Thedirector's cut of Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy TheKid willclose this year's Berlinale on February 18.
Announcingthe complete festival programme, festival directorDieter Kosslick revealed that Peckinpah'sfilm will be shown "out of competition" in a High Definition versionat the Berlinale Palast andUrania cinemas.
Therewill also be other films shown in high definition projection such as Chen Kaige's The Promise,Aysun Bademsoy's On The Outskirts,Alain Berliner's Wide Awake, Khalo Matabane's Conversations On A Sunday Afternoon andAmos Gitai's NewsFrom Home/News From House as well as fifteen films in the European FilmMarket's (EFM) cinema in the Martin Gropius Bau. More than 10% of 4,462 films submitted to the festivalwere sent in the HD format.
Thisyear's festival has all the makings of a record-breaking edition: more than18,000 professionals and almost 3,800 journalists have been accredited for theprogramme of 360 films (including 75 shorts). In addition, the EFM will beserving as a showcase for 642 films - 22% more than in 2005 - and organisearound 944 market screenings, up 10% on last year's total. Moreover, thenumber of companies having a presence at the new, expanded EFM has grown by anoutstanding 83% from last year's event to 254 this year.
TwoHonorary Golden Bears will be presented this year for lifetime achievements tothe veteran Polish director Andrzej Wajda - against the background of the German-PolishCultural Year - and to the British actor Sir Ian McKellen,while three Berlinale Camera awarded in recognitionof special services to cinema will be going to internationally celebratedGerman cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, documentaryfilmmaker Juergen Boettcher and Museum of Modern Artcurator Laurence Kardish.