By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 15, 2009 at 12:27AM
Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" and, in a premiere that is sure to spark considerable interest due to the filmmaker's recent legal troubles, Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," are among the first seven titles for the Competition of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. A total of 26 films are set for the Competition section of the 60th Berlinale. Further Competition title confirmations will be announced in January 2010.
“The Competition of the 60th anniversary Berlinale will be marked by a mix of styles and genres, by exciting newcomers and renowned directors,” commented festival Director Dieter Kosslick in a statement.
The films selected so far are from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Iran, Turkey, the UK and the USA.
The complete list of confirmed Competition titles are listed below.
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