'Howl,' 'Killer,' 'Kids,' 'Greenberg' join lineup

BERLIN — “Howl,” Rob Epstein’s biopic of beat poet Allen Ginsberg, starring James Franco, and Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me,” about a sociopathic Texas lawman, starring Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson, will screen at the Berlin Film Festival.

The pics are among five U.S. indie titles unspooling in the Berlinale’s official selection, which also include Lisa Cholodenko’s Sundance screener “The Kids Are All Right,” with Julianne Moore and Annette Bening. Pic, about two children conceived by artificial insemination who find their birth father, will screen out of competition.

Rounding out the American indie selection are Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg,” starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Jason Leigh, screening as a world premiere, and, unspooling out of competition, Nicole Holofcener’s “Please Give,” starring Catherine Keener and Amanda Peet.

Other notable screeners include Thomas Vinterberg’s “Submarino,” which will have its world premiere at the fest; Zhang Yimou’s “A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop;” and Oskar Roehler’s “Jud Suess – Film ohne Gewissen,” the story of Ferdinand Marian, the actor who appeared in Veit Harlan’s notorious anti-Semitic Nazi-era film, “Jud Suess,” about the rise and fall of 18th-century German-Jewish financier Joseph Suess Oppenheimer.

A total of 26 films will screen in the official selection this year.

Previously announced pics include Roman Polanski’s “Ghost Writer” and Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island.” Wang Quan’an’s “Apart Together” opens the fest, which runs Feb. 11-21.

Additional titles screening in the official selection include:

“Caterpillar,” by Koji Wakamatsu (Japan)
“A Family,” by Pernille Fischer Christensen (Denmark)
“A Somewhat Gentle Man,” by Hans Petter Moland (Norway)
“If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle,” by Florin Serban (Romania/Sweden)
“How I Ended This Summer,” by Alexei Popogrebsky (Russia)
“Mammuth,” by Benoit Delepine, Gustave de Kervern (France)
“Puzzle,” by Natalia Smirnoff (Argentina/France)
“Shahada,” by Burhan Qurbani (Germany)

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