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quietearth [Film Festival 12.12.08] movie news

While we eagerly await more info (and trailers) for the films playing at Sundance (and hopefully news on where Cory McAbee's Stingray Sam is going), the first competition and out of competition titles have been announced for one of the other biggest fests on the planet, the 59th Berlin International Film Festival, and all I have to say is WTF? Pink Panther II is playing out of competition?! Who's running this menagerie? They redid the entire program this year, so I hope they're still going to have the genre goods.

You can check out the real short list after the break or you can read the press release.

Alle Anderen Germany
by Maren Ade (The Forest for the Trees)
with Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Nicole Marischka
World premiere

Rage Great Britain / USA
by Sally Potter (The Tango Lesson, Orlando)
with Dame Judi Dench, Jude Law, Dianne Wiest, Steve Buscemi, Simon Abkarian
World premiere

The Dust of Time Greece / Germany / Italy / Russia
by Theo Angelopoulos (Eternity and a Day, The Weeping Meadow)
with Irene Jacob, Michel Piccoli, Willem Dafoe, Bruno Ganz
Out of competition
International premiere

Mei Lanfang (Forever Enthralled) People’s Republic of China
by Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, The Promise)
with Leon Lai, Zhang Ziyi, Sun Honglei, Chen Hong
International premiere

The Messenger USA
by Oren Moverman – directorial debut
with Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton
International premiere

London River Algeria / France / Great Britain
by Rachid Bouchareb (Little Senegal, Days of Glory)
with Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyate
World premiere

Mammoth Sweden / Germany / Denmark
by Lukas Moodysson (Show me Love, Lilja 4-ever)
with Gael Garcia Bernal, Michelle Williams, Sophie Nyweide, Tom McCarthy
International premiere

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee USA
by Rebecca Miller (The Ballad of Jack and Rose)
with Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, Maria Bello, Julianne Moore, Winona Ryder
Out of competition
World premiere

The Reader USA / Germany
by Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot)
with Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Alexandra Maria Lara
Out of competition

Pink Panther II USA
by Harald Zwart (One Night at McCool's)
with Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia
Out of competition
International premiere

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