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Berlin picks fest pix

The 1994 Berlin Intl. Film Festival Monday announced it had completed the program for pix in official competition, with the still-lingering specter of East German totalitarianism as a prominent theme.

Two of the three German entries probe the subject: “Der Blaue” (The Blue One) by Lienhard Wawrzyn, Manfred Krugand Ulrich Muhe — as well as Michael Gwisdek’s “Abschied von Agnes” (Farewell to Agnes) — delve into the legal and psychological effects of the feared Stasi secret police of the GDR.

The third native entry, “Alles auf Anfang” (Back to Square One), by Reinhard Munster, sneaks a look at the current state of German cinema.

Prolific Polish helmer Krzysztof Kieslowski will present his “Trzy Kolory: Bialy” (Three Colors: White), the companion to his recently released Juliette Binoche starrer “Blue.”

“God Sobaki” (The Year of the Dog) is a Russian entry from St. Petersburg by Semyon Aranovitsch that deals with the increasingly fragmented society in the post-Communist age.

The Berline Zoo-Palast is the venue for the out-of-competition screenings, which include Alexander Sokurov’s new pic, “Tichie Stranicy” (Whispering Pages), and Hungarian helmer Marta Meszaros’ latest work, “A Mazgat” (The Fetus).

Also included in the official competition are Spanish helmer Jaime de Arminan’s “Al Otro Lado del Tunel” (At the Other End of the Tunnel); the South Korean “Hwaomkyung” by Chang Sun Woo; and Brazilian helmer Nelson Pereira dos Santos’ “A Terceira Margem do Rio” (The Third Bank of the River).

Like last year, the European Film and Television Academy will bestow “The Blue Angel” award (named after the 1930 Marlene Dietrich UFA pic) to a Euro pic in competition. The winner will also receive a cash prize of 50,000 deutsche marks ($ 29,000) donated by Kodak.

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