The 2007 Berlinale has announced the first six films selected for this year's competition.
They include Christian Petzold's Yella from
Other world premieres in competition will be Belgian director Sam Garbarski's second feature Irina Palm, which stars Marianne Faithfull as a desperate widow who starts working in a sex club. The film is a Belgium-German-UK co-production.
US selections in competition will include Robert De Niro's
Also making its international premiere will be South Korean director Park Chan-wook's I Am A Cyborg But That's Ok starring Korean pop star Rain and Lim Soo-jung. The story follows a young psychiatric patient who thinks she's a cyborg but is able to fall in love.
'We are delighted to be able to present a number of new works by renowned directors and interesting young filmmakers again,' Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick said. 'Many of the productions selected for this year's competition link modern historical processes to personal, intimate and extremely emotional stories.'
Festival organisers said the rest of the competition titles would be announced in mid-January. Kosslick previously told ScreenDaily.com that the rise in competition entries to more than 100 films had put a strain on programmers. The festival runs Feb 8-18.