of Netflixs first original docu-series Chefs Table from director David Gelb, and Netflix’s recent Sundance Film Festival opening night film, What Happened, Miss Simone? from Liz Garbus, demonstrate the breadth of Netflix programming. All four titles are set to be available in 2015, exclusively on Netflix.
“The Berlinale selection is a great display of the variety and high quality of the original programming which distinguishes Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix. “We’ll offer 320 hours of exclusive, original programming this year, three times as much as in 2014.”
“Were excited to be able to show a selection of Netflix programming at the Berlinale,” said Berlinale Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. “We are highly selective in picking titles to screen at the festival. Theres a clear global move towards Internet television, including Netflix programming at the Berlinale is a step towards the future.”
More details on the titles selected to screen at Berlinale:
Bloodline (Berlinale screening Monday, Feb. 9, attended by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn. Season 1 on Netflix Friday, March 20, 2015) When the eldest brother and black sheep of the Rayburn family returns home, he exposes the emotional demons that lie at the core of the family, threatening to tear them apart. With a stellar cast headlined by Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Jacinda Barrett, Jamie McShane, Enrique Murciano, Sissy Spacek, and Sam Shepard, the 13-episode series is from executive producers Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (Damages), and produced by Sony Pictures Television.
Better Call Saul (Berlinale screening Tuesday, Feb. 10, attended by Bob Odenkirk. Season 1 starts on Netflix later next week) Better Call Saul is a prequel to the award-winning series Breaking Bad, whose creator Vince Gilligan and writer/producer Peter Gould serve as co-showrunners of the premiere season. The story is set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny and hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside and often against Jimmy is fixer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), a beloved character first introduced in Breaking Bad. The new series will track Jimmy’s transformation into a man who puts the criminal in “criminal attorney.” Better Call Saul is executive produced by Gilligan, Gould, Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Diner, Rain Man) and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad, Rectify, Halt and Catch Fire) with Breaking Bad alums Stewart A. Lyons and Thomas Schnauz as co-executive producers for Sony Pictures Television.
What Happened, Miss Simone? (Berlinale screening Wed., Feb. 11, attended by Director Liz Garbus. On Netflix later in 2015)Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon and legendary recording artist, Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy. In this epic documentary, director Liz Garbus interweaves never-before-heard recordings and rare archival footage together with Ninas most memorable songs, to create an unforgettable portrait of one of the least understood, yet most beloved, artists of our time. The film is produced by Netflix and RadicalMedia.
Chefs Table (Berlinale screening Thursday, Feb. 12, attended by Director David Gelb and Chef Massimo Bottura. On Netflix later in 2015)The docu-series Chef’s Table features six of the worlds most renowned international chefs, and offers viewers the opportunity to go inside the lives and kitchens of these culinary talents. The chefs featured include Ben Shewry (Attica Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia), Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken in Järpen Sweden), Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina), Niki Nakayama (n/naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, USA), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, USA) and Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy). Screening at Berlinale is the episode featuring Massimo Bottura.
The four titles screening at Berlinale are just a sample of the more than 300 hours of exclusive Netflix Original programming slated to premier on Netflix in 2015. Netflix programming offers something for everyone, from kids to grandparents, and includes TV series, childrens’ programming, animated series, feature films, documentaries, docu-series and stand-up comedy. An overview of upcoming Netflix Original titles and premier dates is available here.