Berlin Festival Adds Netflix Drama ‘Elisa & Marcela’ to Competition Lineup

The Berlin International Film Festival on Thursday unveiled several more titles for its 2019 competition line up, including Elisa & Marcela, a black-and-white drama from Spanish director Isabel Coixet (The Bookshop) which Netflix has acquired.Although the streaming giant did not produce Elisa & Marcela, and Coixet is a regular in Berlin, the film’s inclusion in competition is certain to spark controversy, given the uproar surrounding the decision, last year, of the Venice Film Festival to give a competition slot —and eventually it’s top prize Golden Lion award —to Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, another Spanish-language black-and-white period drama, which …

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