DiCaprio on ‘Beach’ stroll at Berlin Fest

'Kings' added for out-of-competish slot

BERLIN — Danny Boyle’s “The Beach” is slated for a spot in the official Berlin Intl. Film Festival lineup (likely out of competition), with star Leonardo DiCaprio coming to Berlin during its Feb. 9-20 run.

David O. Russell’s “Three Kings,” starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube, is down for an out-of-competition slot.

Vying for a Golden Bear will be New Line’s “Magnolia” and Miramax’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” Zhang Yimou’s “The Road Home” is also tipped for a spot in competition.

“Man on the Moon,” the biopic of Andy Kaufman, is a strong candidate for a spot in competition.

On the home front, vet German director Volker Schloendorff’s “Rita’s Legend” will be in the running for the Berlin accolade. The Babelsberg Studio co-production tells the story of Rita Vogt, a member of the German terrorist group the RAF, who flees the organization and goes into hiding in East Germany, adopting a new identity provided for her by the Stasi, the East German secret police.

In the non-competitive Panorama section, local flick “Home Game,” an East-West conflict about East German ice hockey team the Icebears has been confirmed by production and distribution company Senator Film.

Thus far, fest has confirmed Wim Wenders’ “The Million Dollar Hotel” as the opener, Chinese star Gong Li as president of the jury and French actress Jeanne Moreau for the lifetime achievement award.

(Adam Dawtrey in London contributed to this report.)

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