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Saturday, March 24, 2018, 

68th Berlinale begins

68th Berlinale begins

Berlin, 15 February 2018 (MIA) – US director Wes Anderson's dystopian stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs was screened at the opening of the 68th International Film Festival in Berlin last night.

Running from Feb. 15 to Feb. 25, the 68th Berlinale will present 24 titles in its Main Competition, with 19 of them competing for the Golden Bear. These include Transit by Christian Petzold; Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot by Gus Van Sant, and U – July 22 by Erik Poppe. 

Among other high-profile entries at the event are David & Nathan Zellner's Damsel, billed as a feminist Western starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska, and Benoît Jacquot's noir thriller Eva featuring Isabelle Huppert as a smoldering femme fatale.

Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming thriller Unsane—shot entirely on an iPhone in a mental institution by actress Claire Foy questioning her sanity—and Jose Padilha’s 7 Days in Entebbe are part of the competition lineup, but are not vying for prizes.

The panel headed by Tom Tykwer, the German director best known for his 1998 film Run Lola Run, will pick the Golden Bear and Silver Bear winners.

Willem Defoe will be presented an Honorary Golden Bear recognizing his lifetime achievement.

The prizes will be presented at a gala ceremony on Feb. 24 before the festival wraps up the next day. mr/11:41



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