'Rainmaker' slides into closing slot

LONDON — “Sliding Doors,” the Gwyneth Paltrow starrer announced as closing the Berlin Intl. Film Festival Feb. 22, has been withdrawn. New closer is “John Grisham’s The Rainmaker.”

“Doors,” which opened this year’s Sundance fest and was showing in Berlin in a non-competing slot, is understood to have been withdrawn because the pic’s U.S. release date has now been put back to late April.

The Berlin fest would not comment on the change, but a rep from Munich-based Neue Constantin, distrib of “Rainmaker” in Germany, confirmed their pic was now the closing-night attraction.

On another front, the fest’s Intl. Forum of New Cinema section, which has a sizable Korean element this year, has just lost one of its star guests, veteran helmer Kim Ki-young, who died in a fire Wednesday. Kim, 78, who had three pics in Forum, was to have attended with his wife. Forum topper Ulrich Gregor said the movies would still unspool.

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