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Baumbach, Vinterberg Round out Berlin Competition

A scene from Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg."

Twenty-six films will screen in competition at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival. In addition to the seven competition films announced last month including Roman Polanski's latest, "The Ghost Writer," 18 titles were unveiled Wednesday. Twelve world premieres from around the world among the latest crop will screen in the festival's 60th anniversary competition section, with the remainder being international debuts. Sundance 2010 U.S. Documentary feature, "Howl" by Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman will screen in the section along with the international premiere of Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give," Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right," Michael Winterbottom's "The Killer Inside Me" and the world premiere of Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg."

Berlinale opening film "Tuan Yuan" (Apart Together) and closing title, "Otouto" (About Her Brother) by Yoji Yamada are also screening in the section. Note: The Berlinale competition section includes films screening "in" and "out" of competition.

Newly announced films screening in the Berlinale Competition:

"Caterpillar," Japan
By Koji Wakamatsu (Secrets Behind The Wall, Sex Jack, Go Go Second Time Virgin, Ecstasy of the Angels, United Red Army)
With Shinobu Terajima, Shima Ohnishi
World Premiere

"En Familie" (A Family), Denmark
By Pernille Fischer Christensen (En soap, Silver Bear 2006, Dansen)
With Jesper Christensen, Lene Maria Christensen, Pilou Asbaek , Anne Louise Hassing
World Premiere

"En ganske snill mann" (A Somewhat Gentle Man), Norway
By Hans Petter Moland (The Beautiful Country, Aberdeen, Gymnaslaerer Pedersen)
With Stellan Skarsgard, Jannike Kruse Jatog, Jan Gunnar Roise
World Premiere

"Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier (If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle), Romania/Sweden
By Florin Serban - debut film
With George Pistereanu, Ada Condeescu, Clara Voda, Mihai Constantin
World Premiere

"Greenberg," USA
By Noah Baumbach (Margot at the Wedding, The Squid and the Whale, Mr. Jealousy)
With Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh
World Premiere

"Howl," USA
By Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman (Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, The Celluloid Closet, Paragraph 175)
With James Franco, Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Mary-Louise Parker
International Premiere

"Jud Suesse" - Film ohne Gewissen, Germany/Austria
By Oskar Roehler (The Elementary Particles, Angst, No Place to Go)
With Tobias Moretti, Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Justus von Dohnanyi, Armin Rohde
World Premiere

"Kak ya provel etim letom" (How I Ended This Summer), Russian Federation
By Alexei Popogrebsky (Prostye veshchi - Simple Things, Koktebel - Roads to Koktebel)
With Grigory Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepalis
World Premiere

"Mammuth," France
By Benoit Delepine, Gustave de Kervern (Aaltra, Louise-Michel)
With Gerard Depardieu, Yolande Moreau, Isabelle Adjani, Miss Ming
World Premiere

"Otouto" (About Her Brother), Japan - Closing Film
By Yoji Yamada (Kabei, Love and Honor)
With Sayuri Yoshinaga, Tsurube Shofukutei, Yu Aoi, Ryo Kase
International Premiere / Out of Competition

"Please Give," USA
By Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking, Lovely & Amazing, Friends with Money)
With Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Sarah Steele, Ann Guilbert
International Premiere / Out of Competition

"Rompecabezas" (Puzzle), Argentina/France
By Natalia Smirnoff - debut film
With Maria Onetto, Gabriel Goity, Arturo Goetz, Henny Trailes
World Premiere

"San qiang pai an jing qi" (A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop), China
By Zhang Yimou (Hong gao liang - Red Sorghum, Wo de fu qin mu qin - The Road Home, Ying xiong - Hero)
With Sun Honglei, Xiao Shenyang, Yan Ni
International Premiere

"Shahada," Germany
By Burhan Qurbani - debut film
With Maryam Zaree, Carlo Ljubek, Jeremias Acheampong, Sergej Moya
World Premiere

"Submarino," Denmark
By Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, Dear Wendy, It's All About Love)
With Jakob Cedergren, Peter Plaugborg, Patricia Schumann, Gustav Fischer Kjaerulff, Morten Rose
World Premiere

"The Kids Are All Right," USA/France
By Lisa Cholodenko (Dinner Party, High Art, Laurel Canyon, Cavedweller)
With Julianne Moore, Annette Benning, Mark Ruffalo
International Premiere / Out of Competition

"The Killer Inside Me," USA/Great Britain
By Michael Winterbottom (The Road to Guantanamo, In This World, A Mighty Heart)
With Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson
International Premiere

"Tuan Yuan" (Apart Together), China - Opening Film
By Wang Quan'an (Tuya's Marriage, Golden Bear 2007)
With Lisa Lu, Ling Feng, Xu Caigen, Monica Mo, Ma Xiaoqing
World Premiere

Previously announced Berlinale Competition titles:

"Bal" (Honey), Turkey / Germany
by Semih Kaplanoglu (Süt/Milk, Yumurta/Egg, Melegin Düsüsü/Angel’s Fall) with Bora Altas, Erdal Besikcioglu, Tülin Özen, Alev Ucarer, Ayse Altay World premiere

"Der Räuber" (The Robber), Austria / Germany
by Benjamin Heisenberg (Sleeper, Max-Ophuels-Preis 2006) with Andreas Lust, Franziska Weisz World premiere

"My Name Is Khan," India
by Karan Johar with Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol Out of competition

"Na Putu" (On the Path), Bosnia and Herzegovina / Austria / Germany / Croatia
by Jasmila Žbanić (Grbavica, Golden Bear 2006) with Zrinka Cvitešić (Shooting Star 2010), Leon Lucev, Ermin Bravo, Mirjana Karanović World premiere

"Shekarchi" (The Hunter), Germany / Iran
by Rafi Pitts (Zemestan - It’s Winter) with Rafi Pitts, Mitra Hajjar, Ali Nicksaulat, Hassan Ghalenoi World premiere

"Shutter Island," USA
by Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Aviator, Cape Fear) with Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Sir Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Max von Sydow World premiere / Out of competition

"The Ghost Writer," France / Germany / UK
by Roman Polanski (The Pianist, Oscar 2002, China Town, Cul-de-sac, Golden Bear 1966) with Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams World premiere

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