Film festival completes Berlinale line-up

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23 January 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Four films from Asia, two from Latin America and one from Israel along with a large contingent of movies from North America and Europe form the line-up of entries for the main competition of next month's Berlin Film Festival. On Monday the festival announced the last batch of movies which are to compete for the Berlinale's coveted Golden Bear. Among the 26 films comprising the festival's main competition are 19 world premieres, six international premieres and one European pr

23 January 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Four films from Asia, two from Latin America and one from Israel along with a large contingent of movies from North America and Europe form the line-up of entries for the main competition of next month's Berlin Film Festival.

On Monday the festival announced the last batch of movies which are to compete for the Berlinale's coveted Golden Bear.

Among the 26 films comprising the festival's main competition are 19 world premieres, six international premieres and one European premiere.

These include the world premiere of Beaufort from Israeli director Joseph Cedar, which tells the story of the last military unit to be stationed in southern Lebanon prior to the troops being withdrawn from the country.

The Berlinale will also be screening the world premiere of Hyazgar (Desert Dream), a Korean-French co-production directed by Zhang Lu, who recently won critical acclaim with his award-winning drama Grain in Ear.

The film, which is set in a small, drought-threatened village situated in the border region between China and Mongolia, tells the story of a farmer and a woman who has fled from North Korea. The movie stars Bat-ulzii and Seo Jung.

It is the second film from a Korean director competing in the festival's main programme, with festival organizers having released details of the other films in the main competition over the last few weeks.

Two world premieres of Chinese movies have also been selected for the main competition.

This includes Tu ya de hun shi (Tuya's Marriage), by Wang Quan'an, which tells the story of a woman's efforts to find a new husband who can take care of both her and her sick ex-husband.

Ping Guo (Lost in Beijing) has also been included in the competition section. Against the background of a rapidly changing metropolis, director Li Yu describes the fears and values of residents of Beijing.

Latin America is to be represented at the 57th film festival by the Brazilian-Argentinean co-production O ano em que meus pais sairam de ferias (The Year My Parents Went On Holiday) by Cao Hamburger.

It tells the story of a 12-year-old growing up in Brazil in the seventies whose parents were forced suddenly to "go on a trip" during the military dictatorship.

Ariel Rotter will be presenting his second feature film at the Berlinale.

This year's contribution El otro (Argentina/France/Germany) deals with the existential uncertainty of a man who decides to change his identity.

From Canada and the USA comes the world premiere of When A Man Falls In The Forest with director Ryan Eslinger depicting a group of people in a US provincial village who have to come to terms with their own isolation and loneliness. The film stars Sharon Stone and Timothy Hutton.

Other films announced among the batch of entries includes 300 by US director Zack Snyder, Britain's Notes on a Scandal by Richard Eyre starring Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett, and Hallam Foe by David Mackenzie, also from Britain.

The world premiere of Francois Ozon's Angel will also be shown in competition. Set in England at the beginning of the 20th century, it portrays the rise and fall of a young woman from humble beginnings, who manages to break into the highest echelons of society as an author.


Films selected for the Berlin Film Festival's main programme are:

300 by Zack Snyder, USA (World Premiere, Out of Competition)

Angel by Francois Ozon, France/Belgium/UK (World Premiere/ Closing Film)

Beaufort by Joseph Cedar, Israel (World Premiere)

Bordertown by Gregory Nava, USA (World Premiere)

Die Faelscher (The Counterfeiters) by Stefan Ruzowitzky, Germany/Austria (World Premiere)

El otro (The Other) by Ariel Rotter, Argentina/France/Germany (World Premiere)

Goodbye Bafana by Bille August, Germany/France/Belgium/UK/Italy (World Premiere)

Hallam Foe by David Mackenzie, UK (World Premiere)

Hyazgar (Desert Dream) by Zhang Lu, Republic of Korea/France (World Premiere)

In memoria di me (In Memory Of Myself) by Saverio Costanzo, Italy (World Premiere)

Irina Palm by Sam Garbarski, Belgium/Germany/Luxembourg/UK/France (World Premiere)

La Vie en Rose by Olivier Dahan, France/UK/Czech Republic (World Premiere/Opening Film)

Les Temoins (The Witnesses) by André Téchiné, France (World Premiere)

Letters From Iwo Jima by Clint Eastwood, USA (European Premiere, Out of Competition)

Ne touchez pas la hache (Don't Touch The Axe) by Jacques Rivette, France/Italy (World Premiere)

Notes On A Scandal by Richard Eyre, UK (International Premiere, Out of Competition)

O ano em que meus pais sairam de ferias (The Year My Parents Went On Vacation) by Cao Hamburger, Brazil/Argentina (International Premiere)

Obsluhoval jsem anglickeho krale (I Served The King Of England) by Jiri Menzel, Czech Republic/ Slovakia (International Premiere)

Ping guo (Lost In Beijing) by Li Yu, China (World Premiere)

Sai bo gu ji man gwen chan a (I'm A Cyborg, But That's Ok) by Park Chan-wook, Republic of Korea (International Premiere)

The Good German by Stephen Soderbergh, USA (International Premiere)

The Good Shepherd by Robert de Niro, USA (International Premiere)

The Walker by Paul Schrader, USA/UK (World Premiere, Out of Competition)

Tu ya de hun shi (Tuya's Marriage) by Wang Quan'an, China (World Premiere)

When A Man Falls In The Forest by Ryan Eslinger, Canada/USA (World Premiere)

Yella by Christian Petzold, Germany (World Premiere)

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