MarcEvans' drama Snow Cake, starring AlanRickman and Sigourney Weaver, will open the Berlin Film Festival in Competitionon February 9.
Thefull Competition line-up is now almost complete, with 23 out of 26 titlesannounced and a further three to be revealed at the end of the week.
Worldpremieres from the UK's Michael Winterbottom (The Road To Guantanomo),Robert Altman (A Prairie Home Companion),and Claude Chabrol (Comedy Of Power) are now set for Berlin, alongsideout-of-competition slots for Capote,with Golden Globe winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michel Gondry'sSundance title The Science Of Sleepand a splashy world premiere for the Wachowskibrothers'-scripted V For Vendetta,which shot outside Berlin in Babelsberg Studios.
Thisis the second slew of Competiton titles to beannounced by Berlin in the run-up to the February 9-19 event.
Withtwo German titles previously announced (TheElementary Particles and Requiem),festival director Dieter Kosslick has added two morelocal films to the main section - TheFree Will, by Matthias Glasner starring Jurgen Vogel and Sabine Timoteo,and Sehnsucht,by Valeska Grisebach.
Roundingout the Competition selection so far are Italy's Crime Novel, by director and actor Michele Placido;Danish-Swedish co-production En Soap,by Pernille Fischer Christensen; Michael Glawogger's Slumming,an Austrian-Swiss co-production, and the Argentine-Spanish-German co-productionThe Minder (El Custodio),by Rodrigo Moreno; Iran's Zemestan(It'sWinter),set on the outskirts of Tehran and directed by RafiPitts; and, from Hong Kong-China, Pang Ho-cheung's Isabella, set in Macau.
Theline-up features enough star-wattage to light up
TheBerlin Film Festival also announced its full jury this week, headed byCharlotte Rampling, who for the first time willannounce the awards during the closing ceremony on February 18.
BerlinInternational Film Festival - Competition
OpeningTitle: Snow Cake, by Marc Evans (World Premiere)
CandybyNeil Armfield (World Premiere)
CrimeNovel,by Michele Placido
Comedyof Power, byClaude Chabrol (World Premiere)
TheElementary Particles by Oskar Roehler (World Premiere)En Soap, byPernille Fischer Christensen (World Premiere)
TheFree Will, by Matthias Glasner (WorldPremiere)
GrbavicabyJasmila Zbanic (WorldPremiere)
InvisibleWaves byPen-ek Ratanaruang (WorldPremiere)
Isabella,byPang Ho-cheung (World Premiere)
TheMinder, byRodrigo Moreno (World Premiere)
APrairie Home Companion, by Robert Altman (World Premiere)
TheRoad to Guantanomo, by Michael Winterbottom (World Premiere)
RequiembyHans-Christian Schmid, Germany/France (WorldPremiere)
Sehnsucht,by Valeska Grisebach (WorldPremiere)
Slumming,by Michael Glawogger (World Premiere)
Zemestanby Rafi Pitts (World Premiere)
Capote,by Bennett Miller
TheScience Of Sleep, by Michel Gondry
TheNew World byTerrence Malick
ThePromise byChen Kaige
V For Vendetta, by James McTiegue (World Premiere)