The programme will concentrate on 70mm films which were originally shot on 65mm or 70mm negative film and then printed onto 70mm for the cinema screen. It will be prepared by the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum for Film & Television.

Among the classic titles already confirmed for screening are David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' West Side Story, and Sergei Bondarchuk's War and Peace.

The Kino International will serve as a venue for the Retrospective alongside the Cinestar 8 at Potsdamer Platz.

The Kino opened in 1963 and was the third 70mm cinema in the former German Democratic Republic. It will be specially fitted out with a combination of tried-and-tested projection technology and new digital equipment for the festival screenings.

This is not the first time that the Berlinale's Retrospective has been dedicated to a film format: in 1993, the programme was dedicated to films shot in CinemaScope.