Berlinale Slate Shaping Up for 2003 Fest, Bookended by "Chicago" and "Gangs"

by Eugene Hernandez

Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" will close the 2003 Berlinale.

© 2002 Miramax Films

Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" will close the 2003
, the Berlin International Film Festival, on February
15. The Miramax film joins another Miramax title in a high profile
fest slot. Rob Marshall's "Chicago" is the previously announced
opener for the event on February 6.

Organizers in Berlin have announced a selection of titles for the festival's
Panorama section. Eighteen films will screen in the Panorama section, along
with 16 special screenings and 10 documentaries. Among the titles already
set for the fest are Igor Zaritzki's "Devot" from Germany, Nir
Bergman's "Broken Wings"
and Eytan Fox's "Yossi & Jagger" from
Israel, Sakamoto Junji's "Bokunchi" (Bokunchi - My House) and
Hideo Nakata's "Last Scene" from Japan, Peter Chan's "Going
from Hong Kong, and Jang Sun Woo's "Resurrection of the Little
Match Girl"
from Korea. From India, the festival will offer Bubbhadeb
Dasgupta's "Mondo Meyer Upakhyan"
(A Tale of a Naughty Girl), while
other titles include Keith Behrman's "Flower & Garnet," Richard
Kwietniowski's "Owning Mahowny,"
and Ileana Pietrobruno's "Girl
all from Canada. From Spain, the fest will screen Isabel
Coixet's "My Life Without Me,"
along with Gilles MacKinnon's
from Great Britain, and finally from Italy, Marco Filiberti's
"Poco Piu di un anno fa"
(Little More Than a Year Ago) and Francesco
Patierno's "Pater Familias."

The festival will feature an homage to French film star Anouk Aimee,
who will receive the Golden Bear. Festival Director Dieter Kosslick
has announced that Aimee will be a special guest at the festival this year,
for her award presentation on February 13. Ten of her films will be screened
during the fest, including "Lola," and Fellini's "La Dolce
and "Eight and a Half."

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