Berlin fest has Latin, U.S. flair

Slate includes Polanski retrospective

BERLIN — This year’s Munich Film Festival is promising a strong showing from the new world, with entries from various Latin American countries as well as U.S. independent pics set to play a significant role.

In addition to “Visiones Latinas,” which showcases works from, among other nations, Cuba, Mexico and Chile, the festival will also be presenting homegrown talent as well as movies that premiered at Cannes.

Highlights include a Roman Polanski retrospective, including the screening of 16 films by the controversial director.

The international film school festival will also be taking place at the same time, showing some 200 pics by up-and-coming filmmakers.

The festivals run from June 23 to July 3.

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