Number One: Directed by Tonie Marshall

Rainbow, the latest film from 2012 Berlin Golden Bear winners Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, will be shown at the 2017 Berlin Film Fest.

Starring Italian actors Luca Marinelli, Valentina Bellè and Lorenzo Richelmy, and adapting “Una Questione Privata,” a novel by Beppe Fenoglio, Rainbow is set during World War II.

It centers on Milton, a member of the Italian resistance who courts a woman who, he discovers, is secretly in love with Giorgio, a fellow partisan. Seeking Giorgio out, he discovers that the latter has been arrested by the fascists.

Number One is made by from France’s Tonie Marshall, best known for directing Venus Beauty Institute.

After world premiering in the 2017 Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition to good response, The Wound will open the Berlinale’s Panorama section.

Starring Emmanuelle Devos, Suzanne Clément and Michael Lonsdale, “Number One” returns Marshall – whose “Venus Beauty Institute” won four French Cesars – to her concern with women, here the difficulties women face in reconciling the emotional demands of a private life and a career.

The new film centres on a brilliant woman, Emmanuelle, who has already earned a position on the board of France’s leading energy company. She has been married for 20 years to a caring husband, has two children. But she is then offered  the position of president at one of France’s biggest companies, listed on its elite CAC bourse. “But to be at the top, you must risk it all! In a men’s world, obstacles pile up in Emmanuelle’s professional and personal life,” the film’s synopsis runs.

Number One is a very ambitious film about women and power. After lengthy research into the business world, supported by Raphaëlle Bacqué, one of the most reliable French political journalists, Tonie came up with a story inspired by many other true stories of women conquering a world dedicated to men,” Lagesse commented.

John Trengove’s The Wound, a study of Xhosa models of masculinity, will open Berlin’s Panorama on February 9.

“The Prince of Nothingwood,” Sonia Kronlund’s docu-feature portrait of the extraordinary figure of Salim Shaheen, Afghanistan’s most popular and prolific actor-director-producer, who has made 110 films over 30 years, “a man who believes in cinema in a way no one believes in it elsewhere, like a sort of Ed Wood on a much grander scale, powerful and generous,” according to director Kronlund.

“The Consolation” is the second fiction  feature film of  Cyril Mennegun, about a man who returns to the realms of his childhood.

“The Consolation” marks Mennegun’s follow-up to “Louise Wimmer,’ which bowed well at the 2012 Venice Critics Week.