'My One and Only,' 'It Might Get Loud' selected
Richard Loncraine’s comedy “My One and Only,” starring Renee Zellweger and Kevin Bacon, and Davis Guggenheim’s rock doc “It Might Get Loud,” featuring electric guitar maestros Jimmy Page, the Edge and Jack White, are among the final selections for the competition lineup at the Berlin Film Festival.
Also competing in the fest, which runs Feb. 5-15, is Lone Scherfig’s U.K. drama “An Education,” penned by Nick Hornby.
The main section will unspool 26 films. Among those, 18 will contend for the Golden and Silver Bears, while eight will screen out of competition.
Meanwhile, French director Claude Chabrol and German producer Guenter Rohrbach will be honored with the Berlinale Camera award.
The Berlinale bestows the prize as a symbol of gratitude to people or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted.
Chabrol’s “Bellamy,” starring Gerard Depardieu, will screen in this year’s Berlinale Special sidebar.
A pioneer of the French New Wave, the prolific 78-year-old helmer has attended the fest several times. In 1959, he picked up the Golden Bear for “Les Cousins” (The Cousins), the first New Wave film to screen at the Berlinale, and he will receive the Berlinale Camera in celebration of the 50th anniversary of that win. Subsequent competition screeners included 1973’s “Les Noces rouges” (Wedding in Blood), 2003’s “La Fleur du mal” (The Flower of Evil) and 2006’s “L’Ivresse du pouvoir” (A Comedy of Power).
Rohrbach, one of Germany’s most influential film and TV producers, has served as chief exec of Munich production giant Bavaria Film and produced high-profile films including Wolfgang Petersen’s “Das Boot,” Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Berlin Alexanderplatz,” Joseph Vilsmaier’s “Stalingrad,” Max Faerberboeck’s “A Woman in Berlin,” as well as Hermine Huntgeburth’s “Effi Briest,” which will also unspool in Berlinale Special.