She came to mea romantic comedy from director and screenwriter Rebecca Miller (Maggie’s plan) starring Peter Dinklage and Anne Hathaway, will open the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival on February 16.
Marisa Tomei, Joanna Kulig and Brian d’Arcy James star in the American feature film from Protagonist Pictures, which has its world premiere out of competition in Berlin.
With the choice, Berlin returns to form and selects a potential crowd puller with strong star power to kick off the festival. Based in New York, She came to me depicts Dinklage as a composer with writer’s block, struggling to complete his grand comeback opera. At the suggestion of his wife, and former therapist, played by Hathaway, he sets out for inspiration and gets more than he bargained for.
She came to me is screened out of competition as a Berlinale Special Gala.
“We are thrilled to open this festival edition with an irresistible comedy that builds on the everyday conflicts of Western society,” Berlinale directors Mariëtte Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian said in a statement. “The characters, created by Rebecca Miller and incarnated by fantastic actors, choose to follow the inspiration of the moment rather than be guided by societal dictates. Like a pre-code Hollywood movie, She came to me is a magical ode to freedom of expression.”
Miller was last in Berlin with Maggie’s plan, which was shown in the Panorama sidebar of the festival. Her 2009 feature film Pippa Lee’s private life screened in the Berlin league.
Damon Cardasis, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Rebecca Miller, Len Blavatnik and Anne Hathaway produced She came to me. Protagonist Pictures handles international sales and CAA represents North America.
The 73rd Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 16 to 26.