World premieres of new films by Catherine Breillat, Micheal Winterbottom and Michael Glawogger will screen in Berlinale's Panorama section.

Catherine Breillat will present her latest work La Barbe Bleue, an exploration of the famous Bluebeard story,

Directing team Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross will show a work in progress, The Shock Doctrine.

Based on Naomi Klein's book of the same name, the documentary looks at the systematic trend towards the privatisation of public assets.

Meanwhile, Austrian filmmaker Glawogger has been invited to present Kill Daddy Good Night, his adaptation of Josef Haslinger's bestselling novel Das Vaterspiel. It stars Jeremy Strong, Ulrich Tukur and Sabine Timoteo.

Other world premieres now confirmed include Argentine director Lucia Puenzo's second feature The Fish Child and Nicole Haeusser's documentary Little Joe, a portrait of actor Joe Dallesandro who will receive a special Teddy award this year.

To help celebrate Panorama's 30th anniversary, there will be the world premiere of UK director Richard Laxton's An Englishman In New York featuring John Hurt as Quentin Crisp in his later years in New York.

Hurt also features in the accompanying screening of Jack Gold's The Naked Civil Servant as the young Crisp in England, while Crisp himself is the subject of Jonathan Nossiter's 1990 documentary Resident Alien.

In addition, there will be presentations of Gus van Sant's Milk, starring Sean Penn as the first gay city commissioner in San Francisco; Robert Epstein's Oscar-winning documentary The Times Of Harvey Milk; and Catherine Breillat's 1979 film Tapage Nocturne, with Bertrand Bonvoisin, Marie-Helene Breillat and Joe Dallesandro.

Meanwhile, the Forum will stage the European premiere of four short films: Danny Turken's Affectionately Known As Alex; Andy Spitz's Angels On Our Shoulders; Omelga Mthiyane, Riaan Hendricks, and Marianne Gysae's Baraka (Blessing); and Adze Ugah's The Burning Man.

The films were made as part of the Filmmakers Against Racism initiative launched in May 2008 in response to a wave of xenophobic violence hitting South Africa.

The films were first shown at the Durban International Film Festival in the summer.

Africa is also the focus of Forum selection Soul Power, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's documentary about the 12-hour music concert held in conjunction with the legendary 1974 Muhammad Ali/Joe Frazier boxing match in Zaire.