The preliminary list of films selected to compete in the 68th Berlin Film Festival (15 to 25 February 2018) has been revealed, as well as two films for the Special Gala section.

The animated title Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson, which was announced as the opening film at the beginning of the month, is among the list of seven feature films from well-known names in the film industry and at Berlin festival, coming from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Serbia, Russia and the USA (with Gus Van Sant’s new film). Included in the list is Benoît Jacquot, who opened the festival in 2012 with Farewell My Queen and who recently competed in 2015 with Diary of a Chambermaid, returning this year with Eva, a story about a young writer (Gaspard Ulliel) who becomes obsessed with a mysterious woman, Eva, embodied by the enchanting Isabelle Huppert.

The Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska, battling it out with Mug, is also well acquainted with the Berlinale: after a detour in the Panorama section with Elles in 2012, she competed with In the Name Of in 2013, winning the Silver Bear with Body in 2015, the year in which Russian director Aleksei German Jr also won with Under Electric Clouds, and who will once again be competing this year with Dovlatov.

An international jury headed up by Tom Tykwer will also be deliberating over the new film by Philip Gröning. The director, whose past works include fiction films such as The Policeman's Wife, but also documentaries such as Into Great Silence, will be competing with Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot. Thomas Stuber, who competed in the German section in 2008 with his debut feature film Teenage Angst, will be competing with the hotly anticipated football film In the Aisles, which stars the promising actors Franz Rogowski, Sandra Hüller and Peter Kurth. Finally, the Italian director Laura Bispuri who competed in 2015 with her debut feature film, Sworn Virgin, will be competing for the Bear with Daughter of Mine.

Out-of-competition, in the Berlinale Special Gala section, festival goers can look forward to the new film by Isabel Coixet, The Bookshop, and the latest release by German director Lars Kraume (The People Vs. Fritz Bauer), The Silent Revolution, which stars the actors Ronald Zehrfeld, Burghart Klaußner, Florian Lukas, Jördis Triebel and Michael Gwisdek.