Organisers of the Berlin International Film Festival have unveiled the 22 top movies scheduled for this year’s event.
Of the headlining films, sixteen are competing for the top Golden Bear award at the ten-day fixture, the first of the year’s major European film festivals.
Among the programme is the Coen brothers’ western True Grit, The Prize, directed by Argentinian Paula Markovitch, and Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut Coriolanus, which stars Ralph alongside fellow British actors Vanessa Redgrave and Gerard Butler.
“There’s a bit of appetite for discovery in this, of course, for seeing something different – different approaches to how young people, above all, make films,” festival director Dieter Kosslick said.
Berlin’s Golden Bear has often gone to relatively unheralded productions such as last year’s winner, Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu’s Honey. This year, the choice will be made by a jury led by actress Isabella Rossellini.
The festival, from February 10 to 20, also features two 3D films for the first time – French director Michel Ocelot’s Tales of the Night and Wim Wenders’ Pina, a tribute to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch.
US entries include J.C. Chandor’s finance thriller Margin Call, featuring Kevin Spacey and Demi Moore, and actress-filmmaker Miranda July’s second movie as a director, the relationship tale The Future.
All together, almost 400 films will be screened during the festival.