Winterbottom brings edgy documentary to Berlin

Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:09am EST
 
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By Scott Roxborough

BERLIN (Hollywood Reporter) - Directors Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, past honorees at the Berlin International Film Festival with their controversial docudrama "The Road to Guantanamo," are returning to Berlin next month with another piece of agitprop.

"The Shock Doctrine," based on the book by Naomi Klein, examines the darkest sides of neoliberalism, from the privatization of public goods to the violent upheaval of entire societies. It will screen as a work in progress in Berlin's Panorama Dokumente section. The festival runs February 5-19.

Politics is never far away at the Berlinale, and the Panorama sidebar reflects that, whether with documentaries such as Philippe Lioret's "Welcome" on Iraqi refugees in Europe or dramas like Michael Glawogger's "Kill Daddy Good Night," which shows how the Holocaust affects lives in the present.

Winterbottom and Whitecross won Berlin's Silver Bear for "Guantanamo" in 2006, and the film also garnered the pair an Independent Spirit Award.

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<p>Directors Michael Winterbottom (L) and Mat Whitecross pose with their Silver Berlin Bears after the awarding ceremony at the 56th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 18, 2006. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann</p>