Fiennes directorial debut, Wenders 3D pic at Berlin fest

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A British drama directed by Ralph Fiennes and a 3D documentary by Wim Wenders on the late German choreographer Pina Bausch will premiere at the Berlin film festival in February, organisers said Wednesday.

Fiennes will unveil "Coriolanus", a contemporary reworking of the Shakespeare tragedy about a Roman general who mounts a rebellion against the empire, at the February 10 to 20 event, the festival said in a statement.

The English actor, making his directorial debut, also plays the title role in a cast including Gerard Butler and Vanessa Redgrave. The film will screen out of competition.

"Pina", a Franco-German production, was originally planned as a collaboration with Bausch, a giant of modern dance who died in June 2009.

Wenders continued the project, featuring 3D performances by the dancers of her Tanztheater Wuppertal, after her death. The picture will also run out of competition, in the festival's main showcase.

US independent film-maker Miranda July ("Me and You and Everyone We Know") will present "The Future", a tale tinged with magical realism about a couple whose relationship transforms when they adopt a talking cat.

The US-German co-production will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the United States in January but feature in competition in Berlin as part of close cooperation between the two events.

Zoe Kravitz, the daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, stars in competition entry "Yelling To The Sky" by Victoria Mahoney about a 17-year-old girl fending for herself in a violent New York neighbourhood.

Gabourey Sidibe, who made a splash in last year's family drama "Precious", also appears in the film.

Also vying for the festival's Golden Bear top prize will be "Our Grand Despair" from Turkey, Israeli-British drama "Lipstikka" set in London and Jerusalem, and "If Not Us, Who?" about the origins of the Baader-Meinhof Gang starring up-and-coming German actor August Diehl ("Salt").

The event, now in its 61st year, will open with a remake of the classic Western "True Grit" by the Oscar-winning brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, the festival announced last week.

Italian-American actress Isabella Rossellini will chair the prize jury.

© 2010 AFP

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