At a press conference this morning, the Berlin Film Festival made the surprising announcement that, among other recent film additions to its lineup, it was adding a special screening of two episodes of the new season of "House of Cards."
Netflix's flagship series is due to return on the streaming service on February 14th, with all 13 episodes of season two premiering at once in all of the company's territories, but the first two episode will get a chance on the Berlinale's big screen on February 16th. Netflix is not yet offered in Germany, but is expected to launch there later this year.
Made for television premieres aren't completely unheard of for Berlin -- a remastered "Berlin Alexanderplatz" screened at the festival in 2007. But it's certainly another touch of prestige for "House of Cards," which stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and counts among its executive producers David Fincher. Season two of the series will begin with the Underwoods coming up against threats that cause their plans to falter, with Claire (Wright) also finding herself having to face a trauma from her past.