Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men’ to Preem at Berlin Fest

Monuments Men

Sony will release the film in the U.S. on Feb. 7

George Clooney’s historical drama “The Monuments Men” is set to have its international preem at the 64th Berlin film fest, adding big star-wattage to the event.

The pic’s high-profile ensemble cast boasts Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett.

“Over five million cultural assets stolen by the Nazis were returned to their countries of origin in the years following World War II. As the recent discovery in Munich demonstrates, the art theft of that time is as current as ever,” said Berlinale topper Dieter Kosslick. “‘The Monuments Men’ finally gives this little-known subject a worldwide audience.”

A German-U.S. co-pro, “The Monuments Men” turns on an unlikely WWII platoon, tasked by the Allies with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. The Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture. The collection of found objects allegedly includes masterpieces by Marc Chagall, Max Liebermann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka, Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde and Albrecht Durer.

Clooney and Grant Heslov produced and wrote the film, based on Robert M. Edsel’s book. The pair last teamed on “Argo,” which won last year’s best picture Oscar.

Clooney has been a frequent guest of the Berlinale. He previously presented “Confessions of a  Dangerous Mind” at Berlin in 2003.

Lensing on the film took place at Studio Babelsberg, in the Goslar region and in Berlin, among other locations.

20th Century Fox is set to release the pic in Germany on Feb. 20. Sony has U.S. rights and will roll out the film on Feb. 7.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 1

Leave a Reply

1 Comment

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Virginia Cerezo says:

    It looks really good indeed. Such a shame it won´t be released in time for the Oscars…

More Film News from Variety