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Press Releases 2009

Competition

Nov 28, 2008:
World Premiere of Tom Tykwer’s thriller The International to open Berlinale 2009

The 59th Berlin International Film Festival will open on February 5, 2009 with the world premiere of the US-German co-prodution The International.

Directed by Tom Tykwer (Perfume, Run, Lola Run) and featuring a star-studded cast, the action thriller traces the criminal business transactions that finance war and terror.

The leading roles are played by Clive Owen (Inside Man, Closer) and Naomi Watts (King Kong, 21 Grams). Armin Mueller-Stahl (Die Buddenbrooks, Illuminati), Brian F. O’Byrne (The New World, Million Dollar Baby), Ulrich Thomsen (Brødre, Festen) and Jack McGee (L.A. Crash) complete the impressive international cast.

Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and New York attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) are determined to uncover the illegal activities of one of the world’s most powerful banks, and must risk their own lives in the process.

The International will be presented out of competition in the Competition programme of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. The production was filmed at Studio Babelsberg and on location in Berlin, New York, Istanbul and Milan, and was funded in by the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), among others.

Sony Pictures Releasing GmbH will release The International in German cinemas on February 12, 2009.

Press Office

November 28, 2008