Joel and Ethan Coen are heading back to the Berlinale. Their upcoming Hollywood-set comedy, “Hail, Caesar!” has been selected to open the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival. In 1998, the Coen Brothers’ “The Big Lebowski” played in the Berlinale Competition program, while their dramatic western “True Grit” opened the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in 2011.
“Hail, Caesar!” follows a studio fixer in Hollywood’s Golden Age. The star-packed cast includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. The film takes place over a single day, during which Brolin’s fixer must deal with Hollywood hiccups like a pregnant leading lady and a movie star, played by Clooney, who gets kidnapped.
“It’s wonderful that Joel and Ethan Coen are once again opening the Berlinale,” said Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. “Their humour, unique characters and fantastic narrative skill are guaranteed to thrill the audience. ‘Hail, Caesar!’ is the perfect start for the 2016 Berlinale.”
The comedy will open in U.S. theaters on February 6 and then go on to open the festival on February 11. Watch the trailer above.