Golden Bear entries out

Two DeNiro pics up for honors

BERLIN — Officials of the 48th Berlin Intl. Film Festival (Feb. 11-22) announced eight entries for this year’s Golden Bear competition Tuesday.

Robert De Niro plays the lead in two pics vying for Berlinale honors: Barry Levinson’s “Wag the Dog,” in which he plays a White House adviser, and Alfonso Cuaron’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations,” in which he appears alongside Anne Bancroft and Ethan Hawke.

Gus van Sant’s nominated “Good Will Hunting” features Matt Damon as a gifted but mentally unbalanced therapy patient. Kevin Spacey and John Cusack star in Clint Eastwood’s latest directing effort, the nominated “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Based on a novel by John Berendt, the pic is set in the southern U.S.

European competition entries include Neil Jordan’s “The Butcher Boy,” the story of a boy growing up in Ireland of the 1960s amid poverty and alcohol abuse. Alain Resnais’ “On Connait la Chanson” is a musical comedy featuring popular French chanson singers. British director Michael Winterbottom’s “I Want You” tells the tragic story of an obsessive love.

Brazilian helmer Walter Salles will travel to Berlin to present his directorial debut, “Central do Brasil,” a road movie about a boy searching for his father.

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