Wes Anderson and George Clooney will both take their latest movies to the Berlin International Film Festival this year. Organizers of the Berlinale, the first of the year's major European film festivals, have released the list of films set to show in and out of competition at the 64th annual event which will take place between the 6th and 16th of February in the vibrant German capital.
Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Will Show At The Berlin International Film Festival.
Of the 23 films set to screen at the Berlinale, 20 will compete for the top prize, the prestigious Golden Bear Award. Amongst a host of intriguing foreign titles, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and George Clooney's The Monuments Men stand out as the big-name movies of the event. Anderson's whimsical new comedy, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, will open the festival. Set in the 1920s, The Grand Budapest Hotel is based partly on the writings of Austrian novelist and playwright Stefan Zweig who, after the war, lamented the destruction of Europe.
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Starring Clooney himself, alongside Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett, The Monuments Men is a Second World War drama about a group of museum directors, curators and art historians tasked with recovering valuable cultural artefacts that were stolen by the Nazis.
Festival director Dieter Kosslick noted that the event has a programme that "looks backward in various ways."
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"We have a programme that looks back at German history in the 1930s and 1940s and the Holocaust," he said, adding "That wasn't by design but there just happened to be a number of good films on the subject on offer," via The Telegraph.
Whilst Anderson's film will compete and Clooney's won't, both films will be shown alongside Richard Linklater's Boyhood, an Ethan Hawke-starring movie that follows a boy, played by Ellar Coltrane, to adulthood. Though the Berlinale has less of the glamour of the Cannes or Venice Film Festivals, the German event is noted to providing a worldwide platform for relatively under-the-radar films and rewarding the efforts of unheralded directors.
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This year's festival will also welcome three Chinese films from directors Diao Yinan, Lou Ye and Ning Hao. Kosslick said that the three diverse movies reflect a wide variety of genres and are set "outside the glamorous cities."
An eight-member jury led by Brokeback Mountain producer James Schamus will announce the winner of the Golden Bear and other awards on the 15th February.