Berlinale Special unveils lineup

Gala screenings include 'King's Speech,' 'Late Bloomers'

Helmer Tom Hooper’s BAFTA favorite “The King’s Speech” and Julie Gavras’ romantic drama “Late Bloomers,” starring Isabella Rossellini and William Hurt, are among selections for the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Special showcase.

The Berlinale Special presents recent works by contemporary filmmakers and film portraits of outstanding personalities.

Also to unspool as part of the Berlinale Special Gala Screenings will be “Sing Your Song,” Susanne Rostock’s documentary about Harry Belafonte; and “Zhao shi gu’er” (Sacrifice), by Chinese helmer Chen Kaige.

The Berlinale Special also is screening S.J. Clarkson’s feature debut “Toast,” starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore, about a boy’s childhood in 1960s Britain, based on cookery writer Nigel Slater’s autobiography; Italian Gianni di Gregorio’s drama “Gianni e le donne” (The Salt of Life); and Spanish director Isabel Coixet’s documentary “Escuchando al Juez Garzon,” about activist judge Baltasar Garzon.

In memory of Italian director Mario Monicelli, who died in November, the Berlinale also will screen “Il marchese del Grillo,” for which Monicelli won a Silver Bear in 1982.

The Berlinale runs Feb. 10-20.

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