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Press Releases 2009


Dec 12, 2008:
Berlinale 2009: First Competition Films

The first titles for the Competition programme of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival have been confirmed. They include films from Algeria, China, Greece, Great Britain, Sweden, the USA, and Germany. This means that in addition to the opening film, the world premiere of Tom Tykwer’s The International (which is screening out of competition, as announced in the press release on Nov. 28, 2008), another ten films have been selected, four of which will be celebrating their world premieres at the Berlinale.

“We are very pleased to be able to present new films by renowned directors and exciting young filmmakers”, says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. “To date, many of the films we’ve chosen explore the globalized world and its impact on people’s private lives. These works tell of meaningful encounters, resistance, as well as traumatic experiences. International crises are reflected in them, but also the hope that a better world is possible. Besides, towards the end of the festival the Pink Panther will save the world again with humour.“

So far the following films have been selected for the Competition programme:

Alle Anderen Germany

by Maren Ade (The Forest for the Trees)

with Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Nicole Marischka

World premiere

Rage Great Britain / USA

by Sally Potter (The Tango Lesson, Orlando)

with Dame Judi Dench, Jude Law, Dianne Wiest, Steve Buscemi, Simon Abkarian

World premiere

The Dust of Time Greece / Germany / Italy / Russia

by Theo Angelopoulos (Eternity and a Day, The Weeping Meadow)

with Irene Jacob, Michel Piccoli, Willem Dafoe, Bruno Ganz

Out of competition

International premiere

Forever Enthralled (Mei Lanfang) People’s Republic of China

by Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, The Promise)

with Leon Lai, Zhang Ziyi, Sun Honglei, Chen Hong

International premiere

The Messenger USA

by Oren Moverman – directorial debut

with Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton

International premiere

London River Algeria / France / Great Britain

by Rachid Bouchareb (Little Senegal, Days of Glory)

with Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyate

World premiere

Mammoth Sweden / Germany / Denmark

by Lukas Moodysson (Show me Love, Lilja 4-ever)

with Gael Garcia Bernal, Michelle Williams, Sophie Nyweide, Tom McCarthy

International premiere

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee USA

by Rebecca Miller (The Ballad of Jack and Rose)

with Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, Maria Bello, Julianne Moore, Winona Ryder

Out of competition

World premiere

The Reader USA / Germany

by Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot)

with Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Alexandra Maria Lara

Out of competition

Pink Panther II USA

by Harald Zwart (One Night at McCool's)

with Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia

Out of competition

International premiere

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December 12, 2008