Action thriller to open Berlin Film Festival

29th November 2008, Comments 0 comments

Film meets reality, as Berlin's 59th Film Festival opens with a film on immoral and corrupt banks, echoing the present financial situation worldwide.

Berlin -- An action thriller on the illegal activities of the world's biggest banks is to open next February's Berlin Film Festival, organizers announced on Friday.

The International film directed by German born director Tom Tykwer, stars Clive Owen as an Interpol agent and Naomi Watts as a New York attorney who risk their lives when trying to investigate the bank's business, which includes financing wars and terror.

The premiere of the movie at the 59th Berlin Film Festival, which is one of the world's top three film festivals, comes at a time when banks have found themselves under the global spotlight as a result of the world financial crisis.

But then the Berlin Film Festival has never shied away from tackling current major political issues.

Previous movies by 43 year old Tykwer include Perfume and Run Lola Run.

A British-German co-production, The International's line-up of stars also includes Armin Mueller-Stahl as well as Brian F O'Byrne (known for his role in Million Dollar Baby), Ulrich Thomsen (Festen) and Jack McGee (LA Crash).

The International was filmed in Berlin, New York, Istanbul and Milan.


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