Berlin is ‘Chi’ town

Miramax musical will open Feb. film fest

LONDON — The 53rd Berlin Intl. Film Festival is set for an all-singing, all-dancing opening night, with “Chicago” confirmed as the curtain-raiser on Feb. 6.

The Miramax musical, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger, will screen out of competition.

Fest will include a strong lineup of Hollywood fare, including the world premiere of Alan Parker’s “The Life of David Gale,” Stephen Daldry’s “The Hours,” George Clooney’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and Spike Jonze’s “Adaptation.”

Other pics expected to unspool in the Berlinale selection include Michael Winterbottom’s “In Our World” and Thomas Vinterberg’s “It’s All About Love.”

Fest will also feature a retrospective of Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu’s work, including “Tokyo Monogatari” (Tokyo Story), to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Ozu, one of Japan’s cinematic giants, died in 1963.

Other works by and about the filmmaker will be featured in the Berlinale’s sections and an extensive retrospective will follow in the city before travelling to other fests, including Hong Kong and New York.

(Ed Meza in Berlin contributed to this report.)

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